Teaching your child to shampoo their hair

Oh no! It’s hair washing day !!!

Healthy hair care begins with learning how to wash your own hair without damaging it.

When your child is ready to start shampooing their own hair usually between 5 and 7 years old, follow these easy steps to help develop healthy hair-care habits.

1. Wet the hair and scalp with warm water as shampoo works best on wet hair.

2. Pour an amount equivalent to an R5 coin into your child’s palm. Putting the shampoo in the hand first makes it easier to apply.

3. Have your child massage the shampoo gently into their scalp.

4. Rinse well with warm water until no shampoo remains.

5. Cover the hair with a towel.
Help your child wrap a towel around the wet hair. This helps to absorb the water. Rubbing hair dry with a towel can damage the hair, causing it to break.

6. Brush out the damp hair gently.

Dermatologists recommend that children with curly or dry hair use a conditioner. If you uncertain which one to use a children’s hair stylist should be able to recommend one.

You could also use a detangling conditioner and brush if your child is prone to knotty hair.

Most children wash their hair once a week. I always let mine wash their hair on a Sunday night as we also cut nails and it sets a routine for the upcoming week.

If your child has long hair or oily hair you may want to wash it twice a week.

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