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If your little one has kinky, curly, or coily hair, you probably know that trying to style your child’s hair can be like stepping into the ring with a prizefighter. Kinky, curly, and coily textures sometimes translate to having a “tender-headed” child with hair riddled with tangles. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you may have a kid who simply loathes having to endure anyone touching their precious locks, despite not being tender-headed at all.
How many of you have kiddos who possess ninja-like reflexes that allow them to dip and dive in the water and on land like nothing you have ever seen? Let’s face it; these cat-like reflexes can cause even the most-skilled parent to question how to navigate each experience. If you believe that you are the only parent who cannot seem to figure out how to wash, condition, or simply style your child’s hair –think again! Parents everywhere, at some point in time, will have to struggle with finding the best path to styling their child’s hair without having to turn the experience into a painless contortion act.
Here are seven tips for how to style your child’s hair.
Create Hair Care Habits Early
Establishing a consistent hair care regimen for your little one from an early age will go a long way to help them understand the process and enable them to build habits that indirectly teaches them how to sit still for lengthy periods. If you are a fan of protective styles, pick a day or two each week to refresh or care for your child’s hair. As long as there are no apparent hazards, get them involved with the event by having your little one hold the brush, hair accessory, or comb.
Be Kind, Be Gentle, Be Patient
The next tip is to be kind, be gentle, and be patient with your child’s hair and scalp. You have to associate hair care with positivity. Take care not to berate the quality of your child’s hair in front of her. Also, do not allow your frustration with their tangles to be known to the child. Hold your tongue and get through it. They will pick up on your vibes, and it will fuel their anxiety further about the styling process.
Use a Detangling Brush and Comb
Ditch the standard kiddie comb and brush. Invest in a good detangling brush or wide-tooth detangling comb. The combination of tangled hair and tender-headed children are a nightmare to contend with as a parent. Taking advantage of a detangling hairbrush or detangling comb designed to rid kinky, curly, or coily hair of those pesky tangles can help make the preparation or styling process more tolerable than using a cheap comb or inappropriate brush. These products can be used in or out of the bathtub or shower.
Creating a distraction for your little one, such as putting on their favorite movie or allowing them to play on your cell phone or tablet while you are styling their hair, will go a long way to help them not to focus on what you are physically trying to do. Unfortunately, when children have nothing to do but focus on the fact that you are combing their hair or trying to install a twist or a braid, it can make the process lengthy and complicated for both of you.
Toys are another favorite way to distract them and slow down the incessant fidgeting and squirms that can disrupt your best-laid plans.
Keep those Hairstyles Simple
Your little one is likely not to be a fan of sitting still for too long, nor may they be receptive to angling their tiny heads so that you are allowed to create some elaborate design. By now, you have probably seen your child’s mood fluctuate from being cooperative to staging a protest during haircare time. Use their mood to alternate, simple hairstyle selections with those elaborate “works of art” you like to create. If your child is indeed tender-head, you may want to avoid choosing hairstyles in which you find yourself tugging on your little one’s hair or scalp.
Choose Shampoos that Won’t Sting Their Eyes
Washing your child’s hair is an adventure in and of itself. Getting your child to tilt their head at the right time to get all of the shampoos out without getting it in their ears or eyes can be challenging from week to week. Make sure to select shampoos that won’t sting their eyes. Paul Mitchell Baby Don’t Cry Shampoo, Johnson’s Shiny & Soft Tear-Free Kids’ Shampoo with Argan Oil & Silk Proteins, and Cantu Care for Kids Tear-Free Nourishing Shampoo are examples of shampoos for kids that are tear-free.
Don’t Be Afraid to Trim those Ends
It may feel odd to think about trimming your little one’s hair, but it is a part of the process for maintaining hair that is healthy, and most importantly, free of tangles. Split-ends can trigger a nasty round of knots and tangles that make the grooming process painfully frustrating for you and traumatizing for the kiddo. You may want to consider trimming your child’s hair every six to twelve weeks, depending on what you are seeing.
Caring for your child’s hair will improve over time. Their hair will grow thicker and longer with proper care, and the actions you take today to care for your child’s hair will evolve into something more significant and better for both of you. Styling your child’s hair will require you to be flexible, patient, and a mood whisperer. It will also require you to become comfortable with trial and error. Some days, simple styles will be quick and easy, and some days, your child will be willing to commit to a full hour for you to make a bit of magic. Whatever happens during this process, do not lose patience with your little one or their glorious curls, kinks, and coils. In time, the two of you will figure it all out, and those ninja-like moves by your child will fade into laughable and teachable moments.