How Kiddies Hair Differs From Adult Hair

Most African mothers sweat it when it comes to taking care of their children’s hair. Baby’s hair texture will start changing from 4 months to be more coarse to the touch, generally more dry and tangling easily. At this stage baby still has a soft scalp and no mother wants to cause pain through combing. It is best to not relax a child’s hair until they hit puberty, and yet desperation to make hair care easier moms are driven to relax hair. Luckily there are products and methods that make natural hair maintenance easier and tear free.

Children’s hair is different from adult hair up until children hit puberty at around 12 years old. These are some of the ways adult hair differs from children’s hair:

1. Some babies are born with a head full of hair some with no hair. Those that have hair may start
losing hair at around 2 – 3 months, this is normal; it is caused by hormonal changes in baby.
The hair that grows out after that is the same hair that child will have until reaching teenage

2. Due to hormonal changes, a child’s hair will likely change again as they hit puberty. A child
who had thin hair may start having thicker hair as they hit puberty and vice versa.

3. Young children don’t produce sebum every 2 days like adults do, it takes them longer, so it
doesn’t need to be washed every day. Sebum is the naturally occurring oil that coats and
nourishes the hair and gives hair a soft feel and shine. African hair also produces sebum but
the sebum doesn’t travel up the hair to coat it because of the coily nature of African hair.
This is the reason African hair is naturally dry.

4. Children’s scalp is more sensitive than adult scalp. Children sweat more easily and more often,
if your child sweats in the scalp, then be sure to wash the scalp. Sweat leaves salt on hair and
scalp and this will cause hair to be dry.

5. Children are more prone to suffer from skin sensitivity and conditions that affect their scalp
such as eczema, which ultimately affects hair growth. Luckily most children outgrow these
sensitivities by the time they hit age 5.

6. Children’s hair tangles more often because they are always busy on the move rubbing on things,
even when they are asleep. Make sure that hair is soaking when and covered in conditioner or
leave-in conditioner when detangling. It’s important to detangle or else hair will knot and
eventually break.

7. Children’s hair gets pulled out more easily. Most parents will choose to keep their children’s
hair in braids to avoid daily maintenance. It is important to make sure the braids aren’t pulled
tightly. Children’s scalp will easily develop bumps and blisters if pulled tight. This can lead
to hair loss or infection.

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