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About African-American Infant Hair Care

By Olayemi Phillips ; Updated June 13, 2017

Your precious little bundle is your pride and joy, but keeping her hair well cared for can be a challenge. Keep in mind, the texture will likely change over the course of the next few years, but routine care keeps it healthy and lustrous at any stage.


You need not wash your infant's hair often; one wash per week is sufficient. If you like to bathe your little one each day, try simply wiping down his hair with a wet washcloth and omitting the soap. African-American hair often needs all the moisture it can get, and too many soap products cause a damaging, drying effect.


After baby has had a hair wash, it's important to retain the hair's moisture to avoid breakage. A variety of products are available that cater to children's hair care, but at this young age, it's safer to use natural products. Try virgin coconut or olive oil massaged into the hair and scalp instead.


Although it may look cute, avoid small hair decorations for your infant, as they are a choking hazard. Depending on how much hair she has, you may want to use a simple headband or cloth-covered elastics to hold parts of the hair. Do not use uncovered elastic bands, as they can rip delicate hair.

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