Keep it strong and beau­ti­ful, Mommy!

True Love Hair - - CONTENTS - By TSAKANE NDLOVU

Pack­ing your child’s lunch box is noth­ing com­pared to fight­ing with those stub­born hair knots. Say good­bye to end­less tears and hello to healthy hair with th­ese easy-to-fol­low tips.

Mak­ing sure that your child’s hair is al­ways neat and clean can be daunt­ing. But there’s no need for you to stress about it any­more: all you need is a few tweaks here and there. Here are 10 tips that’ll make it a breeze for both of you.

KEEP IT CLEAN

Mak­ing sure that your child’s hair is clean is im­por­tant. It al­lows oxy­gen to pen­e­trate the scalp so it breathes, and helps the hair to grow health­ier and stronger. Wash­ing your child’s hair reg­u­larly re­moves dirt and ex­cess oils, which helps to re­duce the risk of dan­druff. But don’t wash it too fre­quently as this may dis­turb the pH bal­ance and strip away too much nat­u­ral oil. Use a mild sul­phate-free sham­poo, made specif­i­cally for kids, once a week. If you choose to re­lax your child’s hair, al­ways rinse off the re­laxer thor­oughly and sham­poo the hair twice or thrice, un­til the soap is no longer pink. Us­ing your fin­gers and luke­warm water, gen­tly re­move all traces of the re­laxer. It may seem te­dious, but not rins­ing prop­erly is go­ing to cause se­ri­ous hair break­age – and you re­ally don’t want all of those chem­i­cals in the re­laxer left over on your child’s hair and scalp.

CON­DI­TION IT

Noth­ing soothes the scalp like a good con­di­tioner. Con­di­tion­ing your lit­tle one’s hair is like giv­ing them veg­eta­bles so they can grow to be big and strong. Not only does it make the hair health­ier, it also gives it vol­ume. When you ap­ply the con­di­tioner af­ter rins­ing out the sham­poo, mas­sage it into the hair, start­ing at the roots and work­ing to the ends. Leave it on for the time that’s stated on the in­struc­tions, and then rinse well.

COMB GEN­TLY

We know that the comb is not ev­ery­one’s favourite tool. Chil­dren don’t like it be­cause ev­ery time it emerges, they know that it will hurt their hair. To avoid the pain, be ex­tra care­ful and gen­tle when comb­ing your child’s hair. If the hair is long enough to re­quire a lit­tle de­tan­gling, use a wide-toothed comb and gen­tly work from the ends to the roots. Pull knots apart us­ing your fin­gers in­stead of the comb. Work from the back to the front as hair at the nape gets most tan­gled dur­ing sleep. To min­imise the pain, make sure that you use prod­ucts that’ll make the hair feel slip­pery, so that the comb glides through eas­ily.

AL­WAYS MOIS­TURISE

Hair that’s mois­turised means min­i­mal break­age. A good mois­tur­is­ing lo­tion will also give it shine and make it eas­ier to man­age. How­ever, to avoid prod­uct buildup, limit mois­tur­is­ing your child’s hair to three or four times a week. To en­sure that the hair re­tains mois­ture, spray a lit­tle water on the hair first and seal with a hair oil be­fore styling. Use mois­turiser or opt for a leave-in con­di­tioner that can be used with hair oil.

DRINK WATER

Water keeps the whole body hy­drated, in­clud­ing the scalp. When your child’s scalp stops re­ceiv­ing hy­dra­tion and nu­tri­ents, it can in­hibit the ac­tion of grow­ing healthy hair. Be­sides en­sur­ing that they drink as much water as their sys­tems can han­dle, there are other ways to boost hy­dra­tion. Make sure that the prod­ucts you use on their hair have water as the main in­gre­di­ent. This is usu­ally la­belled as “aqua”.

EAT HEALTHILY

Al­ways make sure that your child eats their veg­eta­bles and fruit. The vi­ta­mins and pro­tein con­trib­ute to the

health and growth of their hair. Vi­ta­min A helps in the pro­duc­tion of hor­mones, which in­flu­ence hair growth. Give your child foods such as but­ter­nut squash, sweet pota­toes, pump­kin, car­rots, or­anges and mango as they are rich in vi­ta­min A.

BLOW-DRY SAFELY

A hairdryer is the fastest way to dry your chil­dren’s hair, but be mind­ful not to dry it for too long as the hair will break. It’s best to al­low a child’s hair to airdry. Af­ter wash­ing, con­di­tion­ing and ap­ply­ing a mois­tur­is­ing cream to the hair, let your child go and play out­side. The hair will dry nat­u­rally and be ex­posed to growth-stim­u­lat­ing vi­ta­min D. If you ab­so­lutely have to use the hairdryer, make sure that the heat set­ting is on as low as pos­si­ble.

AVOID TIGHT STYLES

Kids have very sen­si­tive scalps, so you have to avoid styles that are too tight. And wear­ing the same style for too long can dam­age their hair. Go for ageap­pro­pri­ate styles such as braids and corn­rows, or cute pony­tails. If done pro­fes­sion­ally, ask the stylist to be gen­tle with the child’s hair. Make sure that the baby hairs on the hair­line are left in­tact and that the scalp is con­di­tioned with oils that nour­ish the hair at the roots.

USE THE RIGHT PROD­UCT

Most adult prod­ucts con­tain chem­i­cals that are too harsh for chil­dren’s hair. Us­ing your prod­ucts on your child will cause ir­ri­ta­tion, dry­ness or rash on the scalp. There are many hair­care prod­ucts that cater specif­i­cally for your lit­tle one’s hair tex­ture. Make sure that you read the in­gre­di­ents list care­fully so you can avoid any harsh or nasty stuff that isn’t good for your child.

TEACH THEM HAIR CARE

Teach your child how to look af­ter their own hair. Give them the tools, like a brush and comb, to nur­ture their hair. Teach them to be proud of their crown­ing glory, no mat­ter what it looks like, and ex­pose them to pos­i­tive hair role mod­els. Show them pic­tures of fa­mous chil­dren like Yara Shahidi, Wil­low Smith, Amandla Sten­berg and Thando Thusi so that they can be in­spired to love their own nat­u­ral hair.

Aunt Jackie’s Su­per Du­per Soft­en­ing Con­di­tioner R99,95

ORS Olive Oil Girls Mois­tur­is­ing Styling Lo­tion R59,95

Caivil Kids Sooth­ing Scalp Hair Food R16,75

Easy Waves Magic De­tan­gler Spray R20,95

Cantu Nour­ish­ing Sham­poo R149,95

Afro Botan­ics Nat­u­ral Kid­dies 3-in-1 Spray R70

Dark and Lovely Beau­ti­ful Be­gin­nings Hair Food R24,95

Cantu Care for Kids Styling Cus­tard R149,95

Sofn’free Avo& Honey Oil Mois­turiser R24,95

Easy Waves Magic Oil Mois­turiser R20,95

Sofn’free Avo & Honey Hair Food R18,95

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