How to get rid of those nasty knots? If using a conditioner is just not enough to get the knots out of your child’s hair, then you are in need of a detangling spray! A detangling spray basically works as a leave-in-conditioner that smooths your hair by coating it with an oil or polymer and/or by acidifying it so that the hair's surface tightens up, smoothing the scales on the hair's outer surface or cuticle and imparting a positive electrical charge to prevent the static that can worsen tangles Most detangling sprays can be used on wet or dry hair and won’t leave your hair feeling greasy or weighed down. So, here’s how you tackle the knots: Get a comb or hairbrush that can be washed with soap. Otherwise, your fingers will also do. Apply a generous amount of detangler to your hair. I said generous, it should be really smooth and wet. Use more during the next steps if necessary. Start untangling from the bottom / the tips. Use your fingers to gently unravel knots, try separating strands even if some knots remain. Use a comb or brush to comb single strands, starting with short strokes at the tip, working upwards with longer strokes. Ideally you will be able to unravel smaller tangles this way. If you have tight knots that don't come out easily, leave them for the moment. Make sure they are well-oiled. Once they have soaked some more, try again! When all the knots are out, brush thoroughly from root to tip. To avoid knots, try not to kneed your hair while washing but rather work on lathering it up with circular motions and then rinsing from top to bottom.
What is it with Tweens and brands? One minute we can dress them in what ever we choose and the next, they are demanding Adidas, Nike and the likes! Why the sudden change and the need to stand out? Well, Tweens (7 – 12 years old) are in that critical phase in their lives where they are looking to role models, people and brands to help them carve out their own identities. Kids are getting older younger and through access to social media and changes in the way families communicate, they are starting to develop opinions and beliefs far earlier in life that will ultimately define their personalities. The feeling of acceptance by their peer group and the desire to be acknowledged is of utmost importance to them. A lack of freedom, financial independence and experience, makes it hard for them to develop independent identities. They therefore find solace in being part of a crew (being at school, online or in their community) and seek out like-minded individuals. They are also highly influenced by what they see and hear! Brands that present themselves as cool and responsible, start to appeal to both kids and parents. And if a brand is able to help them differentiate themselves, acknowledge them as individuals and raise their cool factor, they respond positively (i.e they want it!) Remember that kids value being valued, respect those that respect them, thrive on validation and love people and brands that acknowledge them.
Try it and you might just like it!