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How to Prevent a Baby's Hair From Being So Dry

By Amie Taylor ; Updated April 18, 2017
A baby's fine hair can easily become dry and flyaway.

While dry hair is something adults sometimes struggle with due to sun exposure, over-washing, chemical processing and heat styling, it's not a problem you expect your baby to have. However, a baby's hair and scalp can easily become dry. It's fine texture and lack of natural oil can contribute to it becoming dry and flyaway. Fortunately you don't have to tote your baby to the spa for expensive conditioning treatments. There are numerous methods to restore moisture to your baby's hair at home.

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Use soap and shampoo sparingly on your baby's hair.

Shampoo your baby's hair once or twice a week. Your baby does not produce the amount of scalp oil an adult does, and his hair does not need to be washed as frequently. By washing it once or twice a week, you reduce the drying effect soap has on his hair.

Extensive rinsing will remove all traces of shampoo from your baby's hair.

When you do shampoo, wash all traces of soap or shampoo away. Leaving even a small trace of shampoo in your baby's hair can be very drying.

Use a gentle shampoo formulated for baby hair. Never use an adult shampoo on a baby. Not only can it run into her eyes and burn them, it's entirely too harsh for a baby's wispy hair. Shampoos that are free from fragrance, DEA and sulfates are best for baby and her hair.

Massage a tiny amount of olive oil, Shea butter or coconut oil into your baby's hair. This will moisturize his hair and prevent fly-aways.

Massage your baby's scalp. Even if you don't use any oil, the act of massage will stimulate natural scalp oils that may help with his dry hair.

Brush your baby's hair with a soft-bristled baby brush. This will distribute any oils and smooth the hair follicle.

Things You Will Need

  • Gentle baby shampoo
  • Soft bristled hairbrush
  • Olive oil, coconut oil or Shea butter


Keep a hat on your baby in cold weather. Not only does it keep him warm, it will keep the dry winter air from drying his hair.


Never blow dry your baby's hair. It's very easy to burn their scalp and face even on a low setting, and it will maker her hair even drier.

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About the Author

Amie Taylor has been a writer since 2000. Book reviews, gardening and outdoor lawn equipment repair articles and short fiction account for a handful of her published works. Taylor gained her gardening and outdoor equipment repair experience from working in the landscaping and lawn-care business she and her husband own and operate.

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