A few days ago I did a short post about how to keep hair care simple for little girls headed to Kindergarten for the first time. and since that post I have had so many questions about children hair care but specifically about 4C hair. In a sense, black children with curly hair and kinky hair have very similar regimens and very similar problems and by problems, I mean dry hair.
In this post, I want to give you an example of a simple regimen perfect for any little girl with 4C hair and I want to start from birth.
When my son was born the texture of his hair was dramatically different from what it is now, he had what we refer to as ‘baby hair’. His hair then fell out, yes my child went bald ya’ll!
At 8monthss old, he had patches of thick curly hair all over his head and complete bald spots along the edges and at the nape.
He is my first child and at the time I honestly thought something was wrong with him, maybe he was deficient in some way but the doctor explained that what was happening with my baby was normal.
What this means is that from birth we have to start thinking about caring for our children’s’ hair using all natural products and simple hair care so that the ‘new hair’ that will eventually begin to grow is nourished 100%.
My son never had a full head of hair until he was 2 and a half years old, and of course, this might be different for your child than it was for mine but the foundation remains the same. With that said for babies, the regimen is super simple, keep the scalp clean with a gentle cleanser and use all natural oils to nourish their scalp. Lay off of excessive styling and let the hair flourish.
Wash regimen after baby stages
Deciding when to cleanse your child’s hair is most definitely depended on your schedule and your child. The pediatrician will tell you that it is important to keep your child’s scalp clean and if they have scalp issues such as cradle cap it is very important to remove the excessive scales and cleanse the scalp.
Cleanse with a sulfate free shampoo, preferably tear free so that the process can be comfortable for you and your little one.
There are really great sulfate free shampoo’s on the market these days that do a great job of cleansing your child’s scalp and hair without stripping it. (By the way, no disrespect to Johnson and Johnson, but just say no).
After you shampoo, you can move on to conditioning your child’s hair and deep condition as needed and if they will allow it. Tip: work in sections from beginning to end, at least 4-6 sections will make things 10 times easier for cleansing and conditioning.
This is the part of wash day that might be the hardest for both you and your child but if you work in sections things will get easy and tear free.
while working in sections arm yourself with a spray bottle that has water, conditioner, and oil in it and spray the section liberally to begin.
Detangle using your fingers at first to remove any shed hair and stubborn knots then use a Denman or detangling wide tooth comb to detangle the section.
Once the section is detangled, twist or braid it and start another section using the same technique. If you need a demonstration watch mommy and beauty blogger @mycandieshoppe detangle her daughter, little Kennedy’s hair on wash day.
Children with afro textured hair, whether it is 3c or 4c benefit greatly from protective styles because the hair retains moisture better while protected additionally it remains detangled and your child will retain more length.
For a majority of the week keep the hair braided or twisted and then on the weekend she can have a little fun with loose hair and buns. (Click page 2)