By Natasha Ferguson
As parents we are complimented on the way we grow and look after our children. Hair is a massive part of how are children will be conditioned and treated in todays society, and various settings that they will encounter as well as the everyday interaction they have with other children and adults. And it’s down to us as parents to make sure that they are confident and proud of their hair texture and quality.
I’ve put together ten tips on how become more aware on what we need to look out for to give our children the best when to comes to their hair.
- Investigate. Understand your child’s hair texture. Does it dry out in the sun? Is the scalp always dry? What breaks or snaps or thins the hair? Once you have an idea, you’ll then know what points you need to focus on and what to look for with products.
- Research. Take the time to research what you will be applying to the hair. Cheap is not always cheerful. However some brands are cost effect and do exactly what they say they will do. Build your own awareness of what you’re looking for and what it needs to do. When I try new products, I try to use a few from the range and give it at 6-8 weeks to see how it works out.
- Not everything works in their hair. What works for one may not work for the other. Each hair type and texture is different. So if you like the effect of what a product does, ask for a sample.
- Eat good grow good. A good meal is a reflection on the consistency and strength of hair growth with the right balance. Healthy body and healthy hair. We all get days where convenience saves the day, however keep in mind the future effect that can take place if it becomes to regular.
- Don’t pull it so tight. Be cautious of how tight you pull hair. Children’s hair scalp and roots are sensitive and regular hairstyles will begin to thin the area’s most affected. Try to find bubbles hair clips and bands that don’t have small seals/clasps to avoid damage to the roots or to the ends.
- Get that routine in place. From wash days to plaiting before bedtime. Always be forward thinking of what needs to be done so that it doesn’t feel like a chore. Wash days should be a chance to check on their growth and what their hair needs. School days are the best place to input and maintain routine that will keep the entire family in clockwork.
- Mix it up. Get creative. There are weeks were cornrows or a twist out work for us. Whatever your preference, make it work for you and your needs. If you choose to use hair extensions, please be advised that the weight of the additional hair can causes weakening and sensitivity to the scalp, alongside the strength of the hair elasticity decreasing.
- Less manipulation. More growth. Having to comb wash blow dry and style hair is no joke. Set a style. Once the hair and scalp is moisturised, you give the hair time to breathe and grow without any problems. Again if you are using extensions please be advised that the growth may be slower for your child.
- Remember their children. Their hair never stops growing, but give it a chance to do that. Let it breathe. Teach them about their hair so that they can be conscious and confident in understanding the differences between them and others.
- Note it all down. Don’t throw away what didn’t work for your child’s hair. As you grow confident in what you’re doing that will show. You may have others come to you for advice and giving them the basic steps with a few samples may help them on their way to a healthier and happier outlook on how to care for their child’s hair.
The secret behind the amazing quality shine and texture is all down to you. You’re the secret. Invest in them and you’ll reap the rewards unconditionally.
About The Author
Hi, my name is Natasha. I am a vibrant kinks and curls naturale. As a Freelance Journalist, Editor in Chief of Urban Gospel magazine 2BReal and Mother, I believe in being bold in finding who you were created to become, emphasises why finding our purpose in life is so important.