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    [font=Tahoma] Hi I'm new here :) . I love seeing all the different hair styles and here all the different stories thst make up some of the people who visit this site.
    I have a diemma with my daughter's hair. She's 5 and it comes to midback.

    When I wash her hair it becomes very tangled and can take hours to detangle. I was wondering there was a good detangler that could use.

    I am also looking for a good natural styles that would work for her length and bulk. Her grandmother usually straightens it and it comes to about one to one and half inches above her butt. When she comes back with her hair in this state I am unsure of how to handle since it reacts different than natural hair (not as springy and elasticity) .

    I've blow dried in before but that was kind of pain as well and I would rather not do it on a regular basis.

    She's been told by other family members thst she just need to old enough to have a perm put in because straight is the only way she will be able to handle it . I want to let her know (and for myself as well) that it manageable in it's current state (she already knows that it beautiful). ^_^

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    Hi and Welcome to hairtipsforme.

    How about sectioning her hair into big twists before washing. You could do about 4 or more big and loose twists with an ouchless band at the end of the twist. Then wash her hair w/the twists still in, concentrating on the scalp and squeezing the shampoo down each twist. I guess you can try undoing one twist at a time while washing and gently massaging the shampoo thru so the hair doesn't get too tangled.

    Also, have you tried no-pooing aka washing the hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. For many this works wonders. You can no-poo her hair and then do an acv rinse (about 1 Tbspn apple cider vinegar to 1 cup water) to help clarify. I think the acv rinse is also supposed to help w/tangles and dandruff.

    As for combing her hair after washing try detangling while her hair is wet and full of conditioner. Keeping the hair in the large twists from the wash should help. Detangle a section (w/a large tooth comb and combing from the ends of her hair up to the scalp) at a time and put it back in the twist. Then rinse rinse rinse her hair to get all the conditioner out of the twists. That should cut down on the tangling. From there you can moisturize each twist and style.

    HTH. I do not have long hair, but keeping the hair in sections during the wash seems like it will help a lot.

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    Hi,
    I think it's great that you've taught your daughter to view her hair as beautiful. There are tons of tips about detangling and styling hair on this site. Here are a few I picked up that may be useful to you:

    To keep hair detangled while washing: wash the hair in sections. You could put her hair into 3-10 big twists and then shampoo one section at a time, twisting each one back up when you're done with it.

    There are a number of goood detanglers marketed for children's hair. I suggest you check the commericial hair products forum and do a search on detanglers. I know some of the forum members are very pleased with a few of them.

    Detangle damp/wet hair (never dry) using a wide toothed comb and maybe some conditioner/detangler.

    As for styles, erm .....two strand twists (my favorite because it's so easy to do), puffs, individual braids, cornrows are cool. I would suggest you look at the natural styles forum for ideas.

    HTH

    oops : I see Venetter beat me to it. Anyway...WELCOME!

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    A good detangler is "Just for me".

    I 've learned combing hair when it's wet with conditioner is much easier,too. Separate the hair in 4 big twists and comb it out. After you wash the conditioner out. I usually don't blow dry the hair since it takes a long time and can become damaging to the hair, but if I'm in a rush I'll use a diffuser to dry it.

    A great style for your daughter are cornrows or twists. Since she's five another cute syle is parting her hair in 8 parts and braiding it. If she wants a little more style she can have a little braid in go to the side of her face. I reccomend moisturizing the hair with essential oils at 3 times a week.

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    When I wash her hair it becomes very tangled and can take hours to detangle. I was wondering there was a good detangler that could use.

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    I'm struggling with this too. My four year old has hair about the same length. she usually wears it in six or seven braids. When it is time to wash, I unbraid the braids and put the hair in twists. I wash with twists in. Then I rebraid the same sections. Even so it takes a long time. I have made my relatives understand that they will not under any circumstances relax her hair or they will feel my wrath. I don't use a detangling conditioner although maybe I should. I don't use a comb or her for anything other than parting.

    Despite all that she goes to a mostly white school and once every two weeks complains that she wants straight hair ugh.

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    My 4 yr. old neice's hair is also down to her butt. My sister blow dries it so i've started doing her washes instead because i don't like all of that heat. As was mentioned before, it helps to section the hair. I make three big twists or buns. I take out each section and shampoo them individually. Then I put the twist back in. Same thing for the conditioning. I don't use a detangler, but i'm sure one would help, or even a leave in. I keep the hair in sections and detangle each section with a denman brush. I start from the ends then work up to the roots. And i style her hair in the sections. Either with flat twists or single twists. I rarely put it into ponytails b/c those require manipulation in between washes. The whole process is time consuming but, her hair will stay healthy this way. And, there's no crying!!

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    My 8 year old daughter has hair when stretched a couple of inches from her butt. It's very thick, and I keep it braided for 2 weeks at a time. It's in about 20 braids now, and I put beads at the end to protect her ends. When I wash it, every other week, I loosen it up near the roots, and I wash her hair with the braids still in it, if I don't it's a tangled mess. Then I rebraid it in the same style,(I'm very lazy when it comes to hair). The whole process takes me about 2-3 hours every couple of weeks.

    Pic of her hair 2 years ago:

    http://www.kodakgallery.com/PhotoView.jsp?...avfolderid=2004

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    Pic of her hair 2 years ago.kodakgallery.com/PhotoView.jsp?...avfolderid=2004...

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    I truly understand how you feel. My 15 month old nephew had thick long hair that loves to tangle. Although it gets really curly when wet it still can be difficult to detangle and wash. Like most kids he doesn't like to get his hair wash and he has hair down his back. I've have been natural for 19 months, so it falls on me to do his hair.

    First of all I try to keep his hair in braids. I wet it with water and undo his braids. While wet I detangle his hair. I usually put a little olive oil in his hair with the water and this helps me to detangle it. I then put seperated sections into twists. I wash his hair with the twists in it. If it is a good day, I take a couple of the twists out and conditioner in sections. Most of the time, when I finally get to the conditioning part he is already through with me. So I just put the conditioner in his head. Give him a cup and spoon to play with and let the conditioner sit for a couple of minutes. Then I rinse, take him into the room, then I put some leave in conditioner in his head. I take the twists that I am ready to braid out and then put some olive oil on his hair and run a big tooth comb threw it. We hit a few tangles, but no where near the amount that we used to. Thankfully I wait until he is ready for his nap to wash it, so by the time we get to the braiding part he is really tired and eventually falls asleep. I keep his hair in braids for about two weeks and repeat the process. His hair thanks me and when he gets older and sees the beautiful pictures of himself hopefully he will also!

    A perm is not the answer. It takes hard work to care for natural hair, yes, but if you keep it up she will have beautiful healthy hair and a love for her natural self.

    It takes patience, but you've come to the right place for advice. Stay strong. Keep in mind, there is always something that someone will feel that you are doing wrong and they could do better. Try to igore them. You know in your heart what is right, listen to it.

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