Caring for your kid’s hair can be a very daunting task. It can sometimes involve some tears, loud screaming and sudden mysterious illnesses that probably don’t exist in the medical textbooks. But it doesn’t have to be this way. It is quite possible to make caring for your kid’s hair an enjoyable experience for both parent and child.
Whether you are doing your kids hair at home or taking them to a salon, we have compiled this list of five tips that you can apply to your kid’s hair care regimen. Suitable for all ages and boys or girls, they are simple to implement, easy to follow and apply to kids with short hair, long hair or dreadlocks. In case it still needs to be said, you shouldn’t give your child a relaxer by this age.
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We compiled this kid’s hair care tips as a stepping stone to create your own unique experience with your child. We would like to encourage you to make them a part of the process. This helps to better prepare them to take care of their hair all on their own as they grow up.
Begin by setting aside time to do your kid’s hair without being in a hurry. When you are under pressure to be somewhere or doing something else, you are more likely to be rough. Pulling equals tears and screaming and that isn’t going to go down well with your little one. You don’t need that much time either. Two hours should be enough.
Now that you are ready to begin, take a quick look at the condition of your child’s hair. Take a look at their ends and note whether it needs some trimming. Pay attention to how it feels, does it feel dry or is it it’s normal usual self. It’s not uncommon for parents to skip deep conditioner as kids aren’t known for their patience. It helps to know when and when not to do this. After all, hair growth is pretty important when you are spending this much time and effort on it.
Finally, check for those wonderful surprises that might mean it could be a long day. This can range from mud, small toys, sticks, chewing gum and any matting. They are just kids after all and these things happen.
Dampen the hair with some water as you look through your child’s hair. Use this opportunity to divide your child’s hair into sections. Damp hair is way more pliable and easy to work than dry hair. Sections also help to keep track of whether you have been and where you are working on next. Isolate any problem areas and carefully remove anything that shouldn’t be in there.
Having your kids help in the prep phase sets a good mood for both of you. It teaches them to do some of the work and makes them understand what needs to be done. This eventually encourages them to let you know when anything is a miss. A good example is finding out about any foreign objects on the day they get into their hair. If you are lucky, they might soon do this phase all by themselves. They might also learn to avoid small things and gum getting in their hair in the first place.
Kids have sensitive scalps and sensitive skin even more than adults. As parents, you have to make sure everything that touches them is of good quality and made from safe ingredients. If you make sure no toxic chemical touch your kid’s skin, why don’t you do the same for their hair? To this end, avoid any products that have parabens, sulphates and silicones.
Parabens are a preservative that is currently under question for toxicity. and there is no reason to take chances with your little ones.
Silicones, on the other hand, are a completely unnecessary ingredient in your kid’s hair. They cause dryness and are very difficult to wash off.
Finally, sulphates are cleansing agents. They easily cause irritation and dryness as they clean too harshly stripping your kid’s hair of all its oils.
Avoid these products at all cost: look for shampoos and conditioners branded with “NO PARABENS, NO SILICONES and NO SULPHATE like our all-natural haircare range.
Some kids have more sensitive scalps than others (read tender-headed), others have allergies and so on. Stick to the products that work best for them and you will soon be on your way to the quest of finding that hairstylist that makes them fall asleep as they get braided.
Just like adults, not all products or tools will work well on your kid’s hair. I am talking about you tiny little detanglers in those baby hair kits. You have to kiss a few frogs to find the perfect products for them.
If your kid has dry hair, opt for products that are rich in oils such as castor oil and coconut oil. If their hair is oily, choose lighter water-based products. But most important of all, focus on finding a good shampoo and conditioner duo. If those two work perfectly, you will always be able to wash away all your sins.
Kids do well when on a routine: sleep routine, school routine, etc. Let’s mimic those schedules and put our kids on a hair care routine as well. If you take nothing else from here this is the mother of all kids hair care tips. It what will ultimately set you up for success in the long run.
Having a consistent hair care routine will ensure that they get into the habit of getting their hair done regularly. In turn, they should experience hair growth and have stronger hair. A consistent routine will also allow you or their hairdresser to better understand their hair care needs. For example, if their hair is damaged and needs extra TLC, or if it’s time for a trim. All in all, a routine is a healthy way to take care of your kid’s hair.
Here is a simple hair care routine for you to use on your kid’s hair
Don’t forget to have a positive attitude. These tips will only do half the work, whenever you are working on a kid’s hair exercise patience and remember that your attitude often influences what your child feels and thinks about their hair growing up. Be positive and make it fun. Empower them to be confident however they chose to wear their hair!
We leave you with a link to this wonderful award-winning movie Hair Love. Leave a comment below on what you think about it.