A.E. asks from New Braunfels, TX on October 28, 2008
Daughters Curly Hair....
My daughter has beautiful curly hair and I have no idea what to do with it. Since I don't have curly hair I don't know how to brush it. We have bought the Johnson's conditioning shampoo for curly hair & use detangling spray. I even bought a bristle brush ( I heard that helps) but so far no avail. I just don't want my daughter to grow up hating to brush her hair. So, my question to anyone who has delt with curly hair is....how do you deal with it? :)
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So What Happened?™
Thank you sooo much to everyone for their advice. Here is what I decided to do: I went out & bought Suave kids conditioner w/ detangler. While she is in the tub w/ the conditioner in her hair I comb it with a goody ouchless wide tooth comb I bought. Soooo easy to comb now. After she gets out we get all the water out of her hair & then put a leave in conditioner in it. In the morning I spray her hair with some water to fix the bed head & then put more leave in conditioner in it. I am planning on getting her a silk pillowcase also. So far all of your suggestions have been working well for us & she LOVES not having to deal with the brushing after baths now! Thank you again for all your help & advice. It really did help & I can already see the benefits. :) By the way her hair is more curlier than ever!!!!
G.B. answers from Houston on October 29, 2008
J.E. answers from San Antonio on October 29, 2008
I am a hairdresser and found that plastic picks or the long wide tooth detangle combs by Mebco are the best. They are antistatic. Try a leave in conditioner by Sunsilk called Defrizz it si awesome. Just apply to midway of hair and down or may cause greasy look if applied to close to the scalp. Good luck!!
B.D. answers from Austin on October 29, 2008
Angela P has great advice. In addition, do not brush. Comb her hair out when wet with a wide toothed comb. Then scrunch extra fluid out with a towel. My hair always needed a little leave-in conditioner to weigh it down and control it a little bit. Defrizzing serum is always a plus too.
J.C. answers from Dallas on October 29, 2008
I have curly hair and here's what I do:
I only wash it 1-3 times a week, depending on when it looks like it needs it. I condition it every day in the shower, but no shampoo. I also use shampoo with no laureth sulfate which is bad for drying your hair out.
I never brush it! Never. I use a wide tooth comb and only comb when wet.
I just scrunch in some mousse and then let it air dry or blow dry it with a diffuser in the winter. That's it!
I hated my curly hair when I was younger. My mom has straight hair and didn't know what to do with it. Onc eI figured it out, though, I loved it! Still do!
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M.S. answers from Houston on October 29, 2008
I have big, curly hair, took me a few years to figure it out. I never brush my hair just finger comb it when I use conditioner. Then I put a little mousse in it and let it air dry I usually don't have to touch it again for a few days. Sometimes ( which this is what I would do if my daughter has my hair) is after I wash it just comb it ( with a wide comb) and put a little hair serum in it and its done. Gel makes hair stiff, remember hair with products in it is flamable I don't think hair serum is but not sure. Trimmings make a huge difference too since curly hair is drier it breaks more.
S.G. answers from Houston on October 29, 2008
I am in the same boat as you. I have found the best way to handle her hair is to wet it down before brushing it. I never use a bristle brush. We use either a wide tooth comb or a brush with the plastic tips. I also found it is best to use "grown up" shampoo and conditioner. The baby stuff just doesn't get it done well enough for me. We only wash her hair every 2-3 days. Frequent washing seeems to dry it out. (that could just be my daughter) Good Luck!
H.H. answers from Houston on October 29, 2008
I NEVER use bristle brushes on my hair - hate them! I felt like all they ever did was brush the top of my hair. Use a brush that has the ball tipped plastic "bristles" that are spaced widely apart. This is much better. Or use a nice, thick, wide-toothed comb. This is even better for curly hair.
First, make sure you are starting at the bottom when you brush her hair. Hold her hair above where you are brushing (so as to not be pulling on her head) and do small sections at a time, moving up when you get the tangles out at the bottom. Always start at the bottom.
Secondly, always brush her hair BEFORE washing. Water tightens up tangles (and curls), making them more difficult to comb out. Make sure all tangles are gone, and then you can wash.
Third, you need to get a good conditioner. All in one (shampoo/conditioner combos) are not enough conditioner for curly hair. I don't use Johnson's products (I use natural hair and body products) but there are gentle conditioners for children. I am serious on this one: shampoo/conditioner combos always left my hair tangly and icky. Also, never pile the hair on top of the head. THis tangles it as well.
After you shampoo, put the conditioner in and leave it while you wash the rest of her body. Then, at the end of the bath/shower, comb through her hair lightly with your fingers to make sure all tangles are gone. With the conditioner in there (and if you got rid of all tangles BEFORE washing) your fingers should just glide through. Then rinse.
You can comb (again, huge wide tooth comb)through after this, then towel dry. Leave it. Don't use a blow dryer.
Detangling spray doesn't work that well on curly hair. If you do the steps I mentioned, it will become routine and you'll find it much easier to deal with, as will she. Don't wash tangled hair ever. Make sure all tangles are gone before.
L.H. answers from Killeen on October 29, 2008
my yougest son was very corly headed i'd never curly hair.so i was in where you are now,,,,,,,,but i leared an easy idea i just got up every morning ans spayed his hair with water and it made the curly ringlets and that was it you dont bruch it anymore now they have leave stuff to hold the hair like that all the time
Good luck L.
A.P. answers from Austin on October 29, 2008
My daughter is 3 and has long curly hair.
We use the suave 2n1 kids shampoo/conditioner. Every other day, I also use a regular grown up condition and let it sit a little while before rinsing.
I comb through it at night, and then I pull it into a pony high on her head. This keeps it from getting too tangled while she sleeps. She really mattes her hair when she sleeps.
In the mornings, I let it down and spray on some detangler and comb through it.
I agree that it is easier and she fusses much less if I start with a section at the bottom, get that combed, then move up, and up.
S.D. answers from College Station on October 29, 2008
I have curly hair and my mom started hot-rolling it at age 4 or 5 until I took over when I was about 10...don't do this to her!!
I would brush it when it was wet. You can put something in it just to keep it from getting frizzy (if it needs it) and then just let it air dry. I'm sure it'll just be adorable. When I brush mine out when it's dry, I look like a lion. If anything needs to be tamed after it's air-dryed, you can always just use a little water on it.
Good luck! I have an 11 month old and am still waiting to see what type of hair she'll have. I'll be asking advice on how to fix it if it's straight...
L.H. answers from Houston on October 29, 2008
I have naturally curly hair too. I have used the following treatment for years. I use Infusium Leave-in Treatment, TRESemme Bouncy Curls Gel and a wide mouth comb. With curly hair she will learn patience. You have to almost overuse the gel to make sure you get all of her tangles out, unless she has a tough head. It is funny the whole time I was pregnant with my first child I prayed he/she would have curly hair not knowing he would be named Zachary. He hated his hair for years and now that he is older and has finally found a style for him he loves it. My Sarah was born with her daddies hair, bone straight. Using the gel and letting it dry natural will give her the long ringlets that look adorable. Good luck.