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Teaching your child healthy care habits

Marie-Sophie Vaucher Rais

Teaching our children to look after their hair is important as it enables their independence and aids to their self-esteem. Making sure they feel good is our priority and you should aim to help them any way you can with that.

Damaged hair can look and feel unhealthy, healthier hair begins with learning how to wash it without damaging it.

“One of the most common misconceptions about hair is that it is alive, when in fact hair is nonliving and does not heal itself once it is injured.” – Zoe D. Draelos, MD, FAAD.

So, a few little tips to guide them along their way to keep those shiny locks looking still angelic in their teens and caring for healthy hair.

 The process to wash their hair

  • Wet hair and scalp with warm water. Make sure to get the temperature just right, if it’s too hot they will hate the experience and equally so if it’s too cold.
  • Pour a quarter-size drop of shampoo into their little hands. Show them that the smallest amount goes a long way…
  • It’s all in the scrub! Make sure they mainly rub it around their scalp, massaging gently.
  • Rinse, rinse and rinse some more… wash the hair until all the bubbles are completely gone from the top of the head!
  • Decide if the conditioner is necessary; for those long-haired little ones, curly or dry hair, conditioner is advised. Conditioner adds shine, softens hair and smooths the cuticle.
  • Depending on the length of the hair, get your cuties to drain it and wrap a towel around their heads. Leaving the towel on the head also allows the hair to absorb the water and stay glossy.
  • If you’re going to brush the hair when it’s wet, use a wide-tooth comb. Best bet is to leave their hair to dry naturally, plaiting their hair before they go to bed will ensure they have glorious waves in the morning.
How many times you should shampoo the hair depends on type:

Tailor your shampoo regimen to your child's needs. Think about the child's hair type (straight, curly, oily, dry), activity level, and age to determine how often to shampoo his or her hair. Needs will vary from child to child. You may have to adjust shampooing frequency based on changes in the weather as well.

  • Toddlers should have their hair shampooed about three times a week.
  • Oily and straight hair should be shampooed once a day or every other day.
  • Straight, non-oily hair can be shampooed once or twice a week.
  • African-American hair, curly hair, or dry hair should be shampooed every 7 to 10 days. Hair should be rinsed with water and conditioned after heavy sweating or swimming. 

A few tips for common kid’s hair issues!...
  • Chewing gum!! How to remove gum from your child’s hair: creamy peanut butter or any type of vegetable oil can be applied to the hair, completely cover the gum with one of this oil, let the product a few minutes, then remove the gum from the hair with a comb and wash the child’s hair.
  • Glue: conditioner can be used to remove glue from hair. Wet the hair and then apply conditioner to the area covered with glue. Let the conditioner soak for 20 minutes and then use a com to remove the glue. If the conditioner doesn’t work, try using baby oil instead.

What should be avoided

  • Hairstyles that cause tension: too tight braids, ponytails and barrettes can cause children’s hair to fall out. If the child mentions that he or she is in pain, loosen the braid or ponytail. Hairstyles should never be painful.
  • Use heat sparingly. Heat can be used to dry hair more quickly or to straighten kinky and curly hair. Heat puts stress on the hair and can lead to dryness.
  • Try to avoid chemicals treatments.

We recommend

  • Fifiandfriends for kid’s hair care products


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