Hair Care For Toddlers

Fortunately, hair care for babies and toddlers is not complicated, but there are some things to know.
Firstly, hair should always be washed with a gentle shampoo formulated especially not to irritate the eyes. The two best options for babies and toddlers are a baby shampoo or baby body wash. There is no particular advantage to each one provided neither irritates the eyes. Very young children such as these only need their hair washed every other day at most. However, once they are eating solids you might find you need to wash their hair on a daily basis because they will tend to smear food on their heads. Alternatively, to achieve a clean head with less intervention between washings with shampoo, a clean damp washcloth will be sufficient for babies who are bald or have very short hair.
African American babies have beautiful curly hair, but it has a tendency to be dry. For best hair health, these babies should have their hair shampooed only once or twice a week. There are several baby shampoos designed especially for African American babies. These shampoos usually contain additional natural moisturizing ingredients such as aloe to help guard against dryness.
Toddlers and babies alike may not be comfortable with having their hair washed. Normally they will get used to this, but if not, visors are available that they can wear to help protect their eyes from water or shampoo.
After washing hair, let it dry naturally before brushing to avoid stretching and breaking the hair. In situations where the hair needs to be brushed before it is completely dry (e.g. a toddler girl who has good hair growth), use a wide-toothed comb and be very gentle. Be sure any brushes you use are a soft baby variety, and each child should have their own one.
Conditioner should not be used on babies, and should be used on toddlers only when absolutely necessary (e.g. if hair is dry or brittle or tangles easily). If used at all, a toddler formulation should be employed and not adult conditioner.
Baby and toddler hair care is not at all difficult and should be kept low-key and gentle.

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