Long hair on a child looks beautiful but caring for these particular styles can make kids cry-and you too! Kids stay on the move, making it more challenging to keep her looking tidy. Regular hair care will give you the opportunity to monitor for pests and check on the health of her scalp. By making a few changes in your child’s hair routine, you can keep the tangles and snarls down to a minimum.
The Best Hair Care for a Child’s Long Hair
The long-haired child needs to wash his hair every day. A no-tear shampoo works best for squirmy kids. Show your child how to wet her hair, soap up at the scalp and work the foam to the ends. After a warm water rinse, add a dab of leave-in conditioner to the ends of your child’s long hair. This extra step will make it more difficult to tangle the hair and will protect the tresses from free radicals. For younger children, opt for a no-tear, combination shampoo and conditioner.
Tips for Brushing Long Hair
Here’s the part where everyone wants to scream-the brushing. For children who are tender-headed, this is especially painful. It’s best to put the child in your lap and provide her with an activity or toy to play with while you work on long hair. Use a wide-toothed comb and brush out tangles starting at the tips. After you detangle the hair, you can brush it out. When possible, brush your child’s hair at least twice a day to keep those unruly knots to a minimum.
Caring for Long Hair at Night
Before you tuck the child into bed, put a loose braid in it. Cinch the bottom of the braid with a comfy, fabric-covered ponytail elastic. This will keep the hair from tangling while she snuggles and sleeps. The braids should be loose; tight braids hurt and make it difficult to sleep. Never braid hair when it is still wet. (She will end up with sour-smelling hair.)