While the information age is a wonder in many ways it can be almost suffocating. Take the subject of your baby’s hair, for instance. Going through various forums you can end up getting so much advice that seems shaky or flat out conflicts with what the next person is saying and you never know what you can rely on. It’s an uphill walk but we are hoping to make things easier for you with some advice that you can count on to be reliable. Let’s talk frankly about hair products for African American babies!
A few tips on African American baby hair care
With an African American baby the texture, waving, and natural curling of the hair can be a bit of a challenge at first. Aside from finding the perfect products there are a few things that you can keep in mind to help to minimize both the time involved in caring for your child’s hair as well as the stress and fuss that this process can produce for your little one. Some quick tips are as follows:
- Dealing with tangles –For best results you will want to use either a soft bristled brush or a wide toothed comb to help to avoid snags so that your baby is less fussy. A little bit of moisturizer can help to detangle and you want to be sure to always brush from the bottom up when detangling hair. Lastly, do NOT brush your baby’s hair when it is wet, it is much better and easier to wait until it is dry to tackle those tangles.
- Moisturizing – Moisturizer is your friend and using it weekly will help to keep your baby’s hair more manageable. Take advantage of this. You can make your own in a number of ways, such as sweet almond oil and lavender, so if you don’t like store bought you can always Google a few recipes. If you’d rather buy it, look for natural products, especially those with coconut or almond oil as these are excellent moisturizers.
- Washing – African Americans do not produce as much oil in their hair and as a result, it can be easy to over-wash your baby’s hair. This can leave it brittle and is not a good idea. To avoid issues, try simply washing baby’s hair only once or twice a week with a mild shampoo. If your child is biracial then there will be more oil produced in their hair and 3 – 4 times a week might be a better fit. Every child’s hair is different so play around with the schedule until you can see and feel the difference in your child’s hair. Then you’ll know that you’ve got the perfect schedule.
So which hair products are the best to use?
Now that we have offered a few tips let’s get down to the nitty gritty. We’ve collected a handful of products that parents have been raving about and some even swear by. Give one or more of these a try and see if it is a good fit for you and your baby!
Love My Baby:Brush Me Gentle Creme
Our first entry is the Love My Baby: Brush Me Gently hair dress and this is a good choice if you are looking for something that uses natural botanicals instead of harsh chemicals and that encourages the natural curl in your child’s hair. It leaves your baby’s hair softer, easier to manage, and you’ll love the scent. Give it a try and see what you think!
Aunt Jackie’s Girls Baby Curls
Our next entry, Aunt Jackie’s, is touted as a ‘curling and twisting custard for girls’ and it works as-advertised. Aunt Jackie’s makes your little girls hair more manageable at the same time that it
“With shea butter, coconut oil, and extra virgin olive oil…”
accentuates those developing curls so you can help them to develop their full potential. With shea butter, coconut oil, and extra virgin olive oil, this product smells wonderful and is great for keeping your child’s hair healthy. Throw in the anti frizz formula that helps to keep your baby’s curly hair natural and springy and you’ve got a product that you’ll soon be stocking up on. Try some for yourself and test it with your baby, then you’ll see what we mean.
CurlyKids Mixed Hair HairCare Set
Our third entry is the curlykids Mixed hair set and it has a whole lot of useful formulas for accentuating your baby’s beautiful, natural curls and leaving their hair both bouncy and silky-soft. So, what comes in the set? Well, your Curly kids Mixed hair set contains the following items:
- 6-ounce bottle of Curly Crème Conditioner
- 6-ounce bottle of Super Detangling Spray
- 8-ounce bottle of Super Detangling Conditioner
- 8-ounce bottle of Super Detangling Shampoo
The nice thing about this set is that it works for many different types of hair, allowing you to experiment to see what fits your child’s hair the best. Good for curly, kinky, frizzy, wavy, or any combination of these types of hair, if you want to cut down your experimentation time a little then a set like this is a great place to start.
CARA B Naturally Leave-in Conditioner and Daily Moisturizer
Our final entry is the Cara B Naturally Leave-in conditioner and it’s perfect for those who want to go all-natural when it comes to their baby’s hair. Certified by the Natural Products association, Cara B uses only plant extracts instead of harsh chemicals and the results are amazing. With Shea and Jojoba, this leave in conditioner smells wonderful and it helps to hydrate and soften your child’s hair. It’all also perfect for sensitive skin so if you want to go all-natural then consider Cara B!
Today we have discussed some of the best options when it comes to hair care products for African American or Bi-racial babies. Be sure to give one or more of these a try and before you know it your baby will start looking forward to those combing sessions instead od panicking. Count on it!