So, you gave birth to a baby with natural curls?
If you are among the parents of curly-haired toddlers, one of the reasons to actually love your kid’s curly tresses is the fact that it will be very easy for you to spot your kid among a sea of straight-haired tots.
However, the real challenge begins as they grow up and you realize that their curls need special attention too, just like themselves. Well obviously, they still can’t handle their curly locks at their age so you have to embrace the responsibility of doing so.
Most of the time, their curls get more and more uncontrollable day in, day out especially if they have already learned how to play. Their daily activities can tangle their hair (think about sweating and accumulating dirt on their hair outdoors) and you will have a hard time combing them through, which can cause their hair to break easily.
Now, what should a mom like you do to address the special requirements of their curly hair?
Tips to Control and Make your Kid’s Curls Look Beautiful
Whatever the type of your kid’s curls is – curly-coily, curly-kinky, curly-frizzy, curly-wavy, or a combination of texture, you can benefit from all these tips coming from other moms like you who have tried numerous ways to tame their kids’ curled tresses.
1. Trim It Regularly
A lot of moms put off cutting their baby’s curls out of the fear that the curls may not come back. Some would even have their baby’s haircut over the age of 2 or much later.
Ideally, your baby’s first haircut must be done once s/he turns 1 year old. Just like straight-haired kids, curly kids’ hair should be trimmed regularly or about 6-8 weeks. Truth is the ends of curly hair tend to break faster than straight hair because they tangle a lot. So, forget about fearing losing your kid’s natural curls and take him or her to the salon regularly for hair trims.
After all, you’re saving your kid’s hair from looking like a rat’s nest.
2. Don’t Ever Use Brush
Keep this in mind – hair brush is never intended for curls simply because a hair brush messes with the natural pattern of your kid’s curls making it lose its natural spirals.
So, instead of using one on your tot’s hair, go for wide-tooth combs and might as well keep a spray bottle so you can damp your kid’s curls as needed to fix them.
3. Avoid Washing Their Curls Daily
Some kids with curly hair can get can get away with not washing and shampooing their coils ever or just occasionally. However, I do not recommend you to do the same as you will only make your kid’s head stink and develop cradle crap.
The trick is to wash and shampoo their curls once or twice a week so you also remove the oil that has built up over the days. When you do, work the shampoo with your fingers gently on their scalp enough to not tangle their curls.
4. Use Hair Care Products Intended for Curls
The haircare industry caters not just the needs of the adults but the special requirements of kids’ hair too. The same goes with your curly toddler. Because their ringlets are more delicate than that of an adult’s you should pick a gentle shampoo and conditioner for them.
Check out all natural hair care products for your kids so they don’t end up getting damaged.
5. Boost the Curls by Twisting Them With Your Fingers
This is actually one thing to keep in mind mommies. When it is your kid’s schedule to have his or her curls washed and shampooed, make sure to towel dry it until damp.
From there, you can work on the magic by using your fingers to enhance the natural curls. Run your fingers through their curls and twist each section following the natural direction of their hair.
Repeat this on the entire hair and you will notice better curls, which can stay that way until the next scheduled shower.
Some More Tips to Keep Your Child’s Curls Healthy and Gorgeous
Trust me, there are lots of ways to keep up with the demanding needs of your kid’s curls. You just have to be patient enough to enjoy it every single day. After all, no mom wants to see their kids walking around with really messy and tangled curls.
Here are some more tips to help you through:
- Toddlers are known to be very restless and when you keep them in place while working on their curls, there is a very high tendency that they will get bored and run away from you. First things first, if it isn’t bath time (which they will probably enjoy), you have to keep your kid distracted before getting your hands on. How about taking them to the playroom so they got tons of things to do while you get busy with their curls? Sounds like a great idea, right?
- You also have to stop yourself every time you find the urge to detangle their coils when it’s dry. When you do, you are only damaging their hair, which can lead to split ends, breakage, and even hair loss. You wouldn’t want that to happen for sure!
- In terms of finding the right product for your child’s curly hair, this can be sometimes difficult to succeed at. However, you shouldn’t settle for less. Often, you have to try and test many products before you find the perfect match to your kid’s lovely coils. Don’t lose the patience and just keep on with your curly hair shampoo and conditioner search. As much as possible, only try hair care products that are all natural, which are way safer for your kids’ delicate scalp and hair strands.
When you follow these tips religiously, you will notice how much people love your kid’s natural curls. They’d even be asking you for some tips too!
Plus, you will raise kids that are aware of taking good care of their fantastic manes.