Combing their little one's hair is one task many parents would rather not do if they had a choice. The tears on sighting mommy coming towards them with a comb is a drama most parents would like to avoid at all costs.
But you just can't afford to leave your little one's hair uncombed either. So, is there a way out of this traumatic episode? How do you detangle a child's hair without pains? Here are some useful tips for painless detangling and combing of children's hair.
Tips to Detangling Children's Hair
Even though you don't look forward to it, detangling a kid's natural hair is absolutely necessary for proper maintenance of their hair, as it prevents breakages and helps their hair to increase in length and volume. Detangling will also help to prevent further tangling and knots.
These are tips we consider very vital to easy detangling of kids' hair, without the ouches and tears.
1. Moisturize: for the sake of their tender scalp and fragile tresses, children's hair should never be detangled dry. Always moisturize the hair with water before detangling or combing through. It's best to detangle immediately after washing the hair or you can use a spray bottle to squirt water all over hair. Wet hair is easier to work your fingers through.
2. Work in sections: Part hair into four sections, and hold down with hair clips. Detangle them section after section.
3. Condition: generously apply a good quality leave-in conditioner to the hair, starting from the roots work in the conditioner up to the ends.
Sta-Sof-Fro Deep-Conditioning detangling kit is ideal for conditioning kids' hair. It not only conditions but also soften and moisurize the hair, making it very easy to detangle and comb. This kit is the best for detangling african hair types.
4. Use detangling spray: if using a detangling spray, apply it while the hair is still wet.
5. Use your fingers: Before you break out the comb, use your fingers to gently rake through the hair and separate tangles and knots. When you encounter a tight knot, don't rip through it but gently pry the hair strands apart until they are freed.
6. Use a wide toothed comb: comb the hair section by section. Gently hold down the root before you start combing to avoid pulling your child's tender scalp, and comb from the top to the bottom.
7. To help your child's hair remain smooth and tangle-free, braid their hair into a loose protective style for bed times. It's also important to cover the hair with a silk bonnet, in order to minimize friction with the pillow.