I am going to venture out on a limb here and say that this is a matter of opinion and is at the sole discretion of the mother or caretaker involved.
I refuse to leave it at that though, we love our little girls, they are our pride and joy and caring for their hair can be some what of a priority since like us we want to see growth and health in their hair just as much as we want to see it in our own.
There is no doubt that braid extensions help us to keep our hair healthy by breaking the need for constant manipulation and protecting our ends from damage.
However with a child there are two things to consider when making the decision on if you should add hair extensions* to her hair, one, how fragile her hair might be at the time of the decision and two, how mature she is.
When we refer to extensions, we are talking about any kind of weave hair that you would add to your child’s hair to protect it or just as a part of her regimen.
This topic has been debated a lot especially when we see celebrity children rocking braids from as young as six years old. Off the bat for me I can say definitively that 6 is way too young, but lets really discuss it.
Is a child’s hair too fragile for extensions*?
The hair on a child’s head when she is born is much different from what it will look like at 13. Her hair will change over the years, the color will change, the thickness, and the texture will change as the child grows. Up until the point of puberty your child will have thinner and more fragile strands that can easily break and get damaged with more stress.
In fact there are specific recommendations from doctors and professional hair stylists who refute the use of chemicals and additives that can potentially cause harm to a child’s hair before the age of 13.
The scalp is of particular interest because it is an extension of the child’s skin, and just like you would do everything to protect her skin and not put stress on it with harsh creams, you want to treat her scalp in the same manner.
Even though extensions* are not ‘creams’ you need to be able to care for your daughter’s scalp in the gentlest way you can without the fuss of extensions that might get in the way.