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Q: What styling products would you recommend for my 3-year-old niece, whose hair is very tight curly and frizzy? Her mother braids it tightly EVERY day, and her curls are beautiful if tamed and allowed to be defined, not a mass of frizz. I do not want it to be stiff or sticky...

Cozy: I can definitely understand why her mom braids it every day. Curly hair tends to get very fuzzy and frizzy if you don’t know how to handle it. Using a great gel is KEY to managing the frizz. So Cozy Groovy Grape Styling Gel was created just for this purpose. A child’s curly hair shouldn’t be stiff, sticky or look wet. The gel should help to smooth the cuticle (thus preventing frizz) without looking unnatural.

Q: I have a question about my little boy's 3c/4a hair. The curls at the back of his head (the spot that rubs against his car seat) get messed up and the curls go straight -- they stick straight out and the hair gets tangled. How do I keep the curls? Also, even with the leave-in conditioner, his hair tangles. And it just kills him for me to brush it out. Are there products that will keep him tangle-free?

Cozy: To help with the tangles, you need to know how to comb the hair properly to avoid hurting his scalp. And it is important that you use a good detangler that will help with the combing. Try So Cozy Fruity Delight Detangler & Leave-In Conditioner. Spray it on the parts of his hair that are most tangled. To comb, start at the bottom combing one inch at a time and holding the hair from above to prevent tugging on the scalp. Work your way up, inch by inch ,and continue around entire head.

Q:: It looks like my 8-year-old daughter's hairline is receding. Is this possible? Can it be prevented? What can I do?

Cozy: Different people have different hairlines. It is impossible for me to give an opinion without seeing your daughter, but here are some thoughts. Do you notice that her hairline actually used to be different and is actually receding, or does it just appear this way because of something like a style change or haircut? Are you pulling it into tight ponytails or braids. Perhaps you need to consider a different style that may work better for her with her hair and features. I recommend that you talk to your pediatrician about this to rule out any medical problems and then consult a hairstylists that you trust for a professional style opinion.

Q: I have a 1-year-old boy with amazingly curly hair. He was born with it, but as it gets longer I don't know how to care for it so it will not be frizzy. I could also use some ideas on how to cut it.

Cozy: The most important thing I can tell you about caring for curly hair is that you should NEVER brush it. Brushing it causes the cuticle to stand up and will create frizz. Instead of brushing, you can comb his hair with a wide-tooth comb when conditioning in the bath. After the bath, squeeze out excess water and “scrunch” in So Cozy Kooky Kiwi Styling Cream. I love this styling cream because it is very light, but it keeps the hair from frizzing. It helps to define the curls and keep the cuticle smooth. This is also great for helping curls in the morning when “bed head” is a problem.

Q: I am looking for a great detangler for my daughter who is five and has 3c/4a hair! It is thick and almost waist length. I just do not want to fight with her any longer about knots and snarls because of the thickness, especially near the nape of the neck. Any suggestions?

Cozy: Your daughter’s hair sounds amazing! It must be tricky to manage! What you need is the So Cozy “It takes two to Detangle Kit”. It has everything you need to manage her hair on a daily basis. First, it has the So Cozy Luck Lime Pre-Detangling Treatment, which was created to use in the tub with a wide-tooth comb (also included in the kit). The comb has a handy hook handle to keep in the tub. This is great to help you get through the very tough tangles without her damaging hair. Also included is the So Cozy Fruity Delight Detangler & Leave-in Conditioner, which you can spray in wet or dry hair. This is great for helping with the tangles at anytime, especially when there is no time for a bath. It also helps define curls and leaves hair smooth. The best part is that it is a leave-in conditioner so it will help maintain healthy hair.

Q: I need some suggestions about how to deal with my daughter's hair this summer. She's doing swim team, and is in the pool everyday. Last summer, her curls were fried by the end of June. How do we protect them from the ravages of chlorine and sun?

Cozy: You are so smart to plan ahead! Every fall I see the kids come in for their back-to-school haircuts with hair that feels like straw! Sun and chlorine wreak havoc on hair, so planning ahead is imperative. The best defense from the sun is to always wear a hat, but obviously it's not always possible. A liitle trick I use is that I leave in a little conditioner in my hair, rather than completely rinsing it out. This helps nourish the hair. However, keep in mind that this doesn’t protect the scalp (that’s where a hat or scarf come in handy). The chlorine damage is a completely different issue. Using a Swimmer’s Shampoo is crucial. Try So Cozy Green Apple Swimmer’s Shampoo to help wash out the chlorine and other impurities caused by swimming. This shampoo is gentle enough to use daily. When you aren’t able to shampoo hair directly after swimming, try at least to rinse the hair with cool water to remove some of the chlorine.

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