Wintertime often means cooler temperatures as well as pesky hair woes. From fighting static and frizz to dry hair and an itchy scalp, keeping your child’s hair (as well as your own) looking its best can feel quite challenging. Here are a few tips to help keep your kid’s mane under control all season long.
Static is caused by an electrical charge that develops in your hair when temperatures drop and the air becomes drier. When static hits and your child’s hair starts standing up, it’s a sign that a little extra hydration is needed for those tresses. Try switching to products that will moisturize your kiddo’s hair. You may also want to use a leave-in conditioner a few times a week and avoid using heat styling tools when possible.
- Use a metal comb. Plastic tends to increase the static charge.
- Use hairspray to tame flyaways. Add a small spritz to a comb and slowly comb through flyaways to smooth them out.
- Avoid clothes and hats made of wool and acrylic. Switch to cotton.
- In a pinch? Run a dryer sheet over the hair to smooth static, or a small dot of hand cream.
Usually we associate frizzy hair with summertime humidity, but in winter, frizz is a result of the lack of humidity. Like static, frizz happens when hair lacks moisture. If your child’s locks are getting a little frizzy this winter, remember the rules for taming static: Use products that will hydrate your child’s hair.
- Towel dry the hair before using a hairdryer. This will help keep moisture in.
- When possible, allow your child’s hair to air dry.
If your kid’s hair feels dry and brittle, you’ll also want to use hair products that offer extra hydration. This will help get rid of that straw-like feeling in his or her hair so it feels smooth and looks healthy.
- Look for ingredients that will nourish the hair, like coconut oil.
- Ask your Pigtails & Crewcuts stylist for recommendations.
If your child complains of an itchy scalp, and you’ve ruled out head lice, a product switch may also be in order. Since you can’t exactly slather on the moisturizer like you would on your child’s hands, you’ll want to find a product designed for dry scalps. Your Pigtails & Crewcuts stylist can help you find the right fit for your child’s hair.
- Try washing your child’s hair less often to allow the natural oils to sit on his or her scalp longer. This will keep the skin of their scalp hydrated.
If you guessed that split ends are caused by dehydration and heat damage, you are correct! The cool winter air may make you want to reach for heat styling tools to keep your child warm and dry their hair faster, but if you use them too much his or her hair will become brittle and cause split ends. Cut back on using heated tools when possible to prevent further damage, and make sure to schedule regular haircuts at your local Pigtails & Crewcuts.
- If your child likes wearing their hair in ponytails, pigtails, or braids, remember hair elastics can cause damage, too. Make sure to remove them carefully and to purchase quality elastics to help prevent damage.
The team at your local Pigtails & Crewcuts is here to help keep your child’s hair looking great all winter long and help with any winter hair care woes. Contact your local Pigtails & Crewcuts salon to book an appointment.