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How To Care For Children's Hair

Updated on March 10, 2015

Caring For Children's Hair:

Babies hair in the vast majority of cases tends to be very fine, delicate and fragile. It is for this reason that it becomes very easily damaged. To avoid any damage the fragile hair strands must be very delicately handled. Always use a natural baby shampoo with warm water only and leave to dry naturally. As your baby grows s/he will grow new hair that is thicker and stronger. With many children, any new hair that is grown at about one year may have a different texture and colour that what was previously the case. It will still generally be slightly more fragile and prone to damage though compared to the average adults head of hair. It is for this reason you still need to be cautious when caring for your children's hair. It would also be wise to teach your children how to properly wash, dry and style their hair so that they are less likely to damage their hair later in life which could lead to hair thinning and/or hair loss. Follow the tips below to keep your child's hair in the best condition possible so that they grow the healthiest, luscious hair their genes allow them to!

What Causes The Most Damage To Children's Hair?

The most likely cause of damage to children's hair is actually down to hair styles designed to make children's hair look cuter! Simple, "go-to" hair styles such as pigtails and ponytails that pull too tightly on a daily basis can damage a child's delicate scalp as well potentially causing Traction Alopecia. This is simply a formal name for hair loss. The constant use of thermal and/or chemical hair straightening products as well as hair braiding and styling techniques put women in particular at a much higher risk of contracting forms of "traumatic" alopecia. For example, tight braids that have tugged at the hair since childhood cause a very high percentage of African women in particular to contract this confidence deliberating condition. It can also be common among Caucasian children who have very curly hair.

To avoid damaging the hair and to properly care for your children's hair, follow these simple recommendations:

1. Use A Good Quality Conditioner To Make Combing Out Knots Much Easier

Using a good quality conditioner especially designed for children will not only effectively condition your child's hair (for the exact same reasons you apply conditioner to your hair) but will also make it a whole lot easier to comb out those pesky knots when combing your child's hair through. This will also make it less painful for your child. This especially applies to children who have long hair.

As with your own adult hair, make sure you start applying the conditioner to the ends and work your way up and then rinse out with warm water. "Green People" Organic Children's Conditioner in Lavender shown below is packed with essential vitamins proteins especially good for children with delicate scalps and/or hair that is prone to tangles. It also leaves hair feeling soft and silky without weighing it down or making it greasy.

2. Don't Keep Hair Bands In The Hair Overnight

This especially applies with rubber bands. If you do this just on occasion with your children, make sure the bands or braids do not pull too tightly on the scalp. This will help in caring for children's hair.

3. Never Back Comb Children's Hair

Back combing is more or less guaranteed to damage the very delicate hair shafts. Attempting to get the back comb out will cause even more damage to the hair.

4. Change Your Children's Hairstyles On A Daily Basis

Another significant way to improve your child's hair care routine is to change which styles you create on a daily or weekly basis. This will prevent one area in particular being constantly pulled at. To effectively care for you children's hair make sure to leave it entirely loose for at least a couple of days out of the week.

5. Use A Plastic Comb Rather Than A Brush

Use a plastic comb rather than a brush as hair is drying for the exact same reasons an adult is advised to do the same. Using a brush through wet or damp hair when the hair is at it's most vulnerable will lead to more breakage. It is also advisable with children to use a comb instead of a brush on dry hair also as a child's delicate hair is more likely to become static after brushing which makes it more vulnerable to breakage in the wind and sun.

6. Inspect Your Children's Hair Frequently

Make sure you take a comb and properly examine your child's hair and scalp properly every few weeks or so. This especially applies to children who are at school. It is more than likely that your child will contract head lice at some point throughout their school life. This is not a problem if it is caught early and the right treatment is then used. Providing this is the case, head lice will never leave any long lasting damage to either the hair or the scalp.

The metal "Nitty Gritty" comb below is designed to destroy all lice, eggs and nits. The teeth have been designed to be able to get rid of even the smallest of eggs unlike the traditional nit combs but is able to travel through hair easily without causing pain to your child's head.

7. Feed Your Children Plenty Of Fruit And Veg

Most probably the most effective way of caring for your child's hair is to make sure they're receiving the right amount of vitamins. This is easily achieved by making sure both you and your children are taking the recommended daily amounts of fruit and veg. The government recommends 5-a-day. See below for a guide on what constitutes 5 portions a day for both adults and children.

Here are some examples to give you an idea of what constitutes ONE portion:

One banana, apple, pear or orange = ONE portion

Two plums or other small to medium sized fruit = ONE portion

80 grams of grapes, blueberries or other similar sized fruit = ONE portion

Three tablespoons of vegetables = ONE portion

  • With children aged one to three a third of each portion would be sufficient.
  • With children aged six to ten make sure to increase the portion gradually so that they are eating adult sized portions by the time they reach ten/eleven.

The best portions of fruit and veg to have for hair are:

If your looking for fruit and veg which is particularly good for promoting a head of healthy, strong hair aim for anything with Vitamin A and B in it. Some examples include carrots, spinach, broccoli, avocado, raspberries and cauliflower.

8. Encourage Your Children To Care For Their Own Hair

When caring for your children's hair make sure to involve them in their own hair care routine as much as is possible. This will encourage them to take care of their own hair much better in the future. This could prevent hair loss in their adult years.

It is also advisable to embrace your child's hair whatever texture, colour and length it tends to be. Hair plays such a vital role in an adults life and can contribute to a persons self esteem. It is therefore important to know what your hair type is, how to look after it and how to present it so it looks it's absolute best.

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