Preventing Plumbing Clogs With Good Child Hair Care Techniques

If you are a parent, then you probably give your children multiple baths a week. Hair washing is likely part of your routine, and some of your child's hair will end up in the bathtub drain. If too much hair accumulates, then a large and dense clog can form. Tangled hair can be incredibly difficult to remove from a drain, and a plumbing contractor will likely be needed to release the formation with a drain snake. Fortunately, you can prevent these sorts of clogs from forming by making sure to minimize the amount of hair that releases from your child's head during a bath.

Brush Before the Bath

Your child is likely to lose between 50 and 150 strands of hair on an average day, and a great deal of this hair will clump together in knots. The hair can get caught in braids, ponytails, and barrettes as well, and all of this hair can fall into the bathtub when you give your child a bath. One of the best ways to prevent this is to make sure that you brush your child's hair before they bathe.  

Use the Right Brush

When you brush the hair though, you should try to use the right type of brush so that hair is not pulled from the follicles or broken. Boar bristled brushes are a good choice for children due to the soft and moveable nature of the bristles. If your child's hair is extremely fine though, then consider a porcupine brush instead. This type of brush features groups of bristles that are gentler on thin hair.

Once you purchase the right brush, do not wet your child's hair. Wet hair becomes flexible when it is wet and this can cause damage. Leave the hair dry and brush the ends. Work your way to the scalp making sure to release tangles as you go. When you are done brushing, cover your hands with a small amount of body lotion. Run your hands down the length of your child's hair to collect loose hair.

Keep Hair Clean

The hair follicles that line your child's head release oils that naturally moisturize the hair. These oils should not be stripped from the hair or it will become dry and break more easily. Oils also cannot be left on the scalp for too long either or they will clog the pores and hair will be more likely to fall out. This means that your child's hair should be washed every two or three days to ensure optimal health.  

Use the Right Shampoo

When you do wash your child's hair, make sure to use a shampoo that will keep hair from falling out and clogging the drain. Try to avoid products that contain isopropyl alcohol, propylene glycol, and formaldehyde. Alcohol within the cleaner can dry out the hair and make it brittle, and propylene glycol can break down the proteins in the hair strands that keep them from breaking. Formaldehyde can cause scalp irritation and swelling that can clog the pores.

Look for shampoos that contain citric acid, glycerin, and natural oils instead. Citric acid helps to break down the dirt and debris that sits on the hair and scalp so it can be rinsed away. Glycerin and natural oils moisturize the hair strands so they can retain strength.

Once you have the right shampoo, lather the hair close to the scalp and gently scrub the hair down to the roots. Use lukewarm water to rinse the hair afterwards. Hot water can remove too many of the natural oils from the hair and cold water may leave shampoo residue behind that can clog hair follicles.

Hair in your bathtub drain can quickly cause an immovable clog or backup. In many cases, a plumbing professional from a firm like Orange Coast Plumbing will need to pull the hair up from the opening. You can prevent this inconvenience by making sure that your child's hair does not break, fall out, or come loose during a bath.