Ethnic hair care

Rory Hadley, Blogger & Mom, shares advice for parents on how to treat African American children's hair well to avoid it from drying and breaking off
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I think it’s really important for parents who have children with chocolate hair or children that have hair of African descent to know that that hair is really no different than other type of hair, except that it might be curlier. It actually produces oil on the scalp, which is a common misconception, that the hair doesn’t produce oil. What they do need to know that the kinkier or the more coilly the hair is, the less likely the oil is to travel down the shaft of the hair to keep it moisturized, so you need to take certain precautions in order to keep the hair from drying off on the ends as it grows and breaking off. So one of the things that we recommend doing is moisturizing the hair, keeping the hair in a protective style like corn rows or twists and then protecting the hair while sleeping like with a satin sleep bonnet or with a satin pillow case. We highly recommend using satin for sleep caps and pillow cases, because cotton actually draws moisture out of the hair and so any moisture that you’re putting in the hair during the day would be drawn away by regular cotton sheets and pillow cases, but satin will actually help to keep the moisture in.

Rory Hadley, Blogger & Mom, shares advice for parents on how to treat African American children's hair well to avoid it from drying and breaking off

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Rory Hadley

Mom & Blogger

Rory is a wife, a blogger, and a transracial adoptive parent of an African American girl, who joined the family through domestic adoption in 2007 at a mere six days old. A self-described tomboy and computer geek, Rory had little knowledge regarding her own hair, not to mention no prior experience with the unique hair and skincare needs of children of African descent. Making it her mission to learn everything that she could, Rory started chronicling her experiences for other parents who have found find themselves in similar situations. Since the launch of her blog, Chocolate Hair / Vanilla Care in 2010, people from all over the world have been able to share in her journey as she demonstrates new hair styles, outlines step-by-step instructions, reviews products, and discusses the many aspects of what it means to be a transracial family in today's world. Rory hopes to continue exploring identity, respect, and empowerment, using hair as a common language.

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