Baby’s hair needs the same attention as their skin. You obviously do not want your baby to grow up with brittle and rough hair. Here is why we have compiled all the tips by ayurvedic experts you need to nourish your baby’s hair.
Choosing a perfect hair and scalp care routine for your baby is indeed one of the difficult tasks. Their hair and scalp health would change dramatically during their first year of birth.
Babies are born with Vellus hair that is soft but sensitive to dryness and damage. Before the terminal hair replaces the Vellus hair that are strong and thick, they need special care. Here are some tips and tricks to help your baby have healthy, shiny, and long hair.
1. Oiling – Most Important
The first and most important step for your little one to have healthy hair growth is proper oiling.
Dr. Prathibha Babshet explains how regular oiling can help overcome dandruff and slow growth of the baby’s hair. Dr. Prathibha Babshet is an Ayurveda Expert, and from the R&D department of The Himalaya Drug Company.
Try using organic oil for your baby’s hair that is gentle, and is free from parabens, alcohol, phthalates, artificial color, and mineral oil.
Which Oil Is Best For Your Baby?
Oil-rich in herbs like Methi, Amla, Bhringaraja, Gotu Kola, and oils like almonds, sesame, coconut, and olive is the best choice to nourish your baby’s hair. Babshet suggests using it as it would prevent dryness of the scalp and help with healthy growth.
The above-mentioned herbs are best for:
- Methi – preventing hair fall, nourishing and supporting the hair follicles.
- Amla – strengthening hair follicles and encouraging hair growth.
- Bhringaraja – strengthening and helping the hair grow darker.
- Gotu kola – promoting hair density.
The above-mentioned oils are best for:
- Almond oil – making hair soft, lustrous, and conditioned.
- Sesame oil – supplying essential nutrients to the scalp
- Coconut oil – preventing and moisturizing dry scaly patches on the scalp to promote healthy growth.
- Olive oil – promoting bouncy and silky hair.
Since the baby’s hair are thin and extremely delicate, washing it daily can result in stripping off essential oils from the scalp, leaving it with dry patches. Washing your little one’s hair once or twice every seven days is safe and healthy.
A smart step is to choose natural and organic products for the baby’s hair, including shampoo. A shampoo rich in jojoba oil, almond oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil is preferable to nourish the baby’s hair.
To keep the hair healthy make sure that your baby’s hair is never disheveled or tangled. Sure, sorting out is one of the toughest tasks. Comb the hair gently when they are wet to avoid any breakage. Use a little bit of lotion or essential oil to make things easier for you.
To ensure healthy and faster growth, massage the baby’s scalp daily to revamp blood circulation. Also, avoid using a rough towel and rubbing it hard on hair to dry as it may cause roots to be weak.
Babshet emphasizes that since the baby’s hair and scalp are extremely subtle and delicate initially, do not use the body oil on hair to avoid any risk of contamination.
5. Do not Misinterpret Cradle Cap as Dandruff
There are many babies who develop dandruff-like yellow scaly patches on their scalp and in their hair when they are three months old. In fact, it is a cradle cap, which many mothers mistook as dandruff and follow wrong remedies affecting their baby’s hair health.
Cradle cap is a skin condition but nothing to worry about. However, it may seem unpleasant to look at. Therefore, to get rid of it, keep your baby’s scalp and hair moisturized by oil or lotion for twenty to thirty minutes. And, then gently brush it off with a small brush. Do not be too hard on your baby, or else it would spread even more.