Parenting hair, for me, is a new concept. Sure I have spent years attempting to style, curl, and tame my own hair, but over the last 8 years of parenting my only tool has been a shaver. You see all of my children were born bald. 100% baby bum bald. DS8 was my first and his hair was so white blond that when he was a baby he looked like he didn’t have any eyebrows or eyelashes (never mind hair on top of his head). When DS6 came along, I thought OK maybe this one will have hair. He did, only it was microscopic. Darker then his brothers, but still barely noticeable. When I found out my third child was a girl, I was terrified she would be bald like her brothers! True to my genealogy, she was. Thankfully, cute infant hairbands were in style. Finally! After almost three long years, DD2 has hair! Now comes the tricky part, learning how to tame it!
Tips on Taming the Toddler Mane
Gorgeous lush locks come from having and maintaining proper hair hygiene techniques. Its important to teach children from a young age how to take care of their hair so they develop good hygiene habits. Many common hair care practices are done incorrectly and can lead to lackluster locks. Everything from rubbing shampoo into your hair rather than your scalp and brushing your hair when wet, can damage your hair. Damaged hair looks and feels unhealthy.
1. Shampooing – Children should wash their hair every other day to every third day to keep their locks healthy and clean. Activities that increase sweat or contain high levels of chemicals (i.e. swimming) or a banana breakfast facial, warrant an extra shampoo. The best way to encourage younger children to soap up is to use Kandoo 2 in 1 Shampoo and Condition product. Instruct them to use a quarter size drop of shampoo on wet hair and massage it into their scalp. Rinsing until the water run clears is important to ensure that all of the suds, dirt and grime, have been removed from the hair and scalp.
2. Towel Drying – Once your little one is out of the shower its important to wrap a towel around the hair to absorb the water as appose to rubbing it dry. Rubbing causes the hair to break and tear leaving split ends and flyways.
3. Combing Hair– Usually the first two steps are relatively easy to get children to follow through. It is when it comes time to brushing those knots and ‘rat nests’ that the tears begin! Our secret is use a wide tooth comb and Kandoo’s Detangler. The detangler works by lubricating and moistening the hair with natural herbal extracts. This decreases the static charge that causes hair to continue to knot. Once applied the knots slip free allowing the comb to go through the hair without breaking or pulling out the hair. The Kandoo’s Detangler works great on both wet and dry hair and is perfect for taming the flies ways first thing in the morning or adding extra moisturizer to the hair after swimming.