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How to manage dry scalp in children

13 December 2018
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African hair is unique: unlike other hair types it’s naturally drier, coarser and more densely packed. To add to this, it’s also more fragile due to fewer cuticle layers along the hair shaft. Young children are often at risk of an itchy scalp or dry scalp due to a combination of factors. Some of these include the incorrect treatment of young, fragile hair as well as changes in weather, environment, genetics and stress factors.

If your little one struggles with a dry or itchy scalp, there is always hope! The trick is in the products you choose to use on their hair and how often their hair is washed and styled. As a general rule-of-thumb, over-washing is an issue, while harsh shampoos only add fuel to the fire.

Steps to managing dry scalp conditions:

Step One

You only need to wash your child’s hair every 7-10 days when they are an infant, toddler and even young child (5-6 years). Some shampoos are just downright harmful to your baby’s hair, so make sure to choose right. Opt for a dry scalp shampoo (pH 5) to maintain natural hair shine and to moisturise the scalp. Only use approximately one tablespoon of shampoo and work into a lather, while massaging the scalp. Make sure to rinse thoroughly for an effective dry scalp remedy.

Step Two 

Washing aside, you’ll need to condition your child’s hair daily as a dry scalp treatment to soothe itchiness and discomfort. Otherwise, you can also co-wash their hair, which means only using conditioner instead of shampoo and conditioner. Before rinsing out the conditioner, make sure to detangle with a comb. For extra moisture and nourishment for the scalp, we recommend Dark & Lovely Beautiful Beginnings Comfy Hair Food which is a leave-in, soothing treatment as well as an itchy scalp remedy.

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Step Three

Always ensure you dry off your little one’s hair thoroughly after each wash or conditioning treatment. When using a hair dryer, use the lowest heat setting possible to protect the scalp and attach a diffuser to minimise frizz.


Step Four

Once the hair is dry, apply a leave-in hair oil for a final burst of nourishment. We recommend the Dark & Lovely Beautiful Beginnings Cuddling Oil Moisturiser which will also help with the brushing and detangling process. Use a soft bristled brush or comb to avoid irritating your child’s scalp further.  

Do cornrows, twists or ponytails further inflame or irritate an itchy scalp? No, they don’t. But just make sure to check with your little one (age dependent) on what’s more comfortable!
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