Black Childrens Hair Care
Looking for tips and ideas on black childrens hair care? Your baby girl is your pride and joy and her hair should be her crown and glory.
When your child looks good you feel even better.
It's important to take good care of her hair starting from the moment she's born until she's old enough to take over and do it herself.
When it comes to black childrens hair care it's best is to keep things simple.
Washing, conditioning and moisturizing your child's hair the right way will save lots of time and tears later.
Black and African American Baby Hair Care
From the time your child is born till around her first birthday her hair doesn't need more than a washing once or twice a week with a gentle baby shampoo, a light application of hypo-allergenic oil and brushing with a very soft bristle brush.
It's also best to stay away from excessive styling and too many hair accessories. Stick to headbands and accessories with snap clips.
Hair Care for Biracial Children
Do you have a biracial child? Biracial Black childrens hair care can be a real challenge, especially if you're the non-black parent. Do any of these issues ring a bell?
- Knots and tangles
- Puffy hard to control hair
- Chronic dryness
- Itchy flaky scalp
- Hair that just won't stay neat
The most important thing you always want to do is embrace the natural texture of your child's hair. The more you fight it the more it will rebel and trust me, the hair will win.
The goods news it that what works for Black childrens hair care also works for your childs hair. The focus should be on keeping her hair well moisturized.
Use the tips and product suggestions that follow to care for your baby's unique wavy, curly or coily hair.
Tools for Black Childrens Hair Care
A big part of Black childrens hair care is having the right tools. Here are some of the must haves.
- Wide Tooth Comb
- Soft bristle Brush
- 7 Row Detangling Brush
- Spray Bottle
- 4-6 Butterfly Clamps
- Hair Friendly Accessories
- Satin Bonnet
- Heat Protectant
- Ionic Blow Dryer
- Satin Pillowcase
- Shower Cap
Hair Regimen for Black Childrens Hair Care
Here're the basics of what you should be doing in your biracial or black childrens hair care routine.
- Shampoo and condition once a week, twice weekly if your child is active or sweats a lot.
- If you can, style her hair so you only have to comb it on wash day.
- Do deep treatments once or twice a month depending on how dry her hair is.
- Moisturize daily, concentrating mostly on the ends.
- Comb through daily after spraying down the hair with your leave in to prevent tangles.
- Put a silk bonnet over her hair at night. If she tosses and turns use a satin pillow case. Better yet use both. The pillowcase acts as a backup if the bonnet comes off during the night.
Tweak this plan as needed once you see what does and doesn't work for your little star's hair. The only thing left to do after that is repeat for her healthiest hair.
Products for Biracial and Black Childrens Hair Care
In the seas of hair care products available it can be confusing to choose what to use on your child's precious locks.
Look for hair products for African American and Black childrens hair care that have gentle ingredients and are made specifically for their unique hair textures.
Best Moisturizer For Black Childrens Hair Care
The best moisturizer for black children's hair care is glycerin and water mixed in a 40/60 ratio and applied with a spray bottle.
It keeps hair super moisturized, soft and easy to comb.
You can find glycerin in any pharmacy near you. Bonus: It's super cheap!
These product lines for biracial and Black childrens hair care are a great place to start.
- It's a Curl by Curls
- Curly Q's by Curls
- Kids Hair Care by Mixed Chicks
- Blended Cutie by Blended Beauty
- African Pride Olive Oil Hair Products for Kids
- Kids Organics by Africa's Best
- Just For Me by Soft and Beautiful
- Carol's Daughter
Read what other moms (and dads) are saying about them at Amazon.com.
How to Comb, Wash and Dry a Black Child's Hair
Hair wash day can be one of the most traumatic days for your child.
I remember crying before it even started because I knew the headache that was waiting for me after all the pulling and tugging that was about to happen. If I could go back in time I'd give my mother these tips; they would have made both our lives easier.
Tips for Combing Black Children's Hair
- Always use the widest tooth comb you can find.
- Part the hair into at least 4 sections before you begin. The thicker and more tangled the hair, the more and smaller sections you should do.
- Before you start a section wet the hair down with a mixture of water and conditioner in a spray bottle or use one of the detangling crèmes or sprays you can find in the beauty isle. If a section gets dry while you're working on it, wet it again.
- Always start from the ends and work your way up to the roots. Combing from roots to ends guarantees pain and hair damage.
Tips for Washing Black Children's Hair
- Make sure the hair is completely tangle free before you wet it. It's going to be tangle city if you don't.
- Always use tear free shampoo. Harsh additives in shampoo can cause her eyes to burn and sting if suds get in.
- If her hair is very thick part it into smaller sections and wash them one by one.
- If she needs a deep conditioning treatment try using a heat cap on low instead of a bonnet dryer. Put cartoons on for a nice 30 minute distraction.
Tips for Blow Drying Black Children's Hair
- Always use an iconic blow dryer with adjustable heat settings. Use a low to medium setting to dry your child delicate hair.
- Invest in a high quality wide toothed comb attachment if your dryer doesn't come with one.
- Always apply leave in and/or heat protectant from roots to ends before you begin.
- Dry in small sections starting from the back and work your way towards the hairline. Secure the wet hair up and away and be sure to keep the already dried hair pinned aside as you work your way through.
- Use a light moisturizing crème on the hair after blow drying but before styling.
Hairstyles for Black Children
As far as I'm concerned there are only 3 rules when it comes to styling Black kids hair.
- It should be easy.
- It should be fun.
- It should look great.
Braided hairstyles for black kids are popular because they fit the bill perfectly. Just be careful on her hairline and take the braids down after a week or two to wash and condition your child's hair underneath.
Black kid's protective hairstyles like buns and twists are good if you're interested in growing your child's hair longer. You don't have to comb them much and these styles keep the hair from drying out and breaking.
Tips for Relaxed Black Childrens Hair Care
A big question a lot of moms have is "What type of perm (relaxer) is recommended for a black child?" The answer? None!
Your child's hair is delicate and if at all possible you should avoid putting relaxers, curly perms or any other kind of chemicals in it. This way your child will have the healthiest possible hair.
If you're determined to straighten her hair, look into one of two products.
- Hair Relaxers for Black Kids
- Soft and Beautiful Just for Me Hair Relaxer
- Africa's Best Kids Organic No-Lye Organic Conditioning Relaxer with Scalp Guard
- ark and Lovely Beautiful Beginnings Kids Relaxer
- Organic Root Stimulator Girls Relaxer
- African Pride Dream Kids Olive Oil Miracle Relaxer
Black Kids Hair Texture Softeners
- Just For Me Texture Softener
- Africa's Best Kids Organic Hair Softening System
You can find these at any beauty supply store, chain pharmacies and online for $5-$15.
What's the difference between kids hair texture softeners and relaxers?
Relaxers get the hair bone straight while texture softeners gently loosen the curl in the hair making it easier to manage.
Choose the one that gives you the final result you want to achieve with your baby's hair. Keep in mind that once you start using one product it's best to continue with the same one for future treatments.
Black Kids Relaxer Tips and Warnings
- These products come in box kits for home use that include full instructions and everything you'll need to do her hair.
- Be very careful and follow the instructions closely to prevent discomfort to your child or any hair loss and damage. Always do a strand test before you apply the relaxer to her whole head.
- If you don't feel confident applying the relaxer or texture softener buy it and take it with you to the salon and have a licensed professional stylist do it for you.
- These relaxer systems usually have a line of hair care products developed to work well with them. Check these out to use for ongoing care, but don't be afraid to use what you already know and like.
- If your child's hair starts to break, shed or she has a bad reaction to a chemical stop using it immediately and learn how to take care of your child's hair in its natural state.
Thinning Hair and Alopecia in Black Kids
- Thinning hair in Black children is almost as big an epidemic as the crisis going on with adult Black women.
- Thinning edges is usually a result of wearing braids done too tight or worn in the same style for a long time.
- Any hairstyle pulled tightly is a bad idea because it puts stress on your baby's hairline. When you see little bumps at the roots of her hair that means it's way too tight.
- If she complains, listen and take the style down immediately. Braids and other styles shouldn't be so tight that they're uncomfortable.
- A tragic myth is that super tight braids last longer. That's not only false but also an easy way to make sure your child doesn't have a hairline when she gets older.
- I know you want her hair as neat as possible at all times, but try to leave her baby hairs alone. The best thing to do is brush them down and let them be. If they're very unruly use a little bit of light styling cream to smooth them down.
Tips for Reversing Thinning Hair in Black Children
- Let your child's hair hang free sometimes to give her hair and scalp a break from all the pulling and tugging. If her hair is wild, push it back with a cute head band or pin the sides with some pretty barrettes.
- Try twists instead of braids. They tend to be easier on the scalp but are just as low maintenance.
- Buns and ponytails are fun, playful and easy styles that even daddy can do. Add a creative touch with pretty bows and other simple hair accessories.
Take it easy on your baby girl's hair and scalp and she'll grow up to have a full healthy head of hair.
Use these tips for Black childrens hair care to make your little one's hair healthy and strong.