There’s a popular misconception amongst the black hair community that it’s hard to grow Black hair. Infact, a friend of mine once told her daughter that if she wants to have long hair, she will have to change her skin color because Black people can’t grow long hair.
I quickly corrected her and gave her some of my hair products to use on her daughter’s hair. Her daughter’s hair was relaxed then, so I recommended that she should stop relaxing her daughter’s hair and start deep conditioning her hair weekly. I also sent her a few videos and referred her to this blog.
In this post, I want to share a secret that parents with daughters with healthy beautiful hair use to keep their daughter’s hair healthy and long. Mothers such as @DiscoveringNatural constantly prove that your daughters don’t have to be mixed to have healthy beautiful hair. They can be Black mixed with Black and will still have beautiful hair.
So if you’ve always wondered how some kids managed to have such long beautiful afro kinky hair, let me let you in on a secret.
Now, back to the reason why you clicked on this post.
In this post, I want to take you through a complete guide on how to effectively deep condition your daughter’s hair for maximum moisture retention
What is deep conditioning?
This is when you apply a deep conditioning treatment to your daughter’s hair and leave it in for a few minutes. Deep conditioners are more effective when you use heat. It can be hard to get some kids to sit still for more than two minutes, which means that asking your daughter to sit under a hooded dryer can be impossible. Instead, you can use a thermal hair care deep conditioning cap. They have caps for kids, with kid-friendly designs. To get yourself and daughter a matching cap like @mommynmehairjourney below, please Go HERE to order yours. They are also offering a 10% discount with free shipping on orders over $50, which is pretty much two hats.
Who should deep condition?
Everyone with hair growing on their head should deep condition. Deep conditioning is essential for 4c hair queens due to the drying nature of our hair. If your daughter has type 4 hair, she will need to do a deep conditioning treatment at least once a month.
Why should you deep condition?
You see, the reason why it’s so hard to grow Black hair long is mainly because coily black hair breaks very easily due to its drying nature. There are two main benefits to deep conditioning. One is that it strengthens your hair and the other is that it nourishes and soften your hair. This means that if your daughter is experiencing hair breakage or extremely dry and thirsty hair, she will need an intensive deep conditioning treatment.
What age should you start deep conditioning?
You can start to deep conditioning your daughter’s hair after she turns one. However, if your daughter’s hair starts to turn kinky, hard, tough and dry at a younger age, you can start deep conditioning her hair at whatever age you feel comfortable with.
Is it okay to deep condition babies’ hair?
Yes, it’s okay to deep condition your baby’s hair if she’s over 9 months old with a lot of hair. However, if your child still has her soft baby hair that’s easy to handle, you don’t need to deep condition her hair. You can just use light natural oils such as olive oil or jojoba oil to keep her hair soft.
How should I deep condition my daughter’s hair?
- First, you have to shampoo her hair with a moisturizing shampoo, then, apply a deep conditioning treatment to her hair, apply a shower cap and have her wear one of these thermal hot heads, to add heat to her deep conditioning treatment. Let her wait for at least 20 minutes for the deep conditioning treatment to work through her hair shaft.
- Then, rinse off and apply a leave-in conditioner and styling product and style her hair as usual.
What are the best and safe products for kids’ hair?
I haven’t written a post yet on the best kids’ hair products. However, I have put together a list of recommended hair products that are also good for kids hair, you can check them out HERE.
Do I need to care about protein & moisture balance for my kids?
Deep conditioning DO’s and DONT’s for kids
Deep condition your daughter’s hair at least once a month.
Always add heat, for this I recommend a thermal deep conditioning cap which you can get HERE.
Allow the treatment to sit in her hair for at least twenty minutes.
Use one of my recommended products for kids HERE.
Be patient and gentle when styling her hair.
Leave the deep conditioning treatment in her hair overnight or for too long
Forget or be lazy about deep conditioning your daughter’s hair
Be too harsh when handling your daughter’s hair
A few last words
Deep conditioning is a very easy step to add to your daughter’s regimen. If you want your child’s hair to be healthy, long and beautiful, you NEED to deep condition her hair very often. Infact, if your daughter’s hair is unhealthy at this point, I recommend deep conditioning her hair every single week. For a complete guide on the five steps I always recommend for a successful wash day, please check out this POST HERE.