Hair Care Guide for your Lovely Little One’s.
Your baby may have been born with a head full of hair, or may have been born with a significantly sparse crop! Either way, you need not worry as hair grows eventually, and keep growing for life. However, proper hair care is a must for hair to remain healthy and strong. Just like other aspects of taking care of a baby, hair care is something that needs to be looked into and we’re here to show you how.
1. A good hair wash routine
Some babies might not have much hair, but using a gentle shampoo to wash what they do have plays a vital role in caring for the sensitive skin on their scalp. It helps them get used to having water around their head, especially for newborn babies. Also, babies often develop tangles from rolling their head around when lying on their back and a good hair care routine will help.
Using a shampoo designed especially for babies is a must as a baby's hair is five times thinner than adults. A clinically proven mild shampoo that is free of parabens, sulphates and dyes, is hypoallergenic and pH balanced should be used during bath time to gently clean the hair and scalp.
A good mild shampoo will not only cleanse gently but also rinse easily and will not irritate the baby's eye. New parents are often afraid to wash their little one's hair but with the right shampoo which gently cleanses the hair, is mild to the eyes, this routine can become snuggly, fun-filled and worry-free, leaving the baby's hair soft, shiny, manageable and clean while maintaining a fresh smell.
2. Oiling your baby's hair
A baby's first emotional bonds are built from physical contact, and these serve as the foundation for emotional and intellectual development later in life. Using a baby hair oil can be beneficial in caring for the baby's scalp and also helps in stimulating the senses which are critical for the baby's happy and healthy development. The parent can apply a sufficient amount of oil on the baby's scalp and massage in a circular motion but without applying pressure. This ritual when paired with the parent's gentle loving touch helps not only to bond but also calms the baby and eases the sleep process.
Always choose oil that is gentle for daily usage and is clinically proven to be mild as it should not cause any irritation to the baby's tender scalp. Oil that is light and non-sticky is best. There are also baby hair oils enriched with avocado and Pro-Vitamin B5 that make the hair soft and healthy.
If the baby has dense and curly hair, it can get tangled. To minimize knots and tangles, gently comb the baby's hair using a large tooth, a soft-bristled comb at least once a day. Make sure to be gentle on the scalp as it is sensitive. Combing is best done after shampooing the baby when the hair is still wet.
Parents these days often use hair accessories and clips for styling purpose. One should be mindful to use them safely and sensibly.
The above-mentioned rituals when followed well will keep the baby's scalp and hair clean and healthy and also avoid issues like cradle cap which often occurs in babies.
If your baby is bald, make sure to use moisturiser as it keeps the scalp soft, smooth and moisturised. This helps avoid dandruff that is caused by dryness.