(Don’t have kids? Read on! You never know when you may need this tips!)
One of the questions we are most commonly asked at NaturAll Club is what products or haircare routines we recommend for kids. Deciding on a hair regimen for your child can be, well, scary! Many parents are afraid of neglecting or somehow ruining the health of their children’s hair. The task can seem most intimidating to parents who don’t have natural hair themselves or if their child’s hair is significantly different from their own.
So, where do you start?
A child's haircare routine doesn’t have to take all your time or money- it’s a matter of natural ingredients, a regimen, and consistency. And once you establish a routine that works for you and your child, you’ll be able to relax!
Here are few rules of thumb to help you get started in your kids' haircare journey!
No matter what you’ve heard, you DO need to shampoo your child’s natural hair. Product residue builds up over time and can clog pores and block moisture from entering hair follicles. The result is dry hair! Also, don’t forget that your child is a child- their hair will get dirty while they’re playing a lot quicker than yours. However, shampooing more than once a week is likely to dry out natural hair as well, since it strips out natural oils. Pick a gentle shampoo that doesn’t irritate your child’s eyes or scalp, and wash regularly- somewhere between every 7-14 days.
Your child’s hair probably accumulates more wear and tear than yours does- whether they’re learning to swim, playing out in the cold, running around and sweating, or playing with their own hair. Since kids are more susceptible to dry and damaged hair, be precautionary. At least several times a week, moisturize your child’s hair with water or a store-bought moisturizer, and seal it in with oil. Pay attention to those ends! They’ll dry out first.
We know, it can be painful for both you and the child. But it doesn’t have to be! Here’s what you need to know.
- Don’t avoid detangling. If you don’t do it, the child’s hair will become more and more unmanageable as well as prone to breakage and split ends.
- Use a wide-toothed comb, and don’t tug or yank! Start near the ends (always combing down), and gently work your way up to comb down the full length. With patience and this method, you should be able to detangle any knots rather than yanking them out.
- Detangle in sections so you don’t miss any parts.
- Never detangle dry! Hair is more likely to break when it’s dry. Whenever possible, detangle when your child’s hair is damp or full of conditioner. When needed, use a spray bottle and conditioner as you detangle.
Split ends and single strand knots are bad for anyone’s hair, but since they increase breakage and make detangling more difficult, they can be especially painful for little ones. So do regular trims! You can do them yourself, and they can be minimal- just trim off the dead ends, keeping your child’s hair healthy.
Low manipulation styles like braids and twists can be a life-saver for both your child’s hair and you- they protect hair from damage, dirt, and the elements, and give you a break from haircare that can be time consuming. But be careful! Never pull the hair too tight into a protective or secure style- this can cause hair loss and breakage and discomfort for your little one. Don’t neglect to moisturize their hair, even when in the protective style. And never leave a style in for more than two weeks!
This might seem unnecessary, but there’s no better way to ensure your child’s hair is getting the nutrients and moisture it needs to grow long and stay healthy. Deep conditioning will also give their hair that extra protective edge against all the dirt, sweat, and elements that tend to dry it out. We recommend using a deep conditioner with all natural ingredients, and nothing potentially toxic or hazardous. NaturAll Club's avocado deep conditioners are a great option and safe to use on kids!
NIGHT TIME CARE:
Have your child sleep on a satin pillowcase to reduce friction and breakage overnight. This may be especially important if their hair is past their shoulders.
My number one piece of advice is to teach your child to love their hair. In a world where natural hair can be seen as different, weird, or undesirable, you are an essential line of defense. Never criticize or imply that there’s something wrong with their hair, but instead treat your child’s hair (and your own!) with love, care, and pride. They’ll learn from your example!
We hope that these guidelines can help you get started on creating a specific hair regimen for your little one, as everyone’s hair is a little different.