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About African-American Infant Hair Care

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author image Olayemi Phillips
Olayemi Phillips has been a writer since 2000. She holds a Higher National Diploma in photography, film and television from Salisbury College of Art and Design in her native England. In the U.S. she is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature, specializing in writing for both children and teenagers and creating and selling short stories and articles.
About African-American Infant Hair Care
About African-American Infant Hair Care Photo Credit George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

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.

Washing

About African-American Infant Hair Care
You need not wash your infant's hair often. Photo Credit George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

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.

Moisturizing

About African-American Infant Hair Care
Try virgin coconut or olive oil massaged into the hair and scalp. Photo Credit joanna wnuk/iStock/Getty Images

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.

Decoration

About African-American Infant Hair Care
Avoid small hair decorations for your infant. Photo Credit Dynamic Graphics/Creatas/Getty Images

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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