A MUM has revealed how her baby daughter was left "completely bald" when she washed her hair incorrectly as a newborn.
Speaking to BBC 5 Live, mum Lauren explained she "over-washed" her mixed-race daughter Lily's afro hair when she was a baby, not realising how to style her curly locks.
Appearing on a clip from BBC 5 Live In Short, Lauren explained she didn't know how to style Lily's hair when she was first born.
The short BBC programme focuses on Roxanne Wright and her business, Yindi Curls – a hair workshop for parents and carers of super curly-haired kids.
"The worst experience I've probably had with Lily's hair was when she was a newborn I didn't know anything about how to style her hair," Lauren explained.
"I washed it every day as I would my own and by about four months old, all of her hair was gone, she was completely bald.
"That's when I sort of realised I had to do something different."
While all hair varies, according to experts, it's best to wash around once a week.
Through her workshops, Roxanne teaches the difference between afro and Caucasian hair.
"The difference is the follicle and how it grows," explained Roxanne.
"Essentially all hair is the same, it's made up of a protein called keratin.
"But with Caucasian hair the follicle is more rounded in shape and in afro hair it's more of an oval shape."
Yindi Curls' top tips for hair
- Use a rat tail comb for the perfect hair parting. Yindi Curls says they're "always a game changer for dads that come to our masterclasses and can’t do partings".
- If you have dry or damaged hair, try using honey. "A natural humectant, honey attracts moisture. It's also full of antioxidants and nutrients to feed hair follicles that house the live part of hair, encouraging hair growth."
- To beat the frizz in humid weather, try squeeze-drying curls with a cotton T-shirt or microfiber towel.
- Try making an avocado hair mask – high in monounsaturated fatty acids, protein, Vitamin E and Vitamin B – they help make hair strong, healthy and shiny.
And Lauren especially has found the workshops very useful for now five-year-old Lily.
"One of the issues we've faced with Lily having her own identity being different to children around her is she wants to have hair like her friends or like mummy," Lauren explained.
"Lily has said to me, 'Oh mummy, I want hair like you, I want straight hair, I want long hair' and she does get quite upset about it so having the knowledge base to look after her hair properly and to make her realise how lovely it is, is really beneficial."
For more information and to book a workshop, visit the Yindi Curls Instagram page.
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