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There are several ways you can tackle this: There are over-the-counter treatments for head lice that you can get at most local pharmacies and grocery stores. You can also get a lice comb and pick out the nits and eggs by hand. However, you have to be VERY thorough; one missed egg can mean an re-infestation. Depending on where you're located, there are ...


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It is an old wives tale, there's no reason not to cut an infant's hair. As you say it is inert, cutting it makes no difference to hair being grown. I don't think it is a question that comes up often because infants generally have so little of it in the first place that cutting it is unnecessary.


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Is it drying by towel? As a kid I hated having someone else wiping my face clean, it felt so invasive, demeaning and uncomfortable (and to be honest I think I just got used to fighting it). The washing... I don't know. Maybe give him the option to do it himself? The towel might be a bit too vigorous for his taste (not an accusation! I'm sure you're ...


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You didn't specifically say you want to do it yourself, so: Obviously a professional hairdresser does a great job with much less risk of injuries, and much quicker. And you don't have to clean up afterward! :-) Our local hairdresser (part of a nationwide drugstore chain) does toddler haircuts for free. The whole operation from entering the store until ...


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It sounds like this is more your problem than hers. She is probably to young to care and doesn't compare her self to others the way we, as mothers, do. In terms of recommendations, you need to be careful not to send your uncomfortable feelings about her hair to her. Try headbands, elastic bands, or clips (if she will keep them in). I find, as you did, ...


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It happens to many kids. One of mine did the same - using a pair of scissors to cut about 12 inches off the sides of her hair. It looked terrible, and we pointed out her mistake :-) They will be made fun of for a short while, but this isn't the end of the world - if I were you I wouldn't worry about it. If she gets made fun of for a short while it will ...


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The topsy tail tool can be used to help make a plain ponytail if you find your fingers are too cumbersome to manage the hair tie. However, even with thick or long fingers you'll find that using hair ties simply takes time and practice. At first it'll be difficult, time consuming, and the results won't be great, but like tying shoes, after doing it hundreds ...


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This is one area where I call in a professional. Because they work with shears all day and are used to making quick, sure cuts without stabbing anyone, they're going to be better at it than I am. For my toddler, it's a 3-person process: hairdresser, my mom, and me. The latter two hold/distract her. She still screams like a banshee, but it's enough where ...


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I think our best improvement in the process is to have both parents involved. Our son usually sits on mom's lap while I do the cutting. This keeps him engaging with mom and he hardly notices the scissors. This doesn't always work, in fact sometimes it's a total bust... thankfully unless you're totally changing the hair style, most folks don't really notice ...


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My 20 month old daughter also seems to like having her hair loose in her face (pulling out any clips or bands etc.). So usually we just allow her to choose. They do make "non-toxic" hairgel/mist for kids, but my preferred solution (temporary, but easy to do in a moment) is simply to brush her hair back toward her ears with plain water. She seems to like ...


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NO Long hair in infants and toddlers is not dangerous. It can be irritating for mom and dad as the kid gets active and the hair gets dirty and tangled and requires more attention, but that is about it.


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Despite your challenge of managing her hair, she must look adorable! Talk to your preferred hairdresser. Ask specifically for tricks that don't involve hairspray. Did you know that there are different shapes of cross-section, and that this determines not just how curly the hair gets but also how well it lends itself to different treatments and hairdos? ...


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A friend of mine had a 10 year old daughter who was losing hair and quite skinny. The family is Hindu and very vegetarian. When the daughter stopped eating enough then it was very easy for her to become malnourished. The mother would make her nice lunches that the child would just throw away at school. She would only have small meals at home. Being ...


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My son's hair is literally two different colors: red and blond. My hair is also literally two different colors: very blond and black. Variation in hair color is perfectly normal. I had a friend in elementary school who had some grey hair (nothing huge...just a small patch). If you only see one or a few, I wouldn't worry too much about it, but if you ...


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While the phrasing could be better, @monsto is right. Hair color changes naturally for a large number of reasons. It's not uncommon for infants' and young children's hair color to completely change naturally, nor are patches of off-color hair unheard of (my husband also has a patch of lighter hair on his head). Why is that? Because there are a ton of ...


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Since we use clippers for both my husband and my son's hair I find it's helpful to have Matthias help with cutting his father's hair first, and then vice versa. He sees how it's done and can see that it doesn't hurt Dad (even if it is a bit loud), so he doesn't freak out (much) when it's his turn. On a side note: Be sure he hasn't changed the settings on ...


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If she won't stay still long enough to cut the hair do what my wife does, put the child to sleep on a towel then cut the hair slowly, holding onto it. You shouldn't get much hair on the bed and you can usually move a sleeping child enough to get the towel out, or move them back to the bed if you want to try putting them to sleep somewhere else first. ...


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Does she care if it is in her eyes? If not, leave it - it will eventually get longer If so, cut it - it is fine to cut hair regularly :-)


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Our two-year-old has been the same way for the last year and a half. :-/ She likes splashing in the tub and washing the rest of herself, but really, really does not like having her hair washed (drying used to be almost as bad, but has gotten better since we started patting it gently instead of doing it the quicker normal/adult way). I wish I had an answer ...


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Our daughter initially didn't like getting her hair washed. It is rather invasive, like Michael said, but washing your hair is just a necessity of social standards. What I started to do was warn her. I'd let her know beforehand "I'm going to wash your head soon". At the same time I'd show her the shampoo and prep a wet washcloth just in case soap got into ...


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We struggled through a good half dozen haircuts with our son on our own. We always had to stop early* when he cried too much for us to bear. His most recent haircut (21 months) was by far the best yet. We actually used a Flowbee (yes, the as seen on tv product from the '90s!) He sat in front of the tv, we cut his hair with the Flowbee, and the vacuum took ...


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Why is at a concern? Do you really need to worry about it? I don't see that there is a safety or hygiene issue with hair hanging in front of the eyes. About the only thing I can think of appearance, which is fine, but not all that urgent. It sounds like you have exhausted all of the alternatives except the hair cut. If it really is necessary to control ...


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I haven't cut any of my kids hair until age 3 (even my son, as it is a Jewish tradition). Their hair ranged in length. They didn't so much like when I put it up to keep it our of their face, however, that was the only down side. I don't see the danger.


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My daughter has curly hair which does tend to get a bit on the wild side. So as others have already suggested I use a detangler spray. I make it up from a small amount of leave in conditioner mixed with water in a pink sparkly spray bottle. I find it's better to brush it wet as it then dries into nice curls or waves rather than brushing it when it's dry as ...


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My two daughters both had incredibly crazy hair which would not stay in bunches or plaits as it is so fine. The two pronged solution: Detangler - to at least make their hair brushable Allowing it to grow - the eldest's is now long enough it sits flatter. The youngest still has mad hair, but having a 5 year old with mad blonde curls is actually pretty cute ...


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Even though you said you don't want to use product, I have found detangler spray very useful. It takes a lot of the stress out of brushing her hair, but doesn't leave a residue like hairspray or gel. Plaits worked well too.


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Hair loss can be an indication of protein deficiency. I have had many students (primarily girls) who, in an attempt to lose weight, have suddenly decided to go vegetarian or strictly limit their in-take of meat. While they understand that meat tends to be high in calories, they don't usually understand enough about being a vegetarian to know that they ...


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My great uncle had a stripe of white hair, offcenter on his skull. it was about where men would normally part their hair. Trick is that me and my family are black. so here's a guy in the 1930s with a 'fro and a 1 inch wide skunk stripe down the corner of his head. had it till the day he went all grey. In other words, I think it's just a white hair. Feed ...


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Torben makes a great point, about natural consequences. I agree with Paul Cline about the specific phrasing, but letting the girls experience the natural consequences of their mistake is likely the best medicine for making it stop. Now, since you mention it isn't the first time this has happened, there is some evidence that perhaps the teasing did not do ...


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If her hair is long enough, you could try French plaits - these give the hair a lot of friction, so when you put the hair band on the end it stays together quite well, usually for a couple of days before you need to remove it. If you do just want to stick with a pony tail or bunches, my technique is to give the hair a bit of a twist to hold it together and ...



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