Q: I have an 11-month-old daughter. Her hair was super straight as a baby, and now it is very curly. My hair is curly, but I am a 3b. My daughter is a 3c/4a. I've been putting coconut oil and moisturizing lotion on her (like my mom did with me when I was a child), but it's still very dry on the sides and back. Could you please tell me what I can do to keep her hair looking moist all day? I know her hair could look so nice, with the proper care. What products can I use and where can I get them?
Cozy: It sounds to me like you are doing all the right things. Coconut Oil and moisturizing lotion are both great You may want to add a great conditioner like So Cozy Sweet Strawberry Conditioner into her routine. Here's the special trick. Instead of rinsing it all out, leave in a little, especially in the areas on the sides and back that are the driest.
Q: I have an 18-month-old daughter who has 4a/b hair. The front of her hair is more 3c/4a but most of it is in the 4s, which means it's very dry. This is my first child and I'm not sure if I'm supposed to be doing her hair every day. I might have her hair in little braids or 4 pony tails for two weeks and then I let her hair rest for a week in one or two ponytails. Is it necessary to redo her hair every day even if we don't go anywhere? I feel I need to do something because her hair needs moisture, but don't want to put stress on her hair by doing the style all over again.
Cozy: You are absolutely right to keep her styles in for a couple of weeks. This will definitely help to keep her hair in a healthier condition. Use coconut oil to help moisturize.
Q: I need help with my 2-year-old daughter. She has curly ringlets from the chin down. The crown is as flat as can be. I didn't think I was curly until a friend had me put products in my hair. Wow was I amazed! So I was thinking this might be the same for my daughter's hair. What products should I use, and how do I get her to let me touch her hair? She won't let me near it?
Cozy: It is true that using the right products will make all the difference. But a proper cut is equally important. Perhaps your daughter need a few layers to help enhance her curls. That and some So Cozy Kooky Kiwi Styling Cream should really help. Do not brush her hair after her bath. Instead, wring out excess water and "scrunch" in some styling cream. Let her hair dry naturally or use a diffuser on your blowdryer.
Q: I have naturally curly hair which I inherited from my Mom, who inherited it from my Grandfather. It is very thick and frizzy! I have tried everything to tame it: long, short, shoulder length; gel, hair spray, mousse; wearing it down, wearing it up, wearing it down with the top up. Nothing works! I will be starting high school next year (I'm 13) and I really want to have nice, manageable hair!
Cozy: Thick and frizzy hair is certainly a challenge to tame, but very doable! First, a proper cut is critical. Call your local salon and find out what stylist they recommend to work with curly hair. Some stylists are better with curly hair than others. Second, take a look at your hair-care routine. You should NEVER, EVER brush or comb dry curly hair! That is what makes it frizzy. When you get out of the shower, you should squeeze out excess water and then "scrunch" So Cozy Groovy Grape Styling Gel into your hair, evenly distributing it throughout your hair. Keeping your hair moisturized will prevent frizz, so make sure that you are using a good leave-In Conditioner. Try So Cozy Fruity Delight Detangler & Leave-In Conditioner. You can spray it right in and it will help re-activate your curls when they start to dry out and get frizzy.
Q: I took my daughter, Julianne, to a hairstylist today to have the horrible matting and knots removed from her hair since it was beyond my ability. My poor child endured nearly an hour of painful tugging on her head while the stylist, whom we've seen before, worked to unravel the mess. Lots of conditioner and many tears later, Julianne is in a braid and doing fine. But I promised her she'd never have to go through that again. The stylist has suggested a perm to relax the hair and make it manageable. She wants to run the perm through the last few inches. I'm scared to death. We'd do a strand test first, of course, to check the result. What do you think of perms for little girls? I feel like we have few choices: Cut it short, relax it with a perm or suffer with knots, which isn't an option at all.
Cozy: You didn't mention how old your daughter is, but I'm not a fan of perms for young children. Instead, you need to get your daughter into a great maintenance routine that will help prevent her from getting to that horrible point of matted hair. Here are a few tricks: sleep with a loose braid to prevent tangling over night. Wear hair up when being active. A daily pre-detangling treatment in the tub will really help with daily maintenance. Get So Cozy Lucky Lime Pre-Detangler and a wide-toothed comb and comb through her hair in the bath everyday (or as often as you can). Daily maintenance is so important. In the morning before school you can use So Cozy Fruity Delight Detangler to gently remove any tangles that occurred over night. You can get the It Takes Two to Detangle Kit, which has both of those products plus a hook handle detangling comb (to hang in shower) and a cute little rubber ducky.