It seems that everybody goes ga-ga over kids with curly hair. Sweet ringlets, corkscrews and gentle waves are one of Nature’s most adorable wonders. That is, until they become impossibly matted, frizzy bird’s nests. The good news is that even the wildest curls can be tamed with the right hair products and techniques. Take note of our most common Curly Qs, and soon you’ll be known in your circles as, “The Curl Whisperer”.
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What’s the best brush for curly hair?
No brush! The most common mistake with curly hair is brushing, which produces the worst frizzy hair imaginable. For best results, use a wide-toothed comb in the bath or shower after applying conditioner. Comb out tangles starting at the tips and working your way up to the roots. Curly hair should be touched minimally when dry, so work it wet and let the curls do the rest.
Why does my child’s curly hair look so dry?
Hydration is the key to healthy curls. Here’s a secret trick that will make a huge difference: don’t rinse out all of the conditioner from the ends of your child’s curly hair. A quick rinse will leave a nice layer of moisturizer on the thirsty strands of hair and make it less frizzy and more manageable when dry.
How often should I wash my child’s curly hair?
Kids’ hair does not need to be washed daily, and that’s especially true for curly hair. A natural buildup of oils is important for a healthy hair and scalp, so allow at least 3-4 days between washes. If curly hair is looking dry and “thirsty,” spray it with leave-in conditioner on the days between washes.
How do I style curly hair?
After conditioning, combing and detangling in the bathtub, give your child’s curly hair a quick rinse and wring the excess water out with your hands. Blot hair with a towel to get any leftover drips. Part the hair and spread a nickel-sized amount of styling product in your hands. (Some recommended products for curly hair include Behave Styling Gel, Mousse, or Cream.) Next, gently scrunch the hair from tips to roots, bringing the curls to life. Thicker hair will require a bit more hair product, but work in nickel-sized doses. For best results, allow hair to air dry or use a diffuser attachment on your hair dryer. This will allow curls to set naturally.
What’s the best cut for curly hair?
Consult a stylist that specializes in haircuts for curly hair that will enhance your child’s curls. For a foolproof hairstyle for curly hair, opt for layers, since curls of the same length can get weighed down, producing sections of straight hair on top.
How do I keep curly hair from getting tangled?
Pull hair into a loose ponytail at night or during physical activities. This will keep tangles at bay, and curly hair will bounce back into shape the next day with just a little bit of scrunching with wet fingers (water or a little product).
What about straightening?
Remember that naturally curly hair is one of the unique things about your child, so embrace the idea of embracing curls instead of working to change or straighten them. (Plus, years of harsh heat and chemicals equals unhealthy hair and even unhealthier self-esteem.) Equip yourself with the right tools and techniques and pass them on to your child for a lifetime of beautiful individuality!