Taking Care of Your Daughter’s Hair

As a father, chances are you are not used to dealing with the demands of your daughter’s long hair. Long hair requires much more work to maintain than short hair and daughters often want their hair styled and not simply maintained.  Styling a young child’s hair is important if it’s longer as it helps to keep hair out of a child’s face, eyes, and even food. As a father, you may not know where to begin when it comes to taking care of your daughter’s hair—this is a good place to start.

First, your daughter’s hair needs to be clean. Some hair is oily and some hair is dry. If your daughter’s hair tends to be oily, it will need to be washed more frequently. It is usually a good idea to use conditioner after washing your child’s hair with a mild shampoo—especially if your daughter’s hair is longer. This will make combing her hair easier which will help eliminate the battles you might otherwise face to comb her hair.

When combing your daughter’s wet hair, be sure to use a wide-tooth comb. When hair is wet is very fragile. A wide-tooth comb will make the process of combing out tangles much more gentle. As you comb your daughter’s hair, start at the ends and gradually work your way up to her scalp. If you come across a tangle, use one hand to grab the section of hair above the tangled spot and the other the gently work the tangle out. Grabbing above the tangled spot of your daughter’s hair will relieve the tension and pain she might otherwise feel as you try to comb it out.

Now that her hair is clean and combed, you need to wait until it is only slightly damp or dry before styling it. Again, wet hair is very fragile and can break easily. Any styling is best done to drier hair.

When it comes to styling, you have a number of options. There are clips and headbands and hair ties and bows and barrettes and ribbons. The list could on and on. It is not necessary that your daughter have all of these different hair accessories, but you should have a few at your disposal so your daughter has some variety.

One of the simplest things you can do to keep your daughter’s hair out of her face (besides cutting it) is use a headband to hold the hair back. This requires no manipulation of the hair at all. You simply place the ends of the headband by the ears (like you are putting on sun glasses) and push the piece up until it rests snuggly on top of the head.

If you want to try a different look, use barrettes. After parting your daughter’s hair, simply pull back a small section of hair on each side of her head and use a barrette to hold the hair in place. Use a comb to smooth the pulled-back hair before putting the barrette in place.

More adventuresome yet? Try a ponytail. A ponytail is simply a hairstyle that allows you to pull all of your daughter’s hair to the back of her head and hold it in place with an elastic band. When pulling your daughter’s hair back, you may need to use a comb to make the hair lie flat against her head with no bumps. Be careful not to use a regular rubber band to hold your daughter’s hair back or pull too hard while you are doing this. Rubber bands will easily tangle in your daughter’s hair and make it very difficult and painful to get out at the end of the day. Be sure to use an elastic band that is designed for hair use.

Finally, if you have mastered the above techniques, you may want to try to braid your daughter’s hair. If your daughter is very young, she probably will not sit still long enough to allow you to do this; however, if your child is older, she will probably like to have her hair played with, anyway, so there is no need to rush through this. Before attempting to braid your daughter’s hair, it is a good idea to practice on a doll. Your daughter should have a couple of these lying around the house, so this should not be a problem. Braiding the hair consists of dividing the hair into three equal sections and crossing the outer sections over the middle section one at a time. You hold a braid in place by using an elastic hair band at the end. For a video and instructions on how to braid hair, go to http://www.ehow.com.

Styling your daughter’s hair can be a great bonding time for you and your daughter. Always go into the process light-heartedly and make it fun. This could be a wonderful memory for you and your daughter as she grows up.