Ever noticed how some kids are born with a head full of hair while others have strands that you can count on your fingertips? No one really knows why this happens although some attribute it to genetics, ethnicity and/or maternal hormones. Also, infants tend to lose their baby hair within a span of 6 months in an attempt to acclimatize with the new environment, after which new hair grows out which may be completely different in terms of texture.
If you are one of those who has dreamt of a thick, lush mane for your kids, here are some things you can try.
- Castor oil is an age-old way of protecting hair. Derived from the seeds of castor oil plant, it is natural and gentle enough to be used on babies. It contains specific compounds including Vitamin E that stimulate hair growth and prevent infections of the scalp. However, castor oil is thick and sticky, primarily because of being loaded with fatty acids and hence should be used in moderate quantities for reaping its benefits.
- Once your child is older, you can experiment with all kinds of home-made conditioners. Avocado, aloe vera, yogurt, honey, extra-virgin olive oil or even good old coconut oil may be effective in promoting hair growth or adding shine to their tresses.
- While there is no established co-relation between haircuts and hair growth, regular haircuts tend to impart volume and a sense of neatness to the hair.
If you have noticed, I haven’t mentioned anything about a balanced diet and sufficient water. Hair growth or not, isn’t that a given?
Disclaimer: As usual, these are simple home remedies that I have tried and tested on my daughter over the years. They are not to be regarded as a substitute for medicines in any way. Please refer to your medical practitioner for expert views on any health-related subject.