Parenting Hack: Tips for Keeping Your Kid's Hair Healthy
Start taking care of your kid's hair while they are young with tips and using haircare products.
Taking care of our kids goes beyond preparing lunch boxes and dressing them up for an occasion. There’s more to it than handing them their school money or telling them bedtime stories. Raising a child involves a lot of decision-making. Should I allow him to play soccer outside when it’s very hot? Is letting her stay out with friends till late night all right?
What exactly is good for my child?
Parenting means having to ask a lot of questions and finding the answers in everyday experience. And of these questions, there’s something we find ourselves asking more often than anything, an aspect in their lives that involves more than just seeking answers to trivial queries: What is good for their health?
Keeping our kids healthy is every parent’s main priority. But the thing is, this is a goal more complex than we think it is. Not only do we need to prepare them nutritious foods, we also need to make sure they don’t consume too much of the unhealthy ones. And not only do we have to make sure they don’t get skin infections from playing outside too long, we also have to make sure they’re well blanketed at night so mosquitoes don’t go feasting on their sweet blood as they sleep. It even goes as far as carefully choosing what kind of fabric they pillow is made of so they don’t wake up to skin rashes.
And if we have to keep their skin at its best, there’s another body part that needs just as much attention: their hair.
The not-so-surprising truth of the matter is that maintaining healthy locks requires more than a good shampoo. If you are having a hard figuring out what steps to take to keep their mane healthy, here are some hair care tips all mommies out there should keep in mind.
1. Wash their hair regularly.
This should go without saying, but we are taking the time to mention it anyway, as this is very important. A week shouldn’t go buy without your child’s hair washed at least two times.
It is worth noting, however, that it is entirely up to you how many times you want to give your kid’s locks the wash they need. Just keep in mind that when deciding on the frequency of the washing, you should consider your kid’s hair type. If they have a natural dry hair, you might want to wash them even less. And if you have a kid who is into water-based sports, you might have to do it more, as your kid’s mane would need some washing after getting soaked in the pool, which is like a big container of chemicals.
Pay attention to the kind of water you rinse it with as well. Hot water is a no-no, as it can lead to unwanted results aka damaged cuticle. Go for cool or lukewarm water.
2. Stick to natural shampoos.
It always pays to go natural, and the same goes for the products you use on your child’s hair. Natural shampoos should be your first—and only—choice. If you want to use more products, go for the herbal ones. These products are proven safe and won’t leave your kid’s beautiful locks damaged with breakage and split ends here and there.
You can even make your own shampoo, if you have the time and materials too. It is really easy! All you need is a good amount of water, which should be distilled; herbal green tea; lemon; and honey and your shampoo is ready for use! With this, you can trust that the ingredients are safe and won’t damage their hair.
3. Invest in essential oils.
Getting natural shampoo isn’t enough; you should get them essential oils that are good for them too. This is an added expense, but the results will make every cent worth it.
There are a lot of essential and carrier oils you can easily purchase and use. There’s the rosemary oil, which helps in hair growth and improves circulation in the scalp. There’s the lavender oil as well that works as a natural conditioner and adds shine and luster to the hair. Another good essential oil is the coconut oil, which leaves the hair soft and shiny, and there’s the jojoba oil that acts as a moisturizer and stimulates your kid’s scalp.
4. Be gentle when drying their hair off with a towel.
Even drying your kid’s hair with a towel requires much care. Don’t just rub it for the sake of drying it fast. Be gentle, as doing the opposite can cause cuticle damage, breakage, and ultimately hair fall and you don’t want your kid to have that.
Squeeze the water out of the hair first. Once it’s squeezed out, rid of the remaining liquid in their locks by gently rubbing the towel through them.
5. Get a good detangling brush for kids.
Yes, you have a brush there that has always worked for you, but is it safe for your kid? Do not use your experience as a basis when deciding on something that involves your child. Just because it works does not mean it will work for them too.
There are adult brushes that just won’t work on the little ones, so when selecting the best detangling brush for kids, make sure it won’t damage their hair and their scalp and won’t have them screaming in pain.
A good example of these brushes is Osensia’s Flexi Brush Nylon Bristles. This brush contains rare earth elements good for the hair and gently brushes through every strand to prevent damage. It also has a very lightweight handle that allows for a seamless but tight grip.
When combing your child’s hair, be sure to do it from the end and brush your way up to the shaft. Aside from there’ll be less tears with this method, it also prevents some strands from breaking and their hair shedding too much.
6. Trim their hair as often as needed.
Cutting their hair regularly is another hair care tip every parent should remember. Trimming the hair after every two weeks will get rid of the split ends, keeping the hair as healthy as it can be. You can choose to hit the nearest salon for this or do it yourself at home, whichever your kid finds more comfortable.
7. Have them eat foods that are rich in minerals that help in hair growth.
While using the best hair products is very much needed, it’s not everything you need to do. It is also crucial that you serve your kid foods that contain nutrients and minerals that promote hair growth and health.
According to Healthline, the best of which is the egg. Yes, eggs help in your kid’s hair growth, as they are rich in protein that your kid’s mane oh-so needs. Spinach too as it has a good amount of vitamins A and C, the latter of which has an element called sebum that helps keep the hair moisturized. Avocados make a good choice as well, as this fruit is rich in vitamin E, which helps their hair grow naturally.
8. Avoid using hair-styling products.
Yes, they help make your kid’s hair look good, but they are in no way actually beneficial. If anything, hair products like gel, dye, and relaxers can damage their hair. So only use them when really needed. If used every day, these products can leave your kid’s hair brittle and, worse, dead.
9. Be careful in choosing which hair accessories you can have them use.
You think they don’t have any effects on the hair, but head and hair accessories require much attention as well, as some of them can cause balding in the future. Use accessories that are light on the hair, like plastic hair clips and ties that are made of good fabric. You also have to make sure they don’t tie their locks too tight, as doing so can be damaging to their hair too.
10. When your kid spends time outdoors, have them wear a hat.
Hats are not just fashion accessories; they are here for a reason and that is to protect our hair. If your kid spends a lot of time outdoors, make sure to get them a hat to protect their hair from the ultraviolet rays coming from the sun. These rays can cause hair protein loss and can even alter the color of your kid’s mane. So as much as possible, have them wear caps or basically any sun-protective piece of clothing.
Our kids need a lot of protecting, as, at a young age, they can’t do it for themselves. It is our responsibility as their parents to do everything we can to protect them and keep them healthy, and this goes beyond giving them a plate of fruits or vegetables. We should make sure every part of their body is given much attention, including their hair.
Hope this list has helped you in more ways than one in keeping your kid’s hair shiny, bouncy, and just overall healthy.