Caring for a new born baby can be a lot of work, from feeding to changing and just getting to know your new child. But many moms and caregivers ask the big question, “How do I take care of my baby’s hair? And what can I put on it?”. I was fortunate as a new mom to learn that baby hair is already healthy and doesn’t need much done to it.
Fact: A baby’s hair does not have to be cleansed everyday. Their scalp is tender, soft and they are susceptible to getting colic, colds and environmental illnesses.
Cleansing baby hair is quite simple. You can use a mild baby shampoo (tearless) to gently clean the baby’s body and hair. There is no need to do a deep tissue massage on the baby’s scalp. Gently massage the scalp and rinse after bathing the baby. You won’t need to add hair conditioner, oil treatments or other products to the baby’s hair to clean it. A milder alternative is to mix olive oil and coconut milk to shampoo the baby’s hair. All you would need is 2 tablespoons of milk and a teaspoon of olive oil, give or take, depending on how long the baby’s hair is, and there you have it.
You can brush the baby’s hair with a soft bristle or natural bristle hair brush. You can use a comb to gently detangle curls, but use caution not to scratch the scalp or dig into it with the comb.
Products aren’t needed for newborn baby’s. They make their own natural oils and don’t need heavy oils or baby oil added to their hair for shine. Brushing the hair gently will draw out the natural oils and make the hair to shine on its own. Some people use baby oil or baby lotion to “moisturize” the baby’s hair, and while it may seem to work for some, it truly isn’t necessary.
Styling a newborn’s hair can be kept simple also. A tiny barrette or a nice cloth head band is enough to be sure that everyone knows you have a little princess! Using rubber bands, dilly elastics and other accessories that you have to circle around sections of hair are too harsh for a baby’s tender scalp and new hair that isn’t strong.
Hair loss is inevitable for babies. If you notice patchiness, it is all a part of the journey from newborn to infant to toddler. The hair changes many times even through puberty, so you may not want to get used to your child’s hair texture early on. This will help you avoid shock if your child is born with bone straight silky hair and then turns one and has a patchy curly Afro. It’s kind of like losing baby teeth, new hair replaces old hair in children often.
So relax with your new baby! You will be combing, twisting and braiding your baby’s hair soon enough 🙂
*Baby photo is Blu Ivy Carter via public images.