Where do I start?
I have a 9 year old with short, course natural hair. I’ve tried everything from natural oils to different shampoos but her hair just won’t grow. Her hair is constantly dry due to her having eczema on her scalp. Her edges are pretty thin because she scratches them out of the protective styles that I put in her hair. I unfortunately have not been able to find an African American dermatologist but the ones I’ve taken her to supplied us with a really harsh medicated shampoo to use everyday which made her hair feel even more brittle and damaged. I am at a complete loss of what to do next and have resorted to blowing her hair out on wash day to add extension to her braids as she is getting older and beginning to get self conscious about the length.
Please advise… today is wash day
Consider the following questions:
- Are you deep conditioning her hair weekly or at least biweekly and processing with heat?
- Does she sleep with a satin bonnet or on a satin pillowcase or blanket EVERY night?
- When you detangle her hair, are you only doing it when the hair is damp and slick with conditioner?
- When you detangle are you doing it in sections and only using your fingers and a wide-tooth comb?
- Is she getting in the recommended amount of water for her age group each day?
- Do you keep her hair in a protective style (braids, twists, cornrows) at least 70% of the time?
If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, those are great places to start in finding out why baby girl’s hair may not be progressing the way you would like.
A few drops of tea tree oil mixed in with your conditioner or leave-in can help alleviate eczema naturally. Depending on how often your wash days are, blow drying each time is just going to make your situation worse. Since she’s old enough, talk with her about keeping her body healthy by drinking lots of water and eating tons of green veggies. Doing these things will help her hair grow healthy and strong. 🙂