Video: How to Teach Your Kids How to Braid their OWN Natural Hair

(Last Updated On: March 22, 2015)
By DiscoveringNatural

When I was a little girl, I did not know anything about caring for my hair. Even when I went to boarding school in Nigeria, I relied on other people to braid my hair in the “acceptable”  style. Some days, it was hard to find someone. I want my children to not have to depend on others to get their hair done.

When it comes to taking care of Natural Hair, there are some skills that you should know.
(1) How to wash your hair
(2) How to maintain your hair
(3) How to style your hair

You as a mother or caregiver to a child, probably knows how to do these, however, are you Passing on these skills to your children?

I am always a future-thinking. It is not that I don’t live in the present, but I always want to think at least one step ahead. That is why this summer, my motherly goal is to make sure that at least Big Sis (8 years old) knows how to cornrow.

It is important to me to not only teach her and her sister how to love their natural hair, know what is good for their hair, but also how to care for their hair.

I have not been a big salon-goer, and more or less a DIY person when it comes to my hair. This has saved me lots of money, yes! but also the appreciation for what God has given me, this lovely sometimes temperamental head of hair.

How to Start
We started off by learning how to twist. Lil Sis was able to master this at 4 years old, while Big Sis struggled a little with the concept.

Somewhere in this video, Lil Sis (then 4 years old twists her hair

After the two strands twists was mastered by both girls, we worked on braids (three strands).

By using a chair and three ribbons, Big Sis was able to master how to do individual braids. You can also use this method for learning how to twist.

Using the same concept, I tied three strands of Marley Braid Hair onto the chair, and she was able to practice with using hair instead of ribbons. Since, hair can get tangles, this helped her to work through those tangles.

Are you passing on the skills to your child?

About Sola

Sola is the mother of two natural hair girls, known to all, as “Big Sis” and “Lil Sis”. She is a blogger and advocate for helping parents with caring for their children’s hair and also their own hair. Sola is passionate about helping other people discover what being natural is, hence why her blog and YouTube channel is known as “DiscoveringNatural”. She enjoys spending time with her family and sharing life experiences with her friends, family and YouTube friends on her vlog channel, “DNVlogsLife”. Sola’s natural hair journey started with one year of transitioning. She had already transitioned her older daughter the year prior and was fully equip with doing so herself. The information she gathered during this time was valuable in educating others following the same path to returning to being natural. As of November 2013, Sola has been two years natural, however, the amount of knowledge she has learnt from this journey has been enormous. Her goal is to help others have a successful natural hair journey, and also teach parents how to manage their children’s natural hair.