Top tips to make light work of haircare for kids

Unruly, knotty or thick hair can sometimes bring kids and parents to tears. For some this can become a daily struggle, adding to the numerous responsibilities of being a parent.

Professional stylist, salon owner and mum, Leonie Northey, believes a little know-how can go a long way, giving your child's hair a healthy start and in some cases, this could mean a confidence boost too. Here are her top tips.

Always invest in a good moisturising shampoo and conditioner. Together, these products work well to detangle curly hair and natural Afro textures. If you have time, leave the conditioner on for 10 minutes with a shower cap. This process locks in the moisture, which will soften the hair, making it easier to detangle. Section hair into four "hot cross bun" sections (with conditioner still on the hair) and comb from tip to roots to detangle. Matrix salon shampoo and conditioner works really well. The Wella Elements range is also a good option as the products are free of parabens and sulphates.

Always use a wide tooth comb or a brush like a Tangle Teezer to comb your child's hair. Combing can sometimes be traumatic. To ease discomfort, hold each section of the hair at the base as if you are doing a pony tail. Hold firmly, but gently to stop the hair tugging at the roots.

Apply an oil moisturiser, leave-in conditioner or product suited to your child's hair texture before styling. Styling options such as braids will stop the hair drying and tangling after shampoo and conditioner. Braids will also prevent tangling and loss of moisture, whilst sleeping and therefore a good option before bed.

Make sure hair is dried after washing. Detangled hair can either be towel dried or blow dried with a hairdryer with a comb attachment. This is a useful tool that will detangle and seal the moisturiser into the hair. Otherwise a quick option would be to do a double-strand twist or braid and leave hair to dry naturally.

How to do a double-strand twist:

Step 1: Take a section of hair (1/4 of an inch or bigger).  The twist can also be done in two or four sections depending on the length of the hair. 

Step 2: Divide the section taken into two and twist firmly together by wrapping onesection around the other. 

Step 3: Secure to stop the twist unravelling with a small covered hair band.

Don't be tempted to wash hair every day. This will only dry the strands further, creating more knots and more woes. Depending on your child's hair texture, hair should be washed every other day or in the case of thick, Afro textured hair, washing hair once a week works best.

If you are still stuck for solutions, book a consultation with Cococheno and we can recommend the right products.