Whether you have a baby with a head as soft as silk or a teenager whose hair hasn’t seen a bottle of shampoo or brush for months, we understand there will be times when some common hair care challenges rear their ugly heads (excuse the pun) from birth, right up until puberty hits. But fear not, we can guide you through the pitfalls with our straightforward advice.
By nine years old your child will, no doubt, think they know it all. They will be much more independent and freethinking, and the days of you bathing them may well be long gone. Add to that the fact that the awkward, uncomfortable years of puberty are just around the corner and you could have a battle on your hands. The innocent, angelic little cherubs you raised with all your heart and soul turn into sultry, moody human beings with no time for annoying grown ups.
Some teens will sing all the way to the shower and suddenly develop a newfound interest in grooming, others will need some serious bribery to even think about having a wash. It’s easy to understand why all these changes can be embarrassing for youngsters making their first foray into adulthood, but remind them that you have first-hand experience and can help them. Mission Teenager is easier said than done and things may not necessarily go to plan, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try.
First things first, buy them a shampoo that’s specially formulated for greasy hair, like our Citrus Refresh Anti-Dandruff Shampoo – this will help balance hair oils in pre-pubescent children. Try to make sure they are following a healthy hair care routine, not washing hair too often, and not leaving it until it walks to the bathroom by itself.
Hydrating, moisturising and gentle are all words to look out for on packaging when buying hair products, as these will offer the most protection in older hair. If your teen is partial to using hair straighteners, try to suggest they use them less frequently as they cause heat damage and split hairs.
As hair goes through drastic changes during puberty, it’s a good idea to get it cut regularly. Always use products that suit your child’s specific hair type and follow shampooing with a healthy dollop of conditioner. Don’t put conditioner directly onto the scalp (just use it on the ends) as this can make oily hair worse. They might not admit it, but your little adults will be grateful for the guidance.