Here are a few ideas for you if your little one is “tender-headed” as it was called when I was a youngin.
Ideas on how to deal with tender-headed kids.
Being tender-headed means being particularly sensitive to brushing, pulling, even touching.
Here are a few tips that will help your morning routine flow much easier.
Using a quality conditioner
Use a distraction - it works!
Try a detangling brush
Use simple hair styles (stay away from braids for a while)
1. Use a quality conditioner.
Using a quality conditioner increases the chance of the product having the essential ingredients needed to properly condition your child’s hair. It may not just be the ingredients incorporated in the formula; you should consider the right conditioner for your child’s hair type.
Once you have applied conditioner, be careful you do not pull your child’s hair while working it in and detangling it. Leave the conditioner on for several minutes and rinse with warm water. It is important to rinse it all out, unless you are using a leave-in-conditioner (which is preferable).
2. Practice the distraction method.
While you are styling your child’s hair and calming the down at the same time may be very difficult. Using the distraction method has proven to be effective. While you are getting ready, put on a cartoon in their favorite room in the house, let them play on their tablet, or have them eat a snack. Once distracted you can get started working on their hair.
3. Shift to a detangling brush.
These brushes are gentle on wet or dry hair. They reduce the amount of pressure applied to both the scalp and it does less damage, reduces the chances of hair loss and split ends. The brush has special patented teeth that flex and bend so that the bristles do not get caught up in the knots. I recommend Crave Naturals Glide Thru Detangling Brush for Adults & Kids. I works wonders on my hair!
4. Use a micro-fiber towel.
After your shower, wrap your hair up in the microfiber towel for 10 – 15 minutes to get the rest of the water out of your curls. This process causes the least amount of friction and allows the hair to dry quickly without damaging the shaft or the cuticle. Since microfiber towels absorb water with ease, this requires less tugging and pulling at your curls. The most important selling point for microfiber towels is that they do not damage hair. The smaller fibers don't snag or tangle hair strands, resulting in less friction and less breakage.
5. Use simple hairstyles.
With your tender-headed child, complicated hairstyles should be thrown out the window. Stick to the basics, you wouldn’t want to add more stress and trauma to your child’s tresses. You stick to simple hair styles like buns, half up and half down, pig tails, braids, ponytails and other styles that don’t require excessive pulling and tugging on their hair.
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