Not all heads of hair are created equally. If you have a child with a curly top, you know exactly what we mean. We love their curls, but they can go from Shirley Temple to angry bird’s nest real quick.
Keeping it healthy and well-maintained can require a bit of trial and error, but it is possible!
Here are five tips to help you care for your own curly-haired cutie:
Skip a wash or two: Unless they rolled around in a pile of something foul-smelling, don’t wash their hair every day. Frequent shampooing can strip their hair of its natural oils, leading to brittle hair. And when you do wash, be careful not to pile it on top of their head, which can lead to tangles and knots.
But don’t skip the conditioner: Curly hair tends to be on the drier side. Use a good conditioner to rehydrate and keep their locks healthy and strong. Side note: Leaving a little leftover conditioner in their hair is actually good for it, so don’t stress if it’s not rinsed thoroughly!
Comb, don’t brush: You should never use a brush on curly hair (unless it’s a Wet Brush); it will give them that dreaded “hay” look. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb - or even your fingers - to do the job.
Detangle when wet: Curly hair breaks easily, and even the most gentle combing can lead to breakage and split ends (and maybe even some tears!) when done on dry hair. Use a quality detangle spray and work your way through in sections, giving each a quick wrap around your finger to help the curl bounce back.
Keep it trim: Curly-haired kids need trims more often than those with straight locks. Because their hair can tangle more easily and their ends are prone to more breakage, regular trims will keep it from becoming a tangled mess.
If you’re looking for a natural detangler product, Lane & Co. Conditioning Detangler is an excellent choice. It’s a safe, plant-based leave-in conditioner that will give their curls extra softness and shine while helping you win the war on tangles! It also contains rice protein, which is rich in amino acids and will support hair growth. Dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, and safe for sensitive skin - it’s a win-win!