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Tips for Taking Care Of A Little Girl's Hair and Ideas for Black Girls Hairstyles

Question: Do you have any tips for softening and styling my 6 yo's hair? She does not sit still for long. Thanks.

Answer: If your daughter's hair needs softening, I recommend that you try Northwest Scents shampoo and conditioner on her hair in the citrus ylang-ylang scent. Sometimes commercially available baby shampoos can actually dry out the hair. You can also put a little pomade in her hair after washing it, while it is still damp, to add softeness to her hair. Just put a little pomade in the palm of your hands, rub your hands together to warm up the pomade, and then gently grab her hair and rub the pomade in from scalp to roots.

As far as styling goes, for a 6 year old, braids and/or twists are probably the easiest natural styling option. When I say braids, I don't mean hundreds of tiny braids all over her head. Just one or two that are done as cornrows.

One easy braided style is to just part the hair in two sections, by taking a comb, and gently parting it down the middle from the center of her forehead to the nape of her neck. Gently comb each section, and use a scrunchie to hold the section in place that you are not working on. With the section that you are working on, gently do a cornrow from the forehead to the nape of the neck. Continue the braid to the ends of the hair. Do the same for the other side. You can finish the style by putting a barrette or other hair decoration at the end of the braid.

Another easy braided style is to just do one cornrow from the middle of her forehead to the nape of her neck. When you get to the nape of her neck, continue the braid to the ends of the hair. You can finish the style by putting a barrette or other hair decoration at the end of the braid.

If you do the braids at night, and then tie up her hair in a silk scarf (if she lets you), and if the scarf stays on overnight, you will probably not have to do her hair in the morning. If you do the braids at night, don't put the barrettes on until the morning, because sleeping in hair accessories can cause some hair damage.

If you don't know how to braid, or would prefer another option, you could try loose twists. For a little girl, you could part her hair into two or four sections. Working with one section at a time, gather the hair together as if you were doing a ponytail, but use a silk or satin scrunchie to gather the hair together. Avoid rubbers bands and hair rubbers because these cause hair damage. After putting on the scrunchie, gently comb the hair and divide it into two sections. Twist the two sections together loosely like you are braiding them, but you are not braiding them, only twisting them (braids use three sections of hair, twists use two). When you get to the end of the twist, braid the ends of the hair together to keep the twist from coming apart, or attach a barrette or other hair accessory to keep the twist from separating.

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