Children’s hair care can be more complicated than those of adults. Like adults, children also have different hair textures. Some have straight hair, while others have naturally kinky hair. Children’s hair also tends to get sticky and dirty depending on their activity levels.
That is why you should check with hair experts for proper hair care and maintenance. There are hair salons that also offer hair services for children. Here are some things you need to know about proper hair care and maintenance for kids.
Taking care of common kids’ hair issues
Gum or glue on your child’s hair? Lice infestation? “Surprise” hair cuts? Cowlicks? These are some of the worst nightmares your child’s hair could have. How can you deal with these hair hassles?
For one thing, children are not advised to have Balayage hairstyles or have Brazilian keratin straightening treatments. Here are some tips that can help.
Getting rid of cowlicks.
Cowlicks are common, especially among children. It can look awkward or even funny. To get rid of cowlicks, you can try putting the child’s normal hair parting on the opposite side. You can also use bobby pins and a little bit of hair spray to tame the cowlick. Better yet, let your child’s hair grow out to hide the awkward hair strands.
Dealing with “surprise” hair cuts
Little children are naturally curious. Perhaps at some point in your childhood, you tried cutting your hair at least once. Fun and memorable it seems but can be a nightmare for parents.
In this case, you can take your child to a trusted hairstylist to deal with your child’s “experimented” hair. Or you can also experiment with hair accessories like hair clips or headbands to cover up the awkward hair cut. More importantly, remind the child of the proper use of scissors especially for his or her age.
Removing glue/gum on hair
The worst-case scenario to remove chewing gum or glue on a child’s hair is to cut it. Of course, you don’t want that to happen. Instead, you can use a conditioner to remove the sticky thing off your child’s hair. Wet hair first before applying the conditioner to the affected area. Let it sit for about 20 minutes before trying to remove the sticky thingy from the hair using a comb. Aside from conditioner, you can use baby oil or even vegetable oil as well.
Tips on shampooing and conditioning kids’ hair
As mentioned, children’s hair is different from adults’ hair. It is not recommended for kids to go to a Japanese hair straightening salon or even have human hair extensions. That means it would take twice the amount of care for children’s hair. Here are tips on proper hair care and maintenance for kids’ hair.
Schedule shampoo time depending on your child’s hair needs.
First, you need to know if your child’s hair texture, age, and activity level. For kids with straight and oily hair, they should be shampooed at least once a day or once every other day. Curly hair is advised for shampooing once every week or 10 days.
Use child-friendly shampoo.
When choosing a shampoo for kids, make sure it is gentle and has an appealing scent. For dry hair, the shampoo should have moisturizing ingredients. Looking for the right shampoo and conditioner can be a trial-and-error thing, so patience is surely required. For special conditions like dandruff or dermatitis, better seek advice from a dermatologist first before buying any hair care product.
Styling kids’ hair
Styling your child’s hair doesn’t mean going for Balayage hairstyles. Instead, you should follow these tips for kids’ healthy hair.
Use a detangling spray.
Do not force pull the child’s hair when combing or brushing his or her hair. For tangles, apply a leave-in conditioner or a detangler spray first before trying to comb the tangled ends. Comb as gentle as possible to prevent hurting the child or damaging the hair.
Lessen the use of tight hairstyles.
Avoid frequent ponytails or braids that pull the scalp too much. This can lead to hair fall later on. After all, hairstyles should not feel painful.
Do not use strong chemicals and hair styling tools.
If you must use a blower, adjust to the lowest heat as possible. Never chemically straighten or color your child’s hair.
The abovementioned tips should help in proper hair care and maintenance for children. Well-maintained and healthy hair should start while we are still young. Meanwhile, for your hair treatment needs, you can schedule a keratin treatment by a hairstylist in Rockville MD.