On average, after infancy, a child’s hair will grow 5 to 6 inches per year, giving them thick long hair by the time they are 4 or 5 years old.
However, some kids can suffer from a variety of different problems with their hair, including slow hair growth, hair thinning, or even hair loss.
There are lots of different causes of childhood slow hair growth and hair loss, and they are often at their most acute between the ages of 1 and 10.
Tinea capitis – which is commonly known as scalp ringworm – is an infection that frequently affects children. It manifests itself in a number of ways, notably as flakey bald patches on the head. These patches tend to be round or oval, indicating that the hair has snapped away at the surface of the skin.
Other kids suffer from conditions like trichotillomania, which is where hair is lost when the child pulls, plucks, or twists it away. Trichotillomania is a compulsive disorder often triggered by stress and trauma, but it tends to resolves itself as the anxiety subsides.
Of course, whatever the source of the problem, slow childhood hair growth can be extremely upsetting for both kids and parents to deal with.
This is particularly true when it comes to young girls, who may be more sensitive about their appearance than boys.
However, rather than immediately reaching for expensive and potentially harmful chemical remedies – or even for counselling – for your daughter, there are some more natural and straightforward techniques that you can try first in an effort to regrow your daughter’s hair, or make it grow faster.
Healthy Eating For Stronger Hair. A really healthy diet full of nutritional foods can promote hair growth by boosting to the amount of nourishing minerals and vitamins in your child’s body.
Vitamin B, for instance – which you’ll find in bananas, whole-grain cereals, rice and eggs – produces keratin, the protein that strengthens hair and helps it to grow.
Then there’s folic acid, which exists in high quantities in foods such as asparagus, peas, citrus fruits, and poultry. Folic acid has the same growth-promoting effect as keratin-rich protein. And then there’s the essentials of a healthy diet.
Loads of vegetables like broccoli and carrots, and fruit, like apples and strawberries, will do wonders for your daughter’s overall health, which is the physical foundation-stone of strong, fast growing hair.
Oil For Dry Scalp. Sometimes the problem of fine hair lies in the scalp. Dry and itchy scalps can trigger aggressive scratching on your kid’s behalf, and this in turn will trigger hair loss.
So make sure that your daughter’s scalp isn’t excessively dry or flakey. If it is, try massaging it with every day or to two to three times per week.
You can add castor oil to the massage oil, which is said to be good for hair growth. However if you’re a parent that worries about creating excess oil on your daughter’s scalp, then you can opt for any tinctures that contain traditional Chinese herbs – such as Ginseng – with known hair growth-promoting qualities.
Hair Care And Brushing Techniques. If your daughter has really fine hair, you could try adopting certain hair care and hair brushing techniques in order to make it grow faster and thicker.
Start by washing your child’s hair with a gentle cleansing shampoo. Do this once or twice a week, but avoid drying it with high temperature blowdryers. Blowdryers and curlers all work to dry out the hair, which makes breakage much more likely, causing your child’s hair to look and feel flat and brittle.
Then brush out your child’s hair with conditioner still in it, or use a detangling solution. After that brush your child’s hair with a specially designed acetate brushing comb.
Once you’ve done this, style your child’s hair using accessories that won’t snag on her strands – elastic bands that are covered with satin or another smooth fabric, for instance. Don’t style her hair in any that adds strain or pressure to the roots. Give it as much freedom as possible.
The point of this washing technique is to treat her hair delicately, in order to make sure that it is clean and healthy. If you follow this pattern, her hair will get the space and nourishment it needs to grow.