How Young is too Young when Using Extensions in a Child’s Hair?

zahara-435My opinion is, if you want to protect her hair, you can braid, cornrow or twist it just as you would with extensions hair, just using her own hair instead. With that said, if we were to determine what age is most appropriate for braids and weave hair based on physical attributes alone, I would say when her hair isn’t changing as much and is strong enough to handle it.

Typically this would be during puberty but even then you still want to have some sort of control with regards to how long extensions are in, and why you are putting them in her hair in the first place. Lets move on to maturity.

Should extensions depend on maturity?

Personally, this will only be an issue after my child is 13 point blank, because at this time we can probably safely determine if her hair is strong and healthy enough to ‘take’ braids.

When we refer to maturity we mean, are you and your child able to decipher the difference between using braids and extensions as a means of protecting her hair for growth and health rather than a crutch because your daughter is not particularly thrilled with her own hair?

Sometimes children can view certain things with more imagination than we might like, they are influenced by everything around them, like Disney princesses with long flowing hair that does not look like their own, or other kids in class that tease her about her ‘wooly’ hair making her feel a little insecure.

They might feel a sigh of relief when they finally get braids because it is the perfect compromise for what they view as a better alternative to what they have.


It is important that your child understands her hair, loves her hair, and knows that extensions are just a means to give her hair a break from time to time so that her own hair can stay healthy and retain length.

Is that easy to explain to a child? Not always, and that’s why we have to not only lead by example, but we also have start the conversation early, very early. At no point should a child feel that hair extensions are a replacement for her own hair, once she understands that, then she might be able to wear extensions from time to time once she hits puberty.

What about weaves?

We have primarily been focused on braid extensions, but what about full coverage weaves or crochet braids? This again is a matter of opinion, I am not a fan of weave extensions for little girls, and by little I am referring to girls under 16.

I have never raised a teenage girl before so that is just my own opinion minus the actual experience. What is your opinion, how young is too young for braid extension hair, and how old should a child be for her to have her first weave?

Originally posted 2015-01-15 15:00:54.

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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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Comments

  1. Raniquah Janisha Burroughs

    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 .

    1. Saphary

      Yeah same here, my daughter is 2.5, and i recently got her hair done in cornrows that lead into a ponytail, and I added some extra hair because her hair would be too short for a pony tail, it’s not heavy at all! And she loves it.

  2. Cindy harris

    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 Kelly

    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.

    1. Kendra Taylor

      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. Tianedra Bea Little

    Depends on the style I suppose maybe a little added to the ends is ok but I hate to see lil girls with full heads of extensions

  5. Tamaran James

    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 James

    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 James

    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 James

    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 James

    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 James

    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 James

    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 James

    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 James

    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 James

    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 James

    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 James

    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 James

    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 James

    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 James

    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 James

    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 James

    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 James

    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. Tamaran James

    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.

  24. Kendra Taylor

    Focus on healthier hair growth not length. Short or medium length is beautiful also!! Teach them self love and loving their hair is just one way of doing that.

    1. Peggy Edmonson

      Some parents is telling their kids that they have to have long hair to be pretty and some take it too far putting braids in their hair (extensions) too early breaking their hair off

    2. Kendra Taylor

      I agree and its sad to no end smh then comes make up. I am a childcare provider and you should see some of the styles little girls wear smh

    3. Kendra Taylor

      Ive seen 5year olds with full sewins and asian style bangs. Bob cuts and micros??? Why oh why who is she trying to impress

  25. Norvona MzVona Spencer

    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.

        1. Epic Realist

          Yes, I agree that is way too much. Weave in a baby’s hair. Ridiculous beyond reason. I have two young daughters and I wouldn’t even dream of such a thing. Have your child love her own hair first before adding some!

  26. Tryaunda Logan

    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.

  27. Aaliyah Ingram-Jones

    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.

  28. Denise Mills

    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.

  29. Johnna Williams Nash

    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

    1. Honey Mattice

      I wasn’t raised that way, and I was raised by my dad. He taught me to love me as I am. I’m teaching that to my girls.

    2. Mina

      Ditto! I might let her do it when she starts high school but not younger. She does have hair but even if she didn’t, I wouldn’t do fake hair. I tell her all the time that she has pretty hair and she does. It’s not 3c hair it’s 4c hair and all she knows is that her hair is pretty!

  30. Azaria Baht Israel Israel

    It’s not ok. It makes the little girls think that their Chist like hair isn’t good enough. Unless they’re a cancer patient with no hair.

    1. Cindy Cadet-Murphy

      It’s just hair it comes go goes. Hair is not even alive, you put a person’s entire personality & self esteem on something so interchangeable. I’m raising educated power woman n my house , hair like clothing, jewelry is an accessory.

    2. Azaria Baht Israel Israel

      Yea! There’s so much controversy around hair. We as parents got to be careful about we say about our children’s looks. Tell them how beautiful and how special they are.
      Tell them that they’re beautiful just the way they are without the extra (weaves, perms)

  31. AntLina AjNikki TiceJacob

    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

  32. Misty B. Fox

    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

  33. Michelle Marie

    I like the natural looks on lil girls…no weave!!! Natural braids!!! My daughter doesn’t wear weave!!!

  34. Debbie Meeks

    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.

  35. Dellasie Cocoa Aning

    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.

    1. Aaliyah Ingram-Jones

      They actually just unearthed an Ethiopian mummy that had weaved hair, not braided. Weaves are very very old. Hundreds if not thousands of years old. Application methods have evolved but weave is not new.

    2. Dellasie Cocoa Aning

      Not weaves with glue, or even sewn with synthetic or asian/south-american hair….. I believe that’s what these commenters are referring to.

    3. Lynette Robinson

      if its not your hair its weave !!! braids is a type of way to wear weave but if its not growing out your head than its weave

  36. Tee Waters Hill

    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.

    1. Hannah Okorafor

      Well it’s easier said than done “making time” every morning depends on the mother’s work life.
      As long as it’s age appropriate it’s up to individual choice…

  37. Wendy Stewart

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

  38. Tiela Lewis

    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.

  39. MzCoco Sewin Weaves

    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

  40. Tiela Lewis

    Keep it up with them braids, weaves, y’all gonna mess around and have NO edges. Thats NOT a good look

  41. Tracy NoLove Barbie

    I dont like it,.kids shid b kids,..no extensions neede, teach our girls to first love their natural selves first so as they grow they wont feel the need to become all Eurocentric.

  42. Toni Richardson

    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

    1. Toni Richardson

      It does but everyone is not blessed with a lot of hair I’m a licensed hair stylist so I see all kinds of things

  43. Audrey Walker

    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!!

    1. Claudine Woods

      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.

    2. Ashley Carter

      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.

    3. Audrey Walker

      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.

    4. Nicole Semajmomma Hoover

      @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!

  44. Krystal White

    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.

    1. AK Gibson

      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.

  45. Tamara Zackery

    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..

  46. Kasheena Sermons-Thompson

    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

  47. Rene Eberhart

    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.

  48. Petronella Mcneil

    When u add a little extra hair to girls braids, they last longer. Do it safely n without pulling edges. Moisturizing daily is obvious. No weave for my babies. No relaxer too

  49. Princess Asya Gotbigplans Crudup

    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

  50. Chavon Corvette

    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.

  51. Tiffany Marie Banks

    As long as the little girl doesnt feel like she needs extensions to be pretty and knows her beauty with or without them, I think its up to the parent(s).

  52. DeeDee Wheat

    Teach them to appreciate their natural length while they are young! Braids could be okay but other hair ehhhhh!!! I’m on the fence about

  53. Danielle Rene'e

    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

  54. Latisha CubanPete Heiwajima

    If you take care of her hair she won’t have to wear that crap in the first place
    And I feel a kid should be a kid and not take on grown folks problems

    1. keishab1228

      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.

  55. Christy Isaac

    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.

    1. Lula A Wynn

      I totally agree… learn them how to take care of what’s natural first so they will learn to love and appreciate their own natural head of hair..

  56. Krystal White

    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

  57. Joycelyn Lanae

    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

  58. Khrystal Bianca

    I had braids young but I had really long thick hair and it was the summer time. It all depends on the child

  59. Shayla Hicks

    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!

    1. Rivian Jones

      Why would you compare wearing weave to someone not taking care of there hair. Let me guess your natural?

    2. Shayla Hicks

      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

  60. Toi Winner

    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.

  61. Nani IllNana

    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

    1. Lillieann Johnson

      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.

    2. Velli Velli Velz

      Totally agree. My daughter has her hair in braided extensions. When she is bored of it she asks for her natural hair. Nothing wrong within reason.

  62. Tabatha

    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.

    1. Chanèl Johnson

      Learn to take care of there hair . The reason most of these kids have such short , damaged hair is because the parents are over processing it, not paying attention to it , or just don’t care . Just let it be free , and leave so much fake hair out of it . and the babies will have hair !

  63. LeeWan Bell

    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.

  64. Jessica

    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.

  65. Roxie

    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.

  66. Zeneka

    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

  67. Dakota Gilmore

    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

    1. Dia Truly Blessed Jean

      Well my daughter had dermatitis that made her hair fell off so putting braids gave it a boost so now she has a head full of hair natural

  68. Sukari Blackisbeauty Blockton

    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.

  69. Malynda Lopez

    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.

  70. VJ RLester

    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…..

  71. Kelly Young

    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!

  72. Nani IllNana

    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

  73. Rivian Jones

    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.

  74. Natural Love

    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.

  75. Debora Walker

    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.

  76. Jamie Carter-Bailey

    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.

  77. Ni-Ni Patterson

    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.

  78. Camille Bryant

    My daughter 8 I work everyday in the mornings its her brother and my husband who’s gonna do her hair?? Braid’s it is!!!

  79. Felicia Hamilton

    I braided hair into my 2yr olds head… and NO, you couldn’t tell. I had stylist compliment her length and were shocked once they discovered she had weave.

  80. Myisha Barnhill

    Well I don’t really like fake hair like that no way. I believe in wearing your own hair. But a few extension OK. Depending on style.

  81. Pennyatta Roberts

    What if your child has something wrong with them that prevent their hair from growing right ?? I say its OK as long as the style isn’t grown …..I like the braids

  82. Ashley Martin

    I feel no child should have no type of weave in their hair until they turn 15… That’s just me… I hate seeing lil girl with weave in their hair

  83. Andrea Simpson-Jones

    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.

  84. Shantell Smith

    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

  85. Phara Lassin

    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.

  86. Angela Wiley

    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………. 🙂

  87. Adanma

    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.

  88. SashaTay

    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.

  89. Annette

    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.

  90. Ann Smile

    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!

  91. Stephany Winters

    I think until there atleast 14 & still then let them decide… although my daughter wont have this option lol because she will be natural

  92. Lisa Roberts

    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.

  93. Adrienne Blanford

    If you start too young I think it creates low self esteem. You showing them that long hair is better and if you don’t Hv it you don’t look good I think 14 yrs old and up

    1. Kizi Duffy

      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.

  94. Shevanie Chin Townsend

    The girls in the picture too young, leave their hair to grow. So many black women are edgeless because of these tight braids. Mind just staring to grow back after I stop wearing them.

  95. Nakiesha Stoker

    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!

  96. Tee Tee

    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…

  97. London Wilson

    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.

  98. Kizi Duffy

    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.

  99. Hayleigh-joy Rose

    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.

  100. Natasha Turner

    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

  101. Sage Auset

    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

  102. Felicia Thomas

    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…

  103. Sephora White

    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?

  104. Ke Jones

    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

  105. Juelle Gems

    My daughter wore extensions at 13 even though her natural hair is as long as the ad in. We did it to protect her hair.

  106. Jai Bacote

    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…

  107. Deanna Ware

    Shouldn’t put weaves are extensions in little girls hair because you damage it, let them make that decision as they get (older) not moms

  108. Marilyn Hodge

    It is up to the Parents not the public. Each parent is different so what you think is a non factor

  109. Orlondo Cottery

    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.

  110. Tamika Johnson

    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 .

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