How to Care for Children’s Hair

March 12, 2016
What your child eats is very important. In addition to helping their body grow healthy and strong, it also influences children's hair growth.

Children’s hair will usually change dramatically over time. When they are an infant it’s not uncommon for them to have very little hair, but before you know it, it’s thick and unruly. That’s why it’s a good idea to know how to best care for your children’s hair so it grows as strong and healthy as possible.

Another thing to keep in mind is that they’ll learn from an early age how to best care for their hair, which can be particularly important for girls.

Hair isn’t just a feature that adds to attractiveness or beauty – it’s also related to hygiene, something that children should learn to be attentive to from a young age. In this article, we want to give you some simple guidelines on how to care for your children’s hair. If you have kids, pay attention!

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1. Characteristics of hair growth in children

First of all, don’t worry if your baby was born bald or with very little hair. Over the next months, it will become thicker and that’s normal. Every child has a different hair growth pattern, and you have no choice but to wait and see what happens.

Typically by the time they’re three years old, their hair will have completely covered their small head, and it should be shiny and perhaps even wavy or curly.

But it’s important to remember that it doesn’t matter what your child’s hair looks like at birth. There are plenty of children who are born with blond hair, and over time it slowly darkens.

The same goes for their eyes, as a matter of fact. It’s common for children to be born with blue or gray eyes. The color changes at around eight or nine months of age to whatever their permanent color will be.

What’s the reason for these changes? The melanin-producing cells in infants are still very immature, meaning that they aren’t yet able to create the definitive hair and eye colors predetermined by their genetics.

2. Nutrition to help your children’s hair grow strong

Drink with lemon children's hair

As you know, children need a balanced and varied diet that’s rich in vitamins and proteins. But what kinds of nutrients will help their hair grow better?

Vitamin B (biotin) is essential for promoting hair growth and is particularly important for younger children.

Although we all have a particular genetic code that determines how much hair we’ll have, it’s important to continue getting the proper nutrition to encourage growth. Don’t forget to include the following foods in your child’s diet:

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Children’s hair care

Girl scratching her head children's hair

Do children need the same hair care as adults? How can you care for your children’s hair to promote the healthiest hair possible? There are a few tips that we’re sure will come in handy on a daily basis. Give them a shot!

1. How often should you wash your children’s hair?

There’s no need to wash your child’s hair every day because all that’s going to do is dry it out. Ideally, you should wash their hair every other day.

Still, this depends on their level of activity. If they play sports and sweat a lot, for example, you may need to wash their hair more often.

Remember to always choose hypoallergenic hair products that will help maintain their natural pH balance.

2. Hair that’s hard to comb

A lot of times, long hair can easily get knotted and be difficult to comb or brush. You may already know that it’s important to brush hair several times a day to stimulate growth and promote better circulation in the scalp, so consider the following tips for making it less painful for your child.

  • Coconut oil: The benefits of coconut oil for health and beauty are endless, and one of its most useful properties is that it acts as an excellent conditioner. Just take a few drops of coconut oil in the palm of your hand and apply it to your children’s hair from the roots to the tips. Then use a wide-toothed comb to untangle any knots.
  • Warm water and conditioner: Here’s another good tip. You’ll need a spray bottle, to which you add a little water that’s been heated to a lukewarm temperature and mixed with your regular conditioner. Shake the contents well and spray over your child’s hair. You’ll be amazed how quickly this untangles the hair when you comb it.
  • Weekly apple cider vinegar treatment: For this hair mask, all you need is to add 100 ml of water and 25 ml of apple cider vinegar to a spray bottle. Apply it to damp hair and let sit for 15 minutes, then wash your child’s hair with their regular shampoo. You’ll be amazed at how shiny and healthy it looks!

3. Don’t use curling irons or hairdryers on the highest temperatures

It’s fine if every once in a while you want to curl your child’s hair for a party or other event. But it’s best to avoid using aggressive accessories or products like curling irons, hairdryers, dyes, and more in order to allow their hair to be as natural and healthy as possible.

The sooner you get your child used to these good hair habits, the more they’ll protect their hair. Also remember that before they go to bed, they should brush their hair thoroughly and always remove any hair bands or barrettes. Remember these tips to help better care for your children’s hair!

  • Martin, I. M. (1988). U.S. Patent No. 4,754,503. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.