Sunday, 13 May 2012

Hair Care for Girls

Having girls is fun. This is due to the fact that we get to take care and decorate their hair with different exciting and beautiful accessories. This makes them look so cute and beautiful. As a mother of girls, I have been on this journey for so many years and I have come to discover what works for me and what doesn't.

I am going to share these tips with you based on my experience. They are categorized as follows:

 Baby
Your baby girl’s hair need to be shampooed regularly. Personally, I wash my baby girl hair twice weekly with tear-free baby shampoo. Use only baby shampoo as this does not irritate her eyes. After shampoo, baby oil is used to keep her hair moist and shiny hence help to prevent any dry scalp.

For accessorizing and decoration, the hair do not need much here. A simple baby hair band (elastic) with a decoration is all you need at this stage. Do make sure it is not tight as this would cause pain and discomfort on your baby.

Simple plaits with colourful elastic bands can be used as from two and half months.  At this stage, there is enough hair and she is older. The scalp is also stronger to hold the pressure. Do be gentle; pick simple styles that look nice. You can then decorate with other accessories as desired. Personally, I love it simple and fun.

Toddler
The hair is now coarse and looks natural, having shed the baby curls.  At this stage, it is strong and thick, making it difficult to comb. If your girl has a lot of hair like mine, this is the time they get to hear their cries and screams because of the tangling nature (when combing). This is what I do.

Shampoo regularly with tear-less shampoo and condition accordingly (another reason to cry or scream) weekly or every two weeks. Apply your hair softener and moisturizer to make it easy to comb. Pure natural shea butter is excellent. That is what I use. Comb through and style as desired.
Do remember to moisturize the scalp days after styling. We tend to overlook this immediately we finish with styling. Apply moisturizer again when you notice the scalp is dry to avoid itching and dand-ruff.

Child
As from 6 years, your girl should be able to relax her hair ONLY if the hair is too coarse, very thick that she cannot stand the pain of combing. If not, wait till she is about 10 years. If the hair is not very thick, refrain from this and push as far back as possible.

Being the first time to relax, you may not be able to rule out completely a little scalp irritation when applying the hair relaxer. However, you can apply a lot of protective cream on the scalp. I use shea butter. Apply the relaxer as quickly as possible. Children do not wait or rather bear the pains and irritations that come with relaxing hair. 

If the scalp is not irritated, it can be plaited or styled as desired that same day. However, if it is, allow the scalp to calm down. Give a few days and moisturize accordingly until the scalp is healed.

Another tip here, always use wide-toothed comb as this helps to comb through the hair without much tangle. For the baby and toddler, style their hair when they are asleep.

I hope this helps, let me know.

Thanks

“But if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering”-1st Cor. 11:15

“The hair is the richest ornament of women”- Martin Luther

Linda Aliogo

2 comments:

  1. Do not relax the hair of any child who has not completed puberty. Relaxer contains an endocrine disruptor and a recent study has linked the use of hair relaxers in black women to fibroids.

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  2. I did mention that you should hold back as much as possible as regards relaxing your daughter's hair. Totally. Agree the older, the better. Thank you for the additional information.

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