They say your family becomes complete only when you welcome a little one into your family and while we will do anything it takes to nurture and protect these tiny bundles of joy, there are several other things we miss. One such thing is hair – many parents do not consider taking care of their child’s hair to be a top priority. However, if you want your child to have a physical appearance that is not only pleasing, but also one that commands attention, you need to make sure that you pay equal attention to his or her hair too.
As is the case with adults, it is important that the hair of children too be detangled first, before they are washed or tied up. However, detangling hair in little ones can be a tough task at times and you need to have knack as well as patience to ensure that it does not end up in a crying session for your child.
It is best that you invest in a wide toothed comb or a paddle brush for your child. This will be especially useful, when you are trying to comb dry hair. Stay away from brushes which have tiny teeth, because they will certainly cause much pain to your young ones, mainly because the snags will get caught in them.
Now that your baby’s hair is completely detangled, it is time to head for a wash. But as is the case with adults, children’s hair too needs moisture.
The next step is picking out the right shampoo for your child. Many parents make the mistake of using their shampoo for their children, but your child needs a shampoo meant for him or her. Shampoos meant for adults include strong chemicals such as ammonium laurel sulphate or sodium laurel sulphate, which are what allow the shampoo to lather up. Kid friendly shampoos will normally not have such strong chemicals and most of them will also ensure that your child’s eye does not sting.
No matter what the age of your child, if he or she prefers to take a bath in a tub, it is advisable that that hair be washed at the end. This will ensure that your child is not sitting in the shampoo foam filled water for a long time.
You might be keeping your child’s hair oiled, washed and conditioned, but his or her hair style is just as important. It is important that your hair is trimmed on a regular basis and this should ideally be done at a kids friendly salon. If you take your child to your regular salon, there is quite the chance that the staff there might not be equipped to handle a child. For parents who are handy with a pair of scissors, there is always the option of trimming hair at home.
Children, especially girls love wearing all kinds of hair accessories, including clips and bands. However, make sure that you choose accessories that are child safe and without any sharp edges, because those could damage the scalp. A good idea would be to keep the hair neatly tied, because that would reduce the chance of tangling.