How to take care of hair of your children?
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.
- When you start detangling your child’s hair, the best tools are your own hands. Work your way upwards, slowing detangling the lowest parts of the hair first. Make sure you use gentle hands to detangle you hair, because that way you can make sure that there is minimal breakage. Make sure you handle the hair at the nape of the neck too, because there are bound to be tangles in the short hair there too.
- If there are some truly nasty snarls, it is best that you not wet them, because they will only become worse. If you do find some such snarls, you should ideally spray some detangling solution or even a small amount of regular conditioner and then gently comb it out, while holding onto the hair.
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.
- It is best that you stick to normal and natural oils, such as coconut oil or olive oil. Then there is also the option of virgin coconut oil, which is extracted from coconut milk, as opposed to coconut flesh. Any of these oils can be used on a regular basis for your child’s hair.
- It would be better if this oil is warmed up a little and then applied. A gentle massage, at least once a week, will prove to be truly beneficial. The oil need not be kept in hair for more than 30 minutes, before heading for a bath.
- If yours is an infant, then you need not wash hair more than once or twice a week. However, if your baby has a condition such as cradle cap, then you might need to wash a little more often. It would be prudent to talk to a doctor first and use a medicated shampoo.
- Toddlers tend to get into a lot of mischief, which could include dumping things on their head or falling head first into sandboxes or meals! This is why, it is important that toddler hair be washed two to three times a week. It is important that you oil the hair regularly too, because frequent washing is bound to strip the hair of its natural oils.
- When your baby grows up a little bit more and has a better control over the daily habits, there will be lesser need to wash hair each day. Oily or normal hair can be washed every other day, but dry or curly hair should not be washed more than twice or thrice a week. For such hair, regular use of conditioner is also recommended.