As mothers, part of our job is to remind our daughters to love their hair and treat it well, whichever style they’re rocking.

Braids are a tried-and-test style that is school-friendly, saves us hours and looks good! It’s important to remember that an adult’s scalp can handle a lot more pressure than a child’s can, so braids that aren’t done with care can cause damage.

Hair expert Carice Anderson told DESTINY in a previous article that braids should never be too tight, too heavy or too thin, especially around the hairline. This rule applies even more strictly to children.

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Be sure to stock up on braid and scalp spray that’s child-friendly so your daughter’s scalp is well taken care of when she wears this protective style. Wash your child’s hair as often as you usually would, but allow for longer drying time, especially if the braids are longer.

If you’re plaiting the style yourself (rock on, Mom!), explain to your daughter that she should alert you if she’s experiencing any discomfort. If you take her to the salon, be present while the stylist does her hair and pass on the same instructions.

Carice’s top tips:  

  • You still need to take care of your child’s hair even while it’s in a protective style. Wash, condition and moisturise the style regularly.
  • Your daughter shouldn’t wear protective styles all-year round as this is how hairline issues arise. She should give her hair a break by wearing it in more free-flowing styles every now and then.
  • Don’t be hesitant to engage with your daughter’s hairstylist – be involved in the process.

READ MORE: WATCH: How to wash and style your daughter’s hair without using a comb or heat

Try out these braided styles for your daughter:

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Image: Hairtural Studio
Image: Hairtural Studio
Image: Hairtural Studio
Image: Hairtural Studio
Image: Hairtural Studio
Image: Hairtural Studio
Image: Hairtural Studio
Image: Hairtural Studio

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