A Simple Natural Hair Regimen For Young Children

Detangling is the most tricky area of the regimen mostly because you don’t want to cause her pain but also because you don’t want to give her a negative impression of her hair as it will affect her forever. I’m sure you still remember the pain of being pulled, prodded and getting scalp burns as your hair was pressed as a kid and it certainly wasn’t pleasant. You definitely don’t want the same for your son or daughter.

• If her hair has been in a protective style or a low manipulation style like a ponytail or puff, you may be surprised to see how little detangling the hair will actually need. Put the comb away because you won’t be needing it. Grab a spray bottle with water and your favorite conditioner which we will be using as the prepoo.

• Divide the hair into sections, leave a little section at the front for her to ‘help’ you with. Children are naturally curious and will want to copy what you are doing. Getting them involved into their hair regimen will make it more fun for both you and her!

•  Spray one section of hair with water and apply enough conditioner to soften the strands but not too much that the hair is dripping.

• Use your fingers to gently pull the strands apart and remove any knots. Smooth the hair with your hands while releasing  the shed hair with your fingers and repeat this with all the sections of hair.

• Braid the hair into 4 or more large braids in preparation for washing. Yes hair will get completely clean even while in braids! It may be easier to schedule the wash routine to coincide with her bath time.

 


Shampooing and Conditioning

• Cleanse her hair with a sulfate free shampoo concentrating on the scalp rather than her hair. Rinse thoroughly.

• Apply the conditioner of your choice generously on the braids massaging to ensure that it is penetrating the entire braid. Now leaving the conditioner in her hair and allow her some playtime in the bath to let the conditioner work it’s magic. 5-15 minutes should be enough.

• Rinse thoroughly and use a towel to blot the excess water out of the braids.

• When the hair is about 50%-70% dry, take each braid down individually and apply a small amount of leave in conditioner. Seal with your favorite oil or butter. You can use a comb at this point to ensure even distribution of the products.

Styling

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Children benefit from protective or low manipulation styles. Let’s face it, it makes things easier for you too. Having said that, little girls, just like you, absolutely love to wear their hair out from time to time, so let them!

• Braid outs are an easy style both to accomplish and to wear for up to two weeks with very little effort. Straight after moisturizing and sealing her hair, braid it into 4 or more braids depending on the volume of hair. Twirl the ends to ensure an even curl. Leave the braids to dry overnight.

• In the morning, release the braids and fluff into style. Apply a pretty head band or bow to accessorize her hair and she’s ready to go.

• Kids are not as careful with their hair as adults are, go figure, so don’t worry too much if you are unable to get second day hair out of her braid out. Just pull it into a high puff for the following day.

• At bed time, simply take a few minutes to moisturize and seal her hair then braid her puff into 1 or two braids to keep it relatively stretched while she sleeps.

Originally posted 2013-01-13 15:00:55.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Tiffany
Tiffany

I love all the articles and advice and I read this one hoping to get some advice for maintaining my child’s hair. But he is a boy. Nobody really talks about how to maintain a boys afro. The world wants me to cut it off and I refuse. I don’t keep it in braids because he doesn’t like to sit still but also because I like his messy fro. I wear my fro and people applaud. He wears his and people ask if he is a girl or when he’ll get it cut. Kenyon turned 2 in October and has never had a cut, trim, shape up, nothing. I wash it when he takes a bath and fight like hell to rinse it. I flat twist it just about every night just so it doesn’t get too tangled but then it becomes too stretched and just ugh… After 2 years I am still trying to find a good regime and products that will work for his hair. I wish bloggers would talk about the men who choose to keep their hair long and show the boys (just like we show our girls) that the way our hair grows out of our heads is acceptable. And that conformity isn’t always the right path. A little deep for a 2 year old, I know, but I would be teaching my 2 year old daughter the same thing. Just a few random rambling thoughts.. Thanks for listening. 🙂

Zakiya Rowe
Zakiya Rowe

I have a husband with long hair and a daughter and an older brother with 3 boys. I’m the family’s unofficial natural hair stylist lol. Boys are easy and low maintenance for the most part. You can adjust regimen as it suits you but this is what I do for my boys. My nephews are 6 and under so they require hairstyles that are low maintence and can withstand rough play. I taught their mom easy go to stuff and make a routine and stick to it so they arent as antsy and get used to get their hair cared for. Anyway the youngest boy is close to your son’s age. I wash his hair once a week with sulfate free shampoo and conditioner then I use Cantu leave-in to detangle his hair then braid in a few quick and fairly large cornrows (he usually only sits long enough for 4 or 5) the spray his scalp with oil. You can leave the cornrows in for 3-4 days or just the weekend depending on how he is with his hair or how long you want to keep them in then take it down let him wear his fro until the wash day. Now my nephews have longer hair so I do rope twists or small cornrows in their hair because the style last longer and keeps hair out of there face. My brother usually wears two french braids straight back or rope twists in two braids and same with my husband.

Hope this info was helpful if you have any questions Im no guru but I’ll try to help
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Ki'auna
Ki'auna

How will I know all her baby hair is gone?. She still has the bald patch and I’m not sure if I should switch shampoos yet .

rikkicole
rikkicole

I have a 4yr old daughter,she’s black with very soft&Thick hair. My ??what shampoo & conditioner do you suggest??children products or adults??

Tiffany A. Grant

I’m starting this regimen as soon as I take her twist out!!!!!!!!! I’m loving this!!!!!

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Tameka P.

Thanks for helping me out! I have 3 sons and a 10 month old daughter, so I’ve been asking other moms about their daughters hair regimen! Thanks for shedding light on this!

Trina
Trina

Nice article. I have 6 little girls and can use all the help I can get lol. Do you have any suggestions on hair products for detangling?