When Is It Safe To Start Using Conditioner On The Baby’s Hair?

When Is It Safe To Start Using Conditioner On The Baby’s Hair?

When a child is born, he mostly has very little or no hair on the head. Therefore, there is simply no requirement for a conditioner.

Infant hair is very fragile and needs to be managed very gently. It is very delicate and disposed to conditions such as cradle cap, which is a form of seborrheic dermatitis. Main attention at this time should be paid to the cleanliness of the scalp which can be done by shampooing the hair regularly with a mild shampoo meant for children.

As the child reaches 3 years of age, he is likely to have a head full of hair and at this time conditioner can be started to maintain a healthy mane. As the follicles are still delicate the conditioner chosen should be organic (the one made with natural ingredients). The conditioner keeps the hair soft and prevents them from getting tangled or breaking.

If the child’s hair is curly, applying a small amount of conditioner to the ends of the hair keeps them from getting dry and frizzy.

When Is It Safe To Start Using Conditioner On The Baby’s Hair?

Benefits Of Using Conditioner On The Hair Of Children

Conditioning the child’s hair benefits in the following ways:

  • Helps in moisture retention
  • Eliminates frizz
  • Detangles hair easily
  • Adds shines
  • Makes the curls in the hair soft

Condition the child’s hair after cleaning them with a mild shampoo

Homemade Conditioner For Children

A conditioner deeply nourishes the hair making them smooth, more elastic, and easier to manage.

Those available in the market are full of silicones and alcohol. Such conditioners lead to product build-up, which is not good if you want to keep the scalp clean.

The natural conditioners are best for the baby’s scalp as they are homemade and can be tailored according to the specific needs to keep the child’s hair hydrated and healthy.

Honey Conditioner

Mix 1/4th cup of 100 % pure honey, with 1/4th cup of extra virgin olive oil in a bowl and mix well.

Apply it to the child’s hair in sections and cover with a conditioning cap. Rinse the hair first with warm water and then with a little cool water. Cool water helps to seal the cuticle.

Honey being a humectant draws in moisture into the hair and olive oil penetrates the hair easily. Both the ingredients are great for the thirsty hair of the child.

Banana and Yogurt Conditioner

Mash one ripe banana and add ¼ cup of yogurt. Also, add one tablespoon of pure honey and 2-3 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil to it. Make sure that the banana is mashed into a smooth paste. Use a blender to mash the banana. Strain the mixture to remove the extra lumps of banana before applying it on the hair.

Apply the above mixture to wet hair and cover with a plastic cap. Leave the pack for 30 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamin A, both of which are needed by the hair. The olive oil helps the mixture to penetrate the hair and moisturize the dry strands. The yogurt also moisturizes hair and gives protein which also makes the hair healthy and soft.

Coconut Milk

Take one cup of coconut milk, 1/4th cup honey, 2 tablespoon oil and mix in a small bowl. Warm the mixture slightly.

Apply it to the cleaned wet hair and let it stay for 30 minutes. Rinse the hair thoroughly.

This helps those with extremely frizzy hair and prevents breakage.

Avocado Conditioner

Combine one avocado, ½ cup coconut milk, 1/4th cup honey, ½ ripe banana, and ¼ cup mayonnaise. Blend it into a smooth paste.

Apply it to the clean damp hair of the child. Cover with a conditioning cap for at least 20 minutes. Rinse the hair thoroughly with cool water.

This is a power-packed treatment for extremely dull, dry, and brittle hair.

As the child’s hair grows, conditioning them becomes an important part of the hair care routine. Conditioning moisturizes the hair and keeps them healthy, strong and also prevents breakage.

By the time the child reaches teenage conditioning becomes an integral part of the hair care regimen. Also, by this time they start using heated appliances to style hair which further dries them up. Conditioning also helps in reducing the damage caused due to various styling products.

Conditioning can be started when the child is 3 years and is important to be continued further ahead.

Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:November 25, 2021

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