Afro Kids Hair - Detangling, Swimming, NitsSunday, January 20, 2013
- Baby Hair
- Washing and Detangling
- Night Time Regime
- Swimming with Children and Afro Hair
- Nits or Lice (Oh the fun)
- Wash the hair with shampoo once a week, using a gentle baby shampoo.
- Conditioner is very important for fragile aro hair. Try to condition the hair more often. Always condition after you shampoo, but you can also just condition the hair without shampooing (co-wash). Use a baby comb to gently comb through the hair
- Air dry the hair, try not to use a blow dryer or heat applianace on the baby's hair and let it dry naturally.
- Apply a small amount of a natural oil to the scalp. A light oil like Olive Oil(virgin), Carrot Oil or Grapeseed Oil would be benefcial.
- Do not try to pull hair tight into clips or barrettes, these pull on the scalp. Try to leave it free if possible.
- If you need to use clips or barretes use cloth covered ones. Only comb the hair when it is damp and use a spray bottle to wet the hair so that you can style it. I would however leave a six month olds hair free and not try to style it too much.
- The first thing you will need to do is detangle the hair. This may be easier at first when they have less hair but as the hair grows after they turn two, detangling properly is necessary.
- Divide the hair into four parts. If you can leave a part at the front or side for your child to help you this gives them a chance to play with their hair and get used to taking care of their hair later on. It also allows then to get to know and love their hair at an early age.
- Using a spray bottle of water, spray the first section with water ad then apply conditioner to that section.
- Gently use your fingers to detangle this section.
- If the hair is long enough you can twist the hair or plait it loosely.
- Do this for each section.
- You will find this easier if the child's hair is in a protective style like canerows but if it has been left out detangling is essential as the hair can get knotted very easily.
- I wash both children's hair in the bath (Hard work!)
- Use a wide tooth comb or your fingers to detangle
- Always detangle damp hair
- Use a conditioner to help with detangling. If you are not planning to wash the hair you can use a leave in conditioner to aid with detangling.
- When shampooing hair concentrate on the scalp on my own hair I use the rule 'Shampoo roots, Condition ends' This just means you want to concentatrate on the roots and scalp while you shampoo.
- Use a SLS free mild kids shampoo. If you can, use one designed for afro hair.
- Use a small amount of shampoo, I have found on my own hair and my own kids hair that using too much shampoo can really dry your hair out. A little goes a long way.
- When you are washing the shampoo out it will run down the hair strands and cleanse them too.
- Use a mild SLS free children's shampoo for afro hair (if possible)
- Shampoo Roots and Scalp
- Use a small amount to cleanse hair and scalp
- Condition the hair with the afro children's conditioner of our choice if you are able to find one or a mild children's conditioner.
- Leave in for 5 - 15 minutes while they have their bath
- Wash out
- Towel blot - try not to rub the hair over excessively
- Let the hair air dry if you have time
- Once the child turns around two use a diffuser on a hair dryer on a cool or very low setting to help dry the hair.
- I only use a hair dryer when I do not have time to air dry at night especially in the cold winter.
- Use a mild children's conditioner
- Towel blot, then air dry hair
- Only blow dry on a low setting with a diffuser
- Moisturise hair with a leave in before bed.
- Seal in the moisture with an oil or butter. (olive oil or shea butter)
- Detangle and style (twist or plait) ready for the morning
Swimming with Children and Afro Hair
- If this is not a moisturising shampoo, you may need to wash again with a mild moisturising shampoo. It is probably not a good use to use adult swim shampoos on children they can be quite harsh on young developing scalps and especially on fragile afro hair.
- Prepare the hair before swimming
- Use a kids shampoo with phytic acid or citric acid to remove the chlorine
- Finish up with a moisturising shampoo and conditioner
You can either:
- Wash with children's medicated lice treatment or other natural lice treatment
- Follow up with a kids moisturising shampoo and conditioner