What can I use to take care of my daughter hairnto make it grow?

My name is Jessica. I have an 16 months old daughter, and her hair will not grow. I have tried a number of things washing it with just for me baby shampoo and conditioning and Vaseline after, baby dont go bald and vaseline, blue magic. Nothing seem to work. I wash it 2 or 3 times a week. She is a preemie not sure will that have anything to do with her hair growth. Please help.

Natural Hair Novice Asked on August 3, 2016 in Basic Natural Hair Care.
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Hi Jessica,

First, let’s clean up your regimen a little bit. Washing 2 to 3 times a week is way too much. You’re stripping the hair of the natural oils that the hair needs to grow and manipulating it way too much. Once a week (or less) washing, conditioning and styling is enough. Secondly, let’s get rid of the Baby Don’t Be Bald, Vaseline and Blue Magic. All of those things contain mineral oil and/or petroleum which coat the hair strand and keep much needed moisture from getting in. Those products also clog the scalp’s pours and can stunt hair growth.

Check out my article on clarifying and do a treatment as soon as you can. Follow up with a shampoo using a product that’s sulfate free. Shea Moisture and Aunt Jackie’s are great lines to start with. I say “start with” because product selection will boil down to trial and error. After washing, follow up with a deep conditioning treatment. Click here for an article on that. After the deep conditioning, put in a leave-in and then seal all of your moisture in with a natural oil like coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. Finally, style her hair in a protective style that will stay in for most of the week. Braids, twists or cornrows are ideal. If her hair isn’t long enough for a protective style just let it be free. Spritz it with water from a spray bottle every couple of days and seal in the water with your natural oil. Detangle it by using your fingers to separate knots and tangles. Save your combs and brushes for your wash days only.

Hope those tips help. Let me know of your progress. 🙂

Admin Answered on August 3, 2016.
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