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All about Kids Hair Care

Every parent wants their child to rock a healthy and gorgeous head of hair, but many don't realize that caring for a kid's hair has its own unique challenges. On the one hand, children's hair tends to be healthier and more naturally beautiful than the hair on their adult counterparts, usually requiring much less maintenance. However, kids also tend to dirty their hair more easily than adults and are more resistant to routine washing, both of which can be a bummer if your goal is beautiful hair.

In this article we'll go over some of the need-to-know info concerning caring for your child's hair, and give you plenty of tips to make the process easier.


Normal adult shampoos use what are known as surfactant molecules to clean your hair, with the two most common being anionic and cationic. These surfactants have a higher degree of acidity, or pH, than is found on the surface of your delicate eye, which means that when shampoo comes into contact with your eye, the results can be fiercely painful.

This is not news to the shampoo manufacturers, and the reason they continue to use surfactants is because surfactants produce great results and are supremely efficient at cleaning hair. As such, most adults are content with the occasional stinging of shampoo in their eye in exchange for clean and radiant hair.

However, when it comes to kids, the priorities need to shift. Tear-free shampoos like Ouidad KRLY KIDS No Time For Tears Gentle Daily Shampoo or other sensitive hair-care products may not be as powerful of hair cleaning solutions, but they nevertheless are one of the most important factors in ensuring that your child develops healthy hair washing habits. This is because bath or shower time is supposed to be fun in addition to being productive, and nothing will discourage your child more than an otherwise pleasant washing experience being suddenly shattered by stinging shampoo.

It's also important to note that shampoo should not be applied daily. Rather, try to keep its usage to three times a week, though one may use it more or less as needed.


For girls or children with long hair, it's important to teach them how to comb from an early age. Regular combing is important for avoiding painful tangles and for keeping hair manageable. Ideally, combing should be performed prior to showers for two primary reasons. The first reason is that wet hair is harder to untangle and is more likely to result in hair loss when combing. Second, combing prior to the shower will remove some of your child's loose hair and prevent the shower from clogging unnecessarily.

The kind of brush that you use is also important for comfortable combing. The best brushes for use in kids' hair are wide-tooth combs, paddle brushes and boar bristle brushes since they are easy to handle. The latter option -- boar bristle brushes -- are famously soft and a perfect for the delicate heads of children.

Gentle Detanglers

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Though brushing is important for tackling your kids' tangles, it should be done in moderation. Brushing too often or for too long can result in breakage and split ends. Investing in a good brush can go a long way towards mitigating any consequences of brushing.

Paying Attention

Kids may not be able to communicate what's going on in their hair, which means it's a parent's duty to pay close attention to signs or symptoms of something wrong. Some particularly telling signs are intense head scratching, which may indicate head lice, dandruff or another irritant.

Learn more on how to detect and combat lice here.

Even if a child doesn't display any overt signs of a condition with their hair, a parent should be aware of their child's hair in order to make sure that it's not damaged or dry, or in need of special treatment. If the hair has split ends or seems brittle, try introducing a no-tears hair conditioner or using a lighter detangling spray like Babo Botanicals Berry Primrose Smooth Detangler.

Routine Role Models

If you've ever seen a toddler pretending to get ready for work, clean the house or cook a meal, then you will know that children learn an enormous amount from imitation. This can be used to your advantage when trying to install hair care habits into your kids. Show them firsthand how to comb or wash their hair by doing it yourself. Ultimately the surest way to ensure your child will care that begins with appreciating your own hair first!

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