Quiz results: How much do you really know about how to take care of your child’s hair?
Learn more about the answers to our quiz, with added tips for how to cleanse and manage every type of kids’ hair.
1. How many different hair types are there?
Yes, there are actually eight different types of hair out there, ranging from straight to zigzag coils. And they’re determined by the shape of the follicle in your scalp that your hair grows out of. For example, people with very curly hair have oval-shaped follicles, while those with straight hair have round follicles.
2. How often should you wash your child’s hair?
For active kids, every day
“If your children are fairly active and frequently get sweaty and dirty, their hair really needs a good wash every day,” says Joseph Greco, Principle Scientist, Global Baby Franchise R&D, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health. “It’s a myth that kids shouldn’t wash their hair too often—it’s only a concern if they’re using adult products.” Johnson’s® Clean & Fresh Shampoo & Body Wash contains proprietary FreshBoost™ fragrance, which gently cleanses hair while leaving it smelling fresh all day. Johnson’s® Clean & Fresh Conditioning Spray is a leave-in product that softens hair without providing unnecessary buildup that can weigh down strands.
3. True or False: Only adults can get dry, brittle hair.
Hair that has any type of wave or curl is more likely to lack moisture, which means it’s more susceptible to breakage, explains Greco. Johnson’s® Ultra-Hydrating Shampoo and Johnson’s® Ultra-Hydrating Conditioner are enriched with ingredients like proteins and provitamin B5. The result: shiny, smooth, bouncy hair.
4. Which natural ingredient can best help give your little one smooth, shiny and soft hair?
Argan oil’s molecules are so small that they easily penetrate even the smallest hair cuticles, leaving strands soft and manageable without a greasy residue. It’s also rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, which can help protect tresses from heat damage if your child ever uses a hair dryer.
5. True or False: Baby shampoo is all you need to thoroughly clean kids’ hair.
Baby shampoo may not completely clean longer, thicker kids’ hair. For most active children, notes Greco, baby shampoo may not remove all the oil, dirt and sweat these kids can pick up every day. That’s why Johnson’s® has launched its new line, featuring products designed to thoroughly clean your little ones’ hair without over-stripping it or exposing kids to harsh ingredients often found in adult hair products.
6. True or False: It’s best to avoid using adult shampoo on kids’ hair.
Adult shampoos tend to over-wash children’s hair, which can lead to flakes and breakage. “They contain harsher cleansing agents that can strip hair,” Greco explains. They also tend to contain conditioners that leave adult hair smooth and shiny, but in kids, these ingredients can lead to buildup resulting in hair that looks dull and flat. Another problem: Adult products aren’t tear-free. Kids younger than 8 years old aren’t developmentally able to wash their own hair without getting some shampoo into their eyes, and the new Johnson’s® Kids Hair Care line is designed to be tear-free.
7. True or False: Your child needs a conditioner.
While baby hair is too fine to require it, by the time your child reaches toddler age a good conditioner can help keep hair manageable and minimize tangles and knots. Adult conditioners can weigh down your kid’s locks, says Greco. But Johnson’s Ultra-Hydrating Conditioner contains lightweight moisturizing ingredients, such as proteins and provitamin B5, that won’t overload their strands.
8. Which natural ingredient can most help enhance curls?
Shea butter is an emollient, which means it can lock in moisture—but it won’t leave your kid’s tresses greasy and heavy. “Shea butter can help prevent dryness and knots, which can make children’s curls unmanageable,” Greco explains. That’s why it’s a featured ingredient in Johnson’s® Curl Defining Shampoo and Johnson’s® Curl Defining Leave-In Conditioner.
9. Which of the following words should be on the label of your child’s shampoo?
The Johnson’s Kids Hair Care line is unlikely to trigger redness, rashes, irritation or itching on your child’s skin or scalp because it’s hypoallergenic, explains Greco. In addition, the products also don’t contain parabens, which are common preservatives; sulfates, which are harsh cleansing agents; phthalates; or synthetic dyes—all of which may potentially trigger a reaction.