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Why do you need to oil your child’s hair

Updated: May 11, 2023

When it comes to hair care of your child, especially the girl, oiling hair regularly is the first option all the mothers want to do. Still with so many products available in the market and children being exposed to numerous shampoos marketed as ‘kids shampoo’, mothers are a harried lot. The decision of making an informed choice is a tough one as it involves hairs of their little angels. So what do you do?

First and foremost fact that you should keep in your mind is, the requirement of your child's hair and your own hair is totally different. The color, texture, thickness, and volume of a child's hair will not be fully developed as in grownups until they turn ten or even teenage. Until then, your child's hair will be very delicate than your hair. Therefore, hair care of your child differs from that of yours.

Oiling The Child’s Hair- Good Or Bad

It is important to oil your baby’s hair every day. Frequent oiling increases the blood circulation in the scalp and provide enough moisture to the scalp. However, as the baby grows, regular oiling of their hair may be difficult due to various reasons. It depends on the type of hair, climate, and activity level of the child. Through trial and error, however, you can build up a hair care practice that works with your child.

Things To Remember While Oiling The Child’s Hair

Even though oiling the child’s hair is very good for the health of the scalp as massaging with oil increases the blood circulation, here are a few things to take care of.

  1. Never apply too much oil: Applying too much oil can block the pores on the scalp of your child, which brings about different issues like dry scalp, dandruff, etc.

  2. Never let the oil remain in the hair after the bath: Whenever you oil your child’s hair, leave it for some time for letting the scalp absorb the required moisture and nutrients. After that, wash the oil off the scalp with a mild shampoo. Make sure the oil is fully removed. Or else, the scalp and hair of the child will get adversely affected, as the dust from the atmosphere blend with the oil in the hair and scalp, bringing about damaged hair and a flaky scalp

  3. Warm up the oil: Massaging the scalp with slightly warmed oil increases the effect of oiling as the scalp retains moisture for a longer time

  4. Selecting oil: Make sure the oil is devoid of chemicals. Avoid using strong perfumed ones. Ensure it provides sufficient nourishment to the scalp. Virgin oils are preferred to apply on the child’s scalp. Also, the oil should suit the climate (one which is beneficial during the summer may not give the same result if used during winter)

What Are The Best Oils For Child’s Hair?

Here go the best massage oils for child’s hair.

  1. Olive oil: Olive oil can be used to make your child’s hair stronger and also to soften your child’s frizzy, dry, and coarse hair. Olive oil is very effective in removing cradle caps in infants as well. However, since olive oil is very greasy, it is better to shampoo and remove it completely after leaving it in child's hair for around one hour

  2. Coconut oil: Coconut oil is rich in vitamin E, vitamin K, protein, and lauric acid. It is relatively light compared to the other oils. Coconut oil work as an excellent hair conditioner too. Coconut oil easily gets penetrated into the child's hair. Regular massage of coconut oil brings down the dryness of the hair significantly. It is a cooling oil and therefore best to use during summer (avoid using it when the child is experiencing cold or a cough)

  3. Sesame oil:Sesame oil stimulates the hair growth and protects the hair and scalp. Sesame oil has an excellent penetration capacity. It protects the child's scalp from fungal infections and promotes hair growth

  4. Mustard oil: Mustard oil is a heat generating oil and is best to use during winters. It increases the blood circulation and stimulates the hair growth, which slows down during winter. It is good to use when the child is experiencing the symptom of cold and cough

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