African American Children’s Hairstyles and Tips
Many people choose braiding as the default method of styling their African American child’s hair. There are many creative styles that can be created with braids, from French braiding, to zig zag parts and cornrows.
Braided hairstyles can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, and these styles can greatly enhance a little girls appearance. Take care in braiding your child’s hair in a way that will not cause permanent damage.
Do not pull the child’s hair when braiding. This can cause tension baldness that may be permanent.
Don’t over-process the hair. Avoid using flat irons, straightening combs or hair dryers on newly-treated hair.
Don’t pull or put tension on the edges of the hair. The hair is already weakened by the chemical and is more susceptible to breakage.
Adding accessories can dress up an ordinary hairstyle and make it extraordinary. Follow these tips when choosing the right ones for your child’s hair.
Avoid heavy beads that weigh down the hair. Limit the beading to no more than three or four per braid.
Don’t use rubber bands on the hair. This can cut through the hair strand and pull the hair from the scalp.
Beware of tight barrettes, clips and ribbons. Anything that adds tension to the hair has the potential to damage your child’s hair.
There are many factors to consider when choosing black hairstyles for your child. Make sure to care for the child’s hair and use care in selecting chemicals, styling tools and accessories.