Some babies are born with more hair than others, and this can result in two different scenarios:
- A baby with a lot of hair starts losing it within 6 months
- A baby with no hair does not show much hair growth in 6 months
Whichever the case may be, parents can become very concerned and wonder if this is a normal thing. The truth is that it actually is. This may be due to the change in hormones as the baby grows. Just like teeth change, so does the hair. And it’s just a matter of time to see your baby grow his or her hair. However, there are certain things you can do to help with hair growth. Here are some tips that will help your baby grow beautiful and healthy hair:
Give your baby some “tummy” time
Bald spots on the back of the head of your baby can be caused by lying too much on the back. By letting the baby lie on his stomach while awake will reduce bald spots and flattening of the back of the head.
Detangle the hair
Since babies have very fine hair, this can make it easier for tangles to appear; and sometimes the only solution is to cut the knots to detangle the hair. To avoid this, use a soft baby brush to comb the hair. Make sure you do it in smooth, gentle motions. This will increase blood circulation to the scalp, which helps strengthen hair follicles.
Shampoo for a clean scalp
It’s important to maintain a clean scalp to encourage hair growth. It is, however, recommended to wash your baby’s hair no more than 2-3 times per week, since doing it more often can make the hair rough in texture and more difficult to detangle. Make sure that you shampoo your baby only with 100% natural shampoos, such as the Sea Essence Baby Shampoo or Heavenly Essence Baby Shampoo. These shampoos include wild-crafted ingredients like plant extracts and minerals to soothe and moisturize the skin, while their essential oils blends have a calming effect on your baby.
Blow drying or applying any kind of heat is not healthy for anyone, especially for kids, whose scalp is more sensitive than that one of adults. It’s always better to air dry. This will also minimize tangles.
Conditioning the scalp
Sometimes the problem lies in the scalp instead of the hair. Dry, itchy scalp can lead to vigorous scratching on the kid’s part which can have hair loss as a consequence. If your little one has dry scalp, we suggest you try oil massages with Euro Oil every day. This will not only soothe the irritated or dry scalp, but will also add shine and moisture to the hair.
Styling with care
When styling and choosing to tie up the hair, make sure to do it loosely. Pulling too tight can damage the roots of the hair.
Washing and Drying
When washing your child, do this with lukewarm water, and make sure you dry him or her as soon as possible after bathing in order to prevent them from getting cold. Make sure to only use soft clean towels and to be very gentle when you rub the baby’s head with the towel.
Having healthy hair has been scientifically proven to be directly connected with nutrition. Certain foods high in some vitamins and minerals have a bigger impact on the aspect and health of the hair. Some of these vitamins and minerals are: iron, a key ingredient in proper hair growth and which also prevents breakage due to fragility; protein and essential amino acids like the ones found in almonds, help strengthen the fair follicles (use only if there is no allergic reaction in baby or parents); B vitamins help convert food into energy that is needed for healthy skin and hair; and Vitamin A helps with the production and regulation of hormones, which can influence hair growth in babies.
Remember, parenthood is a journey and trying to speed up processes does not work out sometimes. So, being patient if key, since the hair growth process can vary with every baby. While this happens, make sure you practice care, patience and… Enjoy some baby snuggles!