You’ve probably read about ‘what to expect when you’re expecting’ but do you know what to expect when it comes to your newborns hair care?
While some babies come out with a head of luscious locks, others are not so lucky – spiky mohawks, tufted patches and scraggly comb overs like Homer Simpsons are the more likely outcome! Either way, you need not worry as hair grows in eventually, and will keep growing for life.
Carrying out the correct hair care is a must for your babies’ hair to remain healthy and strong and we’re here to show you how to do just that!
First things first, let’s talk about new-born hair loss
If you were surprised by your babies’ luscious mane, just wait: All that hair could disappear...
It is perfectly normal for new-born hair to fall out, don’t panic!
This can happen during the first few months of their life and is nothing to worry about.
Usually caused by sleeping positions, hormones or simply a psychological response to birth. Don’t pull your hair out over your babies’ lost locks.
Experts agree that treatment is unnecessary and most hair that’s lost in the first few months of life is regained during months 6 to 12.
Next, let’s talk shampooing…
As a new parent, it’s only natural to go through phases of worry which can send you into overdrive! One thing leads to another and before you know it you can go overboard on every small health care detail with your baby; we get it! However, something you don’t want to go overboard on is, shampooing.
Don’t be tempted to wash your newborns hair every day, there really is no need. Babies’ hair produces very little oil, so once or twice a week is fine.
If your baby has cradle cap, you may want to wash his/her hair more frequently with a mild baby cradle cap shampoo – we’ll talk more about this later on.
When washing your babies’ hair, gently massage the scalp. A too-brisk scalp massage can stress hair follicles and speed up hair loss or breakage.
For babies with little to no hair, here’s what to do…
A bald baby is more vulnerable to a dry and irritated scalp which can lead to cradle cap.
Use a washcloth to gently clean their scalp and make sure to use moisturiser as it keeps the scalp soft, smooth and moisturised - this helps avoid dandruff and other nasties caused by dryness.
Help! My babies scalp looks, oily, yellow and crusty!
Don’t worry – this is known as ‘cradle cap’ and is a harmless skin condition that’s common in babies.
Though it may look red, itchy and painful, it isn’t and will not bother your baby.
Cradle cap will usually clear up on its own, but there are things you can do!
Here’s what to do:
✅ Wash your babies’ hair with baby shampoo and gently loosen the flakes with a soft bristle brush
✅ Gently rub on baby oil to soften the crusts
✅ Use baby oil overnight and wash with baby shampoo in the morning
Here’s what not to do:
❌ Do not use soap
❌ Do not use adult shampoo
❌ Do not pick at the crust – this can cause an infection
Our baby brush and comb set is perfect for cradle cap treatment and prevention and is a great addition to your babies hair care routine.
General tips, tricks and information you need to know
Avoid headbands or ponytails that pull your babies' hair back too tightly, which can cause breakage.
It’s very common for a baby’s hair to change in colour, thickness, and style as they grow through the first year or two of life. In some cases, these changes continue all the way through childhood and even adolescence.
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