Afrocenchix essential Tips For Looking After Your Child’s Kinks, Coils & Curls: Happy black mum being cuddled by her two young children with natural hair

7 Essential Tips For Looking After Your Child’s Kinks, Coils & Curls

In search of expert advice and easy tips for looking after your child’s kinks, coils or curls? Of course, because everyone wants their children to have healthy, happy, and vibrant hair. 

A consistent routine can cultivate the right mental attitude towards hair, and the correct physical conditions for hair to be able to grow strong and healthy. But we also know that this is easier said than done when you have a busy life and an active child. 

To help you and your children, we've pulled together seven essential hair care tips for kids and will hopefully make wash day, styling painless for everyone involved.

Trust us, there is no better time to start reevaluating the habits that you currently have!

Keep Their Hair Routine Simple

With the hustle and bustle of life it often becomes easy to forget about a hair routine. However, it is a key to keeping your hair looking and feeling healthy. The approach we recommend is simple: Cleanse, Moisturise, Style, Repeat. You can read our Ultimate Guide to Afro Hair Care or Ultimate Guide to Afro Hair Care for Children, this will give you more advice on how to get started.

 Afrocenchix essential Tips For Looking After Your Child’s Kinks, Coils & Curls: The back view of natural hair being washed with Afrocenchix's sulphate-free shampoo Swish

Detangle Their Hair Before Washing

    We know, this is not fun job… but it’s always better to start early with these things. In the case of your child the earlier the better, so make sure to untangle their hair each time before washing.
    Doing this prevents breakage and allows a more even distribution of product through the hair. You can make detangling less of a chore by using a good conditioner with lots of slip such as Swirl, our silicone-free conditioner.

    Use Good Styling Tools and Accessories

      This may be difficult to hear as many of us have grown up using a fine tooth comb. Well, we are here to tell you it’s time to let it go. Your child is a new generation and this is one of the old habits that actually damages hair because it snags and causes breakage.
      It is best to use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to the tangle and style their hair. This will then allow growth retention because there is less friction on their strands. 
      Editor's Tip: We know it's a minefield out there when it comes to styling, so to make this easier we have assembled our Essential Accessories Pack!Afrocenchix essential  Tips For Looking After Your Child’s Kinks, Coils & Curls: Hair styling tools such as barrel brush and hair dryer laid out on a white furry cloth

      Maintain Protective Hairstyles

        Protective hairstyles are always a winner! You put them in, they can be kept for 6 to 8 weeks. However, it is important that during these times you don’t ignore the fact that your child’s hair still needs to be looked after.
        You can easily stand top of it using our Braid Care Set and for more information you can look at our blog for tips on looking after your hair under protective styles.

        Afrocenchix essential Tips For Looking After Your Child’s Kinks, Coils & Curls: The top back view of a child's head which has neat plaits

        Use Safe Products

        Everyone knows someone who has read the news, seen the headlines, skim read the blogs and watch the YouTube videos about the toxic ingredients that is used in some Afro hair care products.
        Unfortunately, it is true that these chemicals can lead to health problems such as asthma and cancer and infertility. No one wants that for anyone let alone their children.
        We suggest inspecting the ingredients lists of your products and finding brands that you can trust.
        At Afrocenchix, we have taken the time and the care to make sure our products are made from ingredients that will benefit the hair of yourself and of your children, as well as being a benefit to yours and your child’s health. You can learn more about our ingredients list on our blog.
        Editor's Recommendation: Our  Wash Day Set will help you cut down the time it takes to wash your hair and leave you with clean and moisturised hair ready for any style!

         Afrocenchix essential Tips For Looking After Your Child’s Kinks, Coils & Curls: The Afrocenchix Wash Day Set Products

        Dreamy Sleep On Satin Or Silk

          Using materials made of either satin or silk to sleep on or using a silk or satin-lined bonnet is of great benefit to your child’s hair. While, yes, we love cotton unfortunately, if your child sleeps on it for eight hours and more this can become harmful to your child’s hair.
          Cotton is incredibly absorbent, and throughout the night cotton fibres drain the moisture from your child’s hair. Their hair can also get snagged on the rough cotton fibres which cause damage and split ends.
          Satin or silk bonnets, scarves and pillowcases reduce friction allowing their hair to stay moisturised and hydrated.
           Afrocenchix essential Tips For Looking After Your Child’s Kinks, Coils & Curls: Happy young black child wearing a yellow up and a satin lined Afrocenchix Bonnet

          Handle Their Hair With TLC

            In the case of your child’s Afro hair the little things can go a long way.
            One of the easiest ways to combat damage is by making sure that you wash and style their hair without any rings or chipped nails that can snag and tear away at it!