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Suitable hairstyles for your children

By Faeza
22 July 2016

MAKING sure that your child’s hair looks prim and proper for school can be a very difficult task. More so when you consider that it has to be easy to maintain and remain neat for as long as possible. Hair experts say keeping your child's hair natural for as long as possible is the key to healthy hair.

FROM BIRTH TO FIVE YEARS

There are two things that you need to avoid at all costs; chemicals and extensions. Chemicals will burn and irritate their scalp, leading to wounds in extreme cases. Extensions are heavy and cause unnecessary breakage.

SIX TO 11 YEARS

Continue keeping your child's hair chemical-free and focus on natural hairstyles. By now, your girl has enough hair to braid without adding extensions. These hairstyles are quick to get and easy to maintain.

12 TO 15 YEARS

Relaxers and braided extensions are fine, but use a highly professional salon stylist.

DOS AND DON'TS

¦ Avoid fine-tooth combs as they snag and pull out the hair.

¦ Avoid drying products such as hair spray, mousse and holding gels. Use moisturisers, leave-in conditioners and styling lotions.

¦ Use elastics and covered bands to style their hair. Rubber bands damage hair. Also, remove ponytail holders before bed.

¦ Make sure you braid or twist their hair completely all the way to the ends. Exposing the ends to environmental elements will guarantee split ends.

¦ Use a shampoo that has a pH of five and only wash your child's hair every five to eight days. Always use a conditioner after shampooing.

¦ Avoid shampoos that contain sulfates, lauryl or laureth. They strip hair of its natural oils.