How to style your little one's afro

Expert tips that'll help you care for your child's hair

13 August 2017 - 00:00 By Nokubonga Thusi
When styling your child's afro, gather a small amount of hair at a time and lightly comb out with a wide-toothed comb.
When styling your child's afro, gather a small amount of hair at a time and lightly comb out with a wide-toothed comb.
Image: Themba Mokatse/Butterpudding

Caring for the locks of your little ones may leave you feeling a little tangled up. Not only is children's hair different to adult hair but it also needs to be handled in a gentle and non-invasive way. Children's hair tends to be softer, as the medulla at the core of the hair strands is still developing.

As children get older, their hair starts to become coarser and this is when the struggle starts for many parents. African children's hair tends to be less manageable at this stage.

In addition, children's hair has a lot of density as this is when the hair strands are at their highest volume - as we age, we lose hair from breakage or thinning.

Parents with kids who have Afro hair can end up being tempted to use chemicals to make it more manageable and easier to style. Instead of using chemicals, use a rich conditioner after shampooing to soften hair. Style hair in twists or thick braids overnight to make combing easier in the morning. 

STYLING TIPS

1. Mix water with a little bit of conditioner in a spray bottle and apply it on tresses to detangle hair before styling.

2. Afro hair can be difficult to manage when styling, causing a lot of tears. Be very gentle with the hair. Gather a small amount of hair at a time and lightly comb out with a wide-toothed comb.

Children's haircare products.
Children's haircare products.
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HAIR PRODUCTS TO TRY

• Dark & Lovely Beautiful Beginnings Easy Shampoo, R40 for 250ml.

• Pure Beginnings Balancing Conditioner with Organic Aloe and Argan, R110 for 250ml.

• The Perfect Kinky Coil Style and Define, R200 for 250ml.

• Cetaphil Baby Wash and Shampoo, R92.70 for 230ml.


TOP SALONS FOR JOZI KIDS

Afrokids Salon, Rivonia

What they do: Part hair salon, part daycare centre, you can drop your kid off for a quick cut or braided hairstyle while you carry on "adulting".

Contact: 072-056-3409

Kiddocut, Sandton

What they do: This winter wonderland with Iceland-themed décor caters for all hair types, as well as babies.

Contact: 011-465-3508

Chop It Kids Hair Salon, Randpark Ridge

What they do: Offers trendy styling techniques, such as colour gels and chalks.

Contact: 011-793-7226

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