I have two daughters with very long hair, so I have many years of experience with detangling their hair. Working on those pesky knots and tangles can be frustrating for the parent and painful for the child. This article will offer some tips and suggestions on making detangling your child’s long hair less painful and more efficient.
Keep Up With It. This is the most important factor in making detangling your child’s long hair less painful. While working through one or two tangles and knots in your child’s hair may only be mildly uncomfortable for your child, trying to detangle a head full can be downright excruciating. By spending five to ten minutes every morning and evening by brushing, combing and picking through the early stages of a knot, you can almost eliminate the need for those long and drawn out sessions which leave your child in tears, and you close to it.
Use A Detangling Spray. Detangling sprays are wonderful products because they can be used on wet or dry hair. You can spray it on your child’s hair immediately after shampooing it and then work it through with a comb for all over detangling, or spray it liberally onto a stubborn knot or tangle to help untangle it. Detangling Sprays are inexpensive and truly make a significant difference in the amount of time it takes to detangle your child’s hair, thereby reducing the child’s discomfort.
Wash Your Child’s Hair With A Clarifying Shampoo Weekly. Even if your child is extremely independent in the shower, it is often difficult for them to completely rinse away all traces of shampoo and conditioner. The residue left behind often contributes to the mess of tangles and knots in your child’s hair that you must then have to contend with. By assisting your child in washing their hair with a clarifying shampoo at least once a week, you can be sure that their hair is really clean and that the buildup of shampoo and conditioner is removed. This will greatly aid in keeping your child’s hair knot and tangle free. If your child’s hair is prone to tangles, the use of stying products such as gel, mousse or hair spray should be kept to a minimum. If these products need to be used occasionally, be sure to brush the child’s hair thoroughly before they go to bed.
Braid Your Child’s Hair Before Bedtime. I learned this trick simply be accident. After washing and detangling your child’s hair, braid the hair into one long braid. By keeping the strands separated while they sleep, you will not find that all your work has been undone by morning. The added bonus of braiding your child’s hair before they go to sleep is that in the morning, the hair will have a lovely wave to it.
Work In Small Sections When Detangling Your Child’s Hair. It may be tempting to simply try to detangle your child’s entire head at once. This is not only ineffective and overall takes more time, but it also is more painful for the child. Divide your child’s hair into five or six small sections and detangle each small area separately.
Distract The Child. Before settling in for a detangling session, put on your child’s favorite television show or movie. Have your spouse or a sibling talk to your child, sing to them or make silly faces. By focusing the child on something other than the task at hand, you can make the process less painful and time consuming.