Baby & Toddler Hair Care & Styling
As your baby grows into a toddler, they are developing in many new ways. They are becoming more active and developing their own personalities. With this new exploration comes the need for an easy hair care routine to manage the tangles and knots.
Step-by-Step Toddler Hair Care:
Step 1: Cleanse using JOHNSON'S® shampoo & conditioner for thin/straight hair
Step 2: Nourish using JOHNSON'S® NO MORE TANGLES® leave-in conditioner
Step 3: Style using a wide tooth comb or brush and JOHNSON'S® NO MORE TANGLES® detangling spray
Compared with adult hair, baby hair is thinner and more prone to tangling and breakage. Here are some helpful tips for taking care of your child’s hair with no fuss and no tears.
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 her a scalp massage as you lather the baby shampoo. Let her blow bubbles while you're doing it. Distraction is key.
Comb Hair When Wet
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. To help with manageability for thin and straight or thick and curly hair, use JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES® detangler spray.
Get the Right Hair Cut
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.
Protect Your Child’s Eyes
No toddler likes to get anything in their eyes, 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.
And a newborn’s eyes are still developing. Compared to adults, they blink less often, tear less and it takes time for the blink reflex to develop, making it easier for an unwanted substance to get into the eye and cause irritation.
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 NO MORE TANGLES® Leave-in Conditioner in your toddler's hair to keep it under control. Try styling your toddler's hair by tying it up, for example. You can also use our leave-in conditioner to help.
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 one easy step. Try JOHNSON’S® baby shampoo & conditioner to help unlock knots and tangles. Also, it's a good idea to wash hair in the direction that it falls.
For extra detangling or hard to manage hair, you can use a detangling spray like JOHNSON'S® 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® NO MORE TANGLES® leave-in conditioner. Brush from the ends of the hair first, moving upward toward the scalp.
Protect long hair overnight — never leave clips in or keep hair tied up. If it's long enough, you could can braid it before sleep.
Only Use Gentle Products
Baby and toddler hair is very different from adult hair, and it needs very different products 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. Use a shampoo that's enriched with conditioners for the delicate nature of your baby's hair.
Compliment your toddler on her appearance and use positive reinforcement to help promote grooming routines. With proper hair care, you can help eliminate tangles and make combing easier for the both of you.
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