I must be honest, typing the title of this blog post made me chuckle a little because I could hear the voice of someone’s Grandmother echoing the sentiment of the title in an affectionate, yet scolding tone.
The reality is a lot of people, not just children have tender scalps. The reason why some people experience more discomfort than others isn’t completely understood. But there are some ways that you can make the styling experience more comfortable for your child and even adults.
Truthfully, it all starts with a little patience.
Children tend to associate combing hair with the same negative experiences as their parents. The tangles and knots create a level of frustration for parents and extreme discomfort for the child. As a result, no one is looking forward to combing and styling hair.
Have a Hair Discussion
To alleviate a dreadful styling session set aside a special time to talk about your child’s tresses; discuss likes and dislikes. Celebrate who they are, celebrate their beauty and praise their confidence and patience as well. Positive affirmation is crucial in stressing the importance of embracing their hair.
Make it a bonding time
Watch their favorite movie and enjoy their favorite snacks. Bonding over food, fun, and hair between mother and daughter or father and daughter creates positive experiences and a healthy self-image. It can become a beauty ritual between parent and child.
Find a Stylist That Will Engage Your Child
In the salon setting, I have learned keeping the child distracted and engaged makes the experience easier for me and fun for the child.
Get the Right Tools
In addition to patience and distraction, it is important to use the right products and techniques for detangling, combing and manipulating your child’s hair. Important tools for detangling are a wide tooth comb, rat tail comb, spray bottle of water and a great detangling conditioner. Also, detangle in sections and do not shampoo your child’s hair without completely detangling it first. This will only cause the hair to mat and tangle more and that is no fun for either party involved.
You may not be able to cure your child’s tender scalp but you can make it a more comfortable and enjoyable experience for you and your child.
For more tips on caring for your child’s hair and products to use download my Ebook guide for Parents titled Mini-Tresses.