This can be a tough question to answer even for ourselves but there are several factors you should take into consideration when deciding how often you will wash your child’s hair:
- Are they very active and outside all the time?
- Do you live in a urban environment with lots of car fumes?
- Do you live in a dusty environment?
- Is it hot and are they sweating a lot? Sweat that isn’t washed off can clog pours.
- Is it rainy and does rain water get in their hair? If you are in a city, that water can be polluted.
- Is there hair thick? Do they have tight curls, coils or kinks? Watch for foreign objects like lent and/or dust getting in their hair.
- Are they prone to dry scalp? This may be a sign that you need to wash less
- Is there scalp itchy? This may be a sign that it needs to be washed more often
- Many shampoos can be very stripping on natural hair so evaluate your products and know what they do to your child’s hair.
- Also, be aware of product buildup and try to avoid it.
- Also remember that their hair is changing as they grow and hormones have profound effect on hair texture so remember to reevaluate as they grow older.
Lastly, you can always do a good rinse with water and gentle massaging. This can be done daily on any sort of texture hair with little negative effect other than “messing” up a style. Just remember to moisture after any sort of washing. Routines are nice but life comes first!
How do you decide how often to wash your child’s hair?