Your daughter is NOT her hair. Start from within.
While I disagree with putting relaxers, excessive heat or extensions in young girls hair, many mom’s opt for these measures because they simply want their babies to feel “pretty”. Long, straight hair should not be the standard at which your baby girl identifies her personal beauty, especially if her tresses are naturally curly or kinky. If you’re substituting extensions in the place of short or slow growing hair for vanity purposes for your baby, you may be unknowingly subjecting your future Queen to relying on artificial means of achieving a standard of beauty that is not her own. This may sound so cliche, but beauty starts from within. When I was a kid, there were not many images of pretty black girls with natural hair. Presently, there are so many positive images of cute lil kinky haired kids! Show your daughter that there are other little girls who look just like her. Buy her dolls in her own image. Be the example for her! Encourage her and reassure her. Dealing with short, balding or slow growing hair may be the first great opportunity for you to teach your daughter about adversity, discomfort, patience and accepting her differences!
Your Infant begins growing hair while she is still in the womb. Between birth and 6 months, she probably will lose most of the hair she was born with. Some of it may fall out in patches from rubbing because baby hair falls out more easily than adult hair. This hair loss is normal, and the hair will grow back over the next few weeks or months. Naturally, you may be worried and wonder if your child’s hair growth is normal. Some infants take longer then others to regrow their hair. To help control infant hair loss you need to start using healthy hair products on her. We have some natural hair products on our website that can help with infant hair problems.Here a link to a few ( http://www.evabellabeauty.com/hair-care-19-c.asp).
Abnormal Hair Growth
There is no over-the-counter treatment for slow hair growth in infants. Most pediatricians recommend that you allow nature to take its course and let the hair grow in at its own rate. However, if your baby has ringworm, your pediatrician may recommend an anti-fungal treatment and suggest ways to ensure that the ringworm doesn’t spread over other areas of her body or to other family members. A genetic disorder is more rare, and the treatment, if any exists, varies according to the condition that is causing it.
Stimulate Growth by massaging your daughter’s scalp – Massage using the “checkmark” method. Spread your fingers, and then place your fingertips on the scalp. Avoid using fingernails to prevent breaking hair strands or damaging the scalp. Keeping finger tips on the scalp at all times, extend and contract the fingers two to three times; similar to the shape of a checkmark. Move fingers around the scalp, covering all areas. Do a standard massage method by spreading the fingers, and then placing the fingertips on the scalp. Use slow, gentle movements to move fingertips in a circular motion, alternating fingertips around different areas of the scalp. Peppermint oil is also an worthy investment. It stimulates hair follicles and promotes hair growth!. We have some oil that are made of natural ingredient that can be used for this.
As with anything a little of these oils go a long way. Do this 3 times a week or every other day paying attention to where there patches.
. Do not use heavy grease – Back in the day, my mom would grease my scalp. I remember my head cooking when I’d go outside to play in the Tennessee sun! Aside from the discomfort, “greasing the scalp” can be chalked up to Black tradition. [FUN FACT: Slaves used heavy grease to protect their hair from insects.] It may clog the pores and there are much healthier ways to keep the hair moisturized than schlepping a gob of Dax or Blue Magic on your daughter’s hair. For years I used products containing mineral oil to coat my strands. Many manufacturers use mineral oil in a majority of products that contain synthetic ingredients because of its behaviour as a preservative. Mineral oil is the result of the distillation of petroleum which acts as a saran wrap against your scalp, slowing down one of the skin’s main job which is to eliminate toxins. On the other hand natural oils are easily absorbed by the skin. Your hair may very well grow, but there are for more ideal options.
African American hair will chip, snap, pop and break off with ease. You can combat the natural tendency of the hair by keeping it moisturized. As a best practice, Vitamin E oil and Coconut Oil are the Holy Grails of moisturizers for Black hair of any maturity level. Feeding your daughter’s tresses with product that will keep it moisturized is key to keeping the hair healthy. Depending on your daughter’s hair type apply moisture 3-4 times weekly. I know some overachieving moms that moisturize daily though! If your daughter’s hair is 4 a/b/c kinky/coily, the you should definitely be one of those moms. We have great moisturizers on our website you can try i use these personally on my daughter and they work. Just check out our kids hair care section ( http://www.evabellabeauty.com/hair-care-19-c.asp ) You can always contact us if you need help choosing a good product.
Don’t shampoo too often– Given your daughter’s hair is healthy and she has no condition that calls for special shampoo, it is not necessary to frequently shampoo (i.e. Psoriasis, ringworm, excessive dandruff, eczema, alopecia). Co-washing is a method in which you can wet and condition your daughter’s hair. Shampoo dries the hair which is the antithesis of what your daughter’s hair needs. We have some gentle shampoo on our website like shea moisture kids which is very mild and doesn’t strip the hair.(http://www.evabellabeauty.com/hair-care-19-c.asp)
Avoid perms and heat– As a general rule, we have learned not to perm our daughter’s hair, not even with no-lye relaxers that claim to be especially formulated for her hair. There are no circumstances in which you should relax a toddler’s hair. Heat is also to be avoided. If conditions permit, allow the hair to air dry after it’s washed. If blowdrying is unavoidable, then do so infrequently and always use a Heat Protectant Spray. Why not use african threading as a way to stretch the hair. Here a little video on how it done.
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