There are women that say they learned how to do their hair when they were 10 and have been doing their own hair ever since. There are others who have always gone to get their hair done and have not cared for their own hair before.
Then you have the women who have just started their own healthy hair journey and are learning to care for their hair from trial and error. What is the best way we can help our daughters learn how to care for their own hair?
Honestly, my heart melts when I see a little girl on YouTube show us how she cares for her hair or see a little 5 year old do two strand twists for her style of choice.
How can we encourage our daughters, nieces, little sisters, and other little girls to learn how to care for their hair at an early age? Try these tips to help your daughter understand and appreciate her hair.
Start her off early during bath time
Just because your baby has small coils on head does not mean that her hair should not be cared for. You can use only water to cleanse her hair in the beginning. As she gets more hair, use light conditioners or products specifically made for babies and toddlers.
Talk to her during bath time that you are shampooing or co-washing her hair to cleanse it. Say things like, “You want your hair clean, don’t you?” “Oh, look at your clean coils sweetheart!” Make sure to have happy and bright expressions on your face as you speak in a loving tone.
Using a light leave in to keep her hair soft and moisturized. Now of course, she won’t understand what you are doing, let alone her realizing that she even has hair.
But when you talk to her in a happy tone towards her hair or continue on this simple regimen, as she grows she will look at her hair positively instead of with frustration and negativity.
Let your daughter watch you do your own hair
As early as 1 or 2, your baby is in the mimicking stage and will want to do everything that you do. While you are doing your hair, let her sit on your lap with her baby brush and a small spray bottle to hold in her hands.
Talk to her about why you are doing certain things to your hair and what style you are planning. “Look at mommy’s hair. Do you want your hair like this?” “How about I do a wash n go for you? You will look so beautiful.”
Communication is very important during this stage, especially as your little girl is learning how to talk herself. Talk to her about appreciating her hair and knowing that her hair is beautiful just like her.