My Mom had no clue what to do with my hair so she would wrap a towel around me every morning, get the squirt bottle out, soak it down and brush it out. It was constantly in a braid or ponytail. The only days I really remember wearing it down were picture days at school. But in 5th grade my Mom let me get my hair straightened. Best. Day. EVER. I didn’t care that it still took an hour to straighten out, my hair was straight and I looked like a normal human being.
When I was pregnant with my daughter I prayed for her to be healthy…and for her to have straight hair. I thought we were going to get away with it until the first evidence of a curl started showing up around her first birthday:
I knew she was doomed. I made the decision to start to wearing my hair curly in an effort to #1- figure out how the heck to manage hers and #2- make her feel more comfortable with her own hair. As she’s gotten older I have learned how to manage her sweet curly hair and now I wouldn’t have it any other way. Here are a few things I’ve discovered make a toddler’s curly hair more manageable:
1. Use conditioner. Curly hair gets dry and brittle so a conditioner is an absolute must, even on the littles. It doesn’t take much- just put it on the tips of your child’s hair. Comb it through with your hands and then let them play in the tub for a few minutes before rinsing.
2. Skip the detangler. That stuff is glorified water. As long as you use conditioner you should have no trouble running a comb through your kid’s hair after bath. If they need their hair brushed in the morning, use a squirt bottle full of water to wet down their hair.
3. Throw away your “normal” brush. It only allows for more frizz and brushing out those tangles HURTS. Either use a wide tooth comb to get the tangles out OR let’s talk about a more recent discovery I’ve made. It’s called the Tangle Teezer and it is my new favorite thing. This “brush” gets the tangles out without tears…I PROMISE. I have tried everything in my own hair and in my daughters and this is the ONLY brush that gets the tangles out, doesn’t make our hair frizzy and doesn’t hurt. It is probably the best thing to ever happen to me. LOL. But seriously…GET ONE! But make sure it is the Tangle Teezer brand. There are a ton of imposters out there.
4. Product. I honestly don’t use anything in my daughter’s hair. It is hard to find something that isn’t crunchy or heavy but will still hold the curl. Sometimes I’ll put a small amount of leave in conditioner in her hair. This helps hydrate the curls and doesn’t weight them down. I use Fructis Sleek &Shine Leave-In
|If we are doing something special I will use my Surface Curl Whip Mousse. It just takes a tiny bit and I comb it through, then crunch it to give her curls some bounce. This stuff does not get crunchy and keeps our hair soft! Best curly hair product I’ve EVER used!|
6. If you have curly hair, embrace it. It’s OK to straighten sometimes but make sure to wear it curly sometimes too. Don’t let your child think curly hair is some kind of mutant gene they inherited from your “bad” side.
When we go out people stop me and point out how gorgeous her hair is. They ask me the same questions that were asked of my Mom. I always smile because although I never thought my curly hair “fit” me…it TOTALLY fits her.