Many people asked us a lot of questions regarding hair care for newborns. Many people believe that the child’s hair should not be combed until a specific age. But, on the contrary, many parents are more concerned about the cleaning and grooming of their child’s hair. Through this article, we would like to talk about newborn hair care; when to comb newborn hair, when to wash, how to choose hair cosmetics.
Why do some newborns have more hair than other children?
Some children are born without hair. At the same time, there are a few with very rich hair from the first day of their life. It is very hard to answer why this happens because, in the end, the quality of the baby’s hair depends hugely on the genes of his parents.
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The first hair of the newborn is not just hair, but they are extremely soft and fluffy. Many parents have to deal with the confusion of cradle cap and dust. There is a difference between cradle cap and head scum. For more information on this topic, you can go through our detailed article on Cradle Cap. In many cases, this fluffy and soft hair lasts only for a first few months. This happens because the baby spends most of the day lying down, rubbing his head against the bedding or the carriage. However, there is nothing to worry about because it gets better with age.
How often to wash newborns hair?
Pediatricians say that newborn hair should be washed 2-3 times a week. Newborn infants are not like adults, that is, you do not need to wash them daily. But do keep in mind, while washing or bathing them, you are not supposed to put water directly on their head. Use your hand.
How to choose hair care products for newborns
Initially, it is better to not to use any shampoo, soap or other hair care product without pediatrician’s prescription. For example, in case, your baby is suffering from a problem like a cradle cap, then your pediatrician may advise you to use a special shampoo like Spoo.
For a common man, it is very hard to differentiate between head scum and cradle cap. A doctor is the only person, who knows the difference and can suggest an appropriate solution.
Although there are innumerable hair care product options available in the market for babies, yet a wrong choice can cause serious hair related issues like hair fall.
So, my personal suggestion is – ask your pediatrician and always buy a tear-free shampoo that does not cause irritation. Baby hair care products are expensive, so it is better to go for a 2 in 1 product (shampoo and shower gel). Always remember, best cosmetic for the baby’s skin is those with a pH in the 4.5-6 range.
- Never use adult shampoos for your baby because the number of chemicals used in those shampoos can be very high and harmful for newborns.
- After washing, do not wipe it too hard with the towel because it will not only damage their hair but will also weaken and dry their scalp.
When to comb newborn hair?
To begin with, a soft brush is recommended with which you can easily comb their hair. When your baby grows up, it’s okay to use a plastic comb with delicate teeth.
I hope you know that combing improves blood circulation in the skin. So, you should be doing this not only for beauty but also for the betterment of their health.
When does newborn hair change?
After the first six months, you can expect the first hair (hair a baby is born with) will be replaced by the real hair. However, the thickness and hair density at this age are not an indicator of how their hair will look in the future.
Sometimes children with rare hair in their first years of life can boast later with very beautiful, dense, and shiny hair. Around the age of 3-4 years, hair becomes much thicker and more frequent.
This happens because of the change in the structure of the child’s hair with age. As such baby reaches around 3-4 years of age, her hair takes its real form. The final structure and quality of hair can be determined around the age of 6.