Being a parent can be a mind field; so what we at Hair Mob have done is provided you with a simple routine that you can use to maintain your child’s hair from the newborn stage to preadolescence. This article also includes tips and tricks and recommended products to help stimulate hair growth and strength with ease!
As your child develops, the characteristics of their hair changes; this includes the length, texture, thickness and density. Generally speaking, parents want to maintain the natural growth and strength of a child’s hair. So here’s our hair care routine to make “hair time” achieve faster results, a lot easier!
Water Temperature For Wetting and Rinsing Hair
When washing your child’s hair you must to ensure the temperature of the water you use is suitable. Use warm water, (a combination of hot and cold) when washing your child’s hair.
The temperature of the water should be body temperature; between 36 degrees and 37 degrees which will create a soothing warmth and relaxation for your child. This is so you don’t startle your child with water that are either too hot or too cold.
Top tip: As your lips are on of the most sensitive parts of the body. Touch the water to your lips before applying to your child’s hair. Should you find it to be too hot or cold adjust the temperature accordingly.
Washing your child’s hair can be therapeutic for them, to make washing your child’s hair as easy as possible massage their hair gently using a circular motion. This will help relax your child and stimulate active hair follicle growth.
Choose Your Shampoo
When shampooing your child’s hair remember to use the same circular massaging motion to help relax and calm your child.
With children, we’d advised using shampoos that are sulphate-free. Sulphates are what give shampoos the “soap suds” effect. But they are not beneficial for a child’s hair, as sulphates contain chemicals that cause irritation and dryness to the scalp. Sulphates also causes soreness found when the shampoo solutions get into the eyes.
The benefits of sulphate free shampoos are:
- Suitable for sensitive scalps
- Reduces irritation ad inflation of the head and scalp
- Helps retain hair moisture
- Safer for the environment
Hair shampoos that we believe do an amazing job of shampooing children’s hair is Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine and ORS Oliver Oil Sulphate-Free Shampoo’s. Both of which can be found in high street shops or online.
Hair conditioning helps soften and de-tangle hair, meaning you’ll spend less time combing and working your child’s hair once it has been dried and moisturised. The benefits of conditioners become more noticeable when your child reaches the toddlers and preadolescence stages.
You’ll find when your child’s hair grows, it will require more work to maintain; this is why having a good hair conditioner is vital. Types of hair conditioners we’d recommend are Cantu Shea Butter and Shea Moisture Conditioners.
Rinse and Dry
Rinse your child’s hair with warm water making sure to pour the water away from their face and ensuring no shampoo or conditioner enters the eyes. Should any residual shampoo or conditioner come into contact with the eyes, use cold water to clean eyes thoroughly until your child can open their eyes fully without discomfort.
Once you have rinsed your child’s hair, towel dry, or let their hair naturally air-dry to help maintain moisture. We do not advise applying heat to the hair as this will make it dry and uncomfortable for your child, as well as damage the hair.
Oil and Moisturising
Once you’ve dried the hair, revitalising it is key. This is why you need to oil the scalp. Oiling or moisturisingyour child’s scalp will:
- Increase the strength of the hair
- Aid hair growth
- Reduce scalp and hair dryness
- Creates ease when styling
Style and Protect
Once you have finished oiling and moisturising the hair, you can style your child’s hair in a manor that will help grow and protect it, as well as making it visually appealing.
Styling hair for Newborn’s to 1-years old
- Simply comb hair down in the direction the hair naturally falls. Do not over work or handle the hair.
Toddler to preadolescence
- Use easy protective hairstyles such as cornrow’s, twists, china-bumps or buns etc.
- These types of styles will also enable you to easily oil and moisturise your child’s hair throughout the days or weeks.
To summarise the Hair Mob Kids Hair Care Routine:
- Use body temperature warm water to wet, wash and rinse hair
- Wash using sulphate-free shampoo to help hair growth and retain natural moisture
- Use a full-bodied conditioner to rinse out fully, or apply a “leave in conditioner”
- Rinse and dry hair using a towel, or let it naturally air dry (let your child run round and play… It will dry quicker!)
- Moisturise using suitable hair mousse or oils
- Style accordingly based on the age of your child; taking into consideration the length, thickness, and strength of the hair.
Note: These are recommendations and may or may not be suitable for you or your person. Please check all the ingredients on each product before use.