Hair, for children, can play a similar role in their lives as it does for adults. Thankfully, caring for a child’s hair will be comparable to an adult of the same hair type. However, there are some tips and tricks you can use to make caring for your child’s hair easier for both of you.

Know their hair type

First and foremost, understand your child’s hair type. This will help you best select which hair care products and styling methods will work best with their hair. Additionally learning as much as you can about their hair will be a tremendous help. For example, Does their hair have a high, low, or normal porosity? Is their hair dry, oily, or dehydrated? This information will help you decide products, and styling tools will make the most effective on your child’s hair and keep it healthy.

Hair cuts

Salons for children can be a great way to get your child’s hair cut. However, it can be intimidating for a child to sit in an unfamiliar environment while a stranger cuts their hair. If going to a salon is stressful, cutting their hair at home may be a more comfortable option. Most children will feel marginally safer at home; if you don’t know how to cut the child’s hair, then calling someone over is also an option.

Washing

We’ve all been there, happily washing our hair when soap suddenly gets into our eyes. It stings and burns something awful! Gently rinsing the eye out with clean water helps. For young children, it may be best to use a mild shampoo that doesn’t sting. Once they are old enough, you can teach them how to wash and rinse their hair. Depending on their hair type, a conditioner may or may not be necessary.

Tangles

It is best to detangle hair before it is washed as water can make knots and tangles tighter. When detangling, use a wide-tooth comb and gently comb the hair’s ends, working your way up towards the scalp. Doing this in sections can help make the task less daunting. To avoid causing pain while detangling, hold the section of the hair you are working on such that it doesn’t pull at the scalp while being combed.

Accessories

Accessories are a fun and cute way to accentuate a child’s hairstyle. However, some accessories can break and cut the hair, so be careful! You’ll also want to avoid accessories that can scratch or hurt the child’s scalp.
Teaching your child the techniques to properly take care of their hair is the foundation of good habits that will last a lifetime.

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