Today's post is from Dominique-Alexis of the very wonderful Natural Haircare Info. Haircare is a subject close to my heart, as my kids both have a ton of unruly curls, I even have a whole blog page devoted to it! So I was really pleased to come across Dominique's website, which specialises in curly hairstyles.
Kid's curly haircare: My favourite tips, tricks & more!
Hello! I’m seventeen years old and I’ve been caring for natural hair for about four years now. Thanks to the patience of siblings, friends, and cousins, I’ve learned how to grow out and maintain curly hair! This post will highlight some of the best and most helpful tricks I’ve learned along the way. I hope you enjoy!
Tip One – When detangling or styling your little ones hair, I highly recommend that you distract them! Pull out a couple books, let them munch on a snack, turn on the TV – ANYTHING that will keep their mind off their hair and can keep them sitting still!
You can also try rewarding them! For each successful hair session, they get a sticker or a piece of candy or something! Make it fun and teach them to enjoy it.
Tip Two – I really don’t like to use too much heat. I do blow dry my little sisters hair once or twice a year and I will only straighten it every sixteen to twenty-four months.
Kids are pretty impressionable so it’s important to equip them with the belief that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the hair that grows from their head.
Tip Three – Moisturizing your hair is so important! Let’s face it; kids put their hair through a lot of stress – bicycle helmets, hats, continual putting on and removing their sweater hood, dress up wigs... Dry hair breaks a lot easier than moisturized hair!
By keeping the hair pliable, you’re decreasing the likelihood of it breaking off!
Tip Four – Detangle with care! Whenever I detangle anyone’s hair, the first thing I did is part it into more manageable sections, typically six different sections and clip five of them out of the way. After that, I load up section with water and cheap conditioner (Suave and VO5 are two of my favorites!) then finger detangle, and go over each section with a Denman brush.
Once a section is detangled, I will clip it out of the way again. After doing that to each section, I rinse the hair then proceed to styling.
Tip Five – I love seeing kids rocking their natural curls, but protective styling is very important too. For those of you that don’t know, a protective style is a style like twists or cornrows or braids. This is pretty much any style that keeps the hair from being combed each day and reduces the amount of friction against the hair.
A good protective style should last between a few days and a few weeks. This also allows for more family time or more time in the mornings before school!
I hope you enjoyed this post!! Remember to teach your children that they’re wonderfully made and to love their curls!