Caring for your little girl's naturally curly, kinky, and wavy hair can be an easy task once you get the hang of it. Here are some tips to help you:
1- Leave the chemicals alone. Parents sometimes want to take the easy road to hair care for their child by perming or relaxing the hair in hopes of making the hair more manageable and easy to style. Just say no! Chemicals alter the texture of the hair and threaten the overall health of your baby's curly mane.
2- Detangle! Instead of reaching for the nearest "Just for me" perm kit to ease styling, try detangling the hair first. There are some great styling aids to help with detangling such as Donna Marie's Ultimate Detangler, which are safe and easy to use. Simply spray or pour the detangler on the hair and comb through with a wide tooth comb.
3- Use products that are natural- Your little girl's hair is healthy and beautiful! Lets keep it that way. Try to stay away from products that use harsh synthetics and ingredients that don't promote hair growth. Rather, use products with ingredients aimed to protect and enhance the health of the hair.
4. Use gentle barretts and ponytail holder- Stay away from rubberbands when styling the hair as they pull the hair too tight and cause breakage. Instead, use soft hair ties or "ouchless" rubberbands (they sell these at CVS, Duane Reed Etc.).
5. Don't braid, twist or cornrow too tight-Tight braids, twists and cornrows can lead to breakage and many little curlies are extra tender in the scalp. Use gentle braiding techniques to ensure the longevity of the style and to ensure the overall health of the hair.