Keeping your child’s hair clean is important to keeping it healthy and manageable. How can parents ensure that their child’s hair is healthy? Keep your child’s hair in tip top shape with these easy mom tested tips for washing and conditioning.
Choosing a Child Friendly Shampoo
When choosing a shampoo for your child’s hair, avoid adult shampoos which can be too harsh for young scalps. Medicated shampoos should also be avoided, unless specifically prescribed by a doctor. Always use the mildest shampoo you can find for your child and make sure it is tear free. If you are concerned with potentially harmful ingredients such as parabens, pay close attention to the ingredient list printed on the bottle and choose a natural or organic shampoo.
How Often Should You Wash Your Child’s Hair?
You do not need to wash your child’s hair every day. Kid’s scalps do not produce as much oil as adult scalps. This means that they do not attract as much dirt. Aim for shampooing your child’s hair and scalp twice a week. Too much washing can cause the scalp to become dry and flaky and aggravate skin conditions such as eczema.
Teach Kids How to Properly Wash Their Hair
While you are washing your child’s hair, talk them through the process. Teach them how to wash their hair properly and explain why you are doing what you are doing. Make sure you always thoroughly rinse your child’s hair. Shampoo left in hair can attract dirt and cause hair to appear greasy and dull. Teach your child how to towel blot their hair. Never rub your child’s hair dry as this can cause frizz and breakage.
Let Kids Practice Hair Washing
Children should begin to practice washing and rinsing their own hair by the time they are around four or five years old. Fun shampoos with pleasing scents, in colorful bottles or in the shape of your child’s favorite characters can help kids enjoy washing their hair.
Mom Tested Children’s Shampoo Recommendation: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash is a tear free all-in-one body wash and shampoo. This shampoo has a pleasant honey-milk scent and is the only shampoo I have found that doesn’t irritate my toddler’s scalp and body eczema. The ingredients are all natural and include coconut oil and sunflower oil.
Conditioning Your Child’s Hair
Conditioner isn’t really necessary for your child’s hair unless they have curly hair, which tends to be naturally dry and unmanageable. Longer hair can also benefit from a periodic conditioner. Conditioner should never be applied directly your child’s scalp as it can cause irritation. Shea butter makes a great natural conditioner for children’s hair. It is mild and doubles as a sunscreen. Shea butter is most effective when used as a leave in conditioner. Apply shea butter to your child’s hair after a bath and comb through hair to achieve an even coating.
Mom Tested Children’s Conditioner Recommendation: Kids Organics Shea Butter Detangling Moisturizing Hair Lotion is a great product for conditioning as well as detangling children’s hair. It has a pleasant smell and conditions without being greasy or leaving hair feeling heavy.
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