Little girls are doll-like and they can look even cuter if their hair is well taken care of. Of course, this needs help from mommy! Whether your girl is 3 or 9, she will need your help to keep a healthy head of beautiful hair. Of course, at a certain age – maybe 5 or 6, they should be trained to start caring for their hair on their own by doing the basics. This is when you have to instill good hair habits in them. But still, what is the fun of having a girl if you don’t get to do up your dolly’s tresses! So, here are a few tips for daily hair care for little girls.
Daily Hair Care Routine for Little Girls
Hair Care Routine for Little Girls
Start by deciding whether you want the hair long or short:
This decision is however not yours alone, especially if your daughter has reached an age where she has a mind of her own – even if that happens to be 3 or 7! But, if she wants to keep her hair long, then you have to ensure that she knows that it has to be a game of coordination. Because, of course, she won’t be able to manage long locks on her own. So, if she doesn’t cooperate there is no point in having a mane of tangled messy long hair. So if neither she or, in fact, you have the time, will or patience for this then keep the hair short – it will be more manageable.
Oiling the hair:
You should oil your daughter’s hair at least once a week, and let it stay for a minimum of half an hour before washing off. The oil nourishes the hair and adds vitality to it. Do ensure that you massage the oil nicely into the scalp and do not merely just apply it on the hair. The “massaging” is actually the main reason why hair oil works in the first place. A good massage helps to boost blood circulation and promotes healthy hair growth. It also gives a relaxing effect to your child and feels very soothing. Hair oils which have beneficial properties include olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil and avocado oil.
Washing the hair:
Hair Care Routine for Little Girls – Washing Hair
The hair should be washed thrice a week to keep it clean and healthy, and of course you have to help her do it until she is around, maybe 7-8, when she can actually start to do it on her own. Use a gentle shampoo and always follow it up with conditioning. Many a times, a lot of people skip the conditioning when washing the hair of little girls and this should not be the case! Do remember she probably spends more time outdoors because of school, so the hair should be kept moisturized. You can always use a bit of jojoba or olive oil with the shampoos.
It is best to let their hair dry naturally instead of using a blow dryer, unless the weather around is really cold, or they have to step out and may catch a cold. Usually little girls do not have to wash their hair and step out for a party or event in 2 hours flat. They are not defined by such occasions, therefore in all probability there would be enough time in hand to have their hair naturally air dried.
Detangling and Combing:
With the amount of time spent at play grounds and skidding down slides, and rolling on the floor and engaging in a lot of outdoor activities, it is but natural that there will be more tangles in the hair. Always try to detangle it by using a detangling spray first – this will make your work easier. These sprays also make the hair look smoother and control flyaways and static. After that, first work on the knot with your fingers and pull them apart deftly before proceeding to the next step of combing. This is also less painful, and frankly no one likes to get their hair pulled. Don’t we all remember how it felt like when we were children, when by mistake our mommy would pull on a tangle with the comb, without realizing it!
Detangling and Combing little girls hair
Using a wide toothed comb for detangling is always a great idea. You can always use a boar brush once you are done combing. It makes the hair look smooth and soft. Comb/brush her hair at least twice a day, if not more, once in the morning and once at night before she heads to sleep.
While you go through the daily process of detangling and combing, see that her mind is engaged elsewhere. This way she will not fret and neither will you get irritated. Give her book, or put on her favorite show while you work on the hair.
Keep the hair tied as much as possible:
Hair care for little girls
Tied hair is easier to manage and also does not get in the way of your daughter’s daily activities. Tangles are kept in control, and the hair does not irritate the eye by falling over it. Therefore, learn easy ways to tie her hair. Try out different variations of ponytails and braids if you want to give her different looks. See that she sleeps with her hair tied in a loose braid; this will also keep the hair out of her face when she is sleeping. If her hair is short, then use a hair band or hair clips to hold the short hair in place – however, not during bedtime because that can hurt.
Hair Care Routine for Little Girls
Your daughter’s hair will look at its best only when it is healthy. Therefore, you should get it trimmed periodically to prevent split ends.
Make your daughter believe that beautiful hair will help her look closest to the doll or cartoon or story book character she idolizes the most, and she will more than cooperate with you when you go about the daily hair care routine. Make it seem like a fun activity and not a tedious chore, this way you can also prepare her more to take on the responsibility of her own hair – so, that she learns to take care of it herself with each passing day.
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