If you have a little one with wavy or curly locks, you may be desperate for tips for kids with curly hair. My middle daughter, Jane has wavy hair which becomes more curly in the humid summer months. Since my hair is stick straight, I had not idea what to do with her natural curl to make it look somewhat presentable and not crazy or frizzy. After some research, I came up with some products and a system that enhances her natural texture to achieve some super cute curly haired goodness.
Tip #1: Don’t go overboard on brushing. Anyone who has curly hair probably knows this but as a straight haired person, I had to learn to stay away from the brush. I will brush out Jane’s hair after her bath, but that’s pretty much it. I usually just finger comb out her hair on days that we don’t wash her hair. This helps keep her texture and not turn her head into a fuzz ball.
Tip #2: Use water to revive curls. Every morning that she is wearing her hair down, we get out the spray bottle and wet her hair. It doesn’t have to be sopping wet, but just enough to revive the texture that she slept on all night. Just wetting her hair down and scrunching does wonders for enhancing those waves!
Tip #3: Use some product. I have found that the best products for my daughter’s hair can be found in the ethnic hair care section. Target has a ton of kid friendly options and these products actually work really well in her hair because they don’t make it crunchy or greasy looking and they are formulated for kids. I will share my favorite products at the end of this post. Add a little product as you scrunch after you have wet the hair down.
Tip #4: Twist! Like I mentioned before, Jane’s hair changes with the seasons. In the winter she has loose waves, but in the summer her hair consists of loose corkscrew curls. I have found that when her hair is on the curlier side, lightly twisting pieces of hair while it’s wet will enhance those ringlets even more as they dry.
Tip #5: Find your child’s curl type. To gain even more knowledge about your child’s hair texture and how it will react to certain things, find out their curl type. Jane’s curl type is mostly a 2B, with maybe becoming a 2C on super humid days. Isn’t it interesting to see all the different types of beautiful curls? I’m so jealous!
Now for the products we are currently loving:
1. Tangle Tamer: This brush is great for getting tangles out of wet hair. I use it on all my girls and myself!
2. Just For Me Hair Milk: You can find this at Target. It offers a light hold to curls without making them crunchy or greasy.
3. Bed Head Manipulator: This stuff offers amazing hold and smells so good. It’s a little more on the pricey side, but it does wonders. You only need the tiniest bit to scrunch into damp hair. When Jane’s hair is leaning towards loose waves in the winter, this stuff is a bit too much but it’s perfect for tighter waves.
4. Spray Bottle: Pick up a small spray bottle at the dollar store and fill with water to revive those waves!
4. Shea Moisture Kids Curling Cream: This stuff smells AMAZING! Again, this can be found at Target in their natural section. It offers a medium amount of hold while making hair feel super soft. You just need a small amount, adding too much to fine hair will weigh it down.