How to Detangle Kids Hair
What’s childhood without tangles and the tears? Well, tangles and tears should not always go hand in hand. To have a tear-free detangling session with your daughter, you first need to have lots of patience - lots and lots of it. After all, you will be spending at least a quarter of an hour taking out all those knots and snarls painlessly.
So it’s important that you are relaxed and free from distractions. Now’s not the time to be thinking about that document which you should have printed an hour ago, scanned and emailed to your boss.
To make the most out of this, why not turn this activity into a bonding ritual with your child? Sing with your child, share a story about your life as a kid with tangles – yes, let her know Mommy had tangles, too – or ask her about school, friends and teachers. This dreaded activity will surely shoot to the top of your child’s favorite activities.
Let’s now get to the technical part of the detangling session.
You will need to have a wide-toothed comb, several elastic bands, and a detangler spray of course. Ooopps! You ran out of detangler? No worries. Just take a spray bottle and fill it with one part water and four parts conditioner – yes, the conditioner you use every day in your bathroom. Shake to combine and voila, a homemade detangler.
You have set aside the time. You have all the materials within easy reach. Now the first thing you should do is to divide your child’s hair into five or six sections. Yup, it is better to work in small sections if you want this to be ouch-free. Tie each section with an elastic band. Start with the section closest to her nape.
Next, take the detangler and spritz some of the stuff into the section you are working on. Make sure to spray on the parts where the tangles are. Now you may be wondering why there has to be a detangler. Why not just right away slowly comb through the tangles? Well, a hair detangler contains ingredients which act on the hair strand and change the surface of the hair. It basically makes the hair smooth by coating it with a layer of oil. It also helps prevent the chances of static which may worsen the case and severity of tangles.
Now take the wide-toothed comb. A wide tooth comb is the gentlest type of comb to use for detangling. You want to be sure, however, that all its seams are smooth so the hair will not catch on them. Start at the bottom of the section and work your way up slowly and gently, one inch at a time. Once you have reached the root of the section, try combing all the way down to the tip. If the comb doesn’t get stuck in a knot or snarl, then it’s time to move to another section of hair. Do the steps until you get all five or six sections of hair done.
That’s all there is to it. Detangling does not have to be stressful for you and your child. All you need are the right tools and the right attitude.
A famous wise nun once said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” So slow down and take your time. Cherish every moment you have with your little princess, even if it is only the simple act of detangling her hair.
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