Children's Hair

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In this area we will deal with issues that are more common in children. We have tried to give as detailed information as possible, but we always recommend that if you are in doubt consult your hairdresser, trichologist or doctor.

Kids hairstyles Courtesy of Jungle Care Australia

Things its good to have a vague idea about!

  • Ponytails, braiding or plaits when pulled too tightly or worn constantly can lead to a condition know as tension/traction alopecia or receding hairline/bald patches. Traction alopecia is also caused by over-vigorous use of nylon brushes, brush rollers and excessive combing during the heated comb process of hair straightening. Mum's, beware of pulling your daughters hair back too tightly as she may end up with this irreversible condition later in life. It is too late once you have this condition so be aware as a parent and it need never happen. Be especially vigilant if your child's hair is very heavy. This condition is most commonly seen on people with Afro hair from the tradition of braiding as a child.
  • In long one length hair if you see a line of shorter hair that can seem like the hair has been layered or new growth that looks like it's the same length. This is more likely to be caused by hair bands cutting into the hair and breaking it off. Use covered bands or 'scrunchies' only and treat the affected area with special products to prevent further breakage like moisture and protein treatments usually used for chemically damaged hair .
  • Head-lice are become more and more prevalent and harder to control. Always check your children's hair regularly and ask them not to share hats or caps with their friends. Go to our head-lice section to find out more about how to recognise and treat this condition.
  • A straw like or brittle feeling to their hair is the first sign of chlorine buildup. It's a good idea to have a purifying shampoo or one designed to remove chlorine handy especially if your kids swim a lot. Children really don't shampoo their own hair well at all and the chemicals in the water can build-up on their hair causing it to "go green" and or rot it literally. With most chlorine shampoos the recommended time frame for use is within 15min of leaving the pool and as parents you now realise this is not necessarily possible. An alternative which you can find within some professional ranges is to coat the hair with a block before entering the water.
  • If your child has long blonde hair they are especially susceptible to green ends. A possible treatment for this is using tomato ketchup like you would a conditioning treatment on the ends. This may sound silly but the red colourant in it neutralizes the green tone and the fact it is acidic means the hair feels quite soft afterwards. It will only work on mild build up so use i frequently and often rather than once it is really bad. Don't try red food colouring on its own as you will not like the pink hues but your kids might!
  • Shampoo designed for children, is really designed not to sting the eyes. So it's great when that is your main concern, but as they get older it is best to go for something that will look after their hair and scalp a little better the more natural the better with kids especially with the growing occurrence of allergies in children.
  • By the way, contrary to some peoples belief, "baby shampoos" are not good for your adult hair, especially if it's coloured, as it will fade out your colour very quickly indeed!

Medical Conditions Affecting Kids

Not all of these conditions are scalp or child specific but for more information the links may help.

Cradle Cap:

Is a dry, scaly skin that adheres to the child's scalp. For more information check out the cradle cap and if in doubt consult your doctor or trichologist

Hair loss

Eczema

Head lice

Psoriasis

Dealing with Tangles and Knots

Nearly all kids hate having their hair brushed and combed but a few simple tricks and the right tools will work wonders though.

  • Brush the hair before shampooing and comb it afterwards. There a variety of kids brushes and combs on the market.
  • When brushing or combing, support the hair between pinched fingers or use whole hand so that you absorb the pulls and tugs rather than their scalps taking the force. Work the knots out from the ends first and gradually get closer to the scalp.
  • Try out a detangling spray that you use just before you brush that smooth's the hair and makes the whole job easy as.
  • As with all things with kids better to give up and try again later than to keep going for too long.

Haircuts for kids.

We have attempted to put some tips together for you but as with all things about kids there are no hard and fast rules:

  • The shortest length of time spent getting the cut the best.
  • Never let the hairdresser worry too much about it being level etc. this is not the concern of your child just that the whole thing is over.
  • Take a change of clothes to the salon or remove all the upper body garments prior to a haircut as the hair itches delicate skin especially when woven into the clothes.
  • Get the hairdresser to dust the body and neck with talcum powder before redressing, as talc sooths the skin and makes removing the fine hair trimmings from the skin easier.
  • Until they are old enough/tall enough to use a back wash easily don't as they just end up with soaked backs. Go with pre-shampooed hair and let the hairdresser use a water spray if needed.
  • Call ahead to check the hairdresser is on time so that you have as little waiting as possible. If its a no bookings type salon ask when their quiet times are.
  • If getting a group thing going with all your children book the same time with different stylists rather than one after another with the same person.

 

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