When it comes to the beautiful variations in the textures of little black girls’ hair, you are in for a unique learning experience. Whether you are a mother seeking advice on how to start a healthy routine for your biological kids’ hair or if you are a parent of an adopted African-American little girl, you are in the right place. Check out this Guide To Caring For Little Black Girls Hair.
Guide To Caring For Little Black Girls Hair
First things first, African-American hair can become extremely dry if not properly moisturized routinely. Yes… ROUTINELY! This step alone is one of the most important steps in this guide to caring for little black girls hair.
Properly caring for African-American hair can feel like a full-time job until you get the hang of it. Then it becomes second nature. However, until then, record everything that needs to be done to prevent missing anything vital.
Caring For Black Girls Hair Step 1: Create a hair care routine.
It is super important for you to outline your little girls’ hair routine schedule on a monthly calendar. Schedules to include in your African American daughters hair care routine are:
- washing schedules,
- deep conditioning schedules,
- new hairstyle schedules,
- moisturizing schedules,
- and when to trim split ends.
Washing Schedules may vary depending on the grade/texture of your African American daughters hair. However, once you get into a routine you will know how many washes a month your child needs. For example, if you use a ton of gels and grease/oils, your daughter may require more washes than someone who only uses oils for moisturizing. Please keep in mind that too many washes can strip the hair of its natural oils and nutrients.
Sn: Gels and products are not a bad thing when used in moderation.
Sn#2: Below is the washing schedule I use for my six year old black African American daughters hair.
Wash hair once a month (or twice depending on the build up of products). Be sure to pre-poo for 15-30 minutes before washing with a sulfate-free shampoo. (click here for more detail on how I wash her hair or how to pre-poo little girls hair).
Deep Conditioning Schedule:
Deep condition twice a month…because who has time for anything more?
As mentioned above, I deep condition my daughters hair every other week which equals up to about twice per month. I don’t recommend a pre-poo when deep conditioning due to the fact that a pre-poo consists of oils and conditioners that are meant to “condition” the hair and not “clean away dirt and oils”. Hence the reason why it is used before a shampoo.
New Hair Style Schedule:
New hair style once a week on Saturdays or Sundays (I know, I know, this sounds much. However with a schedule in place it is a breeze).
(Please note: sometimes I just freshen up her previous style instead of doing a whole new style. It is also good to mention that her hair is not deep conditioned twice a month if she has an extended hairstyle that lasts more than three weeks)
Some simple, common hair styles for little black girls hair are two strand twists, plaits and braids, pigtails, and lastly wash and go’s.
To keep things simple, two strand twists are a great style to do right after the monthly wash or bi-weekly deep condition. Now when the next week comes around and it’s time for a new style, simple unravel the two strand twists for a curly Afro or many other re-purposed twist out curl styles.
Our moisturizing schedule is super easy and a breeze to incorporate into our hair care routine. So on some nights, we just use blue magic hair conditioning grease or we use Wild Growth African Oil with a mix of Grapeseed oil.
We simply put the oils into an applicator bottle and apply throughout the scalp thoroughly. The oil does not need to be applied to every part of the hair. Doing so will make the end result an oily mess dripping down your daughter’s face and neck.
*Check out this post on how we apply oil to our 4c kinky hair.
It is equally important to treat this schedule the same as the schedules above. If your daughter’s split ends are not trimmed routinely, it will lead to them splitting up the hair shaft and damaging the healthy hair. As a result, this causes breakage and hair loss. Split end damage can be extreme to healthy hair.
In conclusion, caring for African American girls hair can be a tedious and overwhelming thing to a newbie. However, once you plan out what needs to be done and how often it needs to be done, styling and caring for your little black girl’s hair can be fun and creative. Each step in this guide is equally important to maintaining healthy African-American kinky, curly hair.
We really hope you found this post helpful in some way.
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