5 Easy Hair Care Steps to Keep the Tangles Away

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As your baby’s hair grows in, it’s a wonderful milestone (and looks adorable in photos). But babies and young kids love rubbing their heads on things—crib mattresses, carseats, bouncers—and all of that friction can turn those lovely locks into a mass of knots.

Kids often wake up in the morning a matted, bed-headed mess, get tangled up after baths and can even form mini-dreadlocks. It’s hard enough trying to get a brush through it, but if your child has extra-curly or thick hair, it can escalate into a major battle. We’re talking tantrums and tears. Help is on the way!

Step 1: Shampoo

Most people know that conditioner plays a role in keeping hair tangle-free, but surprise! — shampoo actually plays a big role, too. May shampoos are just too harsh on a child’s hair and have stripping agents that remove hair’s natural oils. California Baby shampoos are actually non-stripping, which means that natural oils that add softness and shine are left intact.

Start the cleansing at the temples, front and back of scalp, which are the oiliest parts, and move to the ends, which tend to be the driest. Wash hair once and let shampoo sit for at 30-60 seconds to do its work!

Step 2: Condition

Use California Baby’s Overtired & Cranky Hair Conditioner to keep your child frazzle-free. The organic and natural plant waxes infused along with herbs, chamomile, tangerine and orange, keeps hair soft and smooth without the use of silicones or petrochemicals. Rinse it out or leave in for extra-curly hair.

Step 3: Spray

Spray California Baby’s Calming Hair Detangler on your child’s head. The vegan, non-sticky formula can be used on wet or dry hair — and the calming lavender scent will come in handy!

Step 4: Work Through Slowly

Calm your child down before you begin with smiles, songs, and positive reinforcement about how great she’ll look and how happy she’ll be after her hair is tangle-free.

Using a wide-tooth comb, gently begin at the bottom of the hair and work towards the crown. Starting at the top of the head can break delicate hair. Remember: be gentle. It may feel counterintuitive at first since you’ll want to get it over with quickly, but don’t rush. Once the tears start if you’ve yanked too fast, you’ll be fighting an uphill battle.

Step 5: Prevent

Put a silky cloth over the spots that might be the root cause of tangling your child’s hair, like the car seat. If your child’s hair is long, consider putting it in a low side ponytail when she’s riding in the car to keep hair contained and knot-free!

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