Tween Boy Hygiene
Do you have a boy in your house? Not only are they getting ready for middle school, you might also like some help with their hygiene. I’m far from an expert, but let me share things I’m learning about young men and hygiene: shampoo, body soap, deodorant, tooth brushing, fingernails, hair, and even the unibrow. For your convenience, I added an entire Boy Hygiene shopping list at the bottom.
My son’s hair was starting to look quite greasy, even though he was showering every day. Too much hair product? Wrong shampoo? I wasn’t sure. I asked my hair dresser what to do. She recommended Clarifying Shampoo (any brand). It cleans out all residue that is built up. Who knew? (not good for processed hair though). Another recommendation she had was getting it highlighted because that helps dries it out. I doubt that will happen, unless he saves his money for it!
For some reason, my children cannot use a bar of soap. Maybe because it’s too old fashioned. 🙂 We’ve had great luck making our own foaming soap and purchasing liquid soap in a pump. Tip: Wrap a rubber band around the neck of the pump so that less soap comes out. You’ll probably need to explain how much soap is an accurate amount for their bodies. You may even need to be specific about which parts they need to wash. Let them choose the scent they like the best. It encourages washing (a little bit).
I may or may not have made a sign and stuck it to my son’s dresser that said, “D.O. for your B.O.” Translation: Deodorant for your Body Odor. When my son hit 4th grade his teacher even included the need to use deodorant in her Back-to-School talk in September. It’s just the truth. Once bodies begin to change, the smell is just terrible. We use Dove Men Care, if you’re looking for an all natural deodorant try Fresh Kidz. Laundry tip: throw a cup of baking soda in the washing machine. Helps remove the stink.
A long time ago we invested in the Sonicare toothbrushes for my kids. They have never had a cavity. I’m sure it’s because the toothbrush “requires” them to brush for 2 minutes. Getting them to brush 2 times a day… another issue.
Yep, I went there. I watched the unibrow grow. (Definition: Where each single eyebrow begins to grow across the bridge of the nose, forming one eyebrow.) I knew girls waxed and plucked, but what were boys supposed to do? One day I took my hair cutting scissors and just trimmed it. Voila! No more unibrow. I’m not sure if this works for all hair types, but it worked for us. Now, I use this little one-blade razor (click here), and it gets a little closer. They come in pastel colors – use the pink ones for yourself! 😉
Changing Your Socks, Underwear, Clothing
Who knew this could be such an issue? Should socks be able to stand on their own due to the high levels of sweat? No! Should your feet smell so bad that we fall over when you take off your shoes? No! They need to be changed because bacteria can build up.
One trick we have is setting out our clothes for the week. I’ve explained it here before, but basically you choose your outfits for the week. Now, I’m adding that the outfit must have a clean pair of underwear and a clean pair of socks. The pressure I put on these kids (wink)!
We’re requiring daily showers. Invest in a little timer or waterproof timer that can just stay in the bathroom. One child stays in too long and the other’s are just too short. We have a 5 minute expectation.
We found some great cleansing pads at Trader Joes. They are nice to have on hand when it’s just too hard to wash your face at the end of the day. The tea tree oil helps to keep acne at bay too.
If you shower and then go to bed, your hair will be crazy in the morning. True Story. Hard to understand when you’re a boy. My boys do use a little bit of hair gel and a regular black comb. When their hair gets too long, they borrow my favorite Wet Brush.
Ears, nose, chin, etc. The onset of puberty is hard on the skin. We whipped up this little concoction and called it “Pimple Magic”. Small roller bottle: 5 drops Melaluca, 5 drops Lavender, and the rest is witch hazel. We prefer doTERRA Essential Oils.
I still have no clue on this one. Cutting your own finger and toenails is difficult. Much to their chagrin, I still invite the boy’s to come to my “beauty parlor” to cut fingernails. Fun Fact: A good place to practice cutting your own nails is outside. If you happen to live where there are a lot of ants, the ants will pick up the toenails and carry them off. I’m not kidding! It’s gross and fascinating at the same time. Do you have any tips on this one? We really need help in just keeping the fingernails clean too. Nail brushes, showers, etc…. nothing is working. Looks like we live in the dirt.
Update: I found some amazing clippers! They are sharp and get the job done in a jiffy. I love these things so much, bought them for myself and then they were stolen. Why? Because my boys are now cutting their own nails!
I used to say I didn’t have a clue on this, I still don’t… pretty much. My husband did step in to help here. I had no idea how to even purchase a man’s razor. I stood at Target staring at the row of razors and left with nothing. Here is the one we purchased, click here. Right now, shaving only happens 1 time a month and will gradually move to once a week. We’re just winging it here.
Shopping List for Tween Hygiene Helpers
- Deodorant or Natural Deodorant
- Eyebrow Trimmer (just don’t share the odd name with your son!)
- Shower timers: timer or waterproof timer
- Fingernail clippers
- Electric Toothbrush
- Face cleansing pads
- We prefer doTERRA essential oils for all of our oil use.