Hypersensitive scalp is a common problem for children with autism, due to sensory sensitivity.
Q: I have a 14-month-old son with curly hair. It’s pretty thin and a little coarse. As his hair dries, it frizzes out. He loses a lot of the curl, and it turns into a big puffball on his head. What can I use to eliminate the frizz and soften his hair that will also show off his beautiful curls? Is there anything out there that is also safe and gentle for his young scalp and hair?
Cozy: You are smart to look for something safe and gentle for your 14 month old! I recommend So Cozy Kooky Kiwi Styling Cream, which is light, gentle, non-greasy and will help bring out his natural curls and eliminate frizz. He will like it because it smells great! Just scrunch a small amount into hair after bath or when in need of eliminating frizz. It’s so easy and packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Q: My daughter has really curly hair. It also is really dry. I need help. I don't know how to work with it. It either goes in a braid, bun or a ponytail. But then it gets so knotted that it's not worth it. You have two different issues; dry hair in need of conditioning and knotty hair.
Cozy: Try using So Cozy Sweet Strawberry Conditioner. Instead of rinsing it out completely, leave in a tiny bit on the ends for extra conditioning. I do that with my own hair, but often prefer to rinse it out completely and then scrunch in a tiny amount so I can control how much I am leaving in. This will help moisturize and rehydrate dried-out hair. For tangles, try So Cozy Fruity Delight Detangler & Leave-in Conditioner, which will help you to comb out the tangles and condition at the same time. You can use this product as often as you like, knowing that it is conditioning and moisturizing at the same time. It is also a great idea to wear a loose braid or ponytail to bed to prevent knots.
Q: I have a daughter who is six years old with wavy/curly hair. I like to use something on her hair in the morning on her dry hair to perk up the curls. But a lot of detanglers leave her hair sticky. What is a good detangler spray for curly hair in the morning?
Cozy: Try So Cozy Fruity Delight Detangler and Leave-In Conditioner. Just spray in the hair and scrunch. Curls will instantly be reactivated. It won’t leave the hair sticky like so many other products, and your daughter will even be able to do it herself!
Q: My son is 3 and has autism spectrum disorder. One of his many sensory problems is a hypersensitive scalp, so I rarely am able to do as much as I would like or as much as his hair needs. Any suggestions about how to make sure it's not a negative experience for both of us?
Cozy: This is such a common problem for children with autism, due to sensory sensitivity. I cannot recommend a specific regimen for you without having more information, but I can recommend that you try to keep your daily grooming requirements to a minimum. Short hair that requires less maintenance is always helpful, and using as much distraction as possible is a good idea. Try combing his hair during bathing, watching television or some other activity that will capture his attention. Haircuts can be especially tricky for autistic children, so we recommend finding a quiet time at a salon (to avoid sensory overload), and getting to know a kind and gentle stylist that your son will develop a trusting relationship with over the years.