How to Care For Children’s Hair
Every one of us have about 100.000 hairs on our heads. Each hair shaft has three layers, with the cuticle, or outside layer, protecting the two inner layers. Shiny hair is a sign of health because the layers of the cuticle lie flat and reflect light. When the scales of the cuticle lie flat they overlap tightly, so the inner layers are well protected from heat, sun, chlorine, ad all the other hazards that can come from living in our environment. When hair is damaged, though the scales may separate and hair can become dry. Because the scales on dry hair don’t protect the inner two layers as well hair can break and look dull.
Depending how long a person’s hair is or how fast it grows, the end of each hair shaft can be a couple of years old. So the hair at the end of the shaft could have survived a few summers of scorching sun and saltwater and winter of cold, dry air. How well you care for your hair from the time it emerges from the root plays a role in how healthy it looks.
Teaching your child how to shampoo. Healthy hair care begins with learning how to wash the hair without damaging it. When your child is ready to start shampooing, follow these steps to help your child develops healthy hair care habits.
- Shampoo works on wet heads and hair. Wet hair and scalp with warm water.
- Pour a quarter size drop of shampooing the palm of your child’s hand. Putting the shampoo in the hand first makes it easier to apply.
- Give the right constructions about massage the shampoo gently into the scalp. When shampooing, it’s important to wash the scalp rather than the entire length of the hair.
- Rinse well with warm water until the hair is suds free. Rinsing well washes away shampoo and dirt.
- Cover hair with a towel. Help your child wrap a towel around the wet hair. This helps to absorb the water. Rubbing hair dry with a towel can damage the hair, causing it to break.
- Comb out damp hair gently. Use a wide tooth comb, especially on curly hair. Don’t yank or pull the comb through the hair because that can pull out hair or break the hair.