African parents put so much pressure on themselves to start their child’s natural hair journey off right. Well, whether your child is born with a full head of hair or a few random strands, you really don’t have to do too much to it at all in the beginning, but you need to know the rules to follow concerning caring for your baby’s hair.
Here are the proper ways to care for your baby’s hair;
1. KEEP YOUR BABY’S HAIR AND SCALP CLEAN:
Endeavor to keep your baby’s hair and scalp clean, but don’t over wash. Since your little ones have sensitive skin, you’ll only need to bathe them a couple times per week. As far as their hair is concerned, you’ll probably only need to wash it once per week. Over washing can cause dryness which isn’t good if you want your baby’s hair to grow.
2. USE A LITTLE OIL AFTER WASHING:
Use a little oil after washing, but don’t overdo it. Extra virgin olive oil is great for babies as it’s relatively light and works wonders at sealing in moisture. Use a soft baby brush to distribute the oil evenly.
3. BE GENTLE:
Your baby’s hair and scalp are still super soft and sensitive. Use shampoos sparingly and lather it in gently. Rinse with lukewarm water; and if your baby’s hair is long enough to need de-tangling, use a wide toothed comb and de-tangle gently starting from the ends.
4. BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR YOUR BABY’S HAIR:
Be on the lookout for your baby’s hair to make “the change”. During the first few months, your baby’s hair still has the residuals of all of those good “juices and berries” that were in your belly. It will be soft, shiny, and seem easy to manage; but after a few washing, your baby’s true hair texture may begin to reveal itself. It may be drier and retain moisture less easily.
5. USE A MILD SULFATE FREE BABY SHAMPOO ON YOUR BABY’S HAIR:
Try using a mild sulfate free baby shampoo on your little one’s hair. There are a thousand and one very mild shampoos that are greatly formulated with African babies in mind.