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Although some babies are born
totally bald, most babies are born with a soft, downy head of hair. The down is
very soft and sometimes fuzzy. The newborn hair will usually only lasts for
the first three or four months after birth. The fuzzy newborn hair gradually
falls out (for reasons that are generally unknown) and new hair grows in. The
new hair is generally much fuller than the newborn hair and tends to grow in a
Usually the hair that replaces the
down is more along the lines of the texture and the eventual color that the baby
- child will eventually have although not guaranteed. This is important to note
because many people/parents are alarmed at the downy and/or fuzzy appearance of
the hair. It does shed and it does change.
Baby’s Hair Care Tips
The care of baby hair is relatively
simple. Depending on how much hair they have, babies may only require
shampooing or an irregular basis. Shampooing can be done on an "as needed
basis" and does not have to be done every day.
The key thing to remember when
caring for the hair of a newborn is to be very gentle. Avoid putting pressure
on the soft spot on the top of the baby's head. Most babies and even some
children up to the age of 4 or 5 is sensitive to any kind of pressure on their
scalp. When washing the hair and the scalp of a baby or young child, be sure to
go very slow and easy. Make sure that there are no tangles in the hair before
The main thing to remember when
caring for the hair and scalp of a new baby is to be very gentle and go slow and
easy. Avoid any pressure to the scalp and make sure that whatever hair the baby
does have remains tangle free.
Teaching a baby or young child that
getting a shampoo is a special treat will help form positive hair care patterns
that can last a lifetime.
Baby with No Hair:
If your baby has no hair
shampoo twice a week with
NO Tears S&P Baby Shampoo to avoid
cradle cap -- oily, flaky patches of skin on the scalp.
S&P Shampoo can be used on babies that are one
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.
Baby with Thin Wispy Hair:
and moisturize with S&P Moisturizing Cream to soften and add sheen. You
should trim or move wisps that fall into baby's ears or eyes.
comb-overs or keep hair short instead. For girls, let it grow long and clip it
into a cute plaits or ponytails.
Baby with Thick Curly Hair:
and use S&P Detangling Moisturizer to condition add sheen and
manageability after shampooing once a week with S&P No Tears Shampoo if
hair is very dry. Comb hair gently from roots to scalp.
For boys, the shorter the hair, the more manageable. For girls, section long
hair into plaits and ponytails to keep it from tangling.
Baby with Thick & Straight Hair
Comb gently and use S&P Moisturizing Cream Hairdress to condition
and add sheen.
soft brush will keep hair smooth and shiny, and bangs will keep you from having
to fight to hold long hair back.