Health Tip: Teach Your Kids Healthy Hair Habits

(HealthDay News) -- Kids should learn healthy ways to take care of their hair at an early age, the American Academy of Dermatology says.

The group offers this advice:

  • Wet hair and scalp with warm water before using shampoo.

  • Use only a quarter-size drop of shampoo.

  • Massage the shampoo gently into the scalp.

  • Rinse all of the suds from the hair with warm water.

  • Cover hair with a towel to absorb water. But don't rub wet hair, which can damage it.

  • Comb out damp hair gently with a wide-tooth comb.

  • Make braids and ponytails loose, and use covered rubber bands.

  • Select styles that don't require heat and chemical treatment.

  • If using heat on hair, use the lower setting.

  • Chemicals in relaxers, dyes and other hairstyling products may damage the hair. So try to maximize the time between treatments.

  • When outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect hair from the sun.