Being a caring father who’s interested in your children’s lives can be a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s absolutely essential to be present and available for your kids. But on the other hand, it’s sometimes hard to find the line between being helpful and feeling in the way.
Similarly, teenagers often want help with their lives. But on the other hand, they typically hate having anyone think they need help. So when you approach your kids about their hair and skin care routine, you must be sure you do it gently and politely.
The wellness market in North America grows by 6.9% every year. To make sure your family fully enjoys the benefits of a first-world society and the improved health and happiness this can bring with it, try out some of the following tips. By treating your kids like people whose opinions matter, and showing a genuine interest in their lives, you may be able to help them out more than either of you think.
Make Sure They Have Access to the Products They Need
It should go without saying that not all hair and skin care products are created equal. In order for your kids to enjoy good skin and hair health, they’ve got to have the right ones. While you should respect your teen’s opinion about which products are right for them, you should also take this with a grain of salt.
Do your own research to find out what skin and hair products are likely to be the essentials for your teen. You can do this based on their hair and skin type, as well as on the ingredients used in each product (more on this later).
You can share this list of products you recommend to your teen if you want to, but if your teenagers are like most, they won’t want to use your recommendations as a matter of principle. Instead, once you know how much money it would cost to get the products you think would be best, just give them about that amount to use to shop for themselves.
Of course, teenagers don’t always know what’s best for them, even though they’re often quite sure they do. But instead of dictating what they should or should not use based on your research, help them to understand why certain things are important. They understand other hygiene necessities like brushing their teeth twice a day, so teaching them about their hair and skin health should sink in similarly. Casually educate them about common ingredients used in products that are harmful and make sure they understand why. Once they know these things, they can make better decisions on their own without feeling like their independence has been compromised.
Remind Them to Use Sunscreen
A study by IMPACT Melanoma found that 86% of study participants claim to use sunscreen either “always” or “sometimes” when outside. These are good numbers because they mean that most of the world is being smart about skin care in the summer sun. But is your family keeping up?
Fortunately, this is a tip you can easily apply without risking annoyance to your teen. If your family is spending time outside or at the beach, make it a point to ensure everyone’s using a safe, effective brand of sunscreen. If your teen is going to be hanging out with their friends for the day, just remind them to bring sunscreen with them and to be sure to use it when outdoors.
Gently Advise Against Damaging Hair Treatments
Rough 33% of women will experience hair loss at some point in their lives. Ideally though, your daughter won’t be one of them. Healthy hair for the long term starts now.
It may come as some surprise to learn that, of all the hair projects you see on the shelves of your local supermarket, the majority of them contain harsh and dangerous chemicals which can cause serious damage to your kid’s hair. While some of these aren’t necessarily harmful if used in moderation, others should be avoided altogether. It’s up to you as a parent to do your research and make sure your children know what hair care products are safe to use, just as you would play a role in monitoring their diet.
Many common hair treatments involve harsh heat and chemicals which can cause severe damage with continued use. Teens with thin and curly hair are especially at risk, since these types of hair are typically more sensitive than straight, thick hair.
Naturally curly hair is especially sensitive and it works in a way that’s completely different from other hair types. If your son or daughter has curly hair, they should understand that hair treatments, products, and grooming techniques that work just fine for their straight-haired friends will usually not work for them. There are products and online resources made for curly-haired people specifically to help solve these mysteries.
With 88% of all women saying that their hair has a direct effect on their confidence, using products and treatments that promote hair health instead of damaging it can have a major effect on your daughter’s self-esteem. However, this isn’t just true for girls. Teenage boys are often more affected by their appearance and what others think of them more than they let on. Make sure your kids are set up for good hair and skin for life and you may see their confidence soar.
Ensure They Have Good Hygiene and Self-Care Education
As mentioned earlier, it’s not really enough to be able to tell your kids what to use and what not to use for their hair and skin. It’s not just because kids don’t like listening to their parents. Even if yours are very receptive to what you say, it’s still best if they do their own thinking for themselves, at least as much as is safe.
For this reason, make sure your kids have access to a great education when it comes to hygiene and self-care. Whether they attend a school that offers this information in the form of optional classes, or you need to buy some books on the subject, try to make it easy for them to learn what they need to know.
With these steps in place, your kids have a great shot at growing up with healthy skin and hair.