Small shoes, tiny clothes, minute accesories, these are all adorable things we associate with babies. They are minature human beings that need a lot of care and with so much advice out there it can be hard to keep track of how to deal with situations that may arise.
However, one of the fun aspects of taking care of children is styling. Although we might be eager to try out new looks on babies, it is important to be safe and know how to appropriately go about it. That is why I have prepared a list of things to remember when taking care of your baby’s hair. Hopefully this will help answer some of the baby hair care for curly hair questions out there.
DON’T WASH BABY HAIR EVERYDAY
Washing with a mild shampoo is important but over-washing can leave your baby’s hair dry, frizzy, and prone to damage. Instead, try washing once or twice a week so that the hair isn’t stripped of its natural oils. Also, remember to use a bit of oil or moisturizer before detangling and always use a wide-tooth comb or soft-bristle brush. This will not only make the process more pleasant, but will help avoid any potential harm to the baby.
Babies are adorable, but also very delicate. When washing or styling the hair make sure not to tug or massage the scalp too hard as it can cause brakage. It is also important to avoid putting pressure on the top of the baby’s head. A soft spot is located on that area and can be very dangerous if force is applied.
READ THE INGREDIENTS
Before buying a product, make sure that it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals that may cause a negative reaction on the baby’s skin. Usually products made specifically for infants should be fine. However, some babies have more sensitive skin than others, so always test a small amount before applying the product on a large area to make sure it is safe. This goes for natural products and oils as well.
During the first six months some babies develop a scab-like area on the scalp known as a cradle cap. Although very common, it is normal for parents to worry about whether or not it is serious and how it should be treated. The reality is that the cradle cap tends to go away on its own.
However, if you want to speed up the process a bit it is common to use a softening agent such as coconut oil and let it sit on the scalp for a while (approx 30 min). Afterwards, a soft cloth may be used to gently clean the scalp. Do not try to comb the scabs off or rub the area too hard as this can be very harmful.
Also, make sure to speak to a pediatrician first in order to make sure it is nothing more serious. Many times the pediatrician may write a prescription for a shampoo that can help keep the area clean and remove the scabs.