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.
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.