Taking care of a kid’s hair can be quite a complicated task. Unlike adult’s hair kids hair are a bit more delicate and what works for your hair might not necessarily work for your child or wards hair. During the first stages, you can get away with just styling your baby’s girls hair with Baby Bows and Headbands but as they get older and their hair that’s to grow some more, you’re going to need new ideas and innovative ways to get their hair looking its best at all times with hopefully minimal effort.

Below are some tips on the best ways to take care of your kid’s hair including care tips and styling tips.

Minimize Washing

This might sound counterintuitive but too much washing can actually damage your child’s hair. When you wash hair every day you strip away the natural oils and proteins and keep the hair and scalp healthy and you also add a lot of artificial chemicals in the shampoo and conditioner to the hair which can dry it out. The curlier your hair is, the longer you can go between washes. If you have thick, coarse, curly hair, pick a shampoo that hydrates and moisturizes the hair.

Condition the Hair

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You should always add conditioning the hair to your child’s hair care routine. Good conditioning is crucial especially for thick and curly hair. You should also at longer intervals, deep condition your child’s hair.

Deep Conditioning

Deep conditioning adds moisture, proteins, and strength to the hair. During deep conditioning, cover the hair with a plastic wrap and apply heat either from showering or with a blow dryer. To make sure your kid’s hair really absorbs the conditioner, towel-dry hair after shampooing. Excess water will mean the conditioner won’t be able to penetrate the hair shaft and deliver the necessary moisture to keep hair looking healthy and shiny.  If you’re short on time, at least squeeze out excess water. To deep condition, take a good amount of deep conditioner and apply it to the hair from the roots then use a broad tooth comb to comb through the hair and spread the conditioner around. Leave the conditioner in for 10 to 15 mins or depending on the directions on the cup. Then rinse thoroughly.

Know the Best Way to Blow-dry

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It’s best to not blow-dry your kid’s hair until they are at least older. This is to keep the hair healthy and allow it time to grow and form naturally before applying heat. If your kid is old enough for blow-drying then you can but you have to know how to do it the right way. One good blow-drying technique is to Start by flipping your kid’s head upside down, and shake your hair around while you blow-dry,” says hair care expert Harry Josh. “The more you move, the more volume you’ll get.

Once it’s about 80 percent dry, flip back up and blow-dry hair in sections to smooth, focusing on polished ends. The last three inches are key: Move your brush and dryer right down to the very end of the strands and take your time. It will make all the difference. A good blow-dry can last from five days to a week.

Brush The Hair Properly

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When brushing your kid’s hair, brush the hair in sections as this is the best technique. Brushing the hair all at once won’t be effective and it can also cause discomfort. When you brush, don’t be aggressive with stubborn locks as this will cause damage to the hair such as split ends. Try to brush your kid’s hair twice a day – in the morning and in the evening. Brush hair for about a minute starting from the bottom and working your way up to the roots. Brushing hair from the roots can cause damage. Don’t brush wet hair as this will damage it. Instead, wait till the hair is dry or dry it yourself before you start brushing. When the hair is wet, you can comb it with a wide tooth comb.

Hair Care at Night

If you get creative with your kid’s hair care routine at night, it will minimize your workload in the morning. Put their hair up in braids at night for example. This will smoothen any frizz and loosen the curls in the morning to give the hair a wavy feel.

Hair Care Routine Based on Hair Type

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Straight Hair

If your kid has straight hair then know off the bat that it doesn’t need much conditioning but it is also more likely to lose volume and look flat and greasy. Try to wash every two or three days and use sulfate-free shampoo.

Straight hair falls smoothly and has a glossy consistency since the natural oils from the scalp easily work their way to the bottom. Straight hair doesn’t need much conditioning since it’s typically soft and smooth. However, straight hair has a higher tendency to lack volume, look flat, and get greasier than other hair types. For styling, try teasing the hair to add volume and also use hairspray. Also as mentioned above, blow-dry upside down and use a round brush.

Wavy Hair

Wavy hair is a combination of straight hair and curly hair. It also has the tendency to get greasy at the scalp and dry at the ends and can get quite frizzy. Also, wash wavy hair two or three times a week and also deep condition it twice a month.

Curly Hair

Curly hair is bouncy and full of volume and it definitely draws attention to itself. Curly hair has various ranges of srand thickness from loose curls, 3c, 4c etc. One challenge of curly hair is the lack of curl definition which can make it hard to maintain. Wash curly hair once or twice a week and use conditioner and deep conditioner., Also use primer or styling products to keep curly hair more defined.