Why are tight ponytails, rubber bands a no no?
It is simple, you are pulling their hair follicles out of their scalp, and that constant tension will end up being permanently damaged if constantly done. When they are a baby, moisturize it and let it be. A cute head band will be a life saver. On those special occasions, yes it is definitely ok to doll her hair up, just not every day. When it is in the in between stage, like age 1-2, loose pony tails and or my favorite, cornrows. The ponytails should probably not be done everyday. Once her hair starts to really grow, my go to hairstyle are 4 plaits. They may be simple but these plaits are loose, no pulling and are easy to take down to re moisturize during the week. I am very low maintenance because I have a hectic schedule and that works for me, but there are many different no tension cute hairstyles that one can do.
Why not have beads?
So the beads themselves are not too damaging. And trust me, I love beads on kids, they are super cute. But will I put them in my daughter's hair? No. Beads have a plastic piece on them at the sealing portion of it. That plastic piece cause friction on the hair, constant rubbage. And what does that constant rubbage do? It breaks the hair off. Their ends end up being really shallow due to this and with the added rubber band at the end, it is really a done deal. The rubber band pulls on the hair and the hair starts to wrap around the rubber band, and when taken down, the hair rips, and more breakage.
Why shouldn't we use a hair brush?
That is simple too, it ruffles your curls causing frizz and it could tear your hair out. Nylon bristle brushes should not be used. A denman brush, or boar bristle brush are safe to use with caution. A denman brush should be used when hair is wet, a boar bristle brush should be used when the hair is dry.
Why shouldn't we use combs?
So combs are good to use if you use them correctly. A fine tooth comb to comb the hair out should not be done. Buy a wide tooth comb for your child and they will be much happier, although I believe combs are overrated. Finger detangling is much easier, I use a comb for parting. When combing wet or dry, always start from the bottom up. Hair can be combed dry if you know how to do it right, I don’t, but my mom, she is a wiz at it.
So these are a few of the ins and outs for a child’s hair. One mainly have to find what works for them, but always be gentle. Your child's hair is not unruly, or nappy, it just needs love and attention. Let your number one goal be a healthy head of hair and not length.