Hair Care Tips

Helpful Hints for Handling the Back-to-School Hair Headache

‘Hawks, Headbands, and Highlights Oh My!

It seems like the back to school rush starts earlier each year. As soon as you’ve put away the summer camp gear, its time to buy school supplies, plan lunches and shop for fall clothes. You often don’t think about back to school haircuts until its too late. Not to worry, we’ve assembled some tips and tricks to make your kids’ back to school hair routine easier.  With some hairstyle planning you can make sure it’s not a fight each morning.

Start With Healthy Hair
As with everything kid-related, the best hair starts with a good diet. There’s no need to reach for supplements, just ensure your kids are getting a good helping of fats, proteins and vitamin C. All three help ensure strong, healthy hair.

Summer swimming and sunning takes a toll on everyone’s hair, regardless of how healthy your diet. Starting a conditioning and deep-conditioning routine will help re-moisturize and keep hair healthy. A good leave-in and detangling product after washes will also help make busy mornings a breeze.

Unfortunately, summer camp and back to school is always a prime time for lice infestation. To keep healthy heads nit-free ensure long hair is pulled back and purchasing a lice preventative shampoo or spray can never hurt. Finally, cutting off those broken and split ends from all that summer damage will help when brushing hair out on those crazy school mornings.

Pick a Cut with a Plan
Getting the summer damage trimmed off is a great time to choose a new style. Choosing a back to school style that is easy to maintain begins with a style that best suits each hair-texture. Fine, straight hair works well for the precision of blunt cuts, while fine hair with a wave will work better with layers. Thicker straight hair also holds layers well. Thick and wavy hair can benefit from length and weight, to help prevent the dreaded poufy-ness. For hair done in a hurry, shorter bobs, blunt cuts and boys cuts that are designed to look messy are good options.

Let Personalities Shine Through
The best way to ensure that every day is a good hair day is to let each child’s personality pick the cut. Reminding impatient long hair lovers that they will have to brush and tie their hair each morning might make them embrace a bob. Letting your little rockstar start the year with a faux hawk might just help them rock into class each day. Styling tools and products designed with kids in mind can help make each morning fun. Glitter gel and fun hair accessories are inexpensive solutions.

There are lots of fun, temporary ways for your child to express their style. If you ever had to wait for a perm to grow out, you know crimping, washable neon stripes or clip-ins are a better way to go.
Have a budding braid-addict? Ask your stylist to show you a few simple styles, and don’t forget there are many instructional videos available on the Internet. Just make sure you pre-screen for your own peace of mind. No one wants to start the morning attempting a triple-crown-princess-waterfall-extravaganza!

Get a Jump Start
To ensure not just the hair, but also the back to school prep goes smoothly, try to schedule new haircuts a couple weeks before school starting. This will help your child adjust to the new look or make changes if needed. Get kids in the routine of brushing their hair each night and each morning, and practice styles ahead of time.

Like everything else when it comes to kids, its always best to be armed with a plan. Here’s hoping you can banish bad hair days for back to school!



Cradle Cap

Managing Cradle Cap



Cradle cap is one of those frustrating and sometimes gross things that new Moms have to deal with. No one enjoys seeing yellow scales on their beautiful, perfect child’s head. The good news is that Cradle Cap, otherwise known as baby dandruff, dermatitis or seborrheic, is actually quite common and simple to treat


What is Cradle Cap?

Cradle Cap is a skin condition characterized by greasy or dry scales most commonly affecting the scalp of children up to age 0-3, but can sometimes appear on older children if not cared for in early stages. It usually makes its unwelcome appearance during the newborn stage when thick, crusty, yellow scales start to take over the child's scalp. Similar scales may also be found on the eyelids, ear, around the nose, and in the groin.  It can be a chronic, recurring condition caused by inflammation of skin glands or birthing hormones. It is similar to dandruff in adults. (However, dandruff can also be caused by other scalp conditions).  But the good news is with proper treatment you can rid your child of this condition forever.

Cradle Cap is a result of too much oil on the scalp. Cradle cap is not contagious, it is not caused by poor hygiene, it is not an allergy, and it is not dangerous. Cradle cap may or may not itch. If itching is present, excessive scratching of the area may cause additional inflammation and breaks in skin may cause mild infections or bleeding.

 

How to Treat Cradle Cap

 
  1. Massage your baby's scalp gently with your fingers or a soft brush to loosen the scales and improve scalp circulation.
  2. Give your child daily gentle shampoos with a mild soap like Beaners Renu1 Cradle Cap Shampoo while scales are present. After scales have disappeared, you may reduce shampoos to twice weekly.
  3. As you shampoo, use a baby comb to gently life the scales out of the hair.
  4. Be sure to rinse off all soap using clean water from the tap, not the bath.
  5. For really bad cases of Cradle Cap, or if scales do not easily loosen and wash away, apply a small amount of some light weight oil such as coconut oil to the baby's scalp prior to shampooing. Wrap warm, wet cloths around their head for up to an hour before shampooing. Then shampoo as directed above. Remember that your baby loses a lot of heat through his scalp. If you use warm, wet cloths, check frequently to be sure that the cloths have not become cold. Cold, wet cloths could drastically reduce your baby's temperature.
  6. If the scales continue to be a problem or concern, or if your child seems uncomfortable or scratches their scalp, contact your physician.
 

When to Call Your Health Care Provider

If the scales continue to be a problem or concern, or if you child develops an infection, seems uncomfortable or scratches his scalp excessively, contact your physician.

 

The information provided herein should not be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.




Detangling

Taming Those Tangles

  1. Detangling Comb: use a good detangling comb with large to very wide teeth.

  2. Detangling Spray: If tangles are very bad always use a good spray-on detangler like Beaners 2Knotty leave-in conditioner to protect the hair strands as you remove the knots.

  3. NEVER brush wet hair unless you are using a brush designed for wet hair like "Knot Gene" or "Wet Brush". If not it's better to leave wet hair alone until it is dry if you want to use a brush as brushing wet hair will break it causing more knots and tangles in the end. Always use a comb on wet hair. Combing should be done from the bottom up, starting at the end of the hair strands. Go through each section until all knots are combed out, and then start a few inches higher until whole head completed. If your child's hair is really messy today, separate it and comb each section on its own. After you detangle the hair by this method, you can use a brush to go through the whole length, top down. Brush softly! Often the end of a hair fiber is much brighter than the hair cuticle just one inch above. This indicates that the hair fiber was broken or stretched, which is the result of hard brushing or combing. To eliminate static you can spray water or detangler on the hair prior.

  4. Detangling Brushes: Use a good quality brush. Try to stay away from the less expensive hair tools. The problem is it may be too hard and break the hair, they can also cause electrostatic, which has an effect like glue - whatever you do with your comb, and it will only catch more static. This can cause more damage to the hair while you are combing or brushing it. There are several “detangling brushes” on the market like The Knot Genie (available at Beaners).

    You can also use a wide cushion paddle brush with plastic ends to help disperse the tension on the hair strands and in turn causing less breakage. Beaners carries a wide variety of safe and gentle hair brushes for kids and adults, stop by a store today to speak with a hair specialist about what’s best for your specific hair needs today!

  5. Air dry naturally: try to let your child's hair dry naturally as much as possible. Blow dryers and curling irons, used regularly, can cause damage to fine, delicate hair. Excessive heat on hair can cause it to be dry and brittle.



 

Less Tangles with Better Conditioning


For hair that has less tangles and more bounce and shine, try a weekly deep conditioning treatment like Beaners In 2 Deep or one of our other professional deep conditioning products from AG or Original Sprout. (Available at select locations)


It is a good idea to conditioner your child's hair with a professional hair care product designed for kids as it will not weigh down or dull the hair. Today's environment and water conditions not only damages adult hair it damages young hair too. Only shampoo and condition your hair every 3 - 4 days as your scalps natural oils are good for restoring the hairs natural properties and restoring its shine and vitality. This also goes for Children as over shampooing will dry out their scalp and hair.




Hair Care Tips


Girls:


Pony Tail(s) and Braid(s): These are very popular with girls and Mom's. They're easy to do and they keep hair out of the child's face. However, wearing these styles can also damage your child delicate hair. Elastics that are not coated or 'ouchless' are made from rubber that will pull and break the hair shafts. When you put hair in a pony tail(s) or braid(s) try to use a coated rubberband, soft knit pony "O"s, or a soft cloth hair scrunchie. Try not to use clips or bows too often as they tend to break and crease the hair.




What is Head Lice?

Worried about Lice? HappyHeads to the Rescue!

 

Battling lice is bad enough, but worrying about using harsh smelly chemicals is a thing of the past with HappyHeads natural lice treatment products. HappyHeads has created a full line of treatment and prevention products that are effective for the whole family (yes, sometimes the parents get them too).

 

HappyHeads lice treatments are:

 

Natural and safe

Pesticide free

Pediatrician recommended

Mom approved!

 

So next time you are worried about your child getting lice, ask your Beaners stylist about HappyHeads lice prevention products and stop those yucky bugs in their tracks.

 

It’s best to arm yourself with some knowledge of lice so that if needed, you can deal with them quickly, calmly and effectively.   To find out more about lice, read our tips on lice treatment or visit HappyHeads website for more information. http://www.happyheadsproducts.com/tips.phpHappyHeads products are available at most Beaners Fun Cuts for Kids locations. (link to locations)

 



Hair Trends

Back to School Hair Trends- Help your kids stand out amongst the others!

It is never too early to start thinking about your next hair style. Fall hairstyles are usually a bit more formal and reserved while still being fun and trendy. The key to a great fall look is not to make any abrupt changes… Unless this is something that you are looking to achieve. Adding layers or bangs is a great way to make an old style new again for the changing season.

Characteristics of fall hair styles include:
  • Sophistication: With fall comes the end of the fiscal year, a time for reorganizations, promotions, and other corporate machinations. At the same time, it’s the beginning of school, when students want to make a great impression on their teachers as well as their peers. Sophisticated styles portray confidence and maturity and help children identify their individuality.
  • Ease of Styling: After a summer of play, children, teens and adults alike need a style that can be easily managed in minimal time. Kids haircuts need to be simple and easy to maintain.

  • Kid’s haircuts also help them to develop their personality as they become aware of their looks and also teaches them to take care of their personal
    health, hair and skin at an early age.

    The latest growing trend for kid’s hairstyles is towards having kids with a modern look while wearing a hairstyle that is easy to manage.

    Fall is the time to add some health and vitality back into your hair. Cut off that damaged summer hair and add life to yours or your child’s look.

    For boys you can give them a spiky or longer messy looking haircut with nicely cleaned up edges but will need to invest in some pomade, wax or a styling gel to aid in easy styling.

    Girls that wish to have longer hair need a haircut that can be easily donned into a pony tail or braid. Unless the hair can be easily tie into a neat pony tail, kids will tend to look messy all the times.

    A Bob haircut is a preferred choice for little girls. Similarly pixie haircuts are equally good with little girls who cannot manage their own hair.

    Fun styling tips:  Don’t worry about blow drying this hairstyle flat or straight. Let it dry naturally or tousle while blow drying for a textured effect. You can finish the look off with wax for a piecey look or just leave as is.

    If your child has curly hair, opt for longer hair that can be placed in a single or multiple ponytails if need be. Layers may also help with combing. Such hairstyles for girls look good with frills, bows, pins, rubber bands.

    If your girl is a little grown up, she can have bangs with a blunt cut in the back. The length will depend on the child’s facial features.

    Trust your stylist’s advice about fall styles, and work with them to develop a personalized look to maximize the hair’s best impression. Not every hair style needs to be changed radically to work well in a new season.



    Whether you’re interested in a back-to-school look or just want to change your style as the leaves change their colors, fall hair styles are a great way to update your look while keeping up with seasonal trends.