Hair care for the infant and toddler stage of a child’s life is fairly simple for the most part due to the fact that the child’s hair length and growth will be minimal.
The most important part of hair care and styling at this point would be proper shampooing and keeping the hair moisturized. A gentle baby shampoo or shampoo specially formulated for African American children’s hair should be used due to the delicate p.h level of a child’s hair. An adult shampoo could strip all moisture from the hair and that’s what we want to avoid with all textures of biracial hair. Hair should only be shampooed every 3-5 days to prevent stripping too much of the natural oils needed with biracial hair. One shampooing of the child’s hair should be sufficient but for infants and toddlers who crawl, walk or are very active may need a second shampooing to remove excess residue. With every hair texture and type a cream rinse or light conditioner should be used after every shampooing to properly moisturize and help with manageability of the hair.
For the child with curly hair texture the key to easy styling and care is proper moisturizing and the “comb out”. A proper comb out will start with the shampoo, and conditioning. Conditioning is very important to this hair texture because curly hair has a tendency to get more tangles than other types of hair. You might want to buy a spray on detangler in addition to conditioning the hair after shampooing. A spray on leave in conditioner will detangle hair and will also be a great help to styling dry hair between shampooing. A wide toothed comb should always be used prior to any type of brushing. Hair will need to be separated into sections, combed out and detangled prior to a finished styling. Use the wide toothed comb and start from the nape of the child’s neck always combing and brushing from the ends of the hair to the root. Starting to comb at the ends of the hair prevents breakage from knotted hair, and prevents pain from pulling the child’s hair. Once all tangles have been removed apply a light hairdressing or oil to the child’s hair and scalp. The child’s hair can be styled in ponytails, braids, or naturally by styling it curly.
Wavy hair is styled very similarly to curly hair at this stage with the main difference being wavy hair does not usually need extra oil added to the hair. Wavy hair can be easily brushed through and styled. A spray on conditioner may be helpful with this texture of hair when styling the hair dry to prevent fly aways and will not leave an oily residue on the hair. The child’s hair may be styled in ponytails, braids depending on length, or by simply brushing it and styling it natural.
Applying oil to kinky hair is the most important part of styling this texture of hair laser hair removal before and after photos to make it look more fine, which also enhances the overall personality. This hair type can be difficult to comb when it is very wet as the texture of the hair shrinks. When applying oil it’s important to massage the oil not only into the hair but also into the scalp for moisture. Using too much oil or the wrong type of oil could be bad for the hair. A light oil for infant’s hair should be used until the child’s hair is much longer and thicker then a heavier oil for more moisturizing should be used. Keep in mind, though too much oil in the hair and on the child’s scalp can clog pores and attract dirt, weighing the hair down and can slow the hair growth. Using a wide toothed comb or hair pick should be used on the hair type, as brushing will partially flatten the hair in sections but won’t allow you to thoroughly comb through the hair. The child’s hair may be styled in ponytails, braids, parted, styled naturally, in an afro or many other styles.