Cozy Friedman shows you how to care for little kids' curly hair.
I need advice for VERY curly baby. My 6-month-old has TONS of hair and tons of curls. It is now starting to tangle and get very hard to separate. I am looking for a tear-free formula for a curly baby shampoo and conditioner. Can I also do a leave in for the baby or is 6 months too young? Thanks!
Dear Very Curly Kid:
Just so you understand, the reason to use specific products for babies is that these formulations address the specific needs of babies (sensitive skin, tear free, etc.). I would recommend that you keep baby’s hair short so that it is more manageable until your baby is old enough to use products that are formulated for older kids that address your child’s needs. If you do decide to continue to grow the hair and you want to use products such as a leave-in conditioner, I recommend that you test a little amount in a small area to be sure that no rash or sensitivity occurs.
My 5-year-old daughter, who I believe is a 3c, has never had a hair cut. Her hair now hangs only a few inches below her chin but it is down the middle of her back if I pull it straight when it's wet. It's hard to tell, but it sort of looks like it might be a little longer on one side than the other. I'm really hesitant to cut this hair because several people have told me that the key to taming it is allowing it to acquire more length. Still, when it is dry, it looks like a bush that needs shaping.
Should we just wait it out and hope that it calms down with more length or is there a kind of cut that is ideal for her hair type? The hair needs a gallon of product just to look decent. It's absolutely wild.
Dear Hesitant to Cut:
I can’t stress the importance of a proper haircut for curly hair! I agree that longer hair styles can really help hair to grow down rather than out, but adding a few long layers can often do a world of good. Equally as important to a good haircut is using the right products. Keeping hair moisturized is critical. Using a good leave-in conditioner can do wonders to prevent that dried-out, frizzy hair. Try So Cozy Fruity Delight Detangler & Leave-in Conditioner.
My granddaughter is blended black and white with a combo 3b/3c hair. My daughter puts it in a ponytail everyday. JAM helps it to keep it from looking too wild by the end of the day but would like to find something better. My granddaughter would love to leave it down like a "princess" but it's just a cotton ball by the end of the day. We wash her hair once a week with Pantene's For Women of Color Shampoo and then use just the conditioner 2 or 3 times a week. It seems starved for moisture. We have put what seemed to be greasy conditioner on it after her bath and left it in. I thought her hair might look dirty the next day but it is totally absorbed. I've seen ads for Mixed Chicks and Blended Beauty products. I wonder if any of these products are worthwhile and if one brand is better than the other? Thanks for any advice!
Dear Curly Princess:
It sounds like your granddaughter needs some good hair products to help smooth out her hair and to keep hydrated. I don’t think the oily products are right for her hair. She needs more creamy type products. I would recommend deep conditioning once a month. You don’t need to buy any special products. Try So Cozy Sweet Strawberry Conditioner. It’s thick and creamy, and you can apply a generous amount in the tub, comb out hair while the conditioner is still in and then wrap hair on top of head and put a shower cap on. Keep on as long as possible or for at least 15 minutes. Also, when conditioning daily, don’t completely rinse the conditioner out of the hair on the ends. This will also help. Using a styling cream would also help lock in moisture.
My daughter has 2a hair and she likes to wear it long. Its easy to get the comb through a day or two after its washed but she gets very knotty at the ends, I can't even get through it with a Tangle Teezer. I'm after a chemical free detangler that is also light on oils. I've seen Knottyboy on ebay but not sure how much oil is in it.
Dear Knotty Curly:
Most people don’t know how to properly comb hair to detangle. Believe it or not, you must start one inch from the ENDS of the hair, not the roots! Separate a small one inch section of hair and starting from the bottom, work your way up the strand, one inch at a time. I recommend that you use great detangler like So Cozy Fruity Delight Detangler or for heavy duty tangles, try So Cozy Lucky Lime Pre-Detangler while in the tub. Good luck!