Toddler Hair Care Tips

Taking care of your child's hair can sometimes be very challenging. Children generally do not enjoy having their hair washed, rinsed, and combed. But if you don't take care of your little one's hair, it can get dry, messy, or full of knots. So what's a parent to do? JOHNSON'S® Baby has the answer. Here are some helpful tips for taking care of your child's hair with no fuss, no muss... and no crying.

  • Only use gentle products. Baby and toddler hair is very different from adult hair and it needs very different things to stay clean and healthy. To care for your child's hair it is important to use gentle products with mild ingredients formulated especially for them. For worry free bathtime try JOHNSON'S® Baby Shampoo with our NO MORE TEARS® formula - developed for babies and young children, it is mild to the skin and as gentle to eyes as pure water.
  • Comb wet hair. As soon as you're done washing and conditioning her hair, comb it with a wide-tooth comb and get the little knots out before they become big knots. Never use a brush on wet hair.
  • Get the right cut for your toddler's hair. With the right haircut, your toddler's hair should be relatively easy to care for. If your child has curly hair, you may want her hair all one length with no bangs. If your child has very thick or wavy hair, a layered haircut can help cut back the tangles. Talk to a hairdresser about your options.
  • Watch out for knots. Thick and curly hair can sometimes tangle very easily. For easy combing and detangling, consider using a 2-in-1 one shampoo that provides the convenience of shampooing and conditioning in on easy step. Try JOHNSON'S® Baby Extra Conditioning Shampoo for curly hair to unlock knots and tangles in thick and curly hair. For extra detangling or hard to manage hair, you can use a detangling spray like JOHNSON'S® Baby NO MORE TANGLES® Detangling Spray. It can be used on wet or dry hair, so you can apply it and comb your toddler's hair even on days when you are not washing it. This will help you prevent knots before they start. For extra-conditioning while detangling, try a leave-in conditioner like JOHNSON'S® Baby NO MORE TANGLES® Leave-in Conditioner. Brush from the ends of the hair first, moving upward toward the scalp.
  • Protect your child's eyes. No toddler likes to get anything in their eyes. Even water. So consider putting a visor on her forehead or rinsing her hair while she's leaning back towards you so that you can avoid getting water in her face.
  • Protect against frizz and static cling. If your toddler has curly hair, there's a good chance that it may become wild or unruly in rainy or humid weather. And straight hair can stick upwards or outwards in cold, dry weather. When the weather dictates, put some gel or baby oil in your toddler's hair to keep it under control.
  • Make it fun. While most toddlers will never love having their hair washed, do your best to make it as painless as possible. Sing a song together while you're doing it. Tell your little one that you're giving them a scalp massage as you lather the shampoo. Let him blow bubbles while you're doing it. Distraction is key.