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In my time within the natural hair kids space I’ve received tons and tons of questions. Surprisingly enough, a lot of those questions involve how to properly take care of an African American baby’s hair. The reason why getting these questions is so surprising is because from when your child is a newborn to around four or five months of age, taking care of an African American child’s hair should be a breeze!

I 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 to know when and where to begin. The reality is, whether your child is born with a full head of hair or a few random strands – in the beginning – you really don’t have to do too much to it at all.

Babies have very sensitive scalps and their skulls are soft and still developing. Pulling or tugging on the hair and using heavy products just isn’t a good idea. You’ll have plenty of time for that; and you’ll be wishing for the days when a little baby shampoo and a drop of oil were all you needed to set your child up for maximum hair growth. (Because that is really all you need.)

Here are a few more do’s and don’ts regarding African American baby hair care.

Don’t use the same products that you use on your hair on your baby’s. Most products that are formulated for adults have chemicals in them that are way too harsh for a baby’s head of hair. Using adult products (even certain mild ones) on your baby’s hair can cause your baby’s scalp to become irritated and could even cause rashes and excessive dryness.

Do use a mild sulfate free baby shampoo on your baby’s hair. Cara B. is a great line that’s formulated with African American babies in mind.

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Do keep your baby’s hair and scalp clean, but don’t over wash. Given that newborns and infants have sensitive skin, you’ll only need to bathe them a couple (no more than a few) times per week. As far as their hair is concerned, you’ll probably only need to wash it once per week. Over washing can cause dryness which isn’t good if you want your baby’s hair to grow.

Do be gentle. As I mentioned before, your baby’s hair and scalp are still super soft and sensitive. Use shampoos sparingly and lather it in gently. Rinse with lukewarm water; and if your baby’s hair is long enough to need detangling, use a wide toothed comb and detangle gently starting from the ends.

Do use a little oil after washing, but don’t overdo it. Extra virgin olive oil is great for babies as it’s relatively light and works wonders at sealing in moisture. A dime size amount should be more than enough for a newborn or infant with a TWA (teeny weeny afro). Use a soft baby brush to distribute the oil evenly.

Do be on the lookout for your baby’s hair to make “the change”. During the first few months, your baby’s hair still has the residuals of all of those good “juices and berries” that were in your belly. It will be soft, shiny, and seem easy to manage; but after a few washings, your baby’s true hair texture may begin to reveal itself. It may be drier and retain moisture less easily. Don’t panic; but you do need to take action. You may simply want to consider going ahead and adding a moisturizer to your baby’s hair care routine. Soon the real fun with your child’s hair will begin. 🙂

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My little one’s hair journey thus far 🙂

Do resist the urge to “style” your baby’s hair daily. I know how stinkin’ cute they are, but barrettes, and hair clips should be saved for special occasions only. At this time in your baby’s life (from newborn to around six months) it’s your best bet to just leave your child’s hair alone and just let it “do what it’s going to do”. Over manipulation and the use of heavy barrettes can snap your baby’s hair off right at the hairline.

If you feel like you need to add a girly touch to your baby’s tiny fro, use a satin lined headband making sure that it’s not too tight, and that’s it’s removed once your event or picture taking is over.

Don’t panic if your child has a spot in the back that just “won’t grow”. It’s actually more common for newborns and infants to have a bald spot in the back then you think. Babies sleep on their backs a lot, and that friction can do a number on the back of a baby’s hair. Once your baby starts spending more time on their belly, chances are that that spot will fill in beautifully – without you having to do too much to it at all.

If the bald spot is something that really concerns you, consider having your baby sleep on a satin baby blanket.

Do you have any “do’s” or “don’ts” when it comes to your African American baby’s hair care? Let me see them in the comments!

 

Kesha of We Got Kidz

Kesha Chisholm Phillips is currently a part time graphic artist and the full time writer and editor of WeGotKidz.com and the curly kid resource Curlz.WeGotKidz.com. You'll find her all around the web sharing her parenting journey which includes everything from hilarious family videos to her refreshing takes on what it means to raise children today. Kesha currently resides in Atlanta, GA with her lovely husband and twins AJ and Jax. <a rel="author" href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/113474876993763538705?rel=author">

69 thoughts on “The Do’s and Don’ts of Taking Care of an African American Baby’s Hair

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      Hi Stacy! Unfortunately, without knowing anything about your daughter’s hair, I can’t really give you specific product recommendations. Different hair types, textures, and porositys respond to products differently. That’s why I created my $5 hair analysis. (http://curlz.wegotkidz.com/natural-hair-analysis/) Just answer a few questions, and receive a full hair analysis complete with a suggested hair regimen and product recommendations.

      A universal tip though is to use water (in a spray bottle) on your daughter’s hair regularly and seal it in with an oil or butter. That will help keep your daughter’s hair moisturized. Hope that helps! 🙂

      • Korine says:

        Hi Kesha of We Got Kidz! I have found that using Vaseline on my 11 months old baby hair it has stay moist and she has keep her soft curls. But i do have one question.
        I was told that at the age of 5, that my baby hair it will change to a much tough texture? It’s this true?

        • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

          Hi Korine,

          It usually happens before that, so I’m pretty sure that whatever she has going on on top of her head is what you’re going to get. lol. I’m not sure about that Vaseline though. If it’s working for you, great, but Vaseline is made with petroleum and mineral oil which if used on the hair for extended periods can actually do more harm then good. You may want to look up “clarifying treatments” on Google and do one of those once a month to get the buildup off of her hair strands.

      • Lydia Williams.m? says:

        Hello, my 7 month old baby girl had cradle cap which left her with an unattractive bald spot in the front of her head. I used Kera Care dandruff shampoo to get rid of the cradle cap. But now I’m struggling with how to regrow her hair in the bald spot. I just started using Jamaican lime castor oil. Do you have any suggestions?

  1. Sara says:

    I know satin is the ideal protector of hair, such as bonnets and pillowcases. I recently was told about satin bonnets for babies. I have a three week old and am considering buying one for her. Knowing that her hair will change, is this something to consider purchasing?

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      Hi Sara,
      You’d probably be better off just purchasing a satin baby blanket and tucking that into her crib/bassinet and having her sleep on that. I’d be wary of putting anything on my baby’s head that can fall across her nose/face, or be too tight on her still developing skull. She’ll probably get to a point where she won’t keep it on her head all night anyway as she begins to move more and explore. (This is just my opinion.)
      Thanks for reading! 🙂

      • amaze says:

        I am just visiting this site, and think some of the ideas/suggestions are cute/helpful. However there is absolutely no reason anyone in their right mind should be trying to put anything on/over/under a sleeping infant’s head! A satin pillow, bonnet, or blanket for a 3 MONTH OLD? That is so dangerous! It’s really not that serious to preserve little bits of hair while putting your baby at risk for SIDS/suffocation. If anything get a satin crib liner – though they can be pricy and make sure it’s approved by high standards for babies.

        Seriously they are babies – chill out. In many African cultures we used to/still keep the hair cut until the child is old enough to have a reason to have hair. I think this makes sense seeing how crazy people can be able keeping a 3, 6, or 12 month old’s hair ‘good’. My family cuts baby hair ALL OFF until they are 2 or 3, and all of them have healthy thick beautiful natural hair.

        Please please please change/clarify this advice..it’d be horrible for a mother to put a satin blanket (or put on a bonnet/nightcap) under their baby’s head and wake up to it over baby’s lifeless face.

        • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

          I truly appreciate your input! I don’t believe I condoned placing a satin bonnet on a baby’s head anywhere in my piece or response. I elected to start my child’s hair journey early and tucked a satin blanket into the sides of her crib successfully. It was taut and there were never any issues with it bunching around her face. It worked beautifully. Again, I appreciate your input, your culture, and how it is YOU elect to parent your child. Thanks! 🙂

  2. Carla says:

    Please help!! I really dont know what to do about my baby girls dry hair. It’s damaged, brittle,etc…. She is almost 2. Her hair seems to be breaking off rapidly. I have used coconut oil, shea moisture products, nothing seems to work. I need help!!

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      The main reason naturals begin to have breakage is due to lack of hydration. Having hydrated hair that grows healthy is only 20% about the products you choose and 80% about your hair regimen and how you physically treat your daughter’s hair.

      Let me give you a few questions to consider:

      Are you misting her hair every other day with water from a spray bottle and then sealing that moisture in with an oil or a butter from root to tip?
      Does your little girl wear a satin bonnet or sleep on a satin pillowcase EVERY night?
      Does she get in enough water and green veggies each day?
      Do you deep condition weekly or bi-weekly?
      Are the shampoos you use sulfate free, or are you co-washing?
      Do you avoid brushes and small-tooth combs and only finger detangle her hair when it’s wet and slick with conditioner?
      I know that you said that you’re putting your daughter’s hair in protective style (braids, twists, cornrows) regularly but are you moisturizing and caring for her hair while her hair is in the style?

      If you answered “no” to any of those questions, those would be some fantastic places to start in regards to stopping the breakage and getting her hair to grow. Hair only grows long when it’s properly hydrated; and that hydration will only come from water (inside and out) along with regular conditioning.

  3. Tee says:

    Carla I’m in same boat, baby almost 1 hair brittle, dry and comes out every time I brush it. The coconut, shea, olive and other oil combos are not working. I need help and answers.. The “C” word “cut” is not used in my house but “Trim” to even out is..

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      Hi Tee,
      If your daughter is losing a lot of hair every time you brush or comb it, you may want to ask her pediatrician or a dermatologist for advice. Hair sheds naturally (about 100 strands a day), but if it’s coming out in large clumps, there may be an underlying issue. Once you’ve ruled that out, then consider the following: The main reason naturals begin to have breakage is due to lack of hydration. Having hydrated hair that grows healthy is only 20% about the products you choose and 80% about your hair regimen and how you physically treat your daughter’s hair.
      I pose these questions to all moms who are at their wit’s end with hair growth:

      Are you misting her hair every other day with water from a spray bottle and THEN sealing that moisture in with your oils or butters from root to tip?
      Does your little girl wear a satin bonnet or sleep on a satin pillowcase EVERY night?
      Does she get in enough water and green veggies each day?
      Do you deep condition weekly or bi-weekly?
      Are the shampoos you use sulfate free, or are you co-washing?
      Do you avoid brushes and small-tooth combs and only finger detangle her hair when it’s wet and slick with conditioner?
      Are you putting her hair in protective style (braids, twists, cornrows) regularly and moisturizing and caring for her hair while her hair is in the style?

      If you answered “no” to any of those questions, those would be some fantastic places to start in regards to stopping the breakage and getting her hair to grow. Hair only grows long when it’s properly hydrated; and that hydration will only come from water (inside and out) along with regular conditioning.

      Good luck! 🙂

  4. Alicia says:

    Kesha,

    I was able to find the answer to my question on your site via replies. I already use Cara B products, therefore, that’s a plus. I will adhere to your tips in the meanwhile and contact you in a few months for analysis.

    Thanks

  5. Av says:

    Thanks for this info. I’ve been doing the following with 8 month old. Wash hair 1x/week. Twice a day I will lightly spritz her hair with a DIY Aloe Vera moisturizing spray of (aloe juice, jojoba oil, vegetable glycerin, water and leave in conditioner). Her hair has been thriving on this regimen!

    She is allergic to coconut oil and actually got clogged follicles with olive oil which I had begun using due to her cradle cap. She is now cradle cap free. That being said, her hair, the front part, is much thinner and a different hair texture from the top or back of her head. Is this part of her hair still changing? Do I leave it alone or use something to thicken her hair up?

    Thanks!

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      Hi Av,

      I’m glad you found a regimen that works for you!
      I’d leave that front part alone until you figure out what you’re actually dealing with. She may go through another change prior to, and up to around 18 months. On the flip side, her hair may not thicken or change at all. If what you’re doing is working right now for the majority of her hair, then stick with that. Just make sure that you watch how tightly you install your ponytails/braids in that area and treat that portion with extra TLC.

  6. DeeDee says:

    Hi,

    My twin daughter will be 2 in May and I am having some time trying to understand a hair regimen for the girls.
    They have tightly coily hair but it tends to be so dry everyday. I spray with water, seal with olive oil or coconut, then apply shea mositure curl enhance smoothie in the morning before I leave for work. In the evening, I just spray their hair with water and oil BUT i dont use a satin bonnet or sheets yet. I plan to start next month.
    In addition, I wash their hair every other week with shea moisture products but I havent found a good leave in conditioner for there hair nor have tried the LOC method. I am limited on products due to staying overseas at the moment until i go back home to the states in the summer.
    How often should I do the LOC method for toddlers?
    I havent deep condition before for their hair.
    They have a head full of hair except the back part of their hair still is not matching up to the rest of their hair.
    They drink plenty of water and eat veggies as well. I have read the other comments and questions you have ask as well.

    DeeDee

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      Hi DeeDee,

      It really sounds like you’re on the right track. You’ve actually listed a few things that could be the solutions to your problems. The satin pillowcase/bonnet will help out with the dryness and that stubborn spot in the back that won’t grow. The deep conditioning will help with your moisture problems a lot as well. Finding a good leave-in needs to be a priority on your list as well. Aunt Jackie’s carries a great one that I believe you can order internationally from Amazon. Everything you said you don’t do or haven’t started yet could help you out with most of your problems. lol. Once you add those other elements to your regimen, be consistent, and after 6 weeks or so, I can guarantee you that you’ll see a difference in their hair.

      As far as the LOC method, you can do that daily or every other day; and make sure to do it after you’ve done their washing and conditioning.

      Again, you’re on the right track momma! Good luck! 🙂

  7. Tasha says:

    I have twins and their hair did great. They both had very long hair. I am working on my new baby’s hair regimen. I know several of you are worried about the satin blanket tucking. I ordered silk and satin crib sheets. She has slept on them since birth. We never had the usual rubbed out spot that lots of African American babies get. It has kept her hair very soft. She’s now 8 month. I wanted to comment on the lady that mentioned the Vaseline. I used that and baby oil on the twins. I know it’s not recommended for natural hair, but their hair thrived. Both grew to middle of back. One got a trim one day and hair hasn’t ever grown longer than a little past her shoulders. The other’s hair seems to be getting drier these days. I need help and advice for all three.

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      Hi Tasha,

      Your question is pretty tough as your little ones could be having growth issues due to a variety of reasons: hard water, build-up, lack of deep conditioning, new medications, change in diet, protein sensitiviy – the list goes on. It will take a little investigation on your part to get to the bottom of it. As far as your baby, from birth to 18 months most baby’s hair will go through a lot of changes. Everything from texture changes to hair loss. Continue to moisturize her hair daily with a mist of water and a sealant of olive oil or coconut oil.

      If the vaseline and baby oil worked for you, that’s great! You just have to be careful with it because it can build up on the hair strands and block out moisture. They both contain cheap oils like petroleum and mineral oil that can do more harm than good over time. My best advice to you on that would be for you to look up “clarifying treatments” and do one of those on your girls at least once a month. Then deep condition to re-infuse moisture back into the hair shaft.

  8. mek says:

    My son will be 4 months tomorrow and I need to know what can I put in his hair to make it grow back. When he was born he had a head full of hair now he is bald and I’m not sure why. Not all the way bald but bald

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      Hi Mek,

      From birth to 18 months babies with naturally textured hair go through a lot of changes – Between texture changes and even hair loss. It’s all completely normal and a part of the process. To moisturize in between shampoos, mist his hair with water from a spray bottle and then seal in that moisture with a little extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil. That’s pretty much the extent of what you’ll need to do for now.

  9. Brandi says:

    Hi Kesha,
    As a mixed family I’m trying to treat my child’s hair with as much car as possible. She is now almost 3 months old and her hair has not changed much yet since birth (is still pretty fine and lays flat mostly). We have only done one wash per week using Johnson and Johnson head to toe wash followed by a dab of coconut oil. Her scalp was quite dry so I have also used olive oil prior to her bath and let it soak on her head for 15 minutes.

    My question is, how will I know when to change our routine? I’m not sure of the progressionfour her hair care but it is very important to me to get it right!

    Thanks-B

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      Brandi,

      It sounds like you’re on the right track! Continue your moisturizing regimen and just relax. The reality is that her hair may change texture or she may even lose a little hair before 18 months. There’s even a possibility that nothing will happen at all. You just sort of have to roll with the punches and grow and adapt as her hair grows and changes.

  10. janay b. says:

    Hello,

    My daughter is 9 months and her hair is dry and starting to breaking off in the middle. She also is bald in the back. I read to spray water and seal with a butter or oil everyday. Is shea butter that comes in the round container ok? I also have coconut oil. I’m not sure what type of shampoo to use. Right now I use mustela baby shampoo. Is that good? Also what type of conditioner will I use because I don’t see any for babies.

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      Hi Janay,

      Hair loss up to and around 18 months is totally common for children with naturally kinky, coily, curly hair. Your regimen sounds fine. The shea butter sounds great. Make your own conditioner at home. Here’s a link to a few recipes: http://curlz.wegotkidz.com/4-homemade-deep-conditioning-treatment/. I’m not familiar with Mustela, but as long as it’s sulfate free, I would continue with it. If it doesn’t help her hair to retain moisture though, I would move on to something else. Shea Moisture is a great brand to start with. They have a baby line that I highly recommend.

  11. Raquel says:

    Hi! New to your blog. My daughter is 12 months old with 4a hair. It is healthy & I keep it moisturized but the problem is she doesn’t have much hair, so I’m having trouble doing protective styles. She’s not bald, but she doesn’t have a head full of hair either. Her hair texture is fine (as in thin not fine as in ok lol). I’ve scoured the internet but everything I’ve seen requires hair that is longer than what she currently has. Any ideas or links to any protective style pics for a baby with not alot of hair? Thanks!

  12. Claire says:

    Hello,
    My first time to write lol. I know apple cider vinegar is good for hair to balance ph and also for cleansing. So I wanted to find out when I can start using that on my baby’s hair. She is 15 months old now.

  13. Claire says:

    Hello,
    My first time to write lol. I know apple cider vinegar is good for hair to balance ph and also for cleansing. So I wanted to find out when I can start using that on my baby’s hair. She is 15 months old now. Thanks

  14. Skyesmom says:

    I have used the Max Hydration Method off and on, on my 18mo old daughter’s hair since she was about 11mo. I mix the clay with ACV. Her hair seems to take well to the MHM. She was born with some silky hair but rubbed much of the back and sides out to nearly bald by 6mo. At that point I began using a satin scarf in the car seat, swing, stroller and removed the head rest from her Graco high chair. Lol I basically tried to minimize any rubbing and moisture loss. I just wish I had started sooner! By 8.5mo her back and sides started to fill in. At 13mo I bought her 2 satin crib sheets from Etsy…again I wish I started sooner-like at birth. Anyhoo, when not doing the MHM, I use the LOC method or put her hair in loose cornrows (only last a couple days). Lastly I’ll say her hair is a 4a/b in the front/sides but in the back where she had rubbed to near baldness has a curl pattern of 4c but doesn’t feel dry or coarse like my hair (I’m 4b/c). Her curl pattern in the back is tight but often has a soft and silky feel to it. Has anyone’s child had hair like that? The biggest thing I’m working on with her hair is being patient with the back growing longer as it is much shorter than the front/top/sides. AND growing in her hairline which I try to baby with castor and coconut oil and leave loose while braiding or styling. Still not growing in as thick or as quickly as I’d like. Any advice? Sorry so long. My first post ever.

  15. Aleida says:

    I have a 5-week old daughter. Should I start using extra virgin olive oil so soon? If not, when should I start? Current I wash her hair once or twice per week.

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      Hi Aleida,

      Extra virgin olive oil in it’s organic form is totally natural which makes it a safe option for sealing/moisturizing an infant’s hair. Use a dime-sized amount after washing. Washing once per week should be more than enough.

      Here’s an article that may help you:
      “The Do’s and Don’ts of Taking Care of Baby’s Natural Hair” – http://curlz.wegotkidz.com/african-american-baby-hair-care-dos-donts/

      Hope that helps! 🙂
      -Kesha

      • Yolanda says:

        Hello, my daughter is 6 months now. She has cradle cap and I have No idea how to treat it, her pcp told me to use head and shoulders but I’ve noticed it’s making her hair hard and dry, the cradle cap has completely ruined her hairline… she also has a bald spot in the back of her scalp PLEASE HELP!

        • Sara says:

          Apple cider vinegar! My daughter had it for about 4 months. We tried pretty much everything short of getting a prescription med to cure it. My newborn lost a very large amount of hair. I came across a YouTube video on ACV to tread the cap; saturate a cotton ball and rub it across the scalp. You should see results within days. My little girl’s cleared up in about 3 days. Good luck!

          • Yolanda says:

            Thank you so much Sara, I will try this. I’ll do anything to relieve my baby of her discomfort, I watch helplessly as she cries and attempt to scratch her scalp due to the itching…. How long should I leave it on her scalp and once I wash it out what can I use to moisturize her dry scalp and hair? Again thanks, I sincerely appreciate your help!

  16. Sara says:

    That would have been some good info to leave, huh? :/ Sorry! I applied it either right before bath time where I would then shampoo her hair and scalp to cleanse or, if it wasn’t bath night, I would just use a damp cloth to clean after applying.

    As for moisturizing, at this time I started incorporating the LOC method for her hair. I used Jamaican Black Castor Oil followed by Shea Butter. I do this up to three times a week. We also use a kids miracle creme that was recommended to us. Her hair has done really well filling back in and gaining length.

    • Yolanda says:

      Sara you are truly the best, thank you dearly I will definitely follow your advice, please keep baby Winter in your prayers… hopefully we will conquer this cradle cap for good! Last question, did the cradle cap affect any other part of your baby’s body, if so how did you treat the dry skin? I apologize for all of the questions I’m just trying to treat my baby’s condition the best I can. Thanks again:)

      • Sara says:

        Fortunately, we didn’t have any issues with the cap spreading past her scalp, so I have no experience with treating it on the body.

        Also, Kesha, sorry if I high l-jacked this post kind of. Lol. 😉

  17. Keira says:

    Hello,

    First of all let me say your blog is a God sent. I have been searching forever to find info on how to treat my daughter’s hair. She is 21 months and I only recently started using Aunty Jackie’s knot having it leave in conditioner in her hair. Before that I used natural oils only such as coconut oil; olive oil and jojoba oil. My question after reading your article is at what age can I move from using only oils to using leave in conditioners; custards; etc? She also has that bald patch to the back of the head.

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      Hi Keira,
      That answer is going to be different for everyone. If you feel that her hair remains dry constantly, then adding leave-ins to your regimen is ideal. I started with some mild leave-ins at around 6 months on my little one and her hair definitely benefited. Make sure you’re not applying any oils or oil-based products to her hair without applying a spritz of water or a water-based leave-in first. Adding oils on dry hair, you run the risk of just sealing in dryness. Your little one is also old enough to begin deep conditioning treatments. She’s not a baby anymore momma; or at least her hair is not. lol. Here’s an article on deep conditioning that may help: http://curlz.wegotkidz.com/how-to-deep-condition-natural-hair-kids/

      Good luck! 🙂

  18. Renesha says:

    Hey every one i just have a quick question i have a 5 month old with soft curly hair, I have not did much too it since birth but wash it and sometimes but handbands on. My question is should i just leave her hair alone of start putting some type of hydration in it, Because my Grandma and Mother always saying her hair is dry and puts lotion in her hair. Help please

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      Hi Renesha,
      At this point, you should be shampooing weekly with a sulfate free shampoo (no Johnson & Johnson if you haven’t gotten rid of that already). In between washing, spritz her hair with water from a spray bottle and then seal that moisture in with a natural oil like extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil. That should be the extent of it for now! You should have a few more “easy” months left momma. 🙂
      Make sure you’re only detangling her hair in sections using a wide-tooth comb and your fingers only on damp hair.

      Hope that helps. 🙂

  19. Tish says:

    Hello!
    I’m in need of help! My daughter is a little over 18 months. The hair in the front is growing great – I believe she is a 3c. The hair in the middle back of her head is another story…I will certainly incorporate the satin bonnet or satin sheets but what about ponytails for daily wear? She has quite a bit of hair in the front and on top of her head – way too much for just a headband everyday. I’ve gotten conflicting opinions about the ponytails – some say a bunch of little ponytails will stimulate growth others say just leave it until it all grows in. She doesn’t have a bald spot but the middle back hair it hasn’t caught up with the front growth. Help

  20. Lisa says:

    What if my child was born with hary no hair and then it shedded first couple wks and left with less hair and now she is 9 wks and shedded some more. She has fine fine hair and she looks bald from afar but up close she has hair. I want know how to make her hair grow faster and fuller

  21. Agena says:

    Hi!
    My Baby girl will be 6 month old soon. For now, I was washing her hairs 1/week with Shea Moisture sensitive baby shampoo. I was going to start putting a bit of olive oil after wash. I wanted to know, should I spray water and add olive oil to her hairs couple times a week also, or just on wash day? She has a pretty good afro. Her hairs have a very soft texture, big curls, thicker roots, lenght easilly reach her eyes, about 2inches long.
    Thank you!

  22. deangela says:

    Hi my daughter will b 6 next mouth and she has natural hair but it just quit growing what do I need to do for her hair to get back on track

  23. Tiffany says:

    Hello and thank you for the time you put in to educating the masses on this tricky yet important topic. My question stems around clipping ends. My daughter will be two in Feb. Her Hair is growing just fine. However, her ends definitely need to be clipped. In our culture clipping our babies hair seems to be so taboo. What do you suggest is a good age to start clipping ends?

  24. Karen says:

    Hi. My daughter is 29 months and she has very tight coil hair. I’ve be styling her hair in individual box braids for the last 6 mos. and I’ve noticed that her hair seems shorter than it was when I first began to braid it. I do place Barretts on the ends. Could the Barretts cause her hair to break off at the ends?

  25. Jada M says:

    I have a 18 month old boy who hair is fine and curly mostly the front part is curly and the back is a different texture I guess since he sleeps on that part. I usually use water and oil on his hair and brush with soft brush and his big curls Come back during drying process except the back of hat can I use to keep hair moisturized and his curls in tack

  26. LaQueena says:

    Hello, thanks 4 the information in your article. It was very informative. My daughter is almost 3 months and has a head full of hair. She also has cradle cap. What do you recommend 4 treating that? Her pediatrician told me to wash her hair everyday. I’m not sure that is wise because it dries her scalp out a lot. I do notice the more often I wash it the less flakes she has verses if I only wash once a week. I have tried 4 different shampoos and they don’t seem to help the cradle cap. Any information you have I would greatly appreciate

  27. KalolaMonroe says:

    Hey my baby is about to be one she’s 11 months I used blue magic on my other daughter hair at 111 months . My baby hair is dry I was wonder is a little of Africa’s Best super grow with vitamins and herbs is ok to use to her it from being so dry I’ve tried everything olive oil coconut oil everything I need help. When the Africa’s Best be ok just a little on scalp?

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