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Hair Care for Baby

Hello, I'm a first time mom looking for advice on how to keep my 3 month old baby's hair moisturized. She's African American. I was told to put baby oil by some family members and castor oil by others. The baby oil doesn't keep your hair moisturized for long and the castor oil is too heavy. I really need help with this. Thanks :)

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When my son was young I used this product soft and precious.http://www.softandprecious.com/ It works wonder detangling his hair. I hope this helps.

Baby's hair is very delicate.Be careful not to put many chemicals in it.I have known Pink Lotion always works and is not to heavy or chemically bad for baby's hair.

For African American baby hair, I find that baby vaseline and/ or a leave-in conditioner for children works wonders.

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My friend went threw the same situation. There are products by Curls and Curly Q that work wonders. Never use products that contain mineral oil or pertrolatum. Use stuff that contains Jojoba, coconut oil and Avocado oil. Also try Shea butter. Hope this helps!

Hi K.,
My name is D.. I also live in SI. My son had a similar problem when he was a baby. He is african american as well. I had the same thing with the baby oil, it would also stain things. Johnson & Johnson (I believe) makes something called baby oil lotion. It worked wonders for his full head of hair, and also helped get rid of the "cradle cap" on his head. Hope this helps. I would imagine you could find this in kmart, babies r us, or maybe a grocery store. if you can't maybe try to go to their website. Good luck. D.

Hi K.:
I am Hispanic and my daughter's father is African American. I faced the same thing with my daughter. I used a traditionally Hispanic and Caribbean product (if you live in an area where there are Hispanics, the likelihood is that it is carried in the local pharmacy or botanica). I used coconut oil (you can get it in a pomade or in liquid form). I prefer to use the pomade because it feels lighter and it doesn't have any other components, just pure coconut oil. Hope this works for you.

Hi... what about mineral oil? I'm Italian so I really don't know if there is something special for the hair...but mineral oil seems to work on lots of things.

hope it works!!

hey K.,
my baby too is an im white her dad is black and we use soft and precious moisturizing creme hair dress it leaves tmy baby girl's hair shinny and soft it is 3 dollars for a 4oz it last a long time and her hair is so managerable no i swear by this good luck and let me know

I am not african-american but my godson is and his mother uses cholesterol cream on his hair. She gets it at Essentials or any beauty supply store. I hope this helps!

Hi K.
Use a natural hair oil one with tea tree to cleanse and moisterize the scalp is important.

I have a 8 year old and a 2 year old and I use Warm Spirit products from the time my daughter was 4 & I've used the products on my son since he was 1 month old.

Anahitas hair oil and hair butter

my website is
www.warmspirit.org/michelle3152

what about olive oil? a girl i work with uses olive oil in her hair

Hi K.,

You should try Pink Oil Hair Moiturizer. You can get it at the beauty supply store, I belive it's made by Luster's. Also, try using a conditioner or shampoo with conditioner like the Johnson's Extra Conditioning baby shampoo.

Let me know how it goes,
S.

Hey K.--I use Nature's Blessing--it works great!! You could also check out any of Carol's Daughter products as well she has a baby line now.

F.

Baby's hair is very delicate.Be careful not to put many chemicals in it.I have known Pink Lotion always works and is not to heavy or chemically bad for baby's hair.

Hey K.,
These ladies have given you great advice.
I'm Puerto Rican and my hubsand is African American has well.
I had similar issue with our Daughter now 16 months. She has really curly hair and the baby oil didn't help much. I use the olive oil and sometimes the coconut oil, they work great on her hair.
Try some of these ideas I sure you find one that is right for you.

hey there! is your daughter's hair long enough to braid? i've found that is the best way to keep my son's hair soft and manageable. when he was that young (he's 10 months now) i used baby oil and just had to comb through it everyday. you could use something adults use like pink oil or something but i bet it'll just weigh it down too. untill her hair grows out and gets thicker you just have to work with it as it is. hope that helped.

Hi K.,

I'm African American and my husband is half Asian half Italian. Our daughter is a month old and the advice that you have gotten on Carol's Daughter is on target. They have some of the best products out there for children and adults, so you can get something for your daughter and something to treat yourself as well! Take care and good luck with your little beauty.

Hey...hope i could help you with this...I am Dominican and my husband is Haitia, so you know my baby has very very curly hair, and what i've been using is " Soft & Precious" moisturizing creme hair dress...It moisturizes & softens with a beautiful sheen. Dont keep on putting baby oil on your baby because what it does its that the oil kinda dries the babies hair too much...But this one will work, I got it at walgreens. But you can get it at duane reid or anything like that.

When my son was young I used this product soft and precious.http://www.softandprecious.com/ It works wonder detangling his hair. I hope this helps.

Jojoba Oil is an oil that is closest to our own natural skin oils. It absorbs nicely - you dont want anything that just sits on her scalp -

However for my daughter - i use the Pink Lotiom - but for KIDS - it is not as oily - you want to use sparingly so young - but it works nicely- I put it on her hair out of the tub and comb it thru.

Good luck
Ali

Try Vitamin E oil from GNC. I had to use that in my daughter's hair when she was that age. When she was born, she had very thick curly hair. She is now 5 yrs. old and her hair is still very thick. She and I exchange a lot of words when I am doing her hair. :-)

For African American baby hair, I find that baby vaseline and/ or a leave-in conditioner for children works wonders.

I had the same problem with my daughter when she was younger. For a while I just used her baby lotion on her hair. Some companies like Dark and Lovely and Motions make products for childrens hair. Maybe you should look into that.

Carol's Daughter has some really great products for adults as well as children. Hair Milk is the best product for a child's hair. It is pricey but I feel well worth it. They also have customer testimonials. here's the link: http://www.carolsdaughter.com/prodinfo.asp?number=03-2006 (just cut and paste it into your browser)

hi, i asked a girl i used to work with what she used on her daughter's hair (i remembered she had such nice hair when i last saw her).... she sent me a link for the website she orders from. she said all the products are pretty good, but the stuff for the hair is great. there's the exact one she uses on the link, but there's also one for extra dry hair (i'm not sure which one you would need) you can also look through the rest of their products if you're interested...but i just hope it helps. good luck on finding what works best for you!
http://www.softandprecious.com/html/creme_hair_dress.html

hey my nephew african american and we had the same prob with his hair.we use that pink lotion that adults use its not to heavy and it does the job.it takes a couple of days to really get in there though...i mean its a thought...let me know

Hi K.,
I have a baby boy born in NOvember. When he was 3 months like your daughter he had really dry scalp, I think they call it cradle cap. The doctor recommended cortizone 10% which helped; his skin & hair is much better now. Ihave also used baby oil, cocoa butter,shea butter which works well now, cradle cap if that's what it is needs something more medicated. My other friends use Carol's Daughter products.
Hope this helps,
M.

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