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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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  1. Raniquah Janisha BurroughsRaniquah Janisha Burroughs says

    I don’t think it’s a age that’s too young unless their infants I think adding hair is ok depending on the style some kids need a little extra hair . I wouldn’t put a sew in my child hair but I’ll add hair to her cornrows or ponytails if it’s needed .

  2. Cindy harris says

    I’m not very good at carrying for my daughter’s. I keep extensions in her hair a lot because of my work schedule. I’m in need of good products that promote her hair growth.

  3. Jamila KellyJamila Kelly says

    That’s a matter of opinion. moms relax hair waaaaay before kids hit middle school and pretty sure that’s worse for a child’s hair. And what about flat ironing a kids hair. . isn’t that a little worse too?. i understand nut letting a baby have stuff like that done but that’s just common sense that that’s not what we are talking about.
    Regardless, I don’t think id relax my child’s hair or let then get extensions before middle school but if they want it then they can have it and possibly regret it…or not.

    • Kendra TaylorKendra Taylor says

      I agree relaxers are horrible but flat ironing with the right protective Products and care not to often are ok in my opinion, especially if its to clip their ends and what not. I flat iron my girls hair for that purpose and the results are amazing!!

  4. Tamaran JamesTamaran James says

    I say depends on the style. If its braids or a clip on pony tail I don’t see a problem with it. But I think sew in or quick weaves are kinda inappropriate for a child, plus its damaging to the hair. But then again everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  5. Tamaran JamesTamaran James says

    I say depends on the style. If its braids or a clip on pony tail I don’t see a problem with it. But I think sew in or quick weaves are kinda inappropriate for a child, plus its damaging to the hair. But then again everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  6. Tamaran JamesTamaran James says

    I say depends on the style. If its braids or a clip on pony tail I don’t see a problem with it. But I think sew in or quick weaves are kinda inappropriate for a child, plus its damaging to the hair. But then again everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  7. Tamaran JamesTamaran James says

    I say depends on the style. If its braids or a clip on pony tail I don’t see a problem with it. But I think sew in or quick weaves are kinda inappropriate for a child, plus its damaging to the hair. But then again everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  8. Tamaran JamesTamaran James says

    I say depends on the style. If its braids or a clip on pony tail I don’t see a problem with it. But I think sew in or quick weaves are kinda inappropriate for a child, plus its damaging to the hair. But then again everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  9. Tamaran JamesTamaran James says

    I say depends on the style. If its braids or a clip on pony tail I don’t see a problem with it. But I think sew in or quick weaves are kinda inappropriate for a child, plus its damaging to the hair. But then again everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  10. Tamaran JamesTamaran James says

    I say depends on the style. If its braids or a clip on pony tail I don’t see a problem with it. But I think sew in or quick weaves are kinda inappropriate for a child, plus its damaging to the hair. But then again everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  11. Tamaran JamesTamaran James says

    I say depends on the style. If its braids or a clip on pony tail I don’t see a problem with it. But I think sew in or quick weaves are kinda inappropriate for a child, plus its damaging to the hair. But then again everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  12. Tamaran JamesTamaran James says

    I say depends on the style. If its braids or a clip on pony tail I don’t see a problem with it. But I think sew in or quick weaves are kinda inappropriate for a child, plus its damaging to the hair. But then again everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  13. Tamaran JamesTamaran James says

    I say depends on the style. If its braids or a clip on pony tail I don’t see a problem with it. But I think sew in or quick weaves are kinda inappropriate for a child, plus its damaging to the hair. But then again everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  14. Tamaran JamesTamaran James says

    I say depends on the style. If its braids or a clip on pony tail I don’t see a problem with it. But I think sew in or quick weaves are kinda inappropriate for a child, plus its damaging to the hair. But then again everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  15. Tamaran JamesTamaran James says

    I say depends on the style. If its braids or a clip on pony tail I don’t see a problem with it. But I think sew in or quick weaves are kinda inappropriate for a child, plus its damaging to the hair. But then again everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  16. Tamaran JamesTamaran James says

    I say depends on the style. If its braids or a clip on pony tail I don’t see a problem with it. But I think sew in or quick weaves are kinda inappropriate for a child, plus its damaging to the hair. But then again everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  17. Tamaran JamesTamaran James says

    I say depends on the style. If its braids or a clip on pony tail I don’t see a problem with it. But I think sew in or quick weaves are kinda inappropriate for a child, plus its damaging to the hair. But then again everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  18. Tamaran JamesTamaran James says

    I say depends on the style. If its braids or a clip on pony tail I don’t see a problem with it. But I think sew in or quick weaves are kinda inappropriate for a child, plus its damaging to the hair. But then again everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  19. Tamaran JamesTamaran James says

    I say depends on the style. If its braids or a clip on pony tail I don’t see a problem with it. But I think sew in or quick weaves are kinda inappropriate for a child, plus its damaging to the hair. But then again everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  20. Tamaran JamesTamaran James says

    I say depends on the style. If its braids or a clip on pony tail I don’t see a problem with it. But I think sew in or quick weaves are kinda inappropriate for a child, plus its damaging to the hair. But then again everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  21. Tamaran JamesTamaran James says

    I say depends on the style. If its braids or a clip on pony tail I don’t see a problem with it. But I think sew in or quick weaves are kinda inappropriate for a child, plus its damaging to the hair. But then again everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  22. Tamaran JamesTamaran James says

    I say depends on the style. If its braids or a clip on pony tail I don’t see a problem with it. But I think sew in or quick weaves are kinda inappropriate for a child, plus its damaging to the hair. But then again everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  23. Norvona MzVona SpencerNorvona MzVona Spencer says

    As long as its a natural look and isn’t pulling her hair out and not all extra long then I feel like there isn’t an age requirement. My daughter is one and some times I add a little hair in with her twist to make them a little fuller and longer and no one even knows she has hair added. It helps her hair grow because now she is almost two and hair is down her back and its help the style stay fresh longer. It just depends on the style and the type of hair that the child has and the type of hair being used in the child’s hair.

  24. Tryaunda LoganTryaunda Logan says

    I think that you can do whatever you want to your child’s hair as long as you’re not chemically damaging it and the braids aren’t to too tight around the edges.

  25. Aaliyah Ingram-JonesAaliyah Ingram-Jones says

    I think we are silently telling our little girls that they are not good enough with the hair that they have if its too young. I did braids for my daughter at 11 because of cheerleading and because she asked so she could have less time worrying about sweating etc. it’s all in how much work you spend building their self esteem before hand I guess. Once you know they are comfortable in their own skin then it’s better.

  26. Denise MillsDenise Mills says

    They should at least be in middle school , but if you put a age approperate hair do, they can get away with it..But all that extra long hair does look fake and unnessary. MOST OF ALL TEACH THEM TO BE COMFORTABLE IN THEIR OWN SKIN.

  27. Johnna Williams NashJohnna Williams Nash says

    As long as they understand that their hair is beautiful without it…and we’re just having fun… 12 and older will be my choice for extension braids at the shoulders..but my lil girl will love her hair first

  28. AntLina AjNikki TiceJacobAntLina AjNikki TiceJacob says

    I’m a mother of 4, 2 of which are girls(7 & 8). I put weave in both their hair if the style I’m trying to achieve requires more hair. Not to mention, I have ptotected their hair to the point it’s almost to their butts thanks to weave. I also flat iron their hair every once in a while, let their hair out when not a fro/semi straight. Use ALOT of heat protectors, oils, etc on top of wrapping it up at night. It is truly up the the parent. Just saying since my girls 1st weave was when they were 4 & 6

  29. Misty B. FoxMisty B. Fox says

    I dont see anything wrong with it its just be girly !
    I did extensions on my daughters braids when she was in preschool for fun she loves it!! I didnt leave them in long only a week ..I think its fine

  30. Debbie MeeksDebbie Meeks says

    I think they’re too young if their hair is not strong enough yet to support extensions. Otherwise, you risk serious breakage and damage. If using extensions, the style should be age-appropriate. I think that’s the biggest mistake some parents make is doing hairstyles that is too grown for their child’s age.

  31. Dellasie Cocoa AningDellasie Cocoa Aning says

    Braids and weaves aren’t the same. Braids are a traditional African hairstyle that’s been passed thru centuries. Weave — not quite. I see ppl using the terms interchangeably and it isn’t.

  32. Tee Waters HillTee Waters Hill says

    I think people should just make the time to do their child’s hair without extentions the old school way. The child can choose if they want extensions once they turn 18. Too many little girls are losing their hairlines permanently before they even get to high school.

  33. Wendy StewartWendy Stewart says

    We put too much focus on physical appearance…stop we are creating superficial monsters. What happened to kind, intelligent, giving, well mannered, and respectful?

  34. Tiela LewisTiela Lewis says

    Smh! I don’t think any child needs or should have ‘take out the pack’ braids. Their hair should be nurtured and taken care of. Wash, get your scalp greased. Remember that back-in-the-day treatment. It still works. Long hair shouldn’t define these young girls. Now when they are older (late teens) and want some hair, then let THEM go get some.

  35. MzCoco Sewin WeavesMzCoco Sewin Weaves says

    Well my opinion on braids I really do not like thick heavy kankalon braids for children first of all it is very heavy and very damaging to the hair it causes hair loss I don’t like them people do what they want to their children’s hair hair is very delicate !! My opinion

  36. Toni RichardsonToni Richardson says

    Braids with hair added is so different than a weave people smh what if the little girls hair is not thick or her edges are breaking I mean mothers have to do what they can to have an appropriate style

  37. Audrey WalkerAudrey Walker says

    My daughter wears natural styles like kinky twists and cornrows with a little added hair.. It has helped her grow tremedously. I make sure that her edges are not pulled too tight. I waited until she turned 5 years old to put any extention in her hair. She takes breaks in between styles to let her natural hair breathe as well. It works for me because I am a busy mother and am not that great at styling natural hair. I will never put a perm or weave in my child’s hair. Never!!

    • Claudine WoodsClaudine Woods says

      But aren’t you sending a message to your daughter that her hair is not good enough being naturally what it is by adding fake hair to it? Why, are we never satisfied with what we have and what God gave us naturally.

    • Ashley CarterAshley Carter says

      Claudine, the braiding hair actually helps the hair hold longer, has nothing to do with being good enough. Just because you add extensions does not mean you are not natural. Wish people would stop being so negative about what others do with hair.

    • Audrey WalkerAudrey Walker says

      No I am not sending a message that her hair isn’t good enough. We alternate between styles, It’s just that having her hair in twists is more manageable for me sometimes. In the summer months especially because she swims almost everyday. I always comment on the beauty of her natural hair as well as the braided styles. My daughter loves to rock her natural fro and has never felt like her natural hair isn’t good enough. Until this happens or she is unhappy with her natural we will keep with our hair regimen, It works for us.

    • Nicole Semajmomma HooverNicole Semajmomma Hoover says

      @claudine woods so I have question? If you so pro “natural” why is your straightened? I don’t see it in its natural state! You’ve applied heat to it to manage and style it…am I correct? Braiding is a protective style when done properly and breaks are taken in between and hair is greased and conditioned properly! I have never straightened my childs hair however she does wear box braids every few months and her hair is almost to her waist! She loves her natural hair as well as braids! She knows that she is beautiful with or without braids and they don’t define her!

  38. Krystal WhiteKrystal White says

    Tiela speak for yourself. My mother has been braiding my hair since i was 8…never lost an edge till i permed my hair. Braids don’t cause hair loss. Not taking care of your hair does.

    • AK GibsonAK Gibson says

      Braids and other “up do” or “pulled back” styles can cause hair loss if parents, or whomever is doing the hair, aren’t careful not to pull the hair too tight. When it’s too tight, or up/back too often, it can cause early receeding, dandruff, and all other kinds of scalp damage and hair loss. It CAN. That is not to say that it WILL. But one must always be especially careful styling a childs hair. Even moreso because many adults never learned how to take care of their hair and go on to destroy their babies heads, too.

  39. Tamara ZackeryTamara Zackery says

    Because they’re hair follicles are too sensitive for all that and can damage their hair to the point where it won’t grow… Adding fake hair and or tight ponytail may not be a good idea.. BTW all those barrettes.. Should be taken out be for bed.. Blk women can be so pressed about hair.. When the girls are little is the time to teach them to be happy about bein nappy..

  40. Kasheena Sermons-ThompsonKasheena Sermons-Thompson says

    My 5 year old has had braids with extensions that were slightly longer than get hair once and two streams twists maybe 2 or 3 times she hasn’t lost any hair her edges are still full and thick in fact her hair is a lot longer and healthier than most adults I know, so imo it’s fine long as it’s done tastefully

  41. Rene EberhartRene Eberhart says

    The mothers are silently putting European. Standards on our African girls . It’s not fair for our girls . Stop the madness. These girls are going to be bald or have very low self esteem, if their mothers are not careful.

  42. Princess Asya Gotbigplans CrudupPrincess Asya Gotbigplans Crudup says

    13 and under is too young but at the end of the day no child should be wearing that mess….that is why little black girls don’t have edges now and why they don’t know how to take care of and appreciate the hair they have. …hence slow growth due to breakage and overprocessing…..I’m no beautician but I was one of those little black girls…I an now Natural and my hair is healthier than it’s ever been

  43. Chavon CorvetteChavon Corvette says

    My mom did not put any kind of weave in our hair as a child. She just worked with her hair and styled it accordingly. I didn’t wear a fake pony until I was 13 and that was because of Dance. I took that bad boy off right after.

  44. Danielle ReneDanielle Rene'e says

    I didn’t with my daughter until she was 7 for special occasions, and let her wear it on and off when she was going on 9 yrs old. It usually looks natural, and won’t last past a couple days. No quick weaves or nothing grown up till she’s about 16. I’d say extensions before 8 is too much! I new a few ppl that put PERMS & WEAVE in chilredns hair who were barely over a year old! SMGDH

    • keishab1228 says

      I would like to know if you even have daughters if you don’t mind me asking? I have 3 and they all have natural hair. However, I have only had problems with one of their. She is now about to be 6 but when she was about 2 I began to experience her hair breaking off really bad and didn’t understand why because she had always had a head full of hair besides having very thin edges and no I did have her ponytails to tight. She actually for the first few years of her life wore plastic rubber bands because I didn’t want to damage her hair and they either popped off because her hair was so soft and springy that it almost just expanded until it popped or it would just melt the rubber band lol which was ok because she was a baby. But anyway what I’m saying is that nothing in my regimen for her hair changed but it began to break of anyway. So bad to the point that I really considered cutting it but instead I just begin to keep it braided and I did it natural until she was 4 because she then began to question why her older and younger sisters hair was longer than hers because she seen all of the attention they would get because of their hair. All the while I’ve been nurturing her hair since she was born and even more so when it began to have its problems and it’s still growing but it will take a little bit longer. So when I seen the hurt she was experiencing it hurt me because I’ve always told my daughter how beautiful she is no matter what and that her hair is beautiful but the truth of the matter is not everyone does. So as a mother I took her to a professional and let her and a little hair to the ends of my daughters braids just so that it made it look more natural and not fake and also to not put stress on her edges and she loves them when she’s allowed to get them but that’s not all the time she actually hasn’t had any in about 6 months or so. So you can’t judge every child or parent just by what you see, sometimes there is more to the story than just the title page.

  45. Christy IsaacChristy Isaac says

    Any child under 13 I think. I see children with edges gone and near bald. It may be hard especially if ur child has short hair but it will be worse if u start adding extra problems.

  46. Krystal WhiteKrystal White says

    Once again…that equates to not taking care of your hair. You can pull out those same edges by wearing your natural hair in a ponytail too tight. Its not the braid. Its the braider and the neglect YOU are showing it

  47. Joycelyn LanaeJoycelyn Lanae says

    I was in Pre-K when I had fake braids in my hair. It gave my mother a break and it was a good protective stlye. She did it once a year and it looked age appropriate. I don’t have thin edges, I always had long hair, and I never hated my hair. People have to do things in temperance

  48. Shayla HicksShayla Hicks says

    I absolutely loathe hair that is not grown from the scalp! If only people would take care of their very own hair then we can finally cease as the #1 consumers of Euro hair and stop walking around wearing someone else’s hair!

    • Shayla HicksShayla Hicks says

      Hi Rivian, weave, wigs, etc… anything not grown from the scalp I am just not a fan of… Most women do not take care of their own hair but I am also aware that some do and choose to wear weaves and such as a protective style. I get that. I just do not like it is all…. But hey, to each her own

  49. Toi WinnerToi Winner says

    My daughter have had weave in her head for a whole year while she was 2. That’s was because I wanted to get her hair at a length and thickness until she was able to wear her own hair in braids, and she was getting done professionally. To be honest it would depends on how appropriate the hairstyle is for the child. We have seen plenty of little girls hair-natural hair, that is fragile, thin, and unmanageable, and adults would put braids, ponytails, or hairstyle that was was not suitable and ridiculous. It is the parent/s decision.

  50. Nani IllNanaNani IllNana says

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with braiding hair in a child’s hair. Keeping a little girls hair taken Care of and braiding it with weave will help it grow longer because you are not constantly combing and brushing it every day. As long as the style is age appropriate and its not colored, I think its a go

    • Lillieann JohnsonLillieann Johnson says

      I agree my daughter is in kindergarten and hates getting her done in the morning so I braids up and it gives me a break from the struggle. My daughter gets excited when I tell her that she is getting her hair….hell sometime she asks me when she can get her hair done again.

  51. Tabatha says

    My mom didn’t let me get box braids until I was 13. But I think as long as they aren’t super tight then I think that maybe 8 years old might be an ok age. I think that you should take a good look at your child’s hair and if it’s not too fragile go ahead. I’m not really about weaves that are sewn in, but I’m ok with clip ends cause you put it in and you can take it out the next day.

  52. LeeWan Bell says

    I got braids as a child to protect my hair & still have a head full of hair till this day. I saw the picture of Angelinas daughter & it struck a cord with me. As a birth mother who has a child who’s adoptive mother is white. I’m am happy to see that she took the time to protect her daughter’s hair.
    I unfortunately can not say the same for my birth daughter who’s hair has completely fallen out.. I’m saying all that to say this sometimes braids are needed. Protective styling is needed.

  53. Jessica says

    It depends on how strong her hair is from the get go. I had strong hair when I was young but when I got into my adult years, I realized I was never taught proper hair care. My mom put a relaxer in my hair when I was around 5 or 6 years old. When I was about 7 or 8, she had my cousin put crochet braids in (the pre-braided kind) because she was going away on a church trip for about a week and my dad never did my hair. That was all fine. Never had any problems in my younget years. Throughout my childhood and teenage years, my hair was long and thick until around junior/senior year of high school and I needed to cut my BSL relaxed hair back to SL because it had thinned at the ends. I transitioned senior year of college after 4 years of heat and chemical damage. I transitioned for 11 months and then big chopped July 2013. My hair is APL now.

  54. Roxie says

    I put box braids in my six year olds hair and she has hair down to her butt. I put them in because I work almost 60 hours a week. Also her hair gets in knots you would not believe. So I would rather not hear my baby cry but once every three weeks then every other day and she likes it also. I get asked this question a lot because they know my daughter has super long hair but it’s not for other people to like it’s what’s best for the parent and the child.

  55. Zeneka says

    I disagree with this article even though I believe it was very well written. I have a seven year old daughter who wears fake hair. She wears crochet braids, box braids, and I’ve tried a sew in but that was a major fail. The reason I am ok with adding fake hair is because her hair texture requires too much manipulation if I try to do her own hair everyday for school. I don’t see any harm in cornrows with hair added.
    She only wants to wear extensions now and she definitely admires herself much more with the extensions. I have regular and emphatic conversations with her about her worth her uniqueness and her Brown beauty. It doesn’t matter because she likes her extensions. I explain to her that she is a leader and not a follower and her hair is given to her by God and is perfect, but she still wants to wear hey hair like her white friends at school.
    I’m setting a positive example and stressing the importance of loving her Brown self but for her she wants the extensions.
    And I’m ok with that. I have to believe my teaching and example will mean so much more than hair when she matures

  56. Dakota GilmoreDakota Gilmore says

    I wore braids since I was very young so I don’t have a problem with them as long as there age appropriate. But any other extension’s such as weaves oh no ma’am I didn’t get my first weave until I was a junior in high school and the was for prom. And I had to pay for it kml my momma didn’t play baby lol

  57. Sukari Blackisbeauty BlocktonSukari Blackisbeauty Blockton says

    Me myself I think no kid should have extension in their hair. Growing up my father did not play that, because to him adding hair made you an adult. I’m 23 yrs old and I still barley wear weave and when I do it’s braids for a protective style. Which I do every other couple of months. Only keep it up for 2 weeks.

  58. Malynda LopezMalynda Lopez says

    My daughter has worn braids since she was 5. It’s a big part of our culture also…I don’t see anything wrong with it. Better then ponytails with them tight rubber bands.

  59. VJ RLesterVJ RLester says

    Lazy parents need to get off their asses and comb their children hair. No child need weave extensions or added hair for braids. A teenager I might be able to agree with that. No weaves or relaxers…..

  60. Kelly YoungKelly Young says

    As a parent you should make sure your daughter grows up with some hair a good diet, exercise and a hot comb on Saturday so they can wear their hair out proudly at least once a week. That’s why there are so many grown up black women that don’t have a teaspoonful of real hair on their heads today!

  61. Nani IllNanaNani IllNana says

    We talking about braids with extensions! Relaxing a little girls hair should be out! And black women wondering why they kids hair is short and damaged by 12. Girl bye

  62. Rivian JonesRivian Jones says

    Some of y’all are having flashbacks because your Momma let you go bald. Sorry for your loss literally but I didn’t have the same experience. Braids or fine until a child turns 11 and decides on a perm but sew ins etc or highschool appropriate only. You should be more concerned about some of your kid’s being obese! But y’all worried about somebody else child hair girl bye.

  63. Natural LoveNatural Love says

    No fake hair of any kind for my girls… They are learning to love, appreciate, n care for their own beautiful textures. I don’t want them to have to rely on expensive unnecessary weaves to look “nice” for a special event.. I remember going to prom n homecoming n seeing every black girl with a weave, including myself.. I want them to feel beautiful on those special days with their God given natural hair.

  64. Debora WalkerDebora Walker says

    problem is we put to much stock into hair period! Whats the big deal with it anyone? Some cultures pull their hair out by the roots. Our culture should definitely get over the hair thing. You are not defined by your hair. It falls out it grows it turns grey whatever its jst hair. Have fun with it. puttting all this attention on hair is why women and young girls turn to weave, perms and other things. But no matter what there will always be someone who can’t jst be happy about their own they have to have an opinion about everyone else too.

  65. Jamie Carter-BaileyJamie Carter-Bailey says

    No younger then a teenager (depending on the maturity and how the child keeps up with daily grooming) with most things there are exceptions, but what the top priority of the parent should be building the child’s confidence and exercising healthy hair care, that way the child may grow their own hair healthy and long and won’t really have a need for weaves or extensions.

  66. Ni-Ni PattersonNi-Ni Patterson says

    My mother first started installing braids when I was under ten. Relaxed my hair before that age as well and I had no breakage, drying, or tension. Still had my “edges” too. People need to learn how to install/uninstall and apply products properly to avoid the excuses balding edgeless people blame everything and everyone for but themselves.

  67. Andrea Simpson-JonesAndrea Simpson-Jones says

    Generally, any child 12 and under is too young but it also depends on the hair and whether it is thick and healthy. I can understand putting extensions in a child’s hair for sleep-away camp or a summer visit abroad but otherwise, I think it is healthier for them to wear their own hair and just cornrow it.

  68. Shantell SmithShantell Smith says

    I Put box braids In my girls hair at 5. she had really bad eczema sccalp and with all the washing I felt It Stopped Some of the overdrying of her natural hair.they were Collarbone length Same as her hair…Dont be so quick to think u know why PPL Do wat they do

  69. Phara LassinPhara Lassin says

    I started using extentions on my daughter at the age of 1 because her hair was so short and damaged people thought she was a boy. Now she is 4 years old and her hair is pass her waistline and I’m the one who is now giving tips on how to grow your child’s hair.

  70. Angela WileyAngela Wiley says

    Under 16 Is to Young.. in my opinion……..IJS…..Or Unless The child have baldness issues…..Hair growth Issues…..I Wouldn’t Do it Under 16 Years old for Fashion………. 🙂

  71. Adanma says

    My daughter is 11 and started secondary school last September. Up until then she’s always had her hair cane rowed and braided, with her natural hair, in addition I flat iron her hair after washing, conditioning and blow drying it. Her school is a boarding school, so for the first time, I have had to resort to having her hair braided with extensions. This is the way it will be for the next 7 years, as I have no other choice.

  72. SashaTay says

    Growing up here in The Bahamas, kids start getting braids before they start grade school (4 yrs old). We see it as less manipulation on the hair and from personal experience it helped my hair from becoming even more damaged from swimming in a pool every week.
    But to each its own, once the braids are not heavy and too tight then it should not be damaging the child’s hair.

  73. Annette says

    What an interesting conversation!
    In a world already saturated with covertness and covetiness, it would seem that a parent’s job is already difficult enough. Teaching children basic life skills like tying their own shoes and making up a bed or saying please and thank you is hard work enough with no support for this outside of the home. Add to that building self esteem, teaching self worth and self knowledge, how does a parent have time for it all???? If ‘the parentS,’ meaning Mom and Dad, concentrate on raising well rounded, responsible children, whatever hairstyle that little girl wears will be exactly what it’s supposed to be–with or without extensions.

  74. Ann Smile says

    Definitely 2 young! If mom doesn’t stimulate scalp from birth it’s almost over! Women gotta train hair from birth just like a manner! Get it 2gether moms!

  75. Lisa Roberts says

    I feel sorry for the kids nowadays. Already no edges. It’s like they mammy put that mess in their hsir as soon as they come out the womb, like they have a live baby doll. Smdh. Not until they’re at least 15.

    • Kizi Duffy says

      There was a lil girl who hair would not grow beyond a inch or so fro, it was clean moisturized but it would not grow. He mom was like that too it grew when she got older. She had issues and I know she wished she had longer hair. We tried to make her feel better she did get her lil hair styled barrettes lil braids. It never occurred to give her lil extensions like the girl on the left. I actually think that would of made her feel better. So I disagree. As long as its done safely and taken care of it should not be a problem.

  76. Nakiesha Stoker says

    So glad my daughter does not have this problem. I’ve seen so many young girls with thinning hair because their mom dis not want to put up with it and permed it! My little cousin had some gorgeous, natural hair. Became to much to handle for the mom and she permed it! Worse mistake! At the end it’s the mom who decides. Hope she makes the right choice for her daughter. Could benefit her later in life!

  77. Tee Tee says

    And you wonder why these lil girls act grown!!!
    Let kids be kids and do their hair, dress them girly and teach them how to act like young girls then young ladies.
    A different mindset these days…

  78. London Wilson says

    Children can grow hair if their parents stop abusing it. Extensions do not belong in kids hair. I’ve seen children with plugs in their head from braids that were too tight or were ripped out and balding edges. It’s so sad.

  79. Kizi Duffy says

    As long as their hair is done safely, not to tight and snatching out their edges, I see no problem with it. They should be moisturized and clean. These little girls are cute. But I think the braids on the left look like they to tight.

  80. Hayleigh-joy Rose says

    When my daughter is in her teens she may have braids if she desires she is way too young to have any type of stress or too much tension on her scalp. The only reason my daughter has so much hair is because it is left alone. I literally just Wash, grease then twist it.

  81. Natasha Turner says

    I didnt put weave in my daugther hair..braiding hair..no tracks… When she turned 11…i probably wont do it for my other daugthers at all..cause their grade of hair is different

  82. Sage Auset says

    Around 12 or 13 maybe? I think that little girls should be taught to love who they are. They should have their confidence built up so that they can wear their crown proper with a big self esteem! teach them how beautiful they are with their natural looks.
    Slapping weave or extensions in can cause them to feel like they aren’t pretty or stylish without it. And not to mention what it will do to their edges !
    But thats just my opinion

  83. Felicia Thomas says

    I know someone who keeps their child in weave. Braids, extensions, and more and she’s probably 3 or 4. I mean come on. You can already see the baby has no edges. Why do all that just to look good for everyone else? Let these babies be babies…

  84. Sephora White says

    Ruining their edges & ends before they even have a chance to know what the grade & texture of their own hair will be.
    Whatever happened to plats, ponytails, Shirley temple curls, bows & barrettes? Cute, kid friendly hairstyles that let their hair follicles develop properly?

  85. Ke Jones says

    I think alot of the parents just won’t invest time in sitting down to do hair.. it’s convenient for them.. unfortunate for the child.. their hair is delicate when they’re young.. I just wish they’d stop doing it so much their edges r coming out

  86. Jai Bacote says

    If it is done properly, there should be no issue. But, that doesn’t mean I should see a 6mth old with some extensions kids 1-3yrs old usually have manageable hair or barely have a full head of hair anyway so, there is really no reason for it. Once they get school aged, it is a great protective style, saves time for both the parent and kid and that means more time to spend enjoying each others company, doing homework, etc…

  87. Orlondo Cottery says

    My little cousin’s hair won’t grow,so her mom put box braids in her hair for years. Now her hair is down her back. It just depends on who doing them. Make sure they aren’t to tight.

  88. Tamika Johnson says

    Her age is on the parent and not society . As long as the braids look real or completely descent and neat, the parent takes care of the childs scalp. Otherwise, go to professional and don’t miss appointments to refresh her scalp with treatments and new braids, or co-washes . Or it doesn’t make any sense to apply them .

  89. Syd says

    People think just because the hair is long it’s healthy. That’s not at all true . Your child’s hair can be down to their butt and still be thin, split ends, weak, damaged, etc. I personally think adding weave to your child’s hair to soon can do more damage than protecting . Especially when you take into consideration how rough kids can be on their hair .

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