Ask an Expert: Caring for Kids’ Natural Hair

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Our expert this month, celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen answers this hair question from a reader.

Question:  I would love some advice on what to do when it comes to taking care of my daughter’s natural hair.  I have never put chemicals on her hair; it’s all natural so the problem I face is when I wash and dry her hair the ends are always curled and very dry. I think this may also be causing her hair to break from the ends. I desperately need your help. Thanks, Ursula.

 

Answer
If you’re noticing breakage and excessive tangling chances are it may be time for a trim. Natural hair can be very deceiving because unlike straight hair, split ends are not always visible.  Some natural girls don’t trim often because they don’t actually see the split ends; however the hair still needs to be trimmed regularly. One way to do this is to have the hair blown out or flat ironed and then trimmed. This will allow an accurate and precise cut.  If you want to stay away from heat entirely, there are a ways to trim natural hair relatively precisely, check out this video on trimming natural hair without heat.

Remember, if you have questions for our experts you can submit them on our submissions pageFor more information on Ursula, please visit UrsulaStephen.com. Ursula’s new salon is located in Fort Green, Brooklyn.  

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