23 February 2017
“Mummy my hair is longer!” fulfillment, joy, hope, excitement all wrapped up in one sentence.
Contrary to popular notion, everyone can have considerably long hair including your princess. In this blog we would share tips on growing your child’s hair and retaining the length for a beautiful long hair.
A child’s hair will grow about one quarter inch each month. Many factors can affect hair growth, including nutrition and health conditions.
Proper nutrition helps to grow beautiful long hair
Hair reflects a child’s overall health. Feeding kids junk food in lieu of a healthy diet and choosing carbonated beverages over water will make hair dry and brittle. Good nutrition is the key to healthy hair growth. Feed your kid nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables, including orange and yellow vegetables for vitamin A to promote health of scalp glands. Have your kid eat strawberries, citrus fruits, dark green vegetables and tomatoes for vitamin C that protects hair from breaking. Ensure your kid gets vitamin E, which improves hair quality. It’s found in green leafy vegetables, as is silica which improves hair strength. Silica is in oats. Cook eggs for breakfast.
Eggs and other proteins help to avoid putting hair into a resting phase. Also, it is rich in L-cysteine, an amino acid that is important for hair health. Eggs also provide hair-growth minerals such as manganese and the B vitamin biotin. Both help prevent hair loss. Lean meats, poultry and fish are other good protein choices.
Watch what you put on the hair
Due to the tender texture of kid’s hair, moisture is the key. Switch to natural products and see the true potential for growth, natural products help to grow healthy hair therefore no dandruff or breakages. Moisturize with water based products and use argan oil products, aloe vera, jojoba oil, coconut milk. Learn more on How to Care for a Ghanaian Child’s HairHaving long hair is beautiful! www.kidzcottagegh.com Click To Tweet
Style your child’s hair with snag-free accessories. Look for hair elastics that are covered with satin or another smooth fabric and never use rubber bands in place of hair elastics. If you braid her hair, ensure the braids are not too tight because the resulting tugging can cause hair breakage.
The truth is we all have to actually take time to take care of our hair using the right methods.
It’s All about the Ends
Of course lack of moisture is a big reason hair breaks off and never gains/retains length, but don’t forget about the ends. If you don’t take care of them, it will seem as if your hair never grows. Everyone’s hair grows. The bigger problem is length retention.
The End Test
Here’s an easy way to see how healthy your ends are.
- Spritz hair with water and add your favorite styling cream.
- Twist a small section of hair into a two strand twist.
- When you get to the bottom of the twist, twirl the ends between your thumb and forefinger to seal it.
- If the twist does not seal well and unravels, or you have a lot of fly-aways, then you need to trim the ends.
Don’t try to hold on to bad ends because you want to keep length. You will regret because what happens is the damage travels up and a few months later, you’ll have to cut even more.
Protective styling does not help your hair grow any faster, but it helps you retain more length because you are not constantly manipulating your hair. The ends of your hair are the most fragile because they are the oldest part. So after all the combing, detangling, blow drying, and flat ironing, it’s very easy for your ends to become damaged.And if you don’t get your ends trimmed regularly, they will break off. So in order to keep your ends healthy, you have to continue to trim.
Scalp Massages help hair growth
Massaging the scalp for 20-30 minutes per day is a great habit to get into. It increases blood flow to the scalp area and can stimulate growth. This may be especially helpful if you have thinning edges from relaxers or weaves. If your hair is not permanently damaged, this could help your hair grow back. If you cannot sit and do the scalp massage all at once, do it several times per day in smaller intervals.
Grow your kids hair in a way that will last and make it strong, young age is the time their hair can grow easier, faster and when maintained well can grow steadily, remember to be cautious of what you put in their hair.
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