Neither my husband nor I have curly hair. When our daughter was born she had a head full of hair and after about 6 weeks it all started to curl, really curl! I had no idea what to do. I couldn’t find a lot of information out there so I did a lot of research for curly hair care. I’ve tried a lot of different things and here’s what I found that what works best.
Curly Hair Care Tips for Kids
My daughter does not have sensitive skin. I made the switch to shampoo for curly hair as soon as I could because baby shampoo made it look really flat and limp. I tried several different kinds, but now using Herbal Essence for curly hair. I have conditioner, but don’t use it too much because it weighs it down. We also use a detangler when needed.
She also has about 3 times as many hair care products than I do. I’ll try something for awhile and then switch it out to see if I can see a difference. Mousse, I’ve found dries her hair out. It also tends to get really frizzy, pretty quickly.
I like the sculpting gel, especially the extra strong hold. It makes her hair look slightly wet, but it holds the curls really well and does a good job overnight as well. Something I have found and love is anti-frizz cream, strong hold. It’s a little heavier in her hair but it does not get as frizzy and does not look wet.
Every morning I wet her hair with a spray bottle and use curl shaping spray. It’s light weight and it holds those beautiful pretty curls all day.
Since she has non-processed hair and it’s healthy since she’s young, I don’t think it’s necessary to use super expensive product.
Here are some things to consider when it comes to washing her hair.
- I don’t wash her hair as often as do my boys or even my own. Curly hair is so much easier to touch up. A little squirt from the spray bottle and some tweaking with my fingers and she’s ready to roll.
- Washing tends to dry it out. The natural oils in her hair help keep the curls curling.
- I never blow dry her hair. I do defuse it when it’s cold outside, but it looks so much prettier when it dries naturally.
I never got the joke on TV that women would always use about not going out because they had to wash their hair. I get it now! Sometimes, I revolve my entire weekly routine on when we have to wash her hair. Good luck and have a frizz free day.
Update: My daughter is almost 9 now! I wouldn’t call her a tomboy, but she is definitely into sports. Her hair is always tangled and in a ponytail with a headband most the time. The curls have relaxed some in the back, but still curly in the front.
Here are some products that we’ve used and love since I wrote this a few years ago.
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