Washing a child's hair doesn't always go so well. Children have a tendency to have a great time getting dirty but are not so keen on cleaning up. And if they've ever gotten shampoo in their eyes while getting their hair washed, forget it. Sometimes, you just have to scrub the dirt away, but if it's not an overly grimy situation, you might want to forego the shampoo and conditioner for a day or two.
Kids' hair care is similar to that of adults in some ways, but there are many differences, too. The American Academy of Dermatology offers a great guideline to help parents of children ages 8 to 12 understand the best kids' hair care for their child.
Here is a summary:
Buying the Right Shampoo. Your child's shampoo needs are just about as unique as his or her personality. Rather than just picking up the first bottle you see, take a moment to consider the following traits attributable specifically to your child, then look for a product that's best designed to suit these specifications:
• Type of hair (curly, dry, straight, oily)
• Level of activity
General Shampoo Guidelines.
Shampoo every 7 to 10 days if:
• Your child is between 8 and 12 years old and has dry or curly hair;
• Your child is between 8 and 12 years old and is African American (this includes styles with braids and weaves)
Shampoo daily or every other day if your child's hair is not dry, curly, or African American:
• Your child is 12 years old or starting puberty;
• Your child is between 8 and 11 and has oily, straight hair
• Your child is between 8 and 11 and is actively involved in sports, plays outdoors, or swims
Shampoo 1 to 2 times per week if your child's hair in all other cases.
Rinse & Condition every 7 to 10 days if your child's hair is not dry, curly, or African American:
• Your child is between 8 and 12 and swims or sweats excessively, particularly as a result of athletics;
There are some factors that can affect the frequency in which you need to adjust your kid's hair care. If you've bought a product that's not best for your child's hair type or lifestyle, you could see negative effects, but that is easily counterbalanced by buying a different shampoo. Changes in weather, as well as an increase or decrease in activity levels, can necessitate more or less washing.
Your child's scalp will usually tell a story in terms of guiding you to the right frequency of washing.
You might need to increase shampoos if the hair or scalp are oily. Add one shampoo per week until the oiliness is gone. Decrease shampoos by one per week if the hair is dull, shedding, or dry.
Do you need guidance when it comes to understanding kids' hair care? Schedule a time to bring your kiddo in to see one of our experience Shaggin Salon. Your child's hair is one of those topics that are best understood when you can hold your child's tresses in your hand.