When babies come into the world their bodies are extremely sensitive from head to toe. Because they have such delicate skin they need to be protected from harsh stimulants during their transition from the womb to the outside environment. It must be remembered that hair products essentially clean the scalp and not only the hair.
Some babies are born with a bush of hair while others have flimsy wisps that fall out before they grow a new crop. Whether a baby has lots of hair or no hair, the delicate skin on the scalp still has to be cleansed with appropriate products that will protect the moisture level and lubricate the scalp.
Good baby hair products help to regulate the sebum production which is the fluid that is excreted from the sebaceous glands of the skin. This fluid is very beneficial for the scalp as the lubrication spreads throughout the hair to nourish and naturally moisturize the fine tendrils on a baby’s head. Harsh chemicals in hair products will strip away the natural lubrication of the scalp, leaving the skin on the scalp dry and the hair brittle and frizzy.
One of the biggest questions confronting new moms is what products to use on their baby’s skin and hair. Since there are so many different types of hair with unique textures and absorbency, it is quite tricky to find the right combination of products that will suit the needs of a baby’s hair. However, one universal tip for product selection is to avoid products with labels that include a list of unfamiliar chemicals that are hard to pronounce. Instead, opt for products with all natural or gentle ingredients that will give you the peace of mind you need that they will be safe to use on the delicate skin of a baby.
Learning to read and decipher labels takes some practice and research, but once you understand how to identify ingredients that are not beneficial to the skin and hair of little babies, you will be more equipped to make healthy decisions regarding what type of baby hair products to use. Many products will list the textbook name of the ingredients with the recognizable name in parenthesis, for example, “butyrospermum parkii” (shea butter). Other ingredients included may be some types of extracts like cetyl alcohol which is a natural alcohol that is derived from plants, and water (listed as “aqua”).
Curly hair can be harder to manage as it tends to become unruly and dry. When the first curls start to appear, don’t wait until they fully take shape before starting to care for them as curly hair needs a different approach. If addressed from the very start none of the common traits of curly hair will become a problem. Start off on the right foot by using products formulated specifically for curly hair.
Commit early to maintaining an organic, healthy hair care environment by using only quality products for each step of the hair care process, starting off with a gentle shampoo for sensitive skin. Ingredients that are good for curly hair include calendula extract, a cooling and gentle antiseptic, and allantoin, a botanical extract derived from the comfrey plant to that prevents irritations to the scalp. The purpose at his early age is to ensure hydration and encourage the natural sebum production from the scalp.
To bring back the balance of the hair after cleansing a moisturizing conditioner can be applied to seal in the moisture. If the hair is still dry a leave in conditioning cream can be used that is light but at the same time nourishing enough to prevent snags and knots.
You can feel super comfortable when you know how to read labels and decipher what ingredients are contained in the products you decide to use on your baby’s hair. Keep a close watch on how your baby’s hair responds to different products and adjust your regimen appropriately before problems set in.