Putting your child’s hair in a protective style doesn’t mean no upkeep. Their hair and scalp still need some extra T-L-C. Ensure maximum growth while your baby’s hair is tucked away with 5 tips for braiding your child’s hair.
Tip 1: Be Gentle, Don’t Braid Too Tight!
Keep the baby’s hairline breakage to a minimum by making sure to not be so heavy-handed around the edges. If braids are installed too tightly around the hairline they can cause breakage and can even cause permanent hair loss.
Tip 2: Use Products Specifically Formulated For Children
Sharing is caring. But, sometimes your mother’s average hair care is not from mother-nature. Depending on your child’s specific needs, there are alternatives to chemical based products with parabens and sulfates. Earth-friendly shampoos, conditioners, and styling aides will keep your child’s hair fresh, minus the worry of harsh chemicals and additives.
Tip 3: Choose Free Hanging Styles Over Cornrow Styles
To eliminate chances of long term hair line damage or traction alopecia, it's best to choose styles that hang freely, like individual braids or twists. If you do opt to cornrow your toddler’s curls, don't forget tip one-- be gentle!
Tip 4: Keep a Spray Bottle Handy
Keep a spray bottle filled with water and leave-in-conditioner nearby to keep the hair detangled as you go.
Tip 5: Don’t forget to Blow Dry
While styling your toddler’s hair while wet is a great idea to ease tension, be sure to blow dry with cool air once you’re finished to eliminate the chances of infections.