How should we care for African American hair?

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My beautiful granddaughter is 15 months old and I need help with her hair. She is mixed and I have no idea what she needs for her hair. Her hair seems very dry and I need help in knowing what to do for her. There are alot of articles on the internet but I'd like some advice from others as to what works and what doesn't. Her mom is trying to let her hair grow and be natural but we need help. Advice?

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Sheronda - posted on 08/03/2012

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Yes, the pink oil can be found at the beauty supply store. There is a wide range of different products that can add moisture. You can put the product in and comb it while it is wet, to make it more managable when it becomes dry. But like I said you can use as much as you want and it want harm her hair. You may also find children products in the beauty supply store like "Just for Me" (I used that growing up) and they even have something called "Hair Milk". You can't go wrong. . . there are many choices :) Glad that I could help!

Sheronda - posted on 08/03/2012

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The biggest thing for african american hair, is to keep moisture in it. When ever you want to style her hair, a good hair lotion will make it easier to work with, and you can use the lotion as often as you like. A good one for children is " Pink Oil", but anything that says moisture on the bottle is good. It is also important not to wash her hair too much. African american hair makes it's own natural oils and if the hair is washed too much it will make her hair dry and brittle. Every 4-7 days is a good range to wash her hair.

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Shea butter is awesome for hair. Its 100% natural. You just rub it between your hands to melt it, then run it though her hair. My sister uses it on my nephew who is mixed raced. It works as a styling "gel" too if you use a bunch of it. I use it on my own hair now. Really great for conditioning.

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Thank you so much. I never would have thought to wash her hair that infrequently, I've been washing it every time she has a bath and you're right, it does seem to be very dry and brittle. Poor thing hates to have anything done to her hair and I'm making it worse. I'll try the Pink Oil, can you get it at a beauty supply? Then if we're just going with her natural curls we should comb it while wet? With a wide tooth comb I'm assuming as well.

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