A Simple Natural Hair Regimen For Young Children

Little girl with cornrows and curly afro puffI am natural, as some of you may know. My reasons for going natural were not what some people think. I wasn’t looking to ‘fight the power’ or any such motivation. I simply wanted longer hair.

I staunchly believe that there isn’t one reason more noble than others for going natural. All reasons are valid and understandable. Whether you got tired of breakage, tired of having a relaxer schedule or tired of conforming to a white standard of beauty yada yada yada.

If and when you have kids, you will truly understand the reasoning behind why being natural yourself will serve you better in the long term. I am no hardcore natural in that I completely accept that relaxed hair is a choice rather than a result of hating yourself. But when you have kids, you soon realize that you cannot avoid learning how to take care of natural hair anyway!

If there’s one thing that I’m obnoxiously opinionated on is the idea of keeping kids natural until they are at least in their teens. I distinctly remember an episode of Tyra where a mother was proud of relaxing her 4 year old’s hair. Oh boy! Don’t get me started on exactly what I think of that situation.

I honestly believe that my daughter’s well being reflects on me as a parent and as such, so does her hair. With children, length is not usually as much of an motivation as health and that obviously comes from a good regimen.

So assuming that all parents who read this will have children with natural hair, here is a good regimen that you can use for your child. I will refer to the child as ‘her’ for the sake of ease but of course this can be used just as well for your little man.

How Often

Once the babyhood soft hair has fallen away, it may not be as easy to wash your little girl’s curls every other day. Her washing schedule can be adjusted to every two weeks if you feel it more prudent.

Very young children 0-5 years old tend not to like their hair being washed very often anyway. It’s less to do with pain than hating the feel of water in their eyes and ears! Not all children will mind however so I leave it up to the wisdom of the parent to decide what’s most convenient.

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A Simple Natural Hair Regimen For Young Children

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Hi! I'm Alma Ruddock, a full time blogger. I stumbled on a hair care forum in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair forever!. I started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to bring new information about hair on both this website and my personal blog.



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12 Comments

  1. 1
    Hairchica says:

    I remember that show! Thankfully most mothers are not like that. I actually remember a woman saying that she would only go out with white men because she wanted kids with good hurr. I was like are you kidding???? Anyway I’m natural and proud and my kids are going to be natural too until they are old enough to make their own decisions. Honestly though, once you see how fabulous natural hair is, you never want to go back. Is that your little girl in the pics?

  2. 3
    Pauline Mathews says:

    I will be trying this on my daughters hair. I will not be able to do it weekly, maybe every 2-3 weeks instead. Can you also do this regimen when hair is in cornrows or twists?

  3. 5

    I love all the articles and advice and I read this one hoping to get some advice for maintaining my child’s hair. But he is a boy. Nobody really talks about how to maintain a boys afro. The world wants me to cut it off and I refuse. I don’t keep it in braids because he doesn’t like to sit still but also because I like his messy fro. I wear my fro and people applaud. He wears his and people ask if he is a girl or when he’ll get it cut. Kenyon turned 2 in October and has never had a cut, trim, shape up, nothing. I wash it when he takes a bath and fight like hell to rinse it. I flat twist it just about every night just so it doesn’t get too tangled but then it becomes too stretched and just ugh… After 2 years I am still trying to find a good regime and products that will work for his hair. I wish bloggers would talk about the men who choose to keep their hair long and show the boys (just like we show our girls) that the way our hair grows out of our heads is acceptable. And that conformity isn’t always the right path. A little deep for a 2 year old, I know, but I would be teaching my 2 year old daughter the same thing. Just a few random rambling thoughts.. Thanks for listening. :-)

  4. 6
    Ki'auna says:

    How will I know all her baby hair is gone?. She still has the bald patch and I’m not sure if I should switch shampoos yet .

  5. 7
    rikkicole says:

    I have a 4yr old daughter,she’s black with very soft&Thick hair. My ??what shampoo & conditioner do you suggest??children products or adults??

  6. 8

    I’m starting this regimen as soon as I take her twist out!!!!!!!!! I’m loving this!!!!!

  7. 9

    Sirena Harrell

  8. 10

    I’ll

  9. 11

    Erin Eddy

  10. 12

    Thanks for helping me out! I have 3 sons and a 10 month old daughter, so I’ve been asking other moms about their daughters hair regimen! Thanks for shedding light on this!

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