How To Take Care Of Curly Hair
If you’ve got straight hair and your child has curly hair, learning to take care of his or her hair can be a struggle; an education in a different hair type.
Curly hair is generally classified into four groups:
You also need to give consideration to the type of hair – all curls are not created equal. How thick are the strands? Is the hair dry (most curly hair is)?
What’s the hair density like – is there a lot of hair on the head?
All these factors come into play when taking care of the hair. We are here to help – keep reading for eight easy ways to look after your son or daughter’s curly hair:
1. Unlike straight hair, curly hair can go anything from five to 10 days before it needs a wash.
It takes the natural oils from the scalp a longer time to travel down those twists and spirals so curly hair stays cleaner for longer.
2. Before you wash, it’s essential to detangle.
This doesn’t need to result in tears; saturate the hair with water and use a conditioner with a lot of slip – meaning it glides easily through the hair.
Use a Tangle Teezer, wide tooth comb or paddle brush to help the process along.
3. Because it takes the naturals oils from the scalp longer to feed the strands of hair, when you do shampoo, try and use something without sulphates which are known to dry out the curls.
Be gentle when washing; you aren’t trying to get a mud stain out of her school blouse! Try a co-wash – washing with a cleansing conditioner – for a gentle, curl friendly clean.
Always try and stick to brands and products that are specially formulated for this hair type.
4. Get to know conditioner
When you have curls, conditioner is your best friend. Cleansing conditioner, deep conditioner and leave-in conditioner need to be added to your arsenal.
Deep conditioner is a treatment masque that should be used weekly to nourish the hair and a little bit of leave-in conditioner added every day to refresh and moisturise.
Without a doubt, conditioner is the most important product in your curly hair arsenal.
5. Throw away your brushes and combs for styling!
Curly hair should not be brushed or combed when dry as all that does is disturb the natural curl and encourage frizz.
If the curls are looking a little droopy, mist them with water from a spray bottle, refresh with a dab of leave-in conditioner and twirl the curl around your finger.
Apply a touch of curl-friendly gel and leave to ‘settle’ for a minute or two. Frizz is just a curl waiting to happen!
6. Cotton pillowcases are a curl’s worst nightmare
Cotton sucks all the moisture out of the hair and curly hair needs all the moisture it can get.
Invest in two satin/silk pillowcases so there’s always a clean one on hand. Great for the hair and the skin!
Instead of drying with a cotton towel, try microfiber or even an old t-shirt.
7. Never speak disparagingly about her hair
It may be different from yours but celebrate that difference and boost her self-esteem by always speaking of her hair in a positive light.
8. Research is key
There are lots of websites dedicated to kids and curly hair and YouTube is your best friend.
There are (literally) hundreds of tutorials from parents that will give you step by step instructions on how to look after curly hair.