If you’re one of many moms, who doesn’t want to admit that they wish their little one had just a tad bit more hair, you’re not alone. Many moms can’t wait for their baby’s hair to grow so they can brush, style and accessorize it.
Some babies are born with a full head of hair, while others may not fully come in until later. Either way, you’ll want to ensure you’re doing everything you can to promote and retain your baby’s hair!
My son was born with plenty of curly hair, but each week it seemed to become less and less, so with little research and extra TLC (tender love and care), I was able to come up with a helpful guide, on how to care for my baby’s hair.
Here are some baby hair growth tips I’ve found to rewarding, that I’d like to share with you.
“How to promote baby hair growth”
Start by creating a hair growth regimen.
A hair regimen is a routine that you create and repeat daily or weekly in order to reach a desired goal. A good hair regimen normally includes; shampoo, conditioning, moisturizing, and protective techniques.
Adults can add many different techniques to their hair regimen. Though, caring for a baby’s hair takes as much effort, but less technique, due to the delicacy of their hair and scalp.
In a baby’s first year of life they can be allergic and sensitive to many products, some of which we may not even be aware of. Therefore, the best way to promote baby hair growth is through patience and gentle care.
A simple, delicate and gentle hair care regimen for a baby is; cleaning, moisturizing, maintaining and protecting.
How cleaning can promote hair growth?
Shampooing your baby’s hair weekly will keep their hair follicles and pores from being clogged with oil and dirt, leaving room for growth.
If your baby is very active you may need to clean their hair with a cleansing conditioner or damp towel a few times weekly, while also shampooing once weekly. Its important not to overdo the washing to avoid dryness and stress to the hair follicles.
Always apply a natural conditioner to your little one’s hair immediately following a shampoo. This ensures that the natural oils that were removed during the wash, are restored. Not doing so, can leave your baby’s hair very dry and result in breakage.
It’s also a good idea to apply a moisturizer or oil to your baby’s hair once-twice per day depending on how dry it gets. My favorites are castor oil, coconut oil or Shea butter, once in the morning and once at night. Gently massage a small amount of the moisturizer into your baby’s scalp, a little should go a long way.
Use gentle and natural hair products that won’t cause your baby to have an allergic reaction. Carefully research the ingredients on any baby product you purchase to be safe.
Hair maintenance for babies should actually be a preventative method to avoid hair tangles. Brush your baby’s hair twice daily with a baby, sized-appropriate, soft brush. Babies’ hair tangle and can sometimes collect lint, which can be hard to get out without pulling their hair.
You can use a SOFT comb every once in a while, with teeth that are wide-spaced to gently comb your baby’s hair. Just be sure to do so while hair is damp with water or moisturizer and stop if you notice hair coming out on the comb.
Protect your baby’s hair to retain growth.
It can be difficult to avoid hair breakage while your baby is asleep or being held. The friction from a crib mattress or the arm-sleeve of a person cradling them may cause slow, hair loss.
I’ve found that it is best to encourage your little one not to spend too much time in one position and use silk or satin fitted crib sheets.
Silk/satin sheets and pillow cases create less friction on the hair and are less absorbent. Therefore, making it the perfect sleep surface while retaining hair and skin moisture. You can purchase a hypoallergenic, satin fitted sheet for your baby’s crib and bassinet here.
Toddlers can wear fitted bonnets that are measured specifically to fit their heads while they sleep. Kraddle Kare is a well known company for making baby-bonnets. Younger babies should avoid sleeping with anything other than a pacifier.
Once you’ve followed these steps and notice your little one has a full head of hair, it’ll be tempting to style it. I recommend holding off, until after your baby’s 1st birthday, to begin styling their hair.
Try to avoid harsh styling products, tight head-bands and ponytail holders. Do not put elastic, rubber bands in your little ones hair, doing so will cause breakage.
The goal is to be gentle and avoid putting stress on the scalp and hair follicles.
Patience is key
Understand that every baby is different and infant hair loss is very common, especially in the first 6 months. Try not to rush the process, simply create a hair care regimen that includes these steps and works for you and your baby.
Repeat this process daily or weekly and you should see a positive change in your baby’s hair growth. As your little one gets older, adjust their hair care regimen to better suit the needs of their hair.
The best way to promote baby hair growth is;
- Shampoo baby’s hair weekly to keep the scalp clean and prevent clogged pores and follicles.
- Moisturize daily to prevent dryness and breakage
- Gently brush baby’s hair daily to avoid tangles and remove lint.
- Avoid baby spending too much time in one spot and use silk/satin fitted crib sheets to retain moisture and avoid friction-causing breakage.
- Be gentle and take your time, babies’ hair is delicate.
- Stray away from harsh chemicals, tight styling and hair accessories.
- Be patient, your baby’s hair will soon flourish!
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- Soft Baby Brush; Natemia Quality Wooden Baby Hair Brush for Newborns & Toddlers | Natural Soft Goat Bristles | Ideal for Cradle Cap
- Brush and Comb Set; Summer Brush and Comb, Teal/White
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