I don’t know about you, but hair wash night hasn’t always been the most fun in our house! It’s one thing for the little ones to enjoy splashing around in the tub with their toys, but mention the shampoo bottle and the atmosphere tends to change somewhat! If this sounds familiar, don’t despair because you’re not alone! We’ve put together a few tips that might just make for a happy hair wash after all!
Make it FUN!
Bathtime works better when it’s fun, and hair washing is no different. In fact, it’s probably more important to make hair washing a little more fun, seeing as many little ones tend to dislike it! If your little one hates hair washing, why not try:
- Bringing dolly into the tub and washing her hair firs. Play hairdressers and encourage your little one to praise her for being good etc- then refer to this when it’s their turn.
- Pop a mirror into the bathtub. This can be a great way to pull faces to make your little one laugh!
- Use a bath toy to squeeze water over your little one’s head- sometimes this can be a great way to distract from what is actually happening.
- Use foam bath stickers on the ceiling! When your little one pops her head back for rinsing, she’ll have something a little more fun to focus on.
- Make foam sculptures on your little one’s head- again, use the mirror.
- Make up some funny songs- probably the first thing that comes into your head, but that’s ok! Distraction is key here!
- Let those with longer hair use the Cuddletwist after hair washing- they’re simple to use and make drying a lot easier!
Tips to make it painfree
Lots of children hate having their hair washed because they either don’t like their faces getting wet, or they are scared of having soap in their eyes. Make sure you choose child friendly shampoo that doesn’t sting the eyes, and try these tips too:
- Use a shampoo shield to keep water and soap away from the face completely.
- Let your little one wear goggles in the bath- this could be really fun too!
- @cknursingbaby says “avoid getting bubbles in eyes by tipping head back whilst holding a rolled flannel to their brow & rinsing with a pot of water.”
- Let your little one hold the flannel to her head- having a job to do will provide a distraction and allows her to feel in control of the situation.
- If your child is younger and has less hair, use a washcloth to squeeze and wipe water over the hair until the soap has rinsed. This can be a wonderfully gentle way to do it.
- If your little one dislikes tipping her head back for rinsing, let her lie down in the tub instead.
- Use a large jug for rinsing rather than a small cup- often one rinse is enough to get all of the shampoo rinsed away at once.
- Let your child help with rubbing in the shampoo, and rinsing the water. Congratulate her on a job well done!
Mix it up
If your little one really hates washing her hair, mix it up a little. Wash it less often if you need to, or make it different by washing it in a different room for a change. Some children respond better when their hair is washed at the start of the bath, as they know they have the rest of the time to play. Some children like to play first. Talk to your child and agree the best solution. Perhaps the shower is a better idea? Over the sink like at the hairdresser’s might work well too? You know your child best, so make the most of that knowledge.
No matter what you do, some children just do not like having their hair washed. Don’t stress about it. As they grow older, most little ones grow to accept that hair washing is just something we have to do, and it will get easier and easier. Good luck!