British Curlies

Destination Happy Curls

British Curlies - All About Naturally Beautiful Curls

There Is No Such Thing As A Kiddie Perm!

by Krika Bradsher

 

I have heard all the excuses as to why Mamas decide to relax their daughter's hair. "I just don't have the time; her hair is too thick; a relaxer will make it easier to comb; I want her hair to be longer; I'm just going to use a kiddie relaxer. Well Mamas, I 'm just going to keep it real. Think of the long-term repercussion’s that your child can endure. As they grow older they may suffer with majorhair issues, and may not feel they have the option of expressing themselves completely.
Before you say, "Her hair is too thick," think about what your Mama most likely did to your hair. She plaited it or braided it; she would never opt for extensions. Your daughter’s hair should not be complex let her be a kid. Keep your daughter’s hair healthy by shampooing her hair with a low pH, low suds shampoo. Condition your daughter's hair to keep it tangle free and soft, apply a light moisturizer and either blow dry or plait the hair while it is wet,then allow the hair to dry overnight. Apply a scarf to your daughter’s hair at night to prevent major hair issues in the morning. Before you say, "l can't comb this stuff,"take a look at the tools you are using. No one was ever able to effectively remove a flat head nail with a Phillips screwdriver.If your daughter's hair is thick use a wide toothed comb. Always purchase a good rubber comb that does not scratch the head. Run the comb over your arm; if it scratches your arm, it will scratch your daughter's head. Keep an eye on the comb's teeth. lf the teeth are sharp and broken throw it out. Head scratches and scalp abrasions can cause inflammation, which can sometimes lead to minor hair breakage at the scalp.
Mamas, before you say "I just wish my daughter’s hair would grow," and think that a relaxer will generate growth think again. A relaxer is more work than natural hair will ever be, and relaxed hair does not grow faster. Hair only grows between 1/4 to 1/2 inch per month. Well, you are probably saying, "What makes hair grow?" I wish I could answer this, but no one can answer this question with complete certainty. What l do know is that it takes a lot to stop hair growing.
There are no secret miracles. The only truth that I have ever known for healthy hair to grow is to keep ends trimmed and of course keep it clean and conditioned. Stop fretting over hair length and you will be surprised how fast it will grow, with little or no effort. Habitually saying to your child that their hair is a burden or you wish it were longer or straight only gives them the mindset that natural hair is not beautiful. Simply not true.
Mama's before you say, "l will just use a Kiddie relaxer" let me be the first  to tell you that chemically there is no such thing. All relaxers, silkeners and texturizers contain two common ingredients: calcium hydroxide, also known as the "no lye" relaxer, or sodium hydroxide which is the" lye relaxer ".
They come in either mild, regular or super strength. A no lye (calcium hydroxide) relaxer is generally purchased in a drug store or supermarket. Sodium hydroxide (lye)relaxers are often sold to professional stylists, though they are available to the general public and improper continued usage of either type of relaxer can cause breakage, major thinning serious damage to the hair shaft, and sometimes the scalp. Contrary to popular belief, neither is better than the other. Mama's, all I am saying is that I have seen the damage that relaxers can cause, and feel that no Mama should ever opt to use chemicals on their baby's hair. As an owner of a natural hair salon I have seen many people young and old who are interested in natural styles but are fearful of what their natural hair will look like, simply because they have had a relaxer for as long as they can remember. lf a chemical service is used, it should be on an adult who is aware of the consequences not for a parent who is trying to make his or her life easier by making this potentially costly decision for their child.
Mamas, I have seen and heard it all. You get so disgusted with your daughter’s hair that you turn to relaxers texturizer’s, or silkener’s. I have so often seen the breakage,the "ate up" edges, the thin spots, and the missing kitchen sink in little girls hair. Believe me, it is not cute, nor should your daughter’s have to deal with these dilemmas as they grow older.

 

I have heard all the excuses as to why Mamas decide to relax their daughter's hair. "I just don't have the time; her hair is too thick; a relaxer will make it easier to comb; I want her hair to be longer; I'm just going to use a kiddie relaxer. Well Mamas, I 'm just going to keep it real. Think of the long-term repercussion’s that your child can endure. As they grow older they may suffer with major hair issues, and may not feel they have the option of expressing themselves completely.


Before you say, "Her hair is too thick," think about what your Mama most likely did to your hair. She plaited it or braided it; she would never opt for extensions. Your daughter’s hair should not be complex let her be a kid. Keep your daughter’s hair healthy by shampooing her hair with a low pH, low suds shampoo. Condition your daughter's hair to keep it tangle free and soft, apply a light moisturizer and either blow dry or plait the hair while it is wet,then allow the hair to dry overnight. Apply a scarf to your daughter’s hair at night to prevent major hair issues in the morning. Before you say, "l can't comb this stuff,"take a look at the tools you are using. No one was ever able to effectively remove a flat head nail with a Phillips screw driver.If your daughter's hair is thick use a wide toothed comb. Always purchase a good rubber comb that does not scratch the head. Run the comb over your arm; if it scratches your arm, it will scratch your daughter's head. Keep an eye on the comb's teeth. lf the teeth are sharp and broken throw it out. Head scratches and scalp abrasions can cause inflammation, which can sometimes lead to minor hair breakage at the scalp.


Mamas, before you say "I just wish my daughter’s hair would grow," and think that a relaxer will generate growth think again. A relaxer is more work than natural hair will ever be, and relaxed hair does not grow faster. Hair only grows between 1/4 to 1/2 inch per month. Well, you are probably saying, "What makes hair grow?" I wish I could answer this, but no one can answer this question with complete certainty. What l do know is that it takes a lot to stop hair growing.


There are no secret miracles. The only truth that I have ever known for healthy hair to grow is to keep ends trimmed and of course keep it clean and conditioned. Stop fretting over hair length and you will be surprised how fast it will grow, with little or no effort. Habitually saying to your child that their hair is a burden or you wish it were longer or straight only gives them the mindset that natural hair is not beautiful. Simply not true.


Mama's before you say, "l will just use a Kiddie relaxer" let me be the first  to tell you that chemically there is no such thing. All relaxers, silkeners and texturizers contain two common ingredients: calcium hydroxide, also known as the "no lye" relaxer, or sodium hydroxide which is the" lye relaxer ".


They come in either mild, regular or super strength. A no lye (calcium hydroxide) relaxer is generally purchased in a drug store or supermarket. Sodium hydroxide (lye)relaxers are often sold to professional stylists, though they are available to the general public and improper continued usage of either type of relaxer can cause breakage, major thinning serious damage to the hair shaft, and sometimes the scalp. Contrary to popular belief, neither is better than the other. Mama's, all I am saying is that I have seen the damage that relaxers can cause, and feel that no Mama should ever opt to use chemicals on their baby's hair. As an owner of a natural hair salon I have seen many people young and old who are interested in natural styles but are fearful of what their natural hair will look like, simply because they have had a relaxer for as long as they can remember. lf a chemical service is used, it should be on an adult who is aware of the consequences not for a parent who is trying to make his or her life easier by making this potentially costly decision for their child.




 

 

About Krika Bradsher

Krika Bradsher

Krika is the creator of the all natural hair care line MYHoneyChild. She also has her own salon, the Sophia Sunflower Salon which is dedicated to providing her loyal customers with great products, tips and styling options to show the beauty of their own natural hair textures.

Krika Bradsher is a Fractal or Zigzag Curls »

Comment on this Article

You must be logged in to comment on British Curlies articles. Join British Curlies now to share your thoughts and opinions with us.

Curly Emporium

Enter Our Store for Curl Specific Products!

Hot Styles
Hot Style 1

Be Inspired!

Curl Wisom

The material used in the design of a “Bone” Comb will assist in eliminating static and tangles.

Curl Icons
Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston, WOW is what we say. She took our breath away in Moll Flanders! I think most British Curlies spent the time watching her curls in action. Seriously though Alex Kingston is a real Icon for staying true to her curls despite the pressures of fame and Hollywood.