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5 Signs Your Child’s Hair is Damaged

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While we don’t intentionally try to damage our curly cutie’s tresses, we oftentimes miss the tell tale signs of hair damage. Hair damage is generally caused by damage to and over extension of the cuticle layer of the hair shaft. This can come from blow-drying, wind, harsh shampoos and chemical treatments (perms), as well as other heat-styling methods and environmental influences.

Find out if your child’s hair is showing these signs of damage:

1.) Hair breaks easily and constantly. If your sink or floor is covered with short strands of hair, odds are your child’s hair is damaged.

Hair Shedding

2.) It always feels severely dry and rough. If you never moisturize your child’s hair, then it’s almost guaranteed to be dry and brittle.

Dry-Hair

3.) The hair is full of split ends. Take one strand of hair and examine it. If the strand has small hairlike branches sticking out, then that is a split end. If you see a lot of split ends, then it’s definitely time to consider trimming your little one’s hair.

Split hair ends

4.) Hair tangles a lot. Damaged hair often tangles due to single strand knots and frayed hair fibers.

tangled hair

5.) Hair isn’t elastic. Healthy hair can stretch about one-third beyond its normal length, without breaking, and return to its original state. If you take a strand of your child’s hair and stretch it and it breaks quickly without having stretched it far, then it is more than likely damaged.

elastic hair

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5 Comments

  1. RosieMari

    July 13, 2014 at 11:25 am

    So now that I know the signs of damaged hair, how do I fix/ repair my child’s hair? My daughter is four years old and while I was away, my mother decided to put a texture softener in her hair. Now my daughter has had lots of hair loss and its dry, very brittle and I need tips on how to restore her hair immediately!!

    • Natural Hair Kids

      July 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Hi RosieMari,
      Hair restoration after chemical treatment takes time. You will not be able to restore her hair immediately. You will have to maintain the texturized hair as it grows out, trimming it little by little until all of the texturizer has grown out. Unfortunately, like relaxers, texturizer treatments cannot be reversed. It is recommended that you keep the hair properly washed, detangled, and styled in a protective style using the loc method to help keep hair healthy and grow out the texturizer. Try these articles:

      Basic regimen
      L.O.C. Method Explained

    • Natural Hair Kids

      November 6, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      You need to make sure her hair is moisturized and protected at all times. You should putting her hair in low manipulation styles that don’t require a lot of pulling (i.e. tight ponytail holders, rubberbands, etc). What is your current hair care regimen for her?

      • claudy

        May 12, 2015 at 4:48 pm

        My daughter’s hair (she’s 5), seems to have a lot of the signs you listed above. I do not use any chemicals on her hair and I’ve only pressed her hair twice in 3 years. I keep her hair in natural braids so that I do not require a lot of styling to her hair. Would you say that this style is ok for her? How can I assure that her hair is protected with this type of style?

  2. Jasmine

    April 13, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Hello, I have a one year old girl, her hair hair is extremely dry and brittle! I have tried different methods and nothing seems to be taking, she doesn’t sit still long enough for me to try and de tangle it, it is very short, should I try to trim it and try the loc method?

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