Years ago, when I would go through the daily ritual of straightening my hair, I was trying to grow my hair out but it was ultimately remaining the same length. The process was so frustrating because my hair was past my behind when I was young – why was it not growing like that now?  Delving into the depths of my memory, I tried to figure out what is was that my mom did to take care of my hair and help it grow to be so long and healthy and, ultimately I started implementing those same hair-care tips again.

Today, when people see how much my hair has grown over the last couple of years, I often hear remarks that their hair grows slowly or stops growing once it hits a certain length. Well, I can sympathize because I used to share the same beliefs until I learned how to get my hair to grow like a weed with very little damage along the way. That being said take a look at this short list of tips that will help you reach your hair goals!

Today, when people see how much my hair has grown over the last couple of years, I often hear remarks that their hair grows slowly or stops growing once it hits a certain length. Well, I can sympathize because shared the same beliefs for a while until I learned how to get my hair to grow like a weed like it did as a child, with very little damage along the way. That being said take a look at this short list of tips that will help you care for your daughter’s hair and reach your and her healthy hair goals!

Mixed race child giving thumbs up

1. No Heat

I’m putting this first because removing heat from my hair care regimen was a game changer for me.  I never used heat as a child!  Heat styling causes so much damage, leaving hair dry, weak, and prone to breakage.  Hot tools include flat irons, curling irons, hot rollers, blow dryers, etc.  Reducing the use of all hot tools is ideal but, if that’s not possible at least eliminate curling irons and flat irons. To put this in perspective, I use a flat iron at most once per year.

However, I do use my blow dryer to diffuse my hair about once per month when I don’t have time to let my hair air dry.  My amazing hairstylist explained the different types of heat to me in a way that made it easy to understand: Think about if you were to clamp a flat iron or curling iron on your arm for a few seconds. You would get burned!  However, if you aim the air flow of your blow dryer at your arm for a few seconds you feel the heat but you’re not going to get burned nearly as quickly.  This is a good representation of how your hair reacts to hot tools.

  1. Protective styling

Growing up, my hair was constantly in a braid.  Keeping your daughter’s hair up and contained will cut down on tangling and breakage as your little one is playing.  Buns, braids, and even puffs are all great options for styles.

  1. Keep Her Hair Moisturized

Moisturization is key when keeping hair healthy.  Dry, brittle hair will easily break off and hinder hair growth progress.  A few tips:

  • Water! The best source of true moisture is free – good ol’ water!  When I started wearing my hair curly I was co-washing it about every other day.  Wetting my hair this frequently helped prevent dryness.
  • Switch your daughter’s pillowcase to satin instead of cotton.  Cotton fibers absorb moisture that should be kept in her hair and also can cause snagging while she tosses and turns in her sleep.
  • Lock in moisture with an oil. Note that oil does not provide moisture to your hair but, rather, seals in the moisture that you’ve already added to the hair.
  1. No Chemicals

Altering the chemical makeup of the hair strand comes with a price.  Any time you attempt to change your little one’s texture with chemicals you are compromising the health of her hair.  Take it from me, as someone who has gotten a Brazilian Blowout Keratin treatment in the past as well as having gone lighter and darker with my hair, even with deep conditioning and babying hair after chemical processes it will incur damage.  Avoid all of this by teaching your daughter to love and embrace the hair that’s naturally hers.  It’s perfect just the way it grows out of her scalp.

  1. Use Sulfate-free, Silicone-free, and Alcohol-free Products

When looking for products, I’m always sure to avoid sulfates, silicone, and alcohol.  Sulfates are found in a lot of shampoos and help to create that lather and squeaky clean feeling.  Unfortunately, sulfates will also strip hair of its natural oils, causing it to ultimately be more dry.  Silicones are in many conditioners and styling products and can add shine and lubricate hair strands for more slip.  This can be great when detangling the hair on tender heads!  However, silicone also coats the hair shaft, preventing moisture from getting to your hair, again contributing to dryness.  There are plenty of detanglers out there without silicones that work just as well if not better than those that include it on the ingredients list.  Finally, alcohol is in many hairsprays and gels and can also cause – you guessed it – dryness!

Many great brands out there carry curly girl-approved products.  However, you need to closely examine labels and be willing to do some research before purchasing items for your daughter.  I’ve grown to enjoy making my own hair products so that I know exactly what’s in them and I can customize my mixes based on my hair’s needs.  Through EmbraceBox, you and your daughter have access to great recipes and hand-picked ingredients that will take her hair to new levels.  Feeling curious? Get EmbraceBox today!

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