The Black Baby Hair Care Guide
Perhaps you’ve recently brought home a Black bundle of joy who's got a head full of gorgeous curls. Surely, you are oohing and aahing about how adorable the baby's hair is (we don't blame you), but do you really know how to take care of those beautiful curls properly? If not, that's okay! You've come to the right place. This short guide will tell you all you need to know about your Black baby’s hair and how to take care of it.
Characteristics of Black Babies' Hair
Unlike some babies of other races, most Black newborns have fine, curly hair. Black babies' hair generally starts off extremely fine, meaning that their hair strands are thin. Since Black newborn's hair is fine, it is especially vulnerable to damage and breakage if handled too vigorously or too frequently.
Curly Hair Issues
Black Newborns are not exempt from the struggles that curly hair can bring. Curly hair is prone to dryness. This is because the structure of curly hair does not allow scalp oils to travel down the hair strands effectively. In addition, curly hair is generally weaker than non-curly hair types. This is because there are weak spots in each hair strand (these weak spots are located wherever the strand bends to form each curl).
Basic Black Baby Hair Care Routine
When shampooing your child’s hair, it’s best to use a gentle shampoo to preserve hair moisture, since curly hair is prone to dryness. Try shampooing once per week, and if you find that your baby's hair is dry, wash less often. Conversely, if you find that your babies hair is too oily, wash more often.
Some gentle shampoo options include baby shampoos (without sulfates) like Johnson’s Head-To-Toe Gentle Tear-Free Baby Wash & Shampoo, or any other gentle sulfate-free shampoos. If your baby's hair is extremely dry, you can try a co-wash instead, like As I Am Coconut Cowash. Cowashes are mostly conditioners that are formulated to clean the scalp and hair.
Following every shampoo session, follow up with a moisturizing conditioner to help prevent hair dryness. One highly-rated moisturizing conditioner you can try is Honest Calming Lavender Hypoallergenic Conditioner.
In order to protect your baby's fragile curls from damage and breakage, you will need to use either (1) a wide-toothed comb or (2) your fingers to detangle it. To minimize breakage, only detangle your baby’s hair when it is wet and coated in conditioner or another slippery product. You also want to be patient throughout the detangling process and take your time to detangle the hair gently.
When it comes to styling black babies’ hair, less is definitely more. Natural hairstyles that (1) don’t pull the hair tightly and (2) don’t require much hair manipulation during styling are perfect. Also, try not to style your baby's hair too often, as repeated stress on the hair can be damaging.
Some appropriate hairstyles for babies ages 0 to 1 include:
1. A simple curly afro
2. Some curly puffs
3. Half up-half down curls
4. French Braids
To assist in styling, tame frizz and increase curl definition with Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie.
Don't Worry If These Things Happen
Your Baby's Hair Could Change Drastically- As your child grows older, their hair may become coarser and thicker. This may prompt you to update your child’s hair regimen as necessary.
Your Baby’s Hair Might Fall Out- Many babies lose their hair, sometimes all of it, within the first six months of life. While it may seem alarming, it really is nothing to worry about. The hair will grow back over time.
Following this routine for your black baby's hair will help to ensure that their hair is adequately hydrated, protected, and looking its best.