*If a computer or projector is not available, Facilitator can talk about the different points on the activity sheet and have students fill in the blanks along the way
1. Facilitator explains that the most common places for shaving are face for men, and armpits and legs for women. Shaving can be scary since you are using a sharp razor, but you will get used to it if you follow the proper steps.
2. Facilitator explains they are going to watch a very short video about how to shave properly, and, while the video is playing, the students will fill out the accompanying worksheet. If need be, they can play the video more than once.
3. Facilitator goes over worksheet with students, calling on students to read the sentences and provide the answers.
4. Facilitator then explains that they should ask a parent or adult to help them shave the first time so the adult or parent can show them how.
5. Facilitator checks for questions.
6. Facilitator then asks, “How many of you like to blow dry, straighten, or curl your hair?”
a. If no one says they do, Facilitator responds by explaining, “That’s really good because it can damage your hair if you do not protect it correctly.”
b. If some students say they do, Facilitator responds by explaining, “It’s okay to style your hair, but it’s also important to remember how to protect it.”
7. Facilitator transitions by saying they are going to learn how to take care of their hair and what some common misconceptions are.
8. Facilitator asks students to answer “True or False” to the following statement:
a. You should wash your hair every day.
i. After a few student responses, Facilitator explains that there is no single answer.
b. Facilitator explains that many think people who don’t wash their hair every day are dirty or gross, but the truth is not everyone has to wash their hair that often. It depends what kind of hair you have. If your hair gets oily quickly, you may wash it every day. If you have dry hair, you may wash it a few times a week instead.
9. Facilitator passes out Washing Your Hair handout
and briefly goes over the steps:
a. Wet your hair. Make sure it gets REALLY wet!
b. Shampoo hair. You don’t need more than a quarter-size amount of shampoo.
c. Massage shampoo into scalp. Make sure you don’t scrub your hair too much or use your nails. Use your fingertips instead.
d. Rinse your hair well. Make sure to get all soap out! Shampoo that isn’t rinsed out may leave your head itchy!
e. Comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb. Using wide-toothed combs help prevent breakage. Also if you have tangles, don’t tug or pull! It will rip and damage your hair. Get some detangler to help.
f. Towel or air dry your hair when possible. When you can, try not to use a hair dryer. The heat can damage your hair, especially if you are not using a heat protecting spray.
10. Facilitator checks for questions.
11. Facilitator then asks students if they know what dandruff is.
a. If students are unresponsive, Facilitator can ask pointed questions such as, “Do you think dandruff is dirt? Have you ever seen a commercial for dandruff shampoo? What did it show?”
12. Facilitator then explains that dandruff is little white flakes we get in our hair. All types of people get it no matter age, gender, or ethnicity—it’s easier to see in dark hair though.
a. Facilitator says there is an idea that people with dandruff are dirty, but really dandruff isn’t dirt. It’s actually just skin!
b. Most people get it because they have a dry scalp. It’s really just dry skin—nothing to do with dirt!
c. You can buy special shampoo to help treat it, but make sure you read the directions carefully on how to use it.
13. Facilitator then explains that it is normal, especially today, to straighten or curl our hair. This can happen with chemical treatment, or using heated tools like flat irons or curling irons. This can actually damage our hair, so it’s important to use heat protecting products and, if you really want to keep your hair healthy, try to straighten and curl your hair as little as possible. Leaving your hair natural is not only the healthiest thing you can do, but also the easiest!
14. Facilitator checks for understanding by asking if students can explain some of the things they just went over. Answers may vary, but Facilitator should make sure these facts are reinforced:
a. Dandruff is not dirt. You can get dandruff just by having a dry scalp.
b. Straightening or curling hair—chemically or with tools—can damage hair, so try to air dry.