Want to Know the Right Time When do Babies Hair Change Color?
When I was a kid, I love braiding the hairs of my dolls and tying them up with ribbons. I said to myself that when I have a baby girl, I will make her look lovely.
I was so thrilled when I saw my little girl with jet-black hair like the night. I imagine putting on colored clips to highlight the color of her hair.
But then, I noticed that her hair changed to medium brown as she grows eight months. I was surprised since I thought she would always have black hair.
Why and when do babies hair change color? I want to know if the hair-changing incidence in my child is a call for panic. In this post, I will share with you more information about infant's hair.
Knowing More About Newborn Hair
Babies are born with hair. The fact is, these locks start to grow when the baby is still in the womb. There will be thin and soft hair growing on the shoulders, back, head and face of all fetuses within the stages of pregnancy. However, most of these hairs begin to disappear between 36 to 40 weeks gestation. For some babies, they are born with more hair.
The hormones of their mothers affect children during pregnancy, and they carry on with these hormones even after they are born. Still, these hormones will eventually plunge after birth, causing it to stop the growth of inborn hair on the body.
Then, the Telogen Phase will begin, and your baby will start to shed off some hair. In this phase, it is easy to see kids suddenly turning bald. Infant hair loss usually happens between 3 to 4 months. However, some babies experience hair loss during six months.
Another reason for baby hair loss is due to the end of the hair growth cycle. While children were born with hair, their old hair will be outgrown by new hair. This new hair will be pushing the old hair out thus resulting to a temporary baldness while the new locks are taking time to grow.
There are times when all the new hairs grow simultaneously thus creating a bald appearance. However, there are instances when only a particular part of the hair is growing, therefore, creating a bald spot on the head.
How About Hair Changing Color?
Once the Telogen Phase had passed, your baby will experience hair growth. Newborn locks will begin to grow but with a sudden change in color, texture, and appearance. Kids’ hair will now take on with the family genes often different from what they had when they were born.
Most parents are shocked when they see their baby born with a different hair color than they are. For instance, a baby is born with dark brown hair while both parents are blonde. Still, when the Telogen Phase is over, the color of the hair will conform to the genes of the family such as blonde for babies born from blonde parents.
Texture change also happens to some children. There were cases when infants were born with curly hair but then changed to straight locks after several months. There are those who have thick hair from the start but then started to have thin and fewer hair when they grow old.
Changes in hair color and texture happen in as early as six months. But, the average phase for hair changes is between nine to twelve months. Still, some babies stay bald until they are two years old.
How to Take Care of Your Baby’s Hair
Proper hair care is as important to babies as it is to adults. How we want our hair to be healthy and beautiful must also be the same mindset we should have for our children. If we take good care of our baby’s hair, we can be assured that these will grow strong, in a healthy condition and away from any scalp injuries.
Tips on how to take care of your baby’s hair:
Use fragrance-free and hypoallergenic hair products. Make sure it is meant for babies and are safe for their scalp. Choosing tearless baby shampoo is good.
Gently massage the scalp when washing. Use a few strokes with very mild pressure. Your child’s scalp is still soft and vulnerable, so there is no need for brisk massages.
Oil your baby’s hair regularly. Choose fragrant-free and baby-safe oil. Oiling helps in the improvement of blood circulation in his head. It also aids in moisturizing the scalp, so it does not become flaky and itchy.
Use a wide and soft brush if you need to comb his hair. It will prevent any tangles while not pulling the hair of your baby. Also, be gentle and slow in combing his hair. Make sure that the tooth of the comb is not too hard on your child’s scalp.
Give your baby hair nutrients. You can find vitamins and minerals ideal for the hair through the food they eat. If your child can eat solid foods, choose foods that are rich in Vitamin D. Pureed carrot is an example.
Keep Them Healthy!
Babies are adorable when they have hairs we can style anyway we want. They look cute when they have shiny and beautiful hair every day. When you take care of your baby, make sure keeping their hair healthy is one of your priorities.
When my baby grew into her medium brown hair, I was surprised with the transformation. But, knowing that it is normal for all children, even the baldness, and the hair loss, I was relieved! I immediately focused myself in taking good care of her hair.
Did your baby go through hair color change? How did you feel about it? Tell us more!