Hair Advice

Tangles and Snarls

To prevent tangles and snarls:

  • Use a moisturizing conditioner and always comb the conditioner through.  Let the conditioner soak into the hair for a couple of minutes before rinsing.  We recommend Fairy Tales Super-Charged Detangling Shampoo.
  • Wash and condition your hair regularly.  Dirt and styling products accumulating on your hair can lead to tangles.
  • After washing and conditioning, make sure to gently towel dry the hair, do not move the towel back and forth through hair.
  • Do not use a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner product.  The conditioner in these types of products are not as effective as a stand-alone conditioner.  We suggest Fairy Tales Super-Charge Detangling Shampoo along with Detangling Conditioner.
  • Older children should use an adult shampoo and conditioner with added moisture such as Moroccan Oil.
  • For children with long hair, sleep with a loose braid in at night.

To remove tangles and snarls, here are some suggestions:

  • Before combing, always start by spraying a good detangler generously through the hair.  We recommend Fairy Tales Static-Free Leave-In Detangling Spray, Glop & Glam Creamsicle Mist or Circle of Friends Detangling Spray for our younger clients.  Moroccan Oil works great as a detangler for our older clients.
  • We recommend using a Wet Brush.  Contrary to its name, the Wet Brush can be used on both wet and dry hair.  When brushing hair, start brushing/combing at the very ends of the hair and slowly work your way up to the scalp one small section at a time.

Dry Static-y Hair

Static electricity is a common winter problem, especially for children’s fine hair.  The best way to deal with the flyaways is to make sure hair has enough moisture in it.

Tips to avoid dry hair and static electricity:

  • Do not use 2-in-1’s that contain both shampoo and conditioner.  They usually do not have the same moisturizing results as shampooing followed by a full-strength conditioner.  Glop & Glam’s Candy Apple Shampoo and Cake Batter Conditioner are excellent all natural products that will minimize dry hair.
  • Try using a leave-in conditioner such as Fairy Tales Static Free Leave-In Detangling Spray.  Spray it on wet hair and let it dry.  This will also help with combing out tangles.
  • Use detanglers everywhere and liberally!  On wet or dry hair, in hats, jacket hoods, car seats, etc.  We carry a wide variety of detanglers, such as Glop & Glam Creamsicle Mist, Fairy Tales Static Free Leave-In Detangling Spray, and Circle of Friends.

Lice

Worldwide lice is more common than the common cold.  Lice affect people of all ages and social classes.  Lice occurs most commonly in school-aged children between the age of three and eleven.  Personal hygiene and social class are not related to the likelihood of developing head lice.  Lice prefer clean scalps contrary to popular belief that ‘unclean’ people get lice.

As a mom, the thought of head lice is terrifying!  Classrooms and daycares are breeding grounds for the white, itchy, bugs that give all of us the heebie-jeebies!  Despite all of a parent’s best efforts, the icky truth is that it can happen to your kids.  Here are some helpful tips and tricks to combat these little critters.

What are nits and head lice?

  • Nits are the term given to the eggs of head lice, which stick to the hair close to the scalp.
  • An itchy scalp is the first symptom that we notice and a closer inspection may reveal live lice crawling close to the scalp or eggs (nits) stuck to the hair shaft.
  • From the time when the egg is laid until the live insect dies is about 33-35 days, and during that time they go from nymph to mature louse.
  • Head lice are transmitted by crawling from head to head or through sharing things like hair brushes or hats – they can’t jump or fly, as the six-legged lice have no wings.

Prevention:

To avoid the time-consuming, stressful, and often expensive chore of getting rid of lice, here are a couple of simple tips for prevention:

  • Use defense products.  There are certain scents lice don’t like including rosemary and tea tree oil.  At DooLittlez we carry Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel® products, Circle of Friends Lice Defense products and Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Oil all of which protect against lice.  Use these products once a week to prevent lice.  If your child was in contact with someone with lice, use these products daily until contact is discontinued.
  • Talk to your children.  Promoting good habits when it comes to all the sharing that goes on during school, camp or other activities.  Make sure they are not sharing items that touch hair including hats, brushes, combs, headbands, clips, and even clothing such as sweatshirts, jackets, and scarves.

Eliminate:

Don’t panic.  DooLittlez carries a line of chemical-free products to get rid of lice.  Fairy Tales Lice Good Bye® is safe, natural, and clinically proven to remove lice and their eggs (nits).

This lice treatment must be applied to all parts of the hair, ideally with great tension, doing it in sections and applying close to the scalp.

No head lice product or insecticide currently kills all eggs, but is likely to kill the live lice.  A complete head lice treatment consists of two or more treatments, a week apart.  The first treatment kills the climbers, and the second treatment kills the juvenile lice hatched from the eggs over the intervening week.

Also remember lice have claws on their legs, which make them perfect for holding on to human hair – fortunately the critters cannot live for more than one day off of a human host.

Cleaning:

If your child was diagnosed with head lice, after treatment you should:

  • Do a mental inventory of places your child has been or where they might have shed lice or nits:  couch, carpet, beds, car seat, etc.
  • Dry all linens, hats, coats, clothes, and stuffed animals on high heat for at least 40 minutes.  TRICK – if it isn’t dirty, don’t wash it.  Water doesn’t kill lice; it is the high heat of the dryer that does it.
  • Non-washable items can be placed in a sealed plastic bag for 48 hours.  Small items can be placed in a plastic bag in the freezer for 12 hours.
  • Vacuum all carpets, couches, and car seats and wipe down all hard surfaces with a disinfecting wipe.
  • The best treatment for items and living spaces is isolation.  Lice and nits die without a human host after 48 hours.  If there are areas of your home you can vacate for this time, vacuum them and tape them off for a minimum of 48 hours.
  • Boil hair brushes for 20 minutes or run them through the dishwasher on the sanitize cycle.
  • Have pets?  No need to worry – animals cannot get human lice!

Dry Scalp / Cradle Cap

What is it?

Cradle cap is a crusty, dry, scaly, and sometimes yellowish rash on the scalp which is common with babies and toddlers.  Cradle cap is harmless and usually goes away over a few months but sometimes persist into the childhood years.

Why does my child have it?

Although an exact cause is not known, it is likely that Cradle Cap is caused by an over production of the oil glands in the scalp due to hormones, sweat, or even regular shampoo.  It is not caused by bacteria or poor hygiene.

How to treat?

Most cases of Cradle Cap just need to be carefully washed with a gentle shampoo.  We recommend Paul Mitchell’s Baby Don’t Cry which contains chamomile and corn flower extract to calm, soothe, and relax the oil glands in the scalp.  Using a washcloth or even a very soft toothbrush, rub a small amount of the shampoo on the cradle cap.  Let the shampoo sit on the scalp for a few minutes.  Then, gently massage the scalp to loosen the cradle cap.  Never pick at the scalp, this can cause sores or even temporary hair loss.  Finally, rinse the hair with fresh water from the faucet.  DO NOT scoop water out of the bathtup.  Bathwater is full of oils, just what you are trying to get out of your child’s scalp.  If your child’s cradle cap is severe or spreading to other parts of their head/body, see your pediatrician.

Swim/Chlorine Damage

One of the best things about summer is spending hot summer days in a swimming pool.  Unfortunately, all of that chlorine is hard on hair.  Chlorine is attracted to children’s fine hair.  Chlorine buildup can make hair tangled, dry, brittle, sticky, shiny, and even make it green!

Parents can do a few simple things to avoid these issues and save time and energy from having to comb through snarled, dry hair or trying to repair or cut chlorine-damaged hair.

Prevention:

Soak your hair in the sink or shower before getting into the pool. If your hair has already absorbed lots of non-chlorinated water, there will be little room left in the hair shaft for the harsh stuff (chlorine).  Also using a pre-swim conditioner will act like a protective coating over the hair shaft.

Immediately after swimming, use a clarifying shampoo which will gently cleanse and protect swimmers’ hair and can actually remove chlorine.  Pairing the clarifying shampoo with a conditioner is important because the shampoo strips hair of impurities while the conditioner will add moisture back in.  At DooLittlez we carry a variety of effective clarifying shampoos and conditioners:

  • Malibu Swimmers’ Action shampoo and conditioner
  • Fairy Tales Lifeguard clarifying shampoo and conditioner
  • Glop & Glam Blueberry Blast clarifying shampoo / Cake Batter conditioner

Treatment:

If your child swims often or at the end of swim season, restore their hair health with an in-salon Malibu Treatment at DooLittlez.  Safe and gentle for all ages and hair types, our Malibu treatment naturally removes oxidizers, minerals, and salts without harsh chemicals leaving hair soft, healthy, and strong.  The treatment process takes around 30-45 minutes and appointments are recommended.