As with many other things in life there are myths and out-of-date information regarding black hair care. As foster or adoptive parents, it's important that we try our best to stay up-to-date with the best discipline methods, parenting techniques, and cultural competency. Part of our being culturally competent is knowing how to properly perform black hair care.
Know How Often to Shampoo Black Hair
It's important to understand that black hair care requires changing up some of a foster or adopted parent's routine. Black hair does not require daily washing.
But when it is time to shampoo your child's hair, it's also important to know how to do so properly.
Understand Whether Oiling a Child's Scalp Is a Myth or Need
I have a bi-racial niece and I remember oiling her scalp before attempting to braid or style her hair. I truly needed a Guide to Black Hair back in the early 1990's. Now it seems that may have not been a need for proper black hair care.
Know the Importance of Moisture and Conditioning
while oiling of a child's scalp may not be needed, good quality conditioners will be a great need for proper black hair care.
Be Able to Detangle Delicate Hair with Less FrustrationCombing a child's hair is rarely a fun time, however curly hair brings about it's own challenges.
Provide Hair Protection at Night
When we provided respite foster care for two little ones, the foster mom provided coverings for the children's hair for sleeping. I had no idea that this was part of black hair care. But after reading this quick tip from the Black Hair GuideSite, it makes perfect sense.
Check Your Expectations About Your Child's Hair
According to the Guide to Black Hair Care, some parents seek after hair styles that may be too much for young children. I had no idea that a child's hair texture may not reveal itself until the child is 8-years-old.
Use Proper Tools and Products
I think we did okay on the tools we chose when caring for my niece's hair. Take a look at the information from these two different Black hair care experts and decide which is best for you and your child.
If Possible Gather Information on What Has Been Done to Your Child's Hair
This last Black hair care tip may require a bit of information from the child's birth family or previous care giver. Namely, about chemical treatments and products. This information may help the stylist help your child grow healthy hair.