Q: Help! I am trying to find the best products and a daily routine for dealing with my 3 1/2-year-old daughter's super thick, super curly 'do!Cozy: You are smart to create a daily routine. It is much easier for a child when they know what to expect, and what is expected from them. There is no need to shampoo and condition everyday. But when you do, make sure to use a thick, creamy conditioner like So Cozy Sweet Strawberry Conditioner. Wring her hair to remove as much dampness as possible and scrunch in So Cozy Kooky Kiwi Styling Cream to help smooth the cuticle, which will enhance and define curls. Let her hair dry naturally if you have time, or use a diffuser with your blow dryer. On days when you are not shampooing, or in the morning before school, you can use the Styling Cream again to re-activate the curls.
Q: My 6-year-old daughter wants curls in the worst way. She is a 2a, and she begs me to set her hair in foam curlers overnight (I did it once for her ballet recital) so she can have corkscrew curls like mine. I don't want to start that whole routine since she has some nice natural wave. I've stopped shampooing her hair as much, and her waves are really showing up in front around her face. But the back and sides are still pretty straight. Her hair is long -- about halfway down her back -- and quite thick. Any ideas on how to bring out her curl all over? I'm used to taming curls more than encouraging them!
Cozy: It is so refreshing to hear about someone who prefers curls! Perhaps you should talk with a stylist about adding some long layers to help enhance the natural wave. Also, you can use So Cozy Kooky Kiwi Styling Cream on damp hair and then make a loose braid. The hair will dry and it will create gentle waves.
Q: I have a 4-year-old niece with straight hair. She has a very sensitive scalp and sensitive hair. She absolutely cannot stand to have her hair combed or brushed dry. She will burst into tears if you even mention it. She can only have it combed wet while conditioner is in or just after it has been rinsed. My sister has kept her hair short -- no more than chin length -- for this reason. Sometimes her scalp looks red the way my face looks red if I'm sunburned or irritated. She's a redhead with somewhat sensitive skin. My sister uses baby shampoo with a gentler sulfate. What can she do?
Cozy: Obviously your niece has extremely sensitive skin. Your sister is smart to keep her hair short to avoid unnecessary trauma. When you comb her hair in the bath, make sure to use a wide-tooth comb with rounded tips. Also, you should look for the softest bristle brush you can find (try a baby brush), and encourage her to start brushing her hair herself because she is the only true judge of what is gentle enough.
Q: My 6-year-old daughter's hair looks best when it's washed in the morning and air dried. In the summer, it's easy to do that because it's so warm outside. But as it starts getting cooler, I was wondering what I can do to make sure she doesn't go to school with soaking wet hair. I don't want to subject her to a blowdryer every morning. Washing her hair at night hasn't worked that well because her hair is so puffy and frizzy when she wakes up in the morning.
Cozy: I have the same problem with my children! We use So Cozy Fruity Delight Spray-In Detangler and Leave-In Conditioner in the morning before school. It’s even better than water because you don’t need to “soak” the hair and it adds some control, and it’s a conditioner too! My boys love it because they can do it themselves and it smells really good!
Q: I have always cut my son's hair really short. Now he's 10, and his hair is proving to be the curly mop I thought it would be! How can I encourage his curls. Right now, his curls are just on the ends, and the top of his head is curl free! His hair is about 4 to 5 inches long.
Cozy: It is very hard to advise you without seeing your son’s hair. It is possible that his hair may not be as naturally curly as you think. Childrens' hair (adults too) does change in texture as they get older. I recommend a consultation with a good stylist who can properly advise you on the best cut for his hair.
Q: My daughter's hair always gets so full of static during the winter. She takes off her hat and it's all over the place. What are the best products to use to get rid of that static?
Cozy: This is a big problem for so many people in the winter months! Rub about a a pea size amount of So Cozy Sweet Strawberry Conditioner in your hands and then evenly distribute it through her hair before school or when static occurs. This will prevent static and add moisture and protection all at the same time!