Does your toddler hate her hair being brushed? Are you tired of the tears while brushing? Today we are sharing secrets to ending the hair brushing battle with these 10 secrets to brushing your toddler’s hair without the tears!
How to Brush Your Toddler’s Hair Without Tears!
Help My Daughter Cries When I Brush Her Hair!
My toddler hates her hair being brushed! Every time I used to tell her that it was time to brush her hair she would run away screaming and crying telling me how much she hates getting her hair brushed. Let’s be honest… I would too, especially with her super thin hair that tangles all the time! I mean literally, her hair is like a giant rat’s nest most of the time.
In the past, I have been known to go a few days without brushing her hair, but now that she goes to preschool, we have to brush it whether she wants it brushed or not. I knew I had to come up with a solution to be able to brush her hair everyday without all the tears. And guess what? We finally have found the perfect solution to brushing little girls hair without all the tears!
So, today I am sharing all my secrets to brushing your toddler’s hair without all the tears!
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The first secret to brushing toddler girls hair is to use conditioner. You want to use a quality conditioner made for kids! We love Fairy Tales Tangle Tamer! This works great for getting started getting those knots out!
I used to be worried about using conditioner in my toddler’s hair, but I just make sure to be careful not to get it in her eyes. I have her lay down in the tub and I use this hair washing bucket to dump the water on her hair.
Spray Her Hair
Once your toddler’s hair is washed, it’s time to brush it! All of our favorite parts right? Before you begin brushing, you will want to spray it with a detangler. This is by far the only detangler that actually helps and trust me we have tried a lot!
Use the Right Tools
Using the right tools makes all the difference! This includes detangler (like we mentioned above) as well as the right brush! Over the past several months we have tried two different brushes, this detangler brush was the first one we tried, and then we tried this detangler brush. I felt like both of them worked great, but Talie preferred this brush best! (In fact, she actually brushes her own hair with it! #winning! Regardless of whichever brush you use you want to make sure it has flexible bristles.
Once her hair is sprayed, I always put Talie on the counter for brushing. I turn her towards me and she gives me a hug. As she hugs me I hold her head and gently brush through the knots. By hugging your toddler through hair brushing it not only comforts her, but it holds her head from bouncing around so her hair is not pulled as much!
Divide the Hair Into Small Sections
When brushing your toddler’s hair you will want to divide her hair into small sections and just brush that section at a time. If your little girl has thick hair or curly hair divide it into even smaller sections.
Brush From the Bottom Up
I know it is a habit for us to start to brush our hair at the root, but we need to change how we brush our hair, especially our daughter’s hair. We need to start brushing at the bottom and work our way to the root.
Hold the Hair Right Above the Knot
When you get to those stubborn knots, don’t just start trying to get them out. Hold the hair right above the knot and slowly and gently brush through them. Holding the hair above the knot limits the pulling at the root so it is not as painful.
Keep Them Busy/ Distracted
Keeping your little girls distracted is my super secret for brushing your little girl’s hair when she hates getting it brushed. While you brush sing songs, play I, spy. Do anything that takes their mind off the fact that they are getting their hair brushed.
Of course, we are in a rush to brush our toddler’s hair so we can move on with our other tasks, but as you brush be gentle. I remember as a kid my mom yanking my hair every which way trying to brush it and style it… It hurt and I cried a lot! So, take the time to be gentle. We don’t like our hair being ripped out when we have a knot and of course, they don’t either.
Don’t Put Off Brushing
My last secret to brushing your toddler girl’s hair without the tears is to don’t put off brushing it! I know how easy it is to just say, “I’ll brush it later…” Trust me, I used to do that all the time, but to be honest, putting it off just made it worse. The small rat’s nest kept growing and growing and growing and by the time I brushed it, it was a half hour of tears. So, don’t put off brushing, brush her hair morning and night to keep the knots in check.
There you have it! All my secrets to brushing your daughter’s hair without the tears!
What would you add to the list of secrets?
Michele is a Family Life Educator. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!