Showering/Washing Hair on their own?

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Showering/Washing Hair on their own?
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Thu, 06-05-2003 - 4:53pm
Hi everyone,

At what age should I expect my daughter to take a shower and wash her hair all on her own?? My daughter just turned 7 and although she can wash herself, she doesn't like to wash her hair by herself. I honestly don't think she would be able to get all the soap/conditioner out of her hair by herself at this point, anyway (she has long, thick hair!).

Thanks!

Debbie :-)

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Fri, 06-06-2003 - 1:28am
My daughter is 4, and she hates having her hair washed, so I can't imagine she'll be washing her hair with anything other than mud anytime soon. Sorry I don't have any helpful information.

Corinna

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Fri, 06-06-2003 - 8:53am
I think around 7 or so is when my older dd was washing her own hair. She had much trouble at first getting a good wash and getting all the shampoo out and I would send her back in to wash/rinse again. After being sent back several times she started spending a little more time washing and rinsing. If I really needed for her hair to look good(going out or pictures or something) I would help her wash it but I wanted her to try to get the hang of it by herself when she could. Also, I bought her one of those L'Oreal shampoos with shampoo and conditioner/detaingler all in one so it would be easier for her. She is now almost 10 and can handle it all just fine.


She is trying to "do" her hair by herself now and YIKES....

but that is a different story so I will stop here.

LOL

;)

Karla

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Fri, 06-06-2003 - 9:36am
Kristen started around 7 "trying" to do it herself. But like you, lots of times all the soap didn't get out. She just turned 8 last week and now I rarely have to send her back for more rinsing. My problem is getting her to use enough shampoo. By the time she has rubbed it all over hands enjoying the slipperiness, there is none left for the hair. LOL If your DD's hair is particularly long and thick she may need help rinsing yet. But give her the chance to try it and before long she'll get the hang of it.

Tam

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Fri, 06-06-2003 - 9:53am
my dd is 6. she likes to wash her hair by herself, but like you said, she doesn't get all the soap out. i have to go in there and check it for her and re-rinse it for her. especially the conditioner. sunday we were getting ready for church. she took a bath and got out & got dressed while i was getting ready. i went to dry her hair and she had a clump of conditioner right on top of her head! plus, i had left her dad in charge of checking to make sure she rinsed! he said he didn't see it (men!!) anyway, we had to re-rinse with her head over the tub in her dress!! she's learning, though.

btw, i've been going through hard times lately, as she's growing up so much. we don't have a baby girl anymore, she's a big girl. i'm excited to see her grow, but sad at the same time. make sense?
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Fri, 06-06-2003 - 10:34am
Rachel is 4 and likes to try washing her hair herself. I put the soap on, let her wash for a while, then I follow up to make sure it's really clean. She uses the detachable shower head to rinse, and again, I follow up to make sure she gets all of the soap out.

I doubt that I will let her do it by herself until she's 8 or 9..but we'll see. She's pretty advanced on some things and if she can work out getting her hair clean and rinsed well I may just let her sooner.

I also let her try to brush her hair herself...again, with my follow up to be sure it's really done right.

We also use the L'oreal shampoo/conditioner/detangler.

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Fri, 06-06-2003 - 10:44am
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I SO know how you feel!! I am just in awe of my daughter sometimes and at the same time I get weepy because I know all too soon she won't really need (or want) me around all the time anymore. I'm not sure how or if I can handle that. She is my life.

XOXO

Debbie

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Fri, 06-06-2003 - 10:46am
Thank you for all the comments. I will get her the Loreal shampoo/conditioner/detangler and try letting her do it all on her own for a little while. If she only has to apply it once - it will be easier and less stressful for both of us!

XOXO

Debbie :-)

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Fri, 06-06-2003 - 10:46pm
Bri is 5 and likes to 'try' and wash her own hair. I wash it and at the same time give her shampoo and tell her how to do it. She doesn't take showers since she is still short and the water doesn't seem to hit her well enough but to put tangles in her hair. She prefers baths and that is fine w/ me.