What to expect
The first year of a baby’s life is an exciting time, and their hair will go through lots of changes.
This period provides a great opportunity to start a strong foundation with a healthy hair care routine.
My ethos is: It’s never too early to start taking care of your daughter’s hair. In fact, I started a healthy hair care routine with my daughter from day one!!!
During the first year of life as she develops, her hair is also developing. It will grow longer, get fuller in density and change in texture as time passes and she matures.
None of this needs to be daunting; we just need to understand what to do at each stage.
In the womb, your daughter develops her hair follicles, and by the time she is born, they will already be in place.
By approximately week 22, a foetus will have around five million hair follicles on its body, with a set amount on its head as determined by race.
Studies have found that afro-textured hair has the lowest density, with approximately 190 hairs per square centimetre, compared to Caucasian hair, which has approximately 227 hairs in the same space.
Only the follicles are in place, not necessarily the hair strands. Genetics and health determine when the hair strands begin to grow from the follicles.