african-american-baby-hair-care W hen doing research for this post I was surprised to find a little article (little being the operative word) containing hair care tips for African American babies on the mainstream website babycenter.com. From that I realized that women with little brown babies are interested in finding the best ways to take care of their delicate tresses. It often times becomes a trial that many have to face from day to day.

My little girl’s hair journey began even before she was born. I started buying hair accessories and researching what would be the best regime for her tresses early on. [*For my melanin impaired readers who aren’t sure what the big deal is, African Americans usually tend to have very thick, coarse hair that if not treated properly is prone to excessive drying and breaking.]

When my baby girl was born, she had the straightest silkiest hair you’d ever want to see. I hesitate in saying that her hair was “good” because I don’t want to imply that my straight from Africa brillo pad lambs wool mix of hair is “bad”… but my little girl’s hair was, for all intents and purposes, beautiful. I knew that this was only temporary. Inside the womb, there are all kinds of nutritious juices and berries floating around. It’s the optimum environment for a little brown baby’s hair to thrive. After being out of the womb and going through a few washes, I knew that her hair was going to change to its “true” state. My goal was to make that transition as smooth as possible.

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And So the African American Baby Hair Care Journey Begins…

The first thing I did was to buy a good all natural conditioner. Lack of moisture is the number one killer of black hair, (and can kill a romantic night with the husband too. He, he). I’m not going to name products because I’ve learned that the most important part of taking care of African American baby’s hair is choosing products that fit your baby’s hair type. No one’s hair is the same. It’s up to you to do some assessing to determine what type of products you need for your baby. Extra dry hair that soaks up moisture (like mine) needs a moisture rich conditioner. Super oily hair may need a conditioner that’s more water based. Either way, you must take some time to assess what’s right for your little one.

I’m attempting to avoid using any bad chemicals on my daughter’s hair. No parabens, glycerins, or any ingredients that I can’t pronounce. Only all natural hair products for her. This should prove interesting because I had my first run-in with a chemical relaxer at the age of six. If my daughter chooses to put chemicals in her hair as an adult, that’s fine. Ultimately I want it to be her decision.

eco styler olive oil gelI will say, Eco Styler has a line of gels that I think is awesome. I live and die by the Olive Oil gel from the line. I use it on my baby girl’s hair and my hair, and it works beautifully at taming and smoothing those crazy edges. There are no flakes, no tackiness, and it even has anti-itch properties! It’s a gel that a lot of “curlies” live by, so be sure to check it out. Is it 100% all natural? Not exactly, but no one is perfect. :p

I regularly give my daughter’s hair a good washing with a moisture rich, all natural shampoo. I don’t do it once a day or even every other day. I wash Ari’s hair once a week. Now before you cringe, remember that African Americans in general don’t produce as much oil as our Caucasian counterparts. Over washing can strip away natural oils that we need to keep our hair from being dry, frizzy, and brittle.

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We’ll see how everything progresses. Right now I think that my daughter’s hair is growing and thriving amazingly well; but I have to admit, by nature my day to day activities tend to be a little erratic. I’m notorious for having three or four projects going on all at once: cleaning out the fridge, writing a post…

Wait! My twins just did something cute! Let me grab my camera!…

I’m a free spirit. I just hope that I can take the time to give my daughter’s precious locs the TLC that they need. I’m praying that she’ll still have all of her hair by her 2nd birthday.

Stay tuned.

 

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8 Tips, Tricks, and Cheats to Help You Care for Your African American Baby’s Hair

 


 

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53 Comments

  1. Marciela Davis
    October 2, 2016 at 8:48 pm — Reply

    Thank you so much for your blogs! They are very helpful. My daughter is 10months old. She has 3B in the middle but VERY silky around the edges. The back of hair still has not grown back. I put grape seed oil on it and blue magic grease. Is there anything else i can start doing to get it back? And at what age did you start using the ecostyler gel for hair on baby?

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  3. Lady D
    March 29, 2016 at 12:07 am — Reply

    My 5 month old has two textured hair. The top course rough affro like day and hard to moisturize. The back is soft curly and easily moisterized. What can i do to restore my babys hair and make it soft and silk. I like in Jamaica so not all product mentioned are available here

  4. nikki
    January 5, 2016 at 1:26 pm — Reply

    Thank you so much for this blog. I am trying to manage my baby girls dry hair. I was using As I Am Moisture Milk which I find does not maintain moisture. My daughters hair feels soft to touch but looks so thirsty and dull (without shine). My daughter is 1 years old. I am trying to figure out if I am supposed to moisturize daily and if so should I be following the L O C method or should I simply follow the water/seal method. Im lost in the abundance of information now available to naturals. I do not want to over manipulate her hair and make it worse. I would appreciate your help. Currently I wash once weekly because I find her scalp itches. I would seal with coconut oil but most recently changed to grapeseed oil. I did the cup porosity test and found that she has low porosity hair. Do you have any daily regimen tips please.

  5. nikki
    January 5, 2016 at 1:24 pm — Reply

    Thank you so much for this blog. I am trying to manage my baby girls dry hair. I was using As I Am Moisture Milk which I find does not maintain moisture. My daughters hair feels soft to touch but looks so thirsty and dull (without shine). My daughter is 1 years old. I am trying to figure out if I am supposed to moisturize daily and if so should I be following the L O C method or should I simply follow the water/seal method. Im kind in the abundance of information now available to naturals. I do not want to over manipulate her hair and make it worse. I would appreciate your help. Currently I wash once weekly because I find her scalp itches. I would seal with coconut oil but most recently changed to grapeseed oil. I did the cup porosity test and found that she has low porosity hair. Do you have any daily regimen tips please.

  6. Tamika H.
    November 11, 2015 at 3:52 pm — Reply

    Hi! My daughter is 8 months and I’m having trouble with the dryness of her hair and it’s not growing at all 🙁 what do you suggest I do? She has the coily type hair And some natural products I should use? Your daughter hair is beautiful

    • November 12, 2015 at 8:29 am — Reply

      Hi Tamika,
      A dry and/or bald patch in the back of a little one with textured hair is entirely normal up to around 18 to 24 months. I honestly wouldn’t worry too much about it if she’s healthy otherwise. My son had the same thing, and it all grew in perfectly by the time he was around 19 months, all without me really doing much to it. Just continue to moisturize. Spritz with water and seal with a natural oil like extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil. As far as natural products, I wrote an article covering ten good ones that may help you out: http://curlz.wegotkidz.com/10-of-the-best-all-natural-products-to-use-on-your-child-with-natural-hair/

      Good luck!
      -Kesha

  7. Jaquel
    June 24, 2015 at 4:19 pm — Reply

    Hello,
    My daughter is 10 months old and has 4c hair (and I mean 4c :)). It is very uneven, patchy and dry; I am considering shaving it off to help with the unevenness of it. What do you think about this?

    • June 28, 2015 at 11:31 pm — Reply

      Hi Jaquel,

      Shaving it off is a personal option that you’ll ultimately have to decide on; but just remember that you’ll need to have a game plan and a regimen in place as her hair grows back. At 10 months, her hair is still falling into it’s growth and resting patterns and may even change textures. Whether you elect to shave or not, find a good sulfate free shampoo for her and wash and deep condition her hair weekly. Coarser textures need lots of moisture. You can make some all natural deep conditioning treatments at home from things you probably already have in your fridge and pantry. Be sure you’re sealing in any and all moisture that you apply with an oil like extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil.

      Good luck! 🙂

  8. Chareese Brewer
    January 9, 2015 at 4:28 pm — Reply

    My son is three months and had very soft twirly hair but I used sulfur 8 on his hair for cradle cap and now his hair is very rough. Is there anything I can do to bring his texture back?

    • January 9, 2015 at 5:51 pm — Reply

      Hi Chareese,
      That Sulfur 8 is pretty serious for a 3 month old. It has a LOT of wild chemicals in it. Ummm… lol. I’d say just stick with washing his hair once a week with a mild baby shampoo. Shea Moisture Baby Head to Toe is a good one. After washing, seal in the moisture with some coconut oil. If you’re finding that his hair is dry inbetween washing, spritz his hair with water and seal with your coconut oil. His TRUE texture has probably just begun to reveal itself. That 0 to 3 month baby hair texture is usually not what you end up with. At this point I’d moisturize regularly as I outlined above.

      • Chareese Brewer
        January 10, 2015 at 9:39 am — Reply

        Oh ok thank you and it’s really just the top of his hair that was damaged from the Sulfur 8. He’s the baby of four children and they all have the same soft twirly hair, they get it for their dad lol so I know it was the shampoo that changed it. Also it happened almost immediately after I washed his hair. I really appreciate your suggestions and I’m definitely going to try them, hopefully they will restore his hair texture.

        • jan
          February 16, 2015 at 1:52 am — Reply

          Hi Chareese,
          If you’re still having issues with cradle cap try Mustela baby wash. It really helped my daughter. Its a little pricey but it is a lifesaver. Also, Jojoba oil worked well too. You should avoid Johnson and Johnson products. They dry out their skin.

  9. December 28, 2014 at 1:52 pm — Reply

    My daughter is 3 years old and she has 4c textured hair the growing process is very slow I was told to use Liv on it to help it grow so far it really hasn’t grew much. IT’S VERY DRY what do you recommend I use for her hair?

    • December 28, 2014 at 1:59 pm — Reply

      Hi Latasha,
      I’ll be honest – I don’t know much about Liv. Your daughter is at an age where she can start deep conditioning treatments. 4c hair types need a LOT of regular moisturizing and conditioning. Here’s an article on deep conditioning: http://curlz.wegotkidz.com/4-homemade-deep-conditioning-treatment/. Water is always going to be your best “moisturizer”. Put water in a spray bottle and spritz her hair with that at least every other day. Seal the water in with a butter like Shea butter or an oil like extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil.

  10. Rab
    December 9, 2014 at 11:31 am — Reply

    Hello! My daughter is six weeks old. Sad to say but I haven’t a clue what to do for her at this age. What should I be doing? I towel her hair with a warm cloth and brush it maybe once to twice a week. No oil, conditioner shampoo etc. Is this right?

  11. sandy
    November 10, 2014 at 11:12 am — Reply

    Hi My daughter is 3 and she is mixed African American and Caucasian.. Her hair is very long but very very tight curls that dry out and is very hard to manage.. I was wondering what would be good to put in her hair that isn’t really heavy..

    • November 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm — Reply

      Hi Sandy! Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

      Are you using water to moisturize her hair regularly and sealing that in with an oil or butter? Does she wear a satin bonnet or sleep on a satin pillowcase nightly? Have you started her on a regular deep conditioning treatment? Has she had her first trim? These might be some great places to start. Coconut oil is an oil I’d suggest as it’s a lighter oil that seals in moisture perfectly. Mixed Chicks also has a great line of products that you may want to look into. 🙂

      For a personalized hair regimen that includes product recommendations, check out my $5 hair analysis! http://curlz.wegotkidz.com/natural-hair-analysis/

    • Patrick
      December 17, 2014 at 3:09 pm — Reply

      My wife and I have a 4 year old mixed race daughter. We started using dominican products on our daughter and they have been a lifesaver. I am the caucasian father of a beautiful biracial princess and my wife travels for a living so I had absolutely no idea how to work with her hair. It’s frizzy dry and tangles easily. My wifes hairstylist gave us a Yuki Pilar Pelo Dominicana starter kit as an early Christmas present and it’s not heavy at all yet all of the products in the kit moisturize and soften her hair. If you live in Pittsburgh, many of the salons carry it but if you are far from pittsburgh you can order it at http://www.yukipilar.com.

  12. Lexy
    October 16, 2014 at 1:40 pm — Reply

    My son is 7 months with very dry and very coarse hair. I have tried several moisturizing products, none have worked as of yet. He screams and cries when I try to comb it out. Help!!

    • October 16, 2014 at 6:13 pm — Reply

      Hi Lexy! Are you layering on your moisture starting with water? Water is by far the best moisturizer. Just slapping on moisturizer isn’t going to work. To detangle and comb out your son’s hair easily it needs to be moist and slick from conditioner. Grab a spray bottle and put water with a drop or two of conditioner in it. Kinky Curly Knot Today is a great leave-in/conditioner that my “coarse” hair loves. It’s herbal, so it will be mild enough to use on your little one’s hair. Spray your son’s hair with that mixture and use your fingers to detangle section by section. THEN grab your comb and starting from the ends, detangle and comb out your son’s hair. Remember, moisturizers aren’t going to do a thing if you’re just slapping it on dry hair. All you’ll be doing is sealing in dryness.

      Hope that helps! 🙂

  13. […] think parents of African American children put so much pressure on themselves to start their child’s natural hair journey off right. Nowadays you’re inundated with so much information regarding natural hair; it’s hard […]

  14. […] been asked the question quite a bit of how often I wash my baby girl’s natural hair. Well, that question has a complicated […]

  15. Raquelle Cherry
    September 12, 2014 at 9:23 pm — Reply

    I have written you before but what do I do if my daughter is 2 and has very little hair in the back? And when I say very little…. I mean almost can’t even put the hair in rubber bank!!! I’m dying at this point!! Any advice?

    • September 12, 2014 at 9:33 pm — Reply

      Hey Raquelle! Is your daughter sleeping on a satin pillowcase and/or wearing a satin scarf to bed each night? Is there a rash or dry patches associated with the short hair in the back. I'm asking because cradle cap could be a possibility. (Yes, even at 2. lol) What's her hair type? If she's a 4c you may want to go ahead and start a daily moisturizing routine if you haven't already. Is her hair dry and brittle in that back area?

  16. Yana
    August 31, 2014 at 9:20 pm — Reply

    I just wanted to know when was the right time to start moisterizing the baby's hair like right away after you bring the baby home from the hopsital or after the first month

    • September 1, 2014 at 2:11 pm — Reply

      I don't think I really worried with my twins hair at all until they were about a month old. I bathed them head to toe with the baby wash and that was it. After that I used regular old baby shampoo on their hair and sealed that moisture in with cold pressed EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). The first month or two your baby will have all of those good "juices and berries" that were in your tummy in their hair making it super soft, and very delicate. It doesn't take much to keep it moisturized and clean.

  17. jenny
    August 27, 2014 at 10:52 am — Reply

    Hi my baby is 4 months old i use cocoa Nut oil nd almond oil for her hair at what stage did u start applyin conditioner for her hair

    • August 27, 2014 at 11:22 am — Reply

      I didn't put store bought conditioner in my daughter's hair until she turned about two. A lot of the store bought brands (even the ones made for kids) have chemicals in them that I thought were a bit much for baby girl. With that being said, banana and avocado make great all natural conditioners. Here's an article on some great homemade conditioners: http://www.naturalhairrules.com/deep-conditioners

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  19. Majory
    June 14, 2014 at 12:59 am — Reply

    how often do u wash her hair??

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  21. Ty
    May 12, 2014 at 3:50 am — Reply

    Hi… My daughter is two months and her hair was very straight prior to her first shampoo. Now it’s some Is straight and some is curly but it sticks right up! I use Extra virgin organic coconut oil On it after a bath but It’s wild! What moisturizer do you suggest?

    • May 12, 2014 at 11:59 am — Reply

      Hi Ty! Thank you so much for reading! It sounds like your daughter’s hair is starting to reveal its “true” state. I honestly think you’re on the right track with the oil. Maybe try just a cold pressed olive oil, but there’s not too much more you can do beyond that. Given that she’s only a couple of months, I wouldn’t recommend putting too much product in her hair. Just spray it with water and keep it moisturized daily. Doing that consistently should help with taming the “wildness”. The fun is only just beginning. 😉

      • venze
        December 22, 2014 at 10:30 am — Reply

        My daughter. Is 8 and she has the hair I. Don’t understand when. Wash it look s ok but days right away and it’s sooo hard to com it it makes me Soo mad need help she’s aferican American. And u have to have detangle stuff in it or u can’t. Do anything to it and really. That don’t work I need to know when to wash it how to do it I even. Thought bought dreads in it

        • venze
          December 22, 2014 at 10:36 am — Reply

          I mean. Drys right away in to some tight curls not even. Curls. She has he true. Excuse me as I whould. Say nigga. Hair. I need to know everything. Thing to get it to grow and she never had a perm yet should I I don’t know

  22. January 30, 2014 at 1:58 am — Reply

    very nice hair style……..

  23. January 29, 2014 at 7:58 pm — Reply

    ok..I am agree..

  24. January 3, 2014 at 4:28 pm — Reply

    […] I asked the Fiance to videotape me doing my daughter’s hair. I only attempt this about once a week, and from the video, you can see why. When her hair is […]

  25. November 25, 2013 at 12:41 am — Reply

    Nobody wants that her newly born child specially a girl has curly hair but maximum african children have curly hair.It's all because of hair genes in chromsomes in the body.Curly hair are the most complicated type of hair in this world. Nobody can make them permanently straight not even a hair specialist.So,I always pray to God that nobody would have curly hair by his or her birth.Curly hair needs extra care.Today nobody have time to properly look after their hair.

  26. kaymom
    April 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm — Reply

    Hi could u tell me which products would be better to use all time without switching up dark and lovely or it a curl? really I been using some products it has not been working too well I just really wanna get a product and stick to it…

    • April 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm — Reply

      First off, thank you so much for reading!… Now to the nitty gritty…

      You're going to hate my answer, but there's a really good chance that what works on my little girl's hair may not work on yours. There's a lot of factors in play here that make everyone's hair react differently to the same products. It's really a matter of trial and error. Keep trying! Don't give up girl. The best advice I can give you is that if the products that you're currently using have ingredients that you can't pronounce (Ie: man made) and they leave your brown baby's hair dry, brittle, and unmanageable, then the all natural route may be for you. I have super kinky thick 4-c curls that I've discovered will only soften up if I use natural oils and hair products. Right now I'm swearing by the "Shea Moisture" line of hair products. Hope that helps. Good luck!

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  28. sassy
    February 13, 2013 at 11:09 am — Reply

    Hi can you tell me what type of shampoos you used for your daughter's hair? My daughter is 18m and I can't seem to find the right thing to get her hair to grow.

    • February 13, 2013 at 11:55 am — Reply

      To be honest, I've used a little bit of everything in an attempt to find the best thing for her tresses.. The one that I've stuck with the most though is the shampoo from the "It's A Curl" organic baby line. It can be a little pricey, but it's worked wonders on my daughter's hair. When things are tight I use the children's line from Dark & Lovely. Whatever you use, just be sure that the product boasts being moisture rich. Hope that helps! 🙂

  29. Amanda Zoss
    October 12, 2012 at 10:26 am — Reply

    Great information! Thank you so much!

    • October 12, 2012 at 10:48 am — Reply

      No problem! Let me know if you ever have any other questions about it. You're in for an adventure with that hair alone. lol… And congratulations once again 🙂

      • Amanda Zoss
        October 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm — Reply

        Thanks Kesha! I most likely will be back with questions as my little princess grows her hair. 🙂 I was watching some of your Youtube videos your twins are so cute! 🙂 I just realized we are both graphic designers too! 🙂 Thanks again!
        Amanda 🙂

        • October 12, 2012 at 3:43 pm — Reply

          Thanks girl! They're alright when they want to be. lol. You're a graphic designer too?! I need to slide some work your way some time. 🙂

  30. April 10, 2012 at 7:39 am — Reply

    Love this!! And thanks for the shout out!! Go Head Baby!!

  31. January 26, 2012 at 8:34 pm — Reply

    Thanks for information, parents learn more on how to handle their children hair. Want to know more about purchasing wholesale hair, African American Hair and more?

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