*AD – This post was written in collaboration with Johnson’s Baby.
As a hairdresser, I thought I knew all there was to know about washing hair. I’ve shampooed more heads of hair than I care to remember, in fact until recently I’d considered myself a bit of a pro. The thing is that all of the hair I’ve washed in the past has been on the heads of adults, it turns out I had very little experience in washing the hair of toddlers. That was until I began working with Johnson’s Baby and I learnt just how important using the right products on their hair and scalp really is.
I know now that there are many ways to help keep your toddler’s hair squeaky clean and healthy. Whilst avoiding tantrums, dried out hair and tangles! So here are a few tips I’ve learnt along the way, to help make your bath times as easy and as fun as possible;
Cradle Cap –
When our two girls were little, we had our fair share of cradle cap. It often looks far worse than it actually is, but to the untrained eye it can seem pretty nasty. It doesn’t hurt, but it looks off putting which is why it’s important to use the right products to keep the scalp moisturised. This helps to prevent cradle cap as much as possible.
CRADLE CAP TOP TIP: Massage your favourite Johnson’s Baby oil into your little one’s scalp. Once you’ve given it a little time to soften the skin, use a soft brush to gently brush out the loose flakes of skin. Then wash out using baby shampoo. This won’t hurt your baby at all and it will leave their hair feeling lovely and soft.
Tangles, tangle tangles –
If there’s one thing that upsets our girls when I’m washing and styling their hair, it’s getting through the tangles. I know from combing through my own hair that tangles can be painful, so it’s really important to wash the hair in quality shampoo and conditioner. This will cleanse and moisturise their hair before you begin to brush through it. Our favourite shampoo and conditioner is Shiny Drops from Johnson’s Baby. It makes the hair feel super clean and moisturised, as well as smelling amazing!
DETANGLING TOP TIP: Spray the hair with Johnson’s Baby Conditioning spray before combing the hair, this product is so good that I use it on my own hair! It’s important to begin brushing from the ends of the hair too, this will stop the hair getting more tangled as you drag the knots from the roots to the ends.
Washing their locks –
One of the biggest hurdles to overcome when washing a toddlers hair, is to avoid getting water in their eyes. My two can’t stand getting water over their faces, even if the Johnson’s shampoo we use is equipped with their No More Tears formula. There’s just something about water on the face that they don’t like!
HAIR WASHING TOP TIP: Use a jug with a soft rim, that will mould to their forehead. That way as they lean back, a barrier is created that stops the water running down their face. Washing our girls’ hair in this way has been a total saviour when it comes to preventing tantrums at bath time.
Bath time is such an important part of a child’s routine. It’s the ideal time for them to bond with their parents and create wonderful, long lasting memories. That’s why I believe it’s so important to get the hair washing routine just right. Following these tips will help you create the loveliest of bath times, as well as to help you keep your little’s hair in tip-top condition. There’s nothing better than post bath time cuddles in a fluffy towel too!