Back-to-school is just around the corner, and so is the hustle of busy mornings and trying to tackle the tangles in your child’s care-free summer hair.
Are you looking for quick and easy ways to get your kids’ hair healthy and tidy while saving time during busy mornings?
We consulted our kids’ hair experts to find the top hair care tips to solve common back-to-school hair challenges and make your morning routine run smoother.
Repair The Damage
All that fun in the sun, swimming and playing outdoors all summer long can be hard on your child’s hair. Extra exposure to dust, sunscreen, and chlorine can be extremely damaging.
Most parents’ first reaction is to reach for a deep conditioner to try and repair the damage. The real issue is usually build-up in the hair. Chlorine and sunscreen slowly build up on the hair, leaving it looking dull and feeling rough to the touch.
A clarifying shampoo is designed to strip away build-up, leaving hair soft and shiny. Hair will be much easier to manage and should be considered the first step to repairing hair. A swimmer’s shampoo, like Beaner’s 1 More Lap, works excellent as a clarifying shampoo.
Tips From The Professionals
To keep hair build-up at bay, avoid 2-in-1 shampoo conditioners, which only worsens the problem (think of washing and waxing your car in one step. It’s not very effective!)
If bath times are a rush, ditch the 2-in-1 product and try a shampoo only, followed by a detangling leave-in conditioner, which will soften hair and speed up the combing process.
Lastly, a fresh haircut to trim off damaged ends will improve your child’s hair’s healthiness.
Keep It Off Their Face
Is your child’s hair is always getting in the way while playing sports or while focusing at school? Try these quick and easy hairstyle tips.
For girls, try a headband or headband braid to keep hair off the face and out of the eyes. Braiding can be done the night before to save time in the morning. If braiding is not your thing, you can also try a cloth, no-slip headband, clips or barrettes to keep hair off the face.
For boys, for hair that’s longer in the front, try switching to a shorter haircut style or use a hair gel to style the hair up and away from the forehand. You might be surprised to discover that your child’s ability to focus actually improves!
Make Mornings Easier
A great way to streamline your morning routine is to tackle detangling the night before using a leave-in detangler spray, like Beaners 2 Knotty, and wide-tooth comb or Wet Brush. The detangler spray will not only help with tangles but also take care of fly-away hairs and static.
For children with longer hair, you may want to braid hair the night before to keep it from getting tangled overnight.
If your child is old enough, teaching them how to brush their own hair may also save you a bit of time in the morning.
Children with long hair should brush starting at the tips of their hair and work their way up to the root to remove tangles more easily. Brushing starting from the bottom will also help keep hair from breaking, keeping it long and healthy.
Curly hair presents some unique challenges. We suggest using a lightweight conditioner without wax for more defined silky curls without the crazy frizz.
After bath time, use a curl definer like Original Sprout Curl Calmer or Joico Spiker Gel, scrunching into damp hair to define those gorgeous curls.
Hair That Stands Right Up
Sweat and outdoor play can cause hair to fall forward into the eyes and cheeks and ruin your child’s hairdo. For “spikier” styles, use a cornstarch-based hair gel or balm to resist sweat and the outdoor elements. This will help keep your child’s hair stay up all day.
A leave-in conditioner and hairspray will help tame fly-aways and static to keep hair smooth for longer styles.