Most African American babies are born with thick, coarse, curly or wavy hair that requires special care. Because of its texture and curl pattern, the hair tends to be dry and prone to breakage – so treat it gently! Many Asians and Caucasians wash their hair as frequently as once a day to remove excess oil.
The shape of the hair can be determined by genetics, but babies will have a straight or curly texture based on how their hair is shaped when it dries. In general, baby's who are born with curls in their natural state tend to grow out and leave them as they are after birth.
African American and biracial infants may have sensitive skin that's prone to dryness and dark spots (hyperpigmentation). At birth, your child's skin is likely to be a shade or two lighter than her eventual skin color.
1. Black hair is literally different than all other hair. While other races can have straight, wavy, or curly strands, most black people have varying degrees of tightly curled strands.
African hair is generally characterized by tight curls and kinks, and grows almost parallel to the scalp. This hair type has the slowest growth rate, 0.9 centimeters per month, due to its spiral structure that causes it to curl upon itself during growth.
Hair is generally divided into four chief categories: type 1 that stands for straight hair; type 2 that signifies wavy hair; type 3 that refers to curly hair and type 4 that symbolizes kinky hair. Type 3 and 4 are hair texture types for African-American hair.
Caucasian, Asian and Indian hair samples were put to the test for the World's Best Hair study. Their results put an end to any splitting of hairs over the issue: in terms of health, the Indian hair is the best, topping other ethnic groups on all four counts.
Caucasian. Caucasian people have rounder hair follicles, resulting for the most part in straight or wavy hair.
African hair produces plenty of protective oils, called sebum, which keeps our hair healthy. In fact, African hair actually produces more oils than Caucasian and Asian hair. However, due to the tight curls, the oil doesn't spread evenly along the hair fiber. Without lubrication, the fibers can become dry.
Black hair is most common in Asia and Africa. Though this characteristic can also be seen in people of Southern Europe it is less common. People of Celtic heritage in Ireland with such traits are sometimes known as the "Black Irish". Hair is naturally reflective, so black hair is not completely dark in bright light.
A baby's skin color can change over time and should settle fully at around 20 months old. Due to the nature of genetics, a baby may look more like one parent than the other, or may not look like either.
The skin can adapt melanin production to sunlight exposure. So if your baby is exposed to sunlight regularly, his skin will get darker, and if he hardly gets any direct sunlight for long, he might appear fairer. But he will never get fairer than his natural skin colour, which sets in soon after birth.
Baby's skin color may change
(In fact, some babies can take up to six months to develop their permanent skin tone.) This is perfectly normal, but do keep an eye out for a yellow cast to the skin, which could be a sign of jaundice.
Mom passes down all (or mostly) straight genes, and dad does the same with his curly genes—your son, therefore, has an even split. Both parents somewhere in the middle – This middle-ground will create the widest variation in your kid's hair type.
Most African American babies are born with thick, coarse, curly or wavy hair that requires special care. Because of its texture and curl pattern, the hair tends to be dry and prone to breakage – so treat it gently!
Therefore, babies may start off with fine, straight hair, or even thick, lush locks, and after just a few months or a year, their “inherited” curls may begin to pop up! Just like adults, changes in growth cause changes in our baby's skin and hair as well.
In most cases, ethnicity has been classified into three groups: African, Asian and Caucasian. It has been reported that Asian hair is generally straight and is the thickest, while its cross-section is the most round-shaped among these three.
Afro-textured hair, or kinky hair, is the hair texture of populations in Africa. Each strand of this hair type grows in a tiny, angle-like helix shape. The overall effect is such that, contrasted with straight, wavy or curly hair, afro-textured hair appears denser.
A 2005 study in the journal International Journal of Dermatology also found a difference among races in the rate of hair growth. For example, Asian hair grows the fastest, while African hair grows the slowest.
Hair type 1A is super-straight. It doesn't even hold a curl! 1A is the rarest hair type. It is usually found on people of Asian descent.
In sub-Saharan Africa, genes favour tight, curly hair. But in east Asia, mutations have led to straighter, thicker hair.
Compared to silkier hair African-American hair contains more lipids, or fats, but the lipids are less bonded which is why the hair loves oils so much. Along with that, the follicle size is much thicker and it has a flattened elliptical cross section causing it to be curlier than other hair types.
There are racial differences, however, in the incidence of male pattern baldness. The highest rates are found among Caucasians, followed by Afro-Caribbeans. Chinese and Japanese men have the lowest rates. For some unknown reason, this form of hair loss is does not occur among Native Americans.
Certain skin types are more easily irritated than others. On that spectrum, Asian skin is the most sensitive while darker skin is the toughest. Eczema is more likely to arise in dark-skinned and Asian people.
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