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FIVE GREAT TIPS FOR YOU DAUGHTER’S CURLS.

February 24, 2013

1. DON’T RELAX IT- MANAGE IT.baby hair

Don’t be lazy. If you relax your princess’s hair because it makes it more ‘manageable’, you should take the time to learn products and techniques that can help maintain the hair. Use specific brands that cater to kinky hair, even better children’s kinky hair e.g. Carols daughter princess collection, kinky curly kids, mixed chicks etc. There are tons of detanglers, conditioners and curl enhancers out there you can use to tame what you once thought was unruly. Our daughters are young and fragile and relaxers are damaging not matter how mild. No-lye, olive oil infused, texturizer, whatever! They are toxic chemicals and adding chemicals to their hair will damage their fresh new hair. Thinning, limp or damaged hair, scalp problems  or even balding edges are some of the worst nightmares for every woman and I’m sure you don’t want that for your baby girl. Relaxing children’s hair from a very young age can, unfortunately, not only cause these kind of problems but make them permanent as well, reducing the number of hairstyle options, creating a whole lot of issues that could have been avoided completely. So why do it?

2. DIY- MAKE THE TIME.

Don’t depend on the salon to take care of your daughter’s hair because they will not. The health of her hair is in your hands and it’s your responsibility to give her the best. By this, I don’t mean you have to do the plaits yourself if you do not know how to. Do the maintenance i.e. wash, conditioned and properly detangle at home before you take her to the salon or whoever will do her hair. This is the only way to ensure that it is done the right way; avoiding breakage as much as possible. Personally, I shampoo and deep condition my daughter’s hair every other week (co-wash the plaits/twists in between) and I plait it while it’s wet, I have eliminated blow drying completely. Blow drying is also very damaging if done often, so the best way to avoid that is to do it while it’s very manageable i.e. when it is wet and conditioned as opposed to  when it is dry and frizzy. You will be amazed how soft the hair is in its wet state and how beautiful the plaits will turn out. Try it!!

baby twist3. KEEP IT SIMPLE- DO PROTECTIVE STYLES.

Most of us are good at this and that’s a good thing. However, protective style doesn’t necessarily mean plaits with beads at the ends. Have fun – do two strand twists, buns, ponytails, bantu knots ( a mixture of cornrows and twists). The reason I love natural hair is that it is actually more versatile, you have a lot more options than relaxed hair.

4. STICK TO THE RULES- MOISTURE, PROTEIN AND MORE MOISTURE AND SEALING.

The same rules apply to your daughter’s hair. Yup! You should deep condition weekly or fortnightly, do protein treatments once a month to every six weeks, and moisturize and seal daily. Create a regimen that suits her hair and stick with it. Remember, to get good results you need the right products and the right method to use the products. Try to use all natural or organic products for natural hair as they work better for natural hair. Products like Aubrey Organics and Carols Daughter are GREAT for natural hair.

5. DONT FORGET TO TRIM.

The fact that the hair is curly and you cannot see the split ends doesn’t mean they do not exist. The ends of the hair are the oldest parts because hair grows from the root.  If the ends are neglected, they can begin to split; causing damage even further down the hair.  It may be counterintuitive. But, trimming the ends can actually lead to having longer hair.  If you notice the ends of the hair are very dry, you might want to make sure you are doing a good job conditioning.  If you notice they looked frayed, more tangled than normal or split, have them trimmed. I neglected this for a long time with my daughter.  But, since starting, I immediately noticed an improvement in the manageability of her hair.

So start having fun with your princesses!! Hope you found the tips helpful!!!

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