Lint shows up in our girls’ curls, braids, combs and brushes. For some reason, it doesn’t show up in my head, even though our hair care routine is basically the same. Nonetheless here are five ways lint shows up in our hair and how we deal with it.
1. Use Less Oil
We use olive oil, which is heavy and may be one of the main culprits of hair lint.
I only oil their entire heads after a fresh wash. I heavily coat their hair (and mine) with oil because it seals the hair keeping it very soft and moisturized. When applied after a fresh wash, the oil seems to absorb into their hair.
If I reapply oil to the actual hair after it has dried, it makes the hair sticky and an ultimate lint magnet. So, I’ve learned to concentrate the oil only on their scalps.
Lighter oils may not cause this problem. But we love olive oil and use it as an all-in-one, meaning we rely on it not only for our hair, but our bodies as well.
2. Regularly Clean Hair Tools
Keeping our hair tools clean is another way to keep their heads lint-free.
And in my experience, it’s easier to remove lint from combs.
Since we regularly use fine tooth combs, I just remove the lint with a paper towel. If the lint and grime is really caked on, I soak the comb in some water and remove with a boar bristle brush.
Lint in our detangling brushes is even more problematic, because every time I brush the hair, lint moves from the brush back to the hair.
This video seems to have a cool hack for removing lint from the brush, but we use brushes with soft bristles, so it didn’t work for us.
The only way I’ve found to remove lint is to wash the brush in warm water.
3. Comb Lint Out
Sometimes the lint at the root of the braids is visible, and almost impossible to pick out.
When I remove the plaits, there is usually a ring of dirt/lint. If I’m not ready to wash their hair, I remove the lint with a fine tooth comb.
Since the hair is stretched and detangled (from being in plaits) it doesn’t hurt to comb out. But I still go slow to work the lint out gradually.
4. Wash It Out
While washing lint out is definitely the most efficient, but it's definitely not the easiest.
If your children are anything like mine, they may not like getting their hair washed or simply do not stay still during the process. What has worked for us is shampooing outside of the tub, combing the suds through the hair and then quickly rinsing in the sink or tub with a high-pressure hose.
That’s it. How do you minimize the amount of lint in your little one’s hair? What do you use to remove it? Need to schedule a one-on-one? Use code: HEART2HEART.
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