Natural Hair Do’s and Don’ts
Here is a quick reference list of the do’s and don’ts of natural hair.
Do detangle hair while wet
Water is moisture, and moisture helps natural hair glide and detangle smoothly. Moisture allows the detangling process to be less painful and quicker while also defining the curls.
Do NOT detangle dry hair
The friction and tugging of a comb or brush to curly hair can cause snags and breakage. Also, detangling your child's curls dry can lead to pain.
Do check the ingredients on your natural hair products
Toxic products can cause more harm to your curls, ultimately making them harder to manage. Natural ingredients have properties formulated for curly hair, helping with moisture and not stripping the curls of its natural oils.
Do NOT wash natural hair daily
When shampoo is applied daily, this can dry out your child’s hair strands, leading to damage and breakage. Curly hair produces sebum, which is a natural oil that helps moisturize curly hair. It’s best to have a natural hair routine where their curls are consistently cleaned.
Do remoisturize hair when needed
It is essential to add water and a refresher spray or leave-in conditioner to your child’s curls when they’re dry. Dry hair leads to breakage. For braids and protective styles, spray leave-in conditioners, and refresher sprays can help the hair maintain its moisture and shine.
Do NOT neglect the ends and roots when adding product to natural hair
The ends of natural hair are the oldest part, which means it's more prone to dryness and breakage. At the same time, the roots of your hair are the source of healthy hair because it’s where the hair grows. Adding love and care to both the ends and roots is the recipe for healthy hair.
Do finger detangle first
Finger detangling curls before a detangling tool is crucial because it helps get out all the tiny and hidden knots a comb or brush would rip. Finger detangling helps eliminate breakage, unnecessary tears, and pain in the detangling process.
Do NOT detangle from roots to ends
Detangling from roots to ends creates a lot of tension and pressure on the scalp causing it to be sore. The roots to ends motion also allot more tangles at the middle and end of the hair shaft, leading to breakage.
Do detangle from ends to roots
After finger detangling, starting at the ends of your little one’s hair can help you gently unravel knots without causing more. Holding the hair tightly while detangling from ends to roots also relieves pressure and tugging from the scalp.
Do apply products in sections
Adding products in sections ensures that your little one’s curls get the accurate amount of moisture and even product distribution. Even product distribution allows the styles to come out consistent and moisture to lock into the hair strands.
Do NOT rush when applying products
Rushing to apply products causes uneven distribution and more tangles. It is best to take your time, work the products generously in each section, and to love on the curls.
Noting these do’s and don’ts can help your little one’s curly hair flourish. That’s why Zoe is so unique. Her hair is full of curl power that can be washed and styled, just like your little one’s natural hair. Zoe is the perfect curlfriend to practice different hairstyles, techniques and even teach your child how to wash and style her hair.
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