“How can I get my daughter’s natural hair to grow?” is a very popular question among Nigerian mothers. But there’s never really an easy answer to this question. The growth of a child’s hair relies on many factors but you should know that there are some things that can be done to help your daughter’s hair to grow as well as avoid breakage and damage.
The hair on the scalp grows at about half an inch per month on average, meaning that it will grow about 6 inches each year. Of course, when you combine your child’s overall health, hair care, and genetics, they will affect the rate at which your child’s hair grows by either speeding up the process or slowing it down.
Here are 5 more things you can do to get your daughter’s hair growing as detailed by a mother who was successful. While you can start with these strategies today, you should still keep in mind that not all of them will work for every child.
USE GENTLE SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOO
Never forget that the strands of your child’s hair are delicate and damage-prone so when you wash her hair with harsh chemicals, you are basically stripping it of its natural oils and injuring it. This then turns the hair brittle and dry.
Fortunately, there are companies that have created shampoos for children with natural hair which cleanses the hair without the hair losing its moisture and natural oils, thereby allowing the hair to grow healthily.
DEEP CONDITION HER HAIR FREQUENTLY
After you have shampooed your child’s hair, the next thing is to aim to replenish the moisture that may have been lost during the shampooing process. And the best way to moisturize is to deep condition the hair. Some mothers choose to do this on a monthly basis but this particular mother decided to do it once every week.
It doesn’t have to be something too fancy. You can add your regular conditioner, mixed with extra virgin olive oil and a capful of aloe era juice. Apply it to her hair and let it sit overnight
When it is done properly, deep conditioning helps to replenish moisture in the hair, prevent damage and split ends by strengthening the hair, softening the hair and making it easier to detangle. This way you don’t break the hair while you are combing it and its revitalized from the last week’s styling.
TRIM HER HAIR FREQUENTLY
This might sound counterproductive, after all, why cut when you are trying to make it grow eh? But did you know that trimming your daughter’s hair indirectly helps it to grow faster?
Well, now you know.
When the ends of the hair are split or damaged, it would continue to break up the shaft of the hair until it breaks off completely. If not taken care of on time, split ends can compromise your child’s hair all the way to the roots. By trimming your child’s split ends frequently, not only do you preserve the hair so it can grow, but you’ll also be eliminating breakage thereby not compromising the length of your daughter’s hair.
Have you ever been in a local salon and you watch as the hairdresser struggles with a child’s natural hair as she pulls and pushes with a comb while the child whines in pain?
One mother learned to detangle her daughter’s hair with her hands only when the hair was wet and saturated with lots of conditioner. You need to be very gentle and use a product that allows your fingers to run smoothly through the hair. If you have to use a comb, use those ones with wide teeth that allow for a lot of slip room.
AVOID THE HEAT
Hair damage through heat is irreversible and real. Once your daughter’s natural hair becomes damaged by heat, there is no way to return it to its natural curly state. Heat damaged hair is often more prone to breaking resulting in the hair strands getting dry and brittle making it more difficult for the hair to grow.
If you must use heat on your daughter’s hair, be sure to apply a heat protectant first and make sure to use low heat.
In addition to these points, there are natural oils that you can use to supercharge your child’s hair growth as they help to repair damaged hair and promote healthy hair growth. They are:
- Argan oil
- Sweet almond oil
- Coconut hair
- Avocado oil
- Olive oil and
- Jojoba oil
Not to mention you need to also take note of your child’s water consumption and eating habits as they are also directly related to the health of her hair and its growth. Ensuring that your child eats nutritious and healthy foods rich in proteins, vitamins, good fats, and minerals are very crucial in helping her hair grow faster.
Try incorporating the following foods in your child’s diet and you’d be surprised by the results:
- Walnuts which block UV rays and protect against damage
- Cinnamon increases the flow of blood to the scalp which means more nutrients reach the hair roots and support hair growth
- Sweet potatoes support the production of the body’s natural oils which keeps your child’s hair strands moisturized.
- Guava surprisingly helps to prevent breakage.
- Greek yogurt makes the hair follicles stronger.
- Blueberries, though not always available all year round in Nigeria help to remove toxins from your child’s scalp.
- Iron-rich cereals promote hair growth and prevent hair loss.
At the end of the day, learning how to help your child’s hair grow is a process. What works for one child might not work for another. However, try these simple methods for growing your daughter’s natural hair and you can rest assured that you would soon begin to notice better moisturized and longer hair and most your child too will love her hair more.