Black hair is a very unique hair texture which requires extra attention and patience, and so for your daughter’s hair to grow to it’s full length, it will need to be treated with total loving care (TLC). While hair growth is passive, length retention is the greatest contribution to how long the hair can grow. THis is because hair which isn’t taken care off will easily break off and it will make it seem like it’s not growing.
Like adults, kids are also capable of attaining long lengths. If you’re frustrated with your daughter’s stunted growth, I recommend putting these six tips into practice.
1. Ensure the hair stays moisturized most of the time. For tips on how to keep your child’s moisturized, please click this link
2. Keep the hair bounded most of the time. Hair which is braided, twisted, flat twisted and bunned up is more likely to retain moisture for a longer period of time than a free flowing afro which looses moisture to the atmosphere at an accelerated rate.
3. Love your child’s hair and make sure she loves it too. Your perception towards your child’s hair will determine how much care you give to it. This means that hair which is loved will receive a greater attention over hair which isn’t.
4. Speak positive things to your child about her hair. Aside from loving her hair, your child should also hear your say beautiful things about her hair such as thick, full, curly, coily, stretchy, bouncy e.t.c. These positive affirmation instills confidence in your child and they will help her to deal with negative criticisms she will most likely receive from peers and relatives.
5. Teach your child healthy hair practices such as the importance of clean hair and how to put her hair away at night. Depending on the age of your child, you can also get her involved in her hair routines and most importantly, wash day routines.
6. Read, watch, like and comment on children’s hair care websites such as this one, DiscoveringNatural, CurlyUncurly and follow the facebook page “Mommy & Me Coily Hair Time”
What other tips would you add to this list?