From babies to children of all ages, there are many different needs for a child’s hair than what we as adults have on a daily basis. Children’s hair is much finer than ours, and much more delicate – requiring special care and attention paid to the scalp and hair. Here are some tips from Lionesse on caring for your child’s hair the right way.
Shampooing and Conditioning
When it comes to shampooing and conditioning your child’s hair, assuming they are younger than the age of being able to do it themselves, you will want to opt for a gentle cleansing shampoo, such as Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, Aveeno Baby Products, or Baby Magic products, to get a fresh clean without irritating their eyes, scalp, or skin. Children tend to have very sensitive skin, and you want to choose products that adhere to safe care of the skin. The hair should be shampooed at least every other day in young children, and 2 times per week for babies to avoid drying out the skin.
Whenever possible, opt for organic, sulfate free products for children every time. This will yield a clean scalp and hair, while protecting them from the effects of harsh chemical additives. You never want to use an adult shampoo on a baby or small child. As far as conditioner is concerned, very young children and especially babies don’t need conditioning products as of yet as their baby hair is very soft and fine as it is. For children who are old enough to wash their own hair, opt for something like a two-in-one products that contains shampoo and conditioner to give them one step rather than two, to clean the hair and condition the hair all on one simple, easy application and rinse.
We all know that a child’s hair has a tendency to get lots of knots – how, we aren’t sure, but they do get them – and we know how much of a pain in the behind it can be to remove said knots from the hair without the ‘ouch!’ factor. Opt for a gentle detangling spray before combing the hair, and your child’s hair should comb right out.
Combing and Brushing
When combing a baby’s hair, you will want to make sure you use a very soft bristle brush to avoid the hair looking unkempt and unruly, and never go in with a fine toothed comb unless your baby has cradle cap. More information about the condition can be found online or in your doctor’s office. A baby’s skin is uber delicate, giving the need to be extra careful. For toddlers and small children, the same applies – a soft bristle brush is best, and the hair should be combed as needed but at least once per day. For school aged children, by that point, they may be able to comb their own hair and can then use a regular brush, as you can on their hair as well, but proper care should be taken to avoid injuring the skin or pulling of the hair by brushing too quickly or roughly. Always grasp the hair for girls in a ponytail like fashion before brushing through.
Trimming the Hair
Babies don’t typically require hair trims, but your toddler or small child just might. It’s best to leave this to the professionals at child specific hair salons, who are trained in keeping your child still as they sit in the chair, distracted while the stylist works their magic. If you have a squirmer, this is most definitely the best course of action. If you feel as though you could keep your child still at home long enough to trim their hair, carefully go in with scissors and make the necessary trim to the hair. You can best decide on which method is best based on your child’s temperament.