What’s your experience of kids’ hair care – tears and tantrums in
a busy salon, or cozy mother-daughter hair-brushing sessions?
Well, here is some great advice to help you navigate around some
of those emotional flashpoints that often occur when you combine
kids and hair care.
HAIR STYLING TIPS FOR KIDS
Salon visits can be scary experiences for small children: They
are boring, full of strangers and strange smelling products, you
are being ordered to sit still for ages, whilst some idiot is
doing terrible things to your hair which you didn’t want to
happen in the first place. Life is sooo unfair!
So how do you as a parent, avoid, annoying the stylist, upsetting
your child and getting yourself stressed? Well this is where your
best child psychology skills come into play! Sometimes your child
will have unwarranted fears and you have to help to overcome
them. Creating trust by taking their concerns seriously is the
first and most important step. Promising a treat can also help.
Best of all is to check in your local area to see if there is one
of the growing number of new specialized children’s salons
available. Salon chains like Cartoon Cuts are designed to make
the hair cut experience more positive and entertaining for small
children: toys, video games, specially shaped chairs and
specially-trained stylists, all help to ensue the experience is
more like going to a theme park rather than a visit to the
Home Sweet Home
However, if your child is afraid of the hairdresser’s, then try
to cut their hair at home. They will feel safe and comfortable
and you will save time and money. You can do it yourself if you
have the skills – or the bravery. Cutting hair for a child is
basically the same for an adult, except that a child's hair is
usually thin and baby soft. Keep the bangs approx. 1/2" from the
eyebrows. If the child's hair is thin, avoid short cuts for now
until their hair comes in thicker. Shape around the face if
you're trying to grow it long. If you don’t have any haircutting
experience, you might want to seek out a step by step guide on
children’s hair cutting, or get someone to do it for you.
Putting on the Style
Whatever you do, remember that today’s media-savvy,
celebrity-crazy kids want to look good. Children start to take an
interest in their own hair style from an early age; even the
kindergarten set want to be in-style. They want their hair to be
like their best friend or even a television character. Boys that
used to be seen only in ball caps are now having their hair
bleached and highlighted. Finding the right hair style for a
child is usually about finding a cool, fun, and easy-to-manage
child hair style that suits your youngster’s active lifestyle.
But you may experience resistance - as children get older they
start to have very definite opinions of how they want to wear
their hair. This hairstyle preference will surface in early
childhood and continue throughout the teen years and into
adulthood. Many a growing child will argue with their parents
over how they want to wear their hair to school. At this stage of
development the hair becomes a major identity factor.
Hair Care 101
The key is to be encouraging; as children start to take an
interest in their own hair and how they style it, this is the
time to encourage them to follow an entire regime of good hair
hygiene practices. It is important to show a child (when they are
willing), how to properly shampoo and rinse their own hair. You
can also teach them about towel blotting, detangling, combing and
brushing their hair. Help them build a good hair hygiene schedule
so that they learn the importance of keeping their hair clean and
neat. Try also to get them to develop good eating habits because
healthy hair is very dependent on high quality carbohydrates and
plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Good nutrition will promote
shine and condition at any age.
Tips for Tip-Top Hair
Washing - use a mild shampoo, preferably in the child’s favorite
color or scent. Sometimes children are more willing to wash their
hair with a fun shampoo, especially if it doesn’t sting their
Combing/brushing - try to create trust and reassurance by
allowing them to comb and brush their own hair on their own
terms. Do not brush your child's hair 100 strokes before bedtime
in the traditional manner – this will over stimulate the
sebaceous glands and make the hair greasy and heavy. Doing a
quick brush to get the tangles out should be sufficient. Combing
the hair will promote shine and condition. Remember to use a comb
on wet hair rather than a brush or you risk creating static
electricity, which leads to breakage.
Accessories - give your child high quality combs and brushes and
teach them the proper way to care for their hair to instill good
grooming habits that will last a lifetime. Purchase some "hair
friendly" clips and hair ties to help a child keep their hair off
their face, and reduce the chance of tangling or matting. Stay
away from any hairclips with sharp teeth, because they can cut
into the hair and cause potential hair damage.
Tangles - all parents know that dealing with tangles is a
nightmare for both parent and child. Here’s how to reduce the
trauma of removing tangles:
1. Hold the section of hair you're trying to comb out.
2. Hold it taut so the child won't feel you ripping through the
3. Spray a good leave-in detangler on the knot.
4. You can also comb conditioner in while the child's hair is
still wet. Children need conditioner too (avoid heavy types and
stick with conditioners that are specifically called "light"
1. Children’s Hair, www.Styles101.com
2. Child Hair Style and Hair Care Tips, Short-hair-styles.com
3. Lets Talk Kids Hair, Lynne Chapman, http://www.BellaOnline.com
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