01-01-2010, 12:16 PM
Join Date: Nov 2008
Teaching my 11 year old cousin her how to style/care for her curly hair
Hi all! I'm hoping some of your moms out there can help me. I don't have kids of my own but I have an 11 year old curly cousin and lots of questions!
My cousin, (her dad, she's technically my cousin once removed), has long reddish straight hair - think Axel Rose from Guns N' Roses. He never cuts his hair.. it's thinning towards the bottom of his ponytail. It would be nice and healthly if he kept up on it... he's a single dad and has not the slightest idea on how to take care of even his own hair, nevermind his 11 year old daughter's.
So his daughter, has never cut her hair to my knowledge. She brushes her cute blonde curls out all the time so it has that sort of wave to it. On Christmas, her mom put gel it in but after it was dry so it was kinda stringy looking - but showed her natural curls. I told her how I loved her curls and how I could come over and show her how to do her hair sometime. She seemed interested! YAY. She lives with her dad and sees her mom often, but obviously doesn't have any curly hair direction from her straight-haired parents.
At this point I don't know cowashing or lopooing is necessary.. Any thoughts on cowashing for an 11 year old?
I'm thinking I can show her how to use a inexpensive/readily available conditioner like L'oreal Pro Vive Nutrigloss and LA Looks Sports gel. I would show her how to leave in some conditioner in and scrunching in the gel into wet hair and then blotting it dry with a pillowcase (also pretty available). Hoepfully with those products, my cousin (or his girlfriend, or her mom) can get the productsbat a local drugstore anytime.
I'm just thinking back to when I was in elementary school and jr. high. I had NO idea I had curly hair - I had never thought about it. I wore it in a ponytail everday and the top layer was straight and the bottom layer was curly (due to brushing and blowdrying). I'm 26 and remember the days of the 90's perms and remember WANTING ONE and not knowing my hair was naturally like that. I discovered it was curly in high school. I just want her to see her beautiful hair and know it's there. She's getting to the point where the way she looks matters to her at school... she's a cheerleader and is starting to "do her hair."
What are some thoughts for her age range, lowpooing or cowashing and showing her how to use conditioner and gel? TIA!
Rhode Island - New England curly
2c-3a/F/i (Fia), shoulder length, need it cut!
Mod-CG since 10/09 - over 1 year!!
Cleanse: Suave condish, WF 365 lavender poo, soap, BS/ACV
Leave in: KCKT, CJ CF
Current winter stylers: CJ SG (HG!), AOMM, Boots, ALWAYS top w/ BRHG
PT: AOGPB, Emergencee, CJ CF