Summer hair care: Here’s how to ensure your kid’s hair stays clean and healthy – Hindustan Times

Hair in summer require extra attention, especially those of children. There’s a lot of sweating, moisture, the perpetual danger of catching lice. Good hygiene then becomes essential to prevent infections. Tie your child’s hair in clean plaits before they go to bed, suggest experts.

Ram Shukla, senior director-research and development at Johnson & Johnson, India, and paediatrician Indu Khosla list hair care tips for children:

Use the right product
Understand the difference between 0-3-year-old child’s hair and a 3-10-year-old’s hair and adult hair. Accordingly use the right product.

Ideally a child’s shampoo pH should be less than 5.5-6; as a pH level greater than 5.5 may increase the negative electrical charge of hair fibre surface resulting in friction between fibres and ultimately leading to cuticle damage and hair breakage.

A mild, easy lather and non-irritating shampoo that deeply cleanses hair and scalp is ideal for your child’s hair and scalp. Diluting harsh adult or family shampoos is not an option. Use products with natural extracts that moisturise root to tip leaving hair more manageable and easy to comb.

Plaits are a good idea
Tie your child’s hair in clean plaits before they go to bed. Don’t leave in any clip which can entangle in their hair and lead to hair fall.

Cover hair when playing outdoors
Try and make sure the children play in shade. Keep their hair covered when outside.

Eat healthy
Pay extra attention to what your children are eating. Increase their intake of fruits and water.

It is important that they have a balanced diet which contains adequate amount of proteins and vitamins. Older children should include dry fruits like walnuts and almonds in their diet for good hair.

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