The Truth @bout Natural Hair With Anu: Weekly Q&A

November 8, 2011  |  

This week on The Truth @bout Natural Hair With Anu, Ms. Prestonia helps a reader learn how to better care for her infant’s natural hair. Here’s what our resident natural hair care expert has to say.

Hello, Anu,

I need some advice.  I have an eleventh month old baby girl and need some advice on caring for her hair. I have been told everything from “brush her hair before she goes to bed so it will grow” to “use hair care products specifically targeted for babies.”

This is my regimen.  Currently, I use olive oil in her hair everyday and when I part her hair in barrettes, I use coconut oil. I have read in the past not to use mineral oil.  I have noticed her hair is a little dry.  When I wash her hair, I use the baby shampoo, specifically for curly hair.  I wash her hair every two to three weeks because she does not like her hair washed and cries.

To make matters worse, I have a five-year-old daughter, so you would think that I would know what to do.  No! I have had her going to the beauty salon for about a year now, and her hair has doubled in length.  Why is that?

PLEASE HELP A CLUELESS MOTHER! Oh! and by the way we have 100% negro, African-American hair that is very curly or some would say “kinky.”

Thank you
Cathy, age 39

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