How to Tame a Newborn’s Hair?

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How To Tame A Newborn's Hair?

While some babies are born bold, with almost no hair, some of them have a very thick one and it’s very difficult to maintain it. So, how to tame a newborn’s hair? Here are some tricks you can do:

  • Avoid washing your newborn’s hair every single day. They do not need that, just like they do need baths every day. When you are doing so, don’t put too much shampoo for too long. Aim for a quick wash, yet gentle, with only a few drops of baby’s shampoo. Don’t do it more than 2 or 3 times a week.
  • When washing the baby’s hair, gently rub the newborn’s shampoo on its head. Yes, the bath should not be long, but it doesn’t mean you should not be careful. If you do it vigorously, you can stress the baby’s hair follicles which can cause breakage or even hair loss even though it’s the baby we are talking about. 
  • When combing your baby’s hair, use a wide-toothed comb or soft-bristle brush. This is way better to use on your newborn’s hair because it won’t tangle or pull a baby’s hair. 
  • At this stage, you should still not use any headbands or make ponytails that can pull or even rag on newborns’ hair. 
  • If you need to comb its hair, because you are going for a walk, do it. Just make sure your baby is well-rested and fed so there are fewer reasons for being cranky. 

What can you put on newborn hair?

There are a few things you can put on your baby’s hair, and we have provided a list below. But before you do anything, make sure you consult with your baby’s health giver, especially if your baby has a rash or you have noticed anything unusual on the baby’s skull. 

  • Baby Buttercreme
  • Baby Lotion
  • Baby Vaseline
  • Baby Hair Pudding
  • Baby Oil: for eg.: Coconut Oil with Shea Butter 
  • Olive Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

How to tame a newborn’s hair? The answer to this can even refer to what products to use when it comes to newborns’ hair. 

The best advice for using products on your baby’s hair is to use the simplest ones. Baby’s product should have a label that is designed especially for baby’s as well as tested.

Using natural products like almond or coconut oil or avocado is the best. You should aim for only a few drops into your palms and then slowly run them through the newborn’s hair. 

Why does my newborn’s hair stick up?

How To Tame A Newborn's Hair?

The reason why the hair of your baby is sticking up is that the baby has inherited a gene mutation. This means that the baby has two copies of a gene of each parent, which is changing the shape of the hair.

This is nothing to worry about. The hair often looks a bit shaggy and flyaway while standing up straight. 

Many babies experience cradle cap (also called scalp dermatitis) in the first few months of life. This is a harmless skin condition caused by a buildup of oils on the baby’s scalp, which gives a dull and greasy appearance to the baby’s head.

When can you comb a newborn’s hair?

When it comes to combing baby hair, there is no exact time on when you should start doing it. But, doing it can help you with the dilemma about how to tame a newborn’s hair? You can start doing it any time you want, even at the earliest stages of a baby’s life. 

Of course, you cannot use any kind of brush, so go for the soft-bristle one. They are designed especially for toddlers with fine hair, which will make them feel relaxed and even helps with bonding. 

Can I put hair products in my baby hair?

How To Tame A Newborn's Hair?

Before you start using any of the products on your baby’s hair, as we always recommend, consult with the baby’s doctor first.

As mentioned before, don’t wash your baby’s hair with products before he or she turns at least 4 or 6 months old. So approximately, wait until they are at least two months old before using any of the product on their hair. 

It’s well known that newborns are changing so much within their first year, so the best thing to do is to avoid as much as possible using too many products on them. And, when doing so, just make sure you use the proper ones in small portions.


Parents notice every tiny detail about their kids, as well as a little bit of shaggy hair. But, there’s a condition thanks to the genes the baby inherited from both mom and dad, thus the result comes in a flyaway hair.

Therefore, many parents now are wondering, how to tame a newborn’s hair?

We have provided a few useful tips, like don’t wash it too often, use appropriate brushes, and never use products that are not made for babies.

Headbands are also a thing to avoid because they can pull and break a baby’s hair easily. When it comes to the washing time, the technique also matters.

Massage it slowly, with less shampoo, but aim to do it on short notice, because overdoing it can even result in hair loss. 

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My name is Catherine. I'm a Mom and one of the avid writers working on HerScoop!