Children and Natural Hair
By: Delores Hurst, The HBN Writer for Online
Since becoming natural, I can’t tell you how many times I wished my mom never put a perm in my hair at a young age. We understand why she did it. It was the 90’s, Just For Me was popular, and it seemed like the right way to make my hair care simpler. Well the results of those perms are mixed textured hair, slower growth, and a new understanding. We now have more knowledge of caring for natural hair and with that, a new knowledge of treating children’s hair at a young age. That way they can understand their own hair and have the knowledge to take care of it as an adult.
The most important thing to know when it comes to children’s hair is that whatever they learn about hair and their opinions on it comes from you. Curly Nikki wrote about a woman who remembers all the negative things her mother said about her hair and that gave her a negative image. Parents must teach their children that their hair is beautiful and is a reflection of their heritage and culture. Secondly, parents must remember that a child’s hair is more sensitive and delicate and it must be moisturized and placed in protective styles more often than we do to our own. For more tips on children’s hair, see http://www.blackandmarriedwithkids.com/2013/02/10-tips-to-help-you-start-managing-your-childs-natural-hair/