One thing I never really liked to do as a young girl was hair. I didn’t ever do my dolls’ hair and my mom always did mine. Even now, I go to a salon or just flat iron it and keep it moving. I am all about simplicity when it comes to my hair.
And because God has a sense of humor, He gave me a daughter and two sons with a head full of hair. One of my boys is seven so he goes to a barber now. But I can’t take my daughter to a barber, unfortunately, and baby boy is not ready for one so that means I have to do their hair.
My daughter loves her natural curls but they take a lot of work to maintain. Any way that I can make the process easier for me, I make sure to do so. But I also want to make sure I am doing my best to care for her hair.
Baby boy has issues with tangles and dryness so I have to make sure his hair is well maintained as well.
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If you are a new mom or new at learning how to take care of your child’s natural hair, it can be overwhelming to decide on what products to use or how to come up with a routine that works.
While each child is different and we don’t all have the same type of natural hair, here are a few things you can do to make the process simple and easy for you and for your child.
Set A Wash Day Routine
My daughter knows that we wash her hair every two weeks on Saturday. She does not like wash day but she knows when it is and is always prepared for it. She will even remind me if I forget or get too busy.
Creating a wash day routine not only makes things easy for the both of you but helps your child to learn what she’ll need to do as she gets older and is having to take care of her own natural hair.
Create a Wash Day Bin
Along with setting a routine, help your child be prepared by creating a bin for them to keep all of their wash day essentials. Keep things like:
- Coconut oil
- Hair dryer
- Bobby pins/hair clips
Keeping all of their essentials together in one place makes wash day go even smoother.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Keeping natural hair moisturized is one of the hardest things to do, but it is essential. You may have to play around with various products to find the best one for your child’s hair.
I currently use the Shea Moisture line of products for all of my children’s hair.
When your child’s natural hair is moisturized, it helps the curls shine and bounce!
Taking care of your child’s natural hair doesn’t have to be hard. Keep things simple not just for you, but for them.
What other questions do you have about caring for your child’s natural hair?