Just like adult hair, kids’ hair has a fairly predictable life cycle. Each strand of kids’ hair grows actively for two to six years. After that, the hair goes through a resting cycle called the telogen phase. After about three months in the telogen phase, the hair falls out and new hair grows in its place. Although hair loss is normal, the goal is to keep it to a minimum. Figuring out ways to reduce hair loss in kids is something that I am passionate about because both of my daughters experienced had hair loss as little kids. In fact, here is a picture of what my oldest daughter’s looked like before I applied the tips that I am going to share with you in this article.
So, here are 3 ways to prevent hair loss in kids:
#1. Use fewer chemicals and less heat in kids’ hair
Avoid using products with strong chemicals such as sulfates, alcohol, etc. Some shampoos and conditions, even lotions, that we use on kids have fragrances in them that can irritate a child’s scalp. Some of these chemicals are very harsh on the hair and can make it weaker, drier, and strip your kid’s hair as it is still in the process of becoming stronger and healthier.
In addition to limiting harsh chemicals, it is also important to avoid adding too much heat to your kids’ hair. Heat styling, such as blow drying, flat irons and curlers can leave the hair dehydrated and can cause heat damage to the hair. Too much heat styling often leads to heat damage, which is when the natural curl pattern is permanently straightened and does not revert back to its kinky/curly texture.
#2. Prevent Pulling on the hair
Avoid hairstyles that pull on your child’s hair because their hair came become permanently damaged. This type of damage, due to pulling, is called traction alopecia, which can create bald spots in your child’s head.
If their hair becomes damaged due to hair pulling you should not add any additional stress to the hair. Instead, use styles that are “low-manipulation,” such as twists, loose braids, flat twists, crochet braid styles. Therefore, avoid hairstyles such as cornrows, tight braids, even ponytails they can cause some hair damage. Additionally, be sure to also use soft brushes on the kid’s hair.
#3. Consider essential oils
Essential oils are all-natural and can prevent the hair from becoming dry by sealing in moisture to the hair. Certain essential oils, such as jojoba oil, can penetrate the hair and help nourish your scalp and follicles. Additionally, the right essentials, such as rosemary oil, can help with hair growth because it stimulates the scalp. So, for example, if a kid’s hair is brittle, you can massage essential oils into the scalp and help stimulate blood flow to the scalp and soften the hair so that it does not become dry and/or frizzy. However, it is extremely important to use the oil after applying water or a water-based product to seal that moisture in. You may need to repeat this every 3-5 days, or whenever it begins to feel dry again.
As I said earlier, my daughter experienced hair loss around 18 months and I had trouble getting her hair to grow back in. In an attempt to address this, I created the VoiceOfHair PureFix Elixir which has over 25+ essential oils that are nourishing for the hair. Below is a picture of my daughters hair before and after using the VoiceOfHair PureFix Elixir for 5 months. The journey to regrowing hair loss in kids takes time, commitment, the proper diet and sleep. However, with patience and good products, like the VoiceOfHair PureFix Elixir, you can get their hair back on track.