Relaxing my toddler's hair

By Drum Digital
19 March 2014

We've all seen the kiddie relaxer kit on shelves. The box is bright and playful and the little girl on the box looks happy with long silky. There’s no reason why you shouldn't try the child happy product on your 4 year old right? – Wrong. The truth is, there is no such thing a ‘kiddie relaxer.’ If it has the chemical called calcium hydroxide (which is found in all relaxers) then other than putting your toddler in a lot of unnecessary pain, you could also be damaging her scalp and hair forever! You should NOT relax your child’s hair before they reach the age of 12 or 13.

Tip: Try managing your child's hair without relaxing it. Braids and twists are great protective hairstyles. Just make sure they're not attached too tight. If you  shampoo, condition and moisturize  your child's hair regularly, it will soften it and make it easier to comb. You can also straighten the hair using a hair dryer or a straighten. Whatever you do, be gentle.

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