Quick Hair Tips
Whether it's thin, thick, curly, or practically nonexistent, parents love to run their fingers through their baby's hair just for the pure pleasure of it. And seeing it sticking up in the morning or slick and wet in the bath is one of those wonderful little joys of parenthood. In fact, many moms put off baby's first haircut for as long as possible, because seeing those wispy little curls fall to the floor is often the first sign that babyhood is coming to an end.
But eventually (like when your baby can't see through the hair in his eyes!) some locks have to go. And beyond haircuts, there's more to baby hair care -- even if your baby hardly has any.
If your baby has no hair...
Care tip: Shampoo twice a week to avoid cradle cap -- oily, flaky patches of skin on the scalp.
Styling tip: Hats are a must to protect baby's head from the sun -- and a bonnet or baseball cap can help strangers tell a girl from a boy.
If your baby has thin and wispy hair...
Care tip: Comb gently and trim wisps that fall into baby's ears or eyes.
Styling tip: For boys, comb-overs frequently won't hold; keep hair short instead. For girls, let it grow long and clip it into a cute ponytail.
If your baby has thick and curly hair...
Care tip: Slather on a conditioner or baby oil after shampooing once a week if hair is very dry. Comb hair gently from roots to scalp before rinsing conditioner out.
Styling tip: For boys, the shorter the hair, the more manageable. For girls, section long hair into ponytails to keep it from tangling.
If your baby has thick and straight hair...
Care tip: In some cultures, it's a tradition to shave even thick hair so it comes in healthier, but frequent haircuts can also do the trick.
Styling tip: A very soft brush will keep hair smooth and shiny, and bangs will keep you from having to fight to hold long hair back.