Not all newborns are born without hair. Some are born with thick hair and others come out with perfectly coiffed locks. Some look like they are having a bad hair day.
No one really knows why some are born with lots of hair, although experts believe that it has something to do with maternal hormones and genetic. It does not matter how thick your baby’s hair will be, there are things that you need to know about your newborn’s hair.
Newborn Hair Loss
If you were surprised to see your baby having thick hair when he comes out, just wait, the hair may disappear after several months. Like a golden retriever, your newborn shed hair in the first 6 months. It’s because all the pregnancy hormones drop after birth, so your baby’s hair stops growing. After this your baby will experience “telogen” it is the phase when lots of hair falls out.
Newborn Hair Growth
After the “telogen” phase it will be followed by new hair growth. However, the baby hair that grows in is your little one’s newborn hair. Texture and color usually change, thus your baby’s thick, dark hair may grow a lot lighter and sparser. Red can reappear as blonde. Curly hair may reappear as straight. Eventually, your newborn’s hair will grow in and she will look better. Some may have her hair reappear after six months and others in the later years 2 or 3 years.
Taking Care of Your Newborn Hair
- Washing your baby’s hair every day is not recommended. Your baby can have a quick shampoo when she takes a bath. You can do this two to three times a week.
- Be very careful when you massage a baby shampoo in your baby’s scalp. Applying a brisk scalp massage can stress your baby’s hair follicles and will accelerate breakage or hair loss.
- Use a soft-bristle brush or a wide-toothed comb to comb your baby’s hair so it will not pull your baby’s hair or catch on tangles.
- Avoid ponytails or headbands that may pull your baby’s hair too tightly that could damage your newborn’s scalp.
- It is also recommended that your newborn have a quick trim to make him look presentable. Do this when your baby is well fed and rested, so he will be less cranky. Give her some toys to keep her attention on it.
- You can cut a part of his Mohawk so you can keep some of his baby hair in the baby book, and maintain the other part of his hair. Your baby’s hair will look different in the coming months.
- Newborn’s hair is unpredictable. The thickness of your baby’s hair will depend on ethnicity, hormones, and genetics. It does not matter how hairy your newborn is, try not to get attached to the look. Your baby’s hair will have a major change during the first year.
How to Avoid Bald Spots
Some babies may have bald spots. You can actually avoid the appearance of bald spots. Your newborn may spend most of his time on his back, the friction between the crib mattress and his head may produce a bald spot, particularly in the back of his head. If your baby is always on the same side when he is lying down, change his position so he will not have a bald spot and avoid flattening of that area. The bald spots will disappear once he grows a little older and as soon as he spends more time in an upright position.
How to Prevent Your Newborn Hair from Getting Too Dry
Your baby’s new hair may have a completely different color or texture or both. It does not matter how your baby’s hair will look like when it grows, it will be more fragile and finer than yours, so you need to follow these tips to prevent your newborn’s hair from getting too dry or damaged:
1. Wash your newborn’s hair when needed
Your baby under 6 months produces less oil on their scalps, so shampooing it every day is not advisable. The suggested frequency of washing your baby’s hair is two times a week. But as your baby grows older you can wash your baby’s hair more often. Use hypoallergenic, fragrance-free products.
2. Tame Tangles
To avoid knots if your baby has a lot of tight curls or lot of hair is to use a baby-friendly conditioner that you can apply after shampooing and rinsing out only around 75% of it. For thicker hair, you can use a spray detangler, and spray only the ends and not on the scalp. To get rid a stubborn tangle, hold your newborn hair between the scalp and the knot, spray detangler and gently comb his hair.
3. Style Hair Safely
Keep an eye on the hair accessories or clips that your baby is wearing. If these accessories slip off, your baby might swallow it. Your newborn’s hair may break easily. Avoid pulling it very tight when tying it.
4. Scoop on Cradle Cap
Observe if your baby has cradle cap. It is scaling of the skin on his scalp that flakes off. It normally occurs on baby between 6 to 12 months that is usually mild and is not harmful. Massaging the scalp can help relieve the dryness and scaling of the scalp. Use mild shampoo and the hair should be washed at least every other day. You can also put some mineral oil on the scalp.
There are some disorders that may occur on your newborn’s scalp if you will not be able to take care of their hair properly. It is important that you take note some of the unusual changes in his hair and consult an expert about it. Immature hair loss, very dry scalp, and others are some signs that you should be aware of.
There will be lots of changes that will happen on your newborn’s hair. The color and texture of your newborn’s hair may change a lot as his hair reappears and grows.