Beginners guide to growing an African baby’s kinky hair

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Beginners guide to growing an African baby’s kinky hair

While several mommas’ have joined the natural gang, they are still puzzled as to how to take care of and grow their baby’s kinky hair. It’s confusing because you don’t know the shampoos or conditioners that will work for your baby or cause irritations. Are you combing too hard?  Should you start weaving their hair to encourage growth? Perhaps some shea butter? Etc.

 

Here are some basic guides to help reduce the confusion.

First of all, DO NOT put extensions on any child below the age of 5 years. You will simply make them bald. Extensions are often too heavy and too tight for their delicate hair strands and scalp, it only leads to breakage.

Secondly, don’t just rake a comb through your little one’s tresses, especially when it’s dry, that tears off their hair strands, and causes splits and breakage. It also hurts them and leads to them associating hair care with pain. It will make them resistant to any form of hair care.

Essentially, your life just gets difficult and it’s a downhill spiral, as your little one will begin to cry and become agitated the minute he/she notices its hair day. You must always comb their hair with a wide tooth comb while it’s damp using a conditioning agent. Do it gently from tip to root. An excellent conditioning and detangling agent is the brazen curls detangling co-wash

The BASIC principles you must hold on to while growing your little ones’ hair are outlined below:

 

Simplicity

Our little angels are impatient and they get bored super quick, so if you don’t want to fight and struggle or create negative feelings towards their hair care, then keep their regimen simple. If you can, avoid a 10 step wash day process, keep in mind we are speaking of kids under 5.  Washing my son’s hair takes all of 10mins.  I use the brazen curls detangling co-wash, because it cleanses, conditions and detangles all in one.  I literally put the product in his hair for 2 minutes while he is the shower, use a wide tooth comb while the product is in his hair. No tears and we are done cleansing, detangling and conditioning. He is 2 in case you wondered, and one tub lasts him about 4 months.  So keep it simple and go for multiple purpose products all the time.

 

Moisture

It’s important to realize that without moisture black hair cannot grow, this is because African hair is naturally very dry AND DRY HAIR BREAKS! In simple terms, sebum from the scalp does not flow easily from the root to the tip in Afro hair, unlike Caucasian hair, this is because of our curly hair structure. It is, therefore, more difficult to keep our hair moisturized.  Use a water-based liquid product as a hair moisturizer, look for distilled water/Aqua as the first ingredient in your leave-in-conditioners or hair creams. This is literally the best way to keep your tiny tot’s hair soft, supple and easy to manage.

 

Do not grease their hair and scalp:

A lot of products claim to be moisturizers but actually do no such thing. Make sure you check the ingredients for distilled water/aqua/ H20 listed as the first ingredient. Thick butters like shea butter, cocoa butter, and thick oils like castor oil are not moisturizers, they are sealants and they will only make your babies hair greasy and clog the pores of your babies scalp causing buildup.  These sealants or hair butter will make your babies hair/scalp oily and make it seem moisturized when it’s not.

 

Don’t over-wash

Excessive washing will strip your baby’s hair of its natural oils, this will lead to dry, difficult to manage, breaking hair. If your child’s hair is consistent, coarse and dry then you should probably stick to the co-wash method, which means no shampoo is used on your baby’s hair ever. Otherwise, use a sulfate free, MEA, DEA, Paraben, and Phthalate free gentle cleansing shampoo, once a week to cleanse your child’s hair.

 

Use chemical free products

Lots of common hair care products, including baby products contain harmful chemicals that your child’s skin and your baby’s eyes can react to, these chemicals include but are not limited to petroleum, mineral oil, petroleum jelly (Vaseline), sodium lauryl sulphates, sodium laureth sulphates, lsopropanol alcohol, benzyl alcohol, alcohol denat, etc. not to mention some of these products have an especially drying effect on your child’s hair. Since you are probably not going to be able to remember every dangerous chemical it’s better to go for 100% natural hair care products or better yet organic products. Always read the ingredients and do your own to know that the products are what they say they are.

My name is Esione Rachel Asakome. I live in Lagos and I am from Edo state, Nigeria. I was born in the United Kingdom, but I was whisked back to Nigeria by my parents very early on. I studied in Nigeria from nursery through to secondary school, after which I did my A Levels in the U.K and went on to study Accounting and Financial Management at Loughborough University.

Thereafter, I came back to Nigeria to complete my NYSC, afterward, I went back to Grenoble, France, Grenoble Graduate School to study International Business. I moved back to Nigeria completely in May 2014, roughly about 7 months later, Beautifully Nappy was started.

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Esione Rachel Asakome
Esione Rachel Asakome
My name is Esione Rachel Asakome. I live in Lagos and I am from Edo state, Nigeria. I was born in the United Kingdom, but I was whisked back to Nigeria by my parents very early on. I studied in Nigeria from nursery through to secondary school, after which I did my A Levels in the U.K and went on to study Accounting and Financial Management at Loughborough University. Thereafter, I came back to Nigeria to complete my NYSC, afterward, I went back to Grenoble, France, Grenoble Graduate School to study International Business. I moved back to Nigeria completely in May 2014, roughly about 7 months later, Beautifully Nappy was started.

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  1. Adenike Lawrence says:

    Thank you for this! Will definitely try out the Brazen curls detangling co-wash. However, I wash my 8 months old baby’s hair daily when it’s not styled ‘puff-puff’. Is this advisable? What hair care product then should be used daily to make hair moist? I currently use Johnson’s baby oil which I have read is not advisable. Kindly advice. Thank you!

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