HomeBabyHere are some things...

Here are some things you should know about your baby’s hair

As a dad of two–each with wildly different hair–I know that when it comes to newborn textured and afro hair, keeping it knot/tangle free, hydrated (without it looking greasy), and getting through the hair care routine as quickly as possible is essential–especially once they begin to crawl and walk! It can be difficult for new parents to figure out what products and how to care for their hair.

As founder of afrodrops (a Black-owned online hair care shop), I want to empower all people with natural afros and textured hair to make afro-centric haircare more accessible.

The hair type of your baby can be different (and can change too).

Yes, they share the same Dad and Mom, but their hair textures, colors and porosities are very different. This means that even though we use the same products, my children’s hair behaves very differently.

Although genetics are a major factor in hair type, your baby’s hair (and their more mature hair as they age) may be very different from yours. Just because products are effective for older siblings or your hair doesn’t necessarily mean that they will work well for your baby’s hair.

It is delicate hair for newborns. Therefore, it pays to start a gentle routine and make sure your baby has healthy hair.

Remember that your baby’s hair could begin to fall around 8-12 weeks old and start growing back around 6 months. Their hair may change over time, and it could be thicker and thinner for up to 24 more months.

Hair porosity is a big deal

Understanding your baby’s hair is more important than understanding their curl pattern. Many parents make the mistake of choosing products that are based on their curl pattern, but neglect the importance of hair porosity.

Knowing your baby’s hair porosity will help you determine the best hair products to use as their hair grows, thickens, and changes.

Low porosity hair may be easily overwhelmed by oily products that too heavy or greasy and leave it looking greasy. High porosity hair may need richer/oilier products. Lighter products that are suited to low/medium porosity will likely leave hair dry and brittle.

How do you tell the difference? How fast or slow your hair reacts to water is called hair porosity. High porosity hair is when your baby’s clean, unprocessed hair absorbs water quickly. Low porosity hair is characterized by a temporary water repelling effect or a slow rate of water penetration. Here’s an example of low porosity hair that shows a water-resistant effect when dry.

Low porosity hair tips

Avoid using hair butters because they are too heavy for low porosity hair. They can cause a greasy feel and buildup that looks like dandruff.

Avoid heavy oils such as castor oil/black casting oil. This will prevent hair from becoming greasy. Lightweight oils such as avocado oil or grapeseed oil are better. Use sparingly (once to twice per week) on wet hair.

  • Use water-based leave in conditioners.
  • Use the L.C.O (leave in conditioner, cream, or oil) method
  • Reduce co-washing by shampooing and conditioning your hair once per week or as often as you need.
  • Tips for high-porosity hair
  • Use richer conditioners to hydrate your skin better.
  • Hair butters can be used to seal in moisture.
  • To seal in moisture, use oils that are more rich (coconut oil, black castor oil).
  • Co-washing is an option.
  • Use the L.O.C. method (leave in conditioner, oil, and cream.
  • Purchase a Detangling Brush

For detangling curly hair, a Tangle Teezer is a great choice. It’s easier to use with shorter hair than the EZ Detangling Brush. To give your baby extra detangling power, you can comb through your baby’s hair while conditioner is on. This will reduce pulling and pain, as well as make it easier to get through knots.

To reduce the tangling and knotting while your baby sleeps, you might consider using a satin/silk slip for their cot.

How Often Should You Wash Your Clothes?

A good rule of thumb is to wash your baby’s hair once per week. Too often washing your hair can cause dryness, brittleness, and increase the likelihood of breakage.

We understand that babies can get soiled with everything from milk to poop, and everything in-between. To clean baby’s hair between washes, I recommend using a gentle cowash. This will remove any dirt and soil from the hair, but not wash away their natural oils.

Follow Us

1,000FansLike
1,000FollowersFollow
1,000FollowersFollow

Follow Google News

Most Popular

More from Author

How to get your child to love reading

Reading is a way to discover new things, learn new things,...

Five Steps to Fix Your Newborn’s Night-Night Confusedness

Are you a parent of a baby who is prone to...

Multiples and Baby Sleep

This blog is for parents of multiples who have recently found...

The benefits of using parental control apps

Parents have one of the most important tasks: to raise their...

- A word from our sponsors -

spot_img

Read Now

How to get your child to love reading

Reading is a way to discover new things, learn new things, and develop key language skills like vocabulary building and speech development. You can also bond with your child by spending time reading together. A book can spark a child's curiosity in as little as 10 to 15...

Five Steps to Fix Your Newborn’s Night-Night Confusedness

Are you a parent of a baby who is prone to sleeping all day, but wakes up at night? You are not the only one. It is very common for newborns to be confused at night. Must Read: best tool to generate new born names Let's discuss why day-night...

Multiples and Baby Sleep

This blog is for parents of multiples who have recently found out they are expecting twins, triplets or quadruplets. Let's talk baby sleep and multiples. Must Read: mystery or spy party for kids Can you get good sleep with multiple people? YES! I believe that multiple parents who have the...

The benefits of using parental control apps

Parents have one of the most important tasks: to raise their children and help them prepare for adulthood. Technology has become an integral part of the family's dynamic. Parents may not be able to see how much time their children spend on screens or what content they...

There are foods to avoid while breastfeeding.

Your nursing baby is what you eat. You want him to get the best nutrition possible and to avoid any foods that could cause harm. With so many contradicting information, it is not unusual for new mothers to avoid whole food groups because they are afraid. Also Read:...

There’s something to smile about

Smiles are contagious, and these smiling children from all over the globe will put a smile on you face. Find out what made them smile this year. Above: Franky (3 years old) was separated from his parents at the crossing of Darien Gap. This dangerous jungle separates Colombia...

In the midst of war in Ukraine, music brings comfort

Maksym, nine years old, says that "when I play the piano I forget about war." As the conflict escalated in Ukraine, Maksym fled Eastern Ukraine with his brother and mother. He has been hiding in Lviv in western Ukraine since then. Must Read: 3 tips to improve doctor...

Get your vaccines now!

Zulu's phrase Zwakala means "come on over" and is often shared with friends as an invitation. South Africa's immunization campaign is now centered around "Zwakala". This campaign provides not only COVID-19 shots to people, but also vital vaccines for children against diseases such as polio and measles. Must Read:...

I am a mom and a priest: This is the deal with Jewish circumcision

My home life is filled with many rituals. We try everything. We offer blessings and celebrate Shabbat. My husband and I decided when I was pregnant that we wouldn't want to perform a public circumcision. This is a Jewish tradition. While we didn't find out the gender...

Do you need a postpartum doula?

Little babies are something I've always loved. I love the smell of them, their warmth and the way they are able to drift off to sleep regardless of what's going on around them. I was a nanny for many children in college, graduate school, as well as...

How to throw a mystery or spy party for kids

The secret world of spies has been a fascination for generations, both adults and children. No surprise that children often ask for mystery parties when they turn one. These are some ways to make your child's birthday memorable by having a mystery or spy theme. Mirago Media...

High-Enjoying Party Games for Teens and Older Kids

Are you planning a tween party and need some ideas? You need games that keep the 8-12-year-olds interested and engaged, once you get past the Pin the Tail on the Donkey or Pass the Parcel stages. These party games are highly entertaining and have been tested for...
error: Content is protected !!