Certain hair types are a magnet for lint. As some African-Americans have somewhat dry, curly hair, problems with lint can be especially irksome. As Katie of Happy Girl Hair states, “we are experts at lint,” because “lint gets caught in the fairy knots and split ends and can be hard to remove.” With a few simple steps, however, you can pluck stubborn lint from your toddler’s hair.

Things You'll Need

Stocking Roller

Wrap a brush with a sheer stocking.

Brush the linty area with quick strokes, then brush all the way through the hair.

Pluck the lint from the stocking, then repeat until all the lint has been removed.

Pluck or Clip

Dampen a clean washcloth with hot water.

Pinch the cloth between your thumb and forefinger, then pluck at the stray bits of lint in the hair. Alternatively, use a pair of tweezers to pluck the lint. Use this method only for stubborn bits of lint.

Cut out the lint with a pair of scissors. This method is effective for especially stubborn lint, but you may need to snip other areas to even out the hair length.


Cover your child’s head with a nightcap to prevent lint accumulating from fuzzy bedsheets or blankets.

Condition and oil your child’s hair, as dry hair tends to attract lint. Depending on how dry the scalp is, you may have to oil the hair once or twice a week.

Cut your child’s hair short and avoid braids until they are older, as it is much harder to get lint out of braids and tight locks.