Why is My Kid’s Hair So Dry?
There are so many causes of dry hair, from environmental impacts to genes to simply using the wrong hair products. Many people complain of having dry hair in the winter—low humidity and changing temperatures can cause hair to become straw like. That said, having dry hair all year round is an annoying but common phenomenon. Chances are, if your kids are playing outside, swim in a chlorinated pool. UV rays and chemicals could be contributing to their hair’s dryness. Kids with curly or natural hair experience dryness or frizziness more often, but these environmental factors only make it worse. Fortunately, there are products and grooming tips we can recommend to help keep your kid’s hair moisturized.
How Often You Wash
You may have heard that your scalp and hair suffer when you wash your hair too much or use the wrong hair cleaning products.This can apply to kid’s hair, too! Because everyone’s scalp is different, some kids’ hair is more prone to dryness while others are more prone to oiliness. If your child’s hair is brittle, you may want to consider washing it less.
Using sulfate-free shampoo is important to keep your child’s scalp and hair healthy and moisturized. Sulfates are a chemical used in many household cleaners, which on its own are already a turn-off. Sulfates strip your hair of its natural oils, resulting in dryness and frizziness.
Using the right products can make a world of difference for your child’s hair health. Our 3 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Body Wash cleans away dirt and grime, and restores moisture. It contains kiwi extract and Vitamin B5, both of which promote hair growth. It also contains keratin, which strengthens individual hair follicles.
After you wash your kid’s hair, you can then use our Detangler & Leave-in Conditioner for extra protection. It contains kiwi extract, which conditions and moisturizes their hair, soy protein that stimulates hair growth, and keratin.
We also make a line of hair care products especially for children with curly or natural hair, whose hair might be more prone to dryness. While many generic shampoos strip the hair of its naturally occurring oils that keep it moisturized, our Curl Shampoo Ultra Hydrating Cleanser cleans your child’s hair and restores moisture. The combination keratin, plum oil, and olive oil seal and bond damage cuticles and form a protective barrier around the hair shaft. Follow this with our SoCozy Ultra Hydrating Conditioner for even more hair hydration.
The combination of mango seed butter, rice protein, and papaya extract protect and moisturize your hair, without weighing it down, leaving your child with bouncy, shiny curls. To lock in moisture, you can spray your child’s damp hair with the SoCozy Curl Spray, a leave-in conditioner. You can also use this on days between washes, on dry hair, if your child’s curls need a refresher.
As we mentioned earlier, chlorine is not friendly to hair. Overexposure to chlorine can leave hair with green tones, and very dry. For this reason, we created the SoCozy Swim Collection to combat the damaging effects of chlorine, saltwater, and the sun. We make our Swim 3 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Body Wash with activated charcoal, jojoba oil, and coffee-seed extract to fight hair damage. We also created the Swim Leave-In Treatment + Detangler, made with activated charcoal, Vitamin B5, and sunflower seed extract. It’s designed to remove green tones and restore moisture to the hair.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Kids get distracted easily and often forget to drink water, but hydration is one of the keys to hair health. Remind your child to drink water, as it will help keep their hair moisturized. There are many kid-friendly water bottles and straws available that will help make drinking water more “fun.” Fruits and veggies also contain lots of water and help with hydration.
Limit Use Heat of Products
As you probably know, regular use of heat products on hair can cause damage and dryness. Let your child’s hair air dry, or use the blow dryer on low heat, if necessary.
Don’t Brush When Wet
Brushing your child’s hair when it’s wet can cause breakage and disturb the scalp. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb or a brush specifically designed for wet hair. If your child’s hair is seriously knotty, you can use a detangler to help.
While there are many possible causes of dryness, you can follow these tips to keep your kid’s hair moisturized. Some kids are more prone to dry hair than others, which is why we made our specialized Curl and Swim Collections. SoCozy is here to help keep your child’s hair moisturized. For more advice on hair care for your kid, take a look at our blog.