Shampoo gets Fay’s threeyear-old daughter in a lather
Armed with a cup and hairbrush, I headed into the bathroom and turned on the hot water. ‘Time for your bath, darling,’ I called to my daughter.
Lianna, three, skipped through from the bedroom, where she’d been playing with her dolls.
‘It’s just a bath tonight, though, isn’t it, Mummy?’ she chirped. ‘No hair wash!’
‘No, sweetie,’ I said, bending down to turn off the taps.
‘You haven’t had your hair washed for three days, so we need to give it a little clean.’
As soon as I said that, Lianna darted back into her room.
‘Lianna, come back!’ I called. ‘No, Mummy,’ she mumbled, trying to hide behind her bedroom curtains.
‘Lianna, you need to have your hair washed,’ I sighed in exasperation as I followed her into her room.
‘Come on, darling,’ I soothed. ‘It’s only a bit of water, and I’ll be quick as a flash.’
But Lianna continued to struggle while I tried to get her clothes off.
Once in the bath,
I held her as still as I could while I tipped her head back, wetting her hair with a cup.
‘I don’t like it, Mummy!’ she fussed, wriggling and clamping her eyes shut.
‘I’m almost done,’ I told her, slathering on conditioner as quickly as I could.
‘Owwww,’ she moaned, rubbing her eyes.
Once I was finished washing out the shampoo, the wails stopped and Lianna began playing happily with her singing mermaid toy.
‘Thank God that’s over with,’ I thought, breathing a sigh of relief.
Even as a baby, Lianna hated having her hair washed.
Looking back, it probably didn’t help that I fussed over her and did it as gingerly as possible.
So, when her little brother, Johnny, 16 months, was a baby, I took a different approach, and liberally dunked water all over his head.
That made a big difference, and he’s always been happy as Larry in the bath.
My hubby, Dug, 38, has tried to deal with Lianna’s aversion to shampoo, but she acts up for him, too.
Dug’s a barber, so the last thing he wants after a long day of tending tresses is a barnet battle when he gets home!
So I feel like it’s up to me to sort this.
Has anyone found a way to make hair-washing less of a drama?
It’s so upsetting to see Lianna in such a state, so I’m desperate for a long-term solution for my dilemma.
Fay Demetriou, 29, Enfield, north London
‘IT’S SAD TO SEE HER IN A STATE!’
Me and Dug need help with our little one’s hair