Letís talk about the kidsí hair types, their common difficulties, and some potential solutions:
FINE hair is not uncommon among small children, especially those who were born with primarily vellus hair on the scalp. Fine hair, in and of its self, presents no real problems with hair care for kids. (At really young
ages, the shampoo and bath used is extremely gentle anyway.) Cutting the hair, though can present issues, particularly combined with other features of the hair.
FINE & STRAIGHT hair needs to be cut in more blunt styles. Not only will layering the hair make it look thin and wispy, but it will make it easier to become frizzy and unkempt during normal toddler activity. Kids with
FINE & STRAIGHT hair generally rely on clips and barrettes for holding the hair rather than ponytail bands, since these often slide right out. Use accessories with rubberized grips to get more secure hold. For little
boys, FINE & STRAIGHT hair means that the bowl-cut styles or styles with minimal tapering are well-suited.
FINE & CURLY hair may need some layering to prevent bushy, triangle-head looks, but keep the layering shallow. Furthermore, make sure you use a light-formula detangling spray after shampooing or whenever you need to
comb through the hair. FINE & CURLY hair is sometimes prone to tangle Ė especially if the child is very active Ė and the curled areas of the hair strand can be weak points which will break more easily. (Just remember
to use something light enough that it wonít weigh the hair down too much.) Donít use a bristled brush, but rather a wide-tined vent brush to separate the curls or a wide-tooth comb to remove snags. For little boys,
the FINE & CURLY hair often means a bowl cut or short circle cut to keep the volume of the hair to a minimum.
FINE & THIN hair presents issues when attempting to go with shorter lengths, especially with the super-short cuts often given to little boys. So, try to gauge the length according to the density of the hair. FINE &
THICK hair often calls for some layering and many looks need a combination of FINE & THICK hair. Many spiky looks work well with FINE & THICK hair.
MEDIUM textured hair generally follows the basic rules of hair cutting and style selection. The only difficulties come in when the hair is thinner than normal in density.
MEDIUM & THIN hair, regardless of CURL or STRAIGHTNESS, needs to be restricted to shallow layering when layering is needed. Steep layering or cutting the hair too short, can mean that the hair looks even thinner on the scalp.
MEDIUM & THICK hair is often the most wished-for hair type combination. This hair can take layering (especially when MEDIUM & CURLY) and blunt styles (for MEDIUM & STRAIGHT), and usually has a lot of body. Just remember
that kids with very THICK hair can often be uncomfortable with long hair because of the heat that is retained by the hair. If you feel that long hair is a must for your child with MEDIUM & THICK hair, consider styles
that can be pulled back off the neck and out of the face.
COARSE hair usually develops as kids grow older. A child whose hair is silky & fine at age one, can have COARSE hair by the time they are 5 or 6. COARSE hair textures are common among some ethnic backgrounds as well,
and the combinations of COARSE hair with other traits can present special problems.
COARSE & THICK hair can be a nightmare to deal with. If the hair is COARSE & THICK & CURLY you definitely want to keep in mind the fact that the hair will be very prone to tangles and breakage. You should
always use a good conditioning spray when combing the hair (and use conditioner after every shampoo). With smaller kids, ideal hairstyles will be those that keep the hair confined and out of danger of being
tangled and mussed overmuch during normal activities. Braided and twisted styles are perfect for keeping COARSE & THICK & CURLY styles under control.
COARSE & THICK & STRAIGHT hair is just as needful of conditioning and care, but often responds to layering fairly well, though, styles that are beveled or stacked (such as certain bob styles) are ideal. Be aware that
COARSE & THICK & STRAIGHT hair can be just as problematic to keep neat, and that you want to make sure that you use accessories that will be able to hold the hair youíre trying to confine.