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If they lead a very active lifestyle and have
extra-curricular activities where their head
comes in direct contact with maybe-not-so-
sanitary-surfaces, like gym mats, then a
shampoo is in order. Other than that, twice
a week is fine.
By Suzette Camacho
POST CARNIVAL Hair Stress Syndrome is in full effect! The kids have sea
spray and chlorinated hair due lots of beach and pool time, and overall sun-
exposed hair from that little vacation over the Carnival, or from playing Kid-
dies Carnival, or simply spectating the festivities.
And besides Carnival, our children's hair is more and more exposed to sun,
chlorine and other weathering factors due to the various activities that they
are involved in. Here are some haircare tips and product insights especially
for kids' hair.
Shampoos and Conditioners
Always wash hair with mild and simply formulated shampoos for kids. Chil-
dren can shampoo their hair twice per week. Children's scalps simply don't
produce as much oil as adult scalps, therefore not attracting as much dirt. If
they lead a very active lifestyle and have extra-curricular activities where
their head comes in direct contact with maybe-not-so-sanitary-surfaces, like
gym mats, then a shampoo is in order. Other than that, twice a week is fine.
For children ages 0-12, use tear-free shampoos. This makes bath-time a
more pleasant and happy experience.
TIP! Great Clarifying Shampoo -- PAUL MITCHELL Shampoo 3 -- Specially
formulated to remove chlorine and impurities such as iron, minerals and
medication. Helps prevent swimmers' "chlorine green". Strengthens strands
and minimizes future build up. If your child swims often in pools, then this is
a "must have" to cleanse their hair! Use this once per week or depending on
how often they swim.
Leave-in Conditioners & Natural Oils
For kids with dry, thick hair, the best trick is using a mild leave in conditioner
mixed with some Moroccan oil or Rusk Deepshine Oil. Use Paul Mitchell's
The Conditioner for this application. Squeeze a small amount of conditioner
in hand, together with two/three drops of Moroccan oil, rub together and
apply throughout the length of your child's hair. Use more conditioner to get
the desired results of softness and moisture. The oils are made from argan
extracts, and infuse natural hydration into the hair whilst giving it supple-
ness and shine. Keeps those hair-do's for school intact, too!
Did you know?
Natural oils can be harsher on the hair than refined oils? Be very careful
when applying natural oils to your children's hair. It can cause build up in the
scalp, leave an oily film on the hair shaft and also cause itchy scalp. Always
buy a salon-branded refined oil product, which is cleaner and lighter for your
Kids with curly, wavy, straight hair all need detanglers for easy combing and
styling. Hair tangling occurs when hair strands become twisted or knotted
around one another, forming snarled clumps of hair that cannot be easily
brushed through. Trying to detangle hair by hand can result in damage to
the hair strands, leading to breakage, split ends and unwanted frizz.
Hair detanglers coat hair strands, making strands smoother and less likely
to catch on one another. For kids, use lightweight leave-in spray detanglers
before brushing or styling. Simply spray detangler throughout hair and,
when you use a good detangling brush/comb, hair will get smooth, soft and
manageable in no time. It's also a painless experience for your child!
Light Styling Creams
Avoid using gels, hairspray, and heavy styling products on your child's hair.
Use very light creams with soft holds to prevent fly-aways. Once the prod-
uct is thick and gooey in your hands, chances are it's too heavy for the hair.
This can damage the hair and cause breakage and scalp problems. Some
great soft styling brands are Macadamia, Paul Mitchell, Rusk and Moroccan
oil. Remember to ask a certified hair stylist for info on these products before
Suzette Camacho is the founder of Trini Moms, the first parenting net-
work in Trinidad and Tobago. Check their website Trini-Moms.com or
their Facebook page for upcoming events for kids and the entire family.
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