I get SO many questions regarding children’s hair. It perplexes parents, because there seems to be the understanding that children’s hair is different than adult hair. In some ways it is. The fact that it is still changing being number one. Let me go through some common misconceptions and some tips and tricks.
#1 Shaving my kid’s hair off will make it grow in thicker.
SO SO FALSE.
I get this question more than any other. How much validity is there to this concept? The short answer is none. It doesn’t work. If you did this and your child’s hair grew in “thicker”, that’s because it was going to anyway. Children are born with a certain texture or curl speed and it can all change within months and it continues to change at puberty. The hair we have is controlled by our hormones. Really our genetics ultimately. If both mom and dad have fine hair, it’s very likely that baby will also have fine hair. If hair thinning or loss is a factor in the family, then guess what? It’s likely your child will be dealing with that as well. There is not a single magical hair cut that will change your genetics. And ultimately that is what shaving the head is. It’s just a really short hair cut. Whether you cut it down to the skin or down to one inch long, it doesn’t matter. It’s just a hair cut. It doesn’t have mystical hair thickening powers. The density of the actual hair shaft and the curl speed is all determined by the follicle and it’s shape. Which is located inside the scalp tissue. And if you’d like to know the origins of this tradition…a baby’s hair was shaved off because it was thought to be dirty from birth. That’s it. Not because it changes what a child is genetically predispositioned for.
#2 I shouldn’t use “adult” shampoo on my kid.
Once your child is a toddler, it is perfectly find to use professional brand products on your kids, and I highly encourage it. Using the cheapo kids stuff from the drug store is not doing them any favors. It’s setting them up for scalp and hair issues. I use Livingproof on my son. His hair is healthy and shiny and stays clean way longer. When he was a bit younger I used Johnson and Johnson on him and found his hair to be dull, full of tangles, and very dry. Once I made the switch his hair has been healthy and beautiful! Children need basically what adults need. It’s still hair no matter the age. A great regimen and routine cuts. If your child has unruly curls, or just cannot be tamed, I’m sorry to say, but it’s just part of the lifestyle. You’ll have to invest a bit more to manage that hair. No amount of coconut oil or whatever other salad dressing you put in their hair will fix the issue. You will need to get them on some great products to have optimum hair health.
#3 I want it to GROW! I’m never cutting it.
A routine haircut ensures healthy hair that will grow just the same. The hair grows at a certain rate everyday. This all goes for adults as well. If you trim off less than what you grow roughly every 6-8 weeks, guess what…your hair will grow! Consider the actual appearance of your hair. Yes it’s long, but are you really considering those rat tail ends part of the length? Do the fading wispy ends actually appeal to you or did you have a more thick and healthy look in your mind? I’ve had many clients tell me that their hair is thin when really it’s just damaged ends that NEED TO GO. I’ve also heard the very popular claim that their hair just stops growing at a certain length. Not true. It’s just that your hair is disintegrating as fast as it’s growing out of your head. Break that cycle with a trim.
#4 Vitamins will help hair growth.
That’s right! Biotin and B vitamins are amazing for hair growth, skin health, and nail strength and growth. I highly recommend it. Still have prenatals left over? Take them! Those Hair Skin and Nails vitamins and gummies that have been flooding the market…basically biotin and b vitamins so if you don’t want to pay the crazy price tag on those or join some pyramid scheme to get a discount on them…go ahead and buy the regular supplements from the pharmacy and you’ll notice a difference in about a month. Other things that help…a great diet, plenty of water, and a low stress life. Big challenges, trust me, I know. For your kiddos, ensure they are taking vitamins daily, make sure they are getting a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water. And do what you can to make sure they live stress free. Hair loss, thinning, and stunted growth are all medical issues that a hair product or vitamin may not help with. Some blood work may help uncover any underlying medical issues. Prescription medications have a major influence on hair as well so consider that as you’re researching causes.
#5 What do I do if my child is a swimmer?
Please protect their hair!!! Chlorine is really damaging and will lead to dry and unruly hair. Livingproof makes a great spray called Restore Instant Protect. It repels chlorine and has a UV protectant. A little goes a long way but boy does it help!! Make sure you are shampooing and conditioning your little one’s hair every time.
#6 I don’t need to condition my child’s hair.
Please shampoo and condition every time. Really curly hair needs a different regimen, but most hair types absolutely benefit from conditioning. Don’t you put lotion on your child after a bath? Why? Because the soap dries out their skin and they need that moisture added back, right? The same thing happens to hair. I love the Livingproof Perfect Hair Day shampoo and conditioner or the Full Shampoo and Conditioner for kiddos. That’s what I use on them when they come to the studio for a trim. It leaves hair healthy and shiny, nourished, and really helps with tangles.
#7 My kid doesn’t need a heat protectant.
They sure do. Every time you blow dry their hair you are cooking those strands. A little blow dry lotion or a leave in conditioner of some kind that has a heat protectant is a HUGE benefit and will prevent damage and tangles. For my kiddo I use Livingproof Perfect Hair day 5 in 1 treatment.
The number one hurdle I hear from parents is that salon professional product is too expensive. I understand. However, consider that salon professional products are highly effective and more concentrated. You use way less each time. If you’re using Livingproof the added benefit is their Healthy Hair Molecule which keeps hair cleaner longer, meaning you won’t be washing their hair as often. Drugstore product creates a vicious cycle. You end up using more because it’s mostly water and very little effective product. There are a lot of cheap waxy fillers, resins, and silicones so hair ends up with buildup. This buildup makes hair feel dirty so there you are again washing hair more frequently. So you’re either replenishing product more frequently at $7-$15 a bottle or replenishing perhaps once or twice a year at $26-$30 a bottle. I’ve found it works out about the same when all is said and done. I challenge you to try a professional product for a few months and then use your drug store product. Can you feel the difference? As a professional I can SEE AND SMELL the difference. My clients could probably all tell you that I know the minute they have started using something different. I have a clever little test to show them the build up on their hair too. With products like Livingproof that are scientifically created to solve the root issue of hair problems there is absolutely no reason that you or your children should have to deal with your hair. It truly makes styling and maintenance very easy.
I’d love to hear feedback on this topic. Are there any other questions you have that I haven’t addressed? Anything you don’t agree with? Are you willing to take the Salon product challenge?
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