Kids' hair expert Cozy answers all your questions
Q: My 5-year-old daughter has very thick 3c/4a hair. It is a hassle to detangle her hair. What product is a good detangler? Here is her normal regimen.
li class="pink">Shampoo with Kinky Curly Come Clean
li class="pink">Condition/detangle with Kinky Curly Knot Today (but it seems to just dry her hair out making it look dull)
li class="pink">I keep it braided up in ponytails for a protective style, which lasts about 2-3 weeks. Should I even be using products on her hair since she is just 5? Thanks in advance.
Cozy: Keeping your daughter's thick, curly hair detangled must be quite a challenge! There are actually two important parts to dealing with tangles. First, you have to deal with removing the knots and second, trying to prevent the knots! So, to start you need a really great detangler. Try So Cozy Lucky Lime Pre-Detangler. It was designed to be used in the tub with a wide-toothed comb. Comb will slide through tangles without fuss. Work on 1” sections, and holding hair strand with one hand, start combing from the bottom of the hair strand, working your way up the strand, 1” at a time.
Now, to prevent knots, spray hair with So Cozy Fruity Delight Detangler & Leave-in Conditioner. Keeping your daughter hair in braids will definitely help prevent tangles; just try to try different styles and placements so that hair doesn’t get damaged from tight braids and elastics.
Q: I've been trying to figure out the best combo for my daughter's hair. I think she has 3a hair. It used to be straight on top until we started going no 'poo, and now it has curled some on top — more of a wave. The main problem I'm having is that her hair looks weighty on top by the end of the day if I don't pull her hair back. I'm concerned that the conditioner is weighing her roots down.
Cozy: Your daughter’s problem may be partially caused by conditioner that’s weighing down her hair if not properly rinsed, but it may also be caused by her haircut. Perhaps take her to a trusted hair stylist and ask about giving her long layers to prevent the flatness on top.
Q:My daughter has come home with lice. This is our first experience, so we are learning as we go. She also has relatively curly hair and it tangles easily. The over-the-counter products are basically all poison/chemicals. We did one round and have almost destroyed her scalp, and her hair is extremely dry. AND we have do another session in 10 days. Are there any safe alternatives?
Cozy:What I have found over the years is that different people have VERY different feelings about how to contend with lice. Some people have no problem using chemicals to get rid of lice, while others would never use chemicals and prefer to use natural alternatives. I recommend that you educate yourself from as many different sources as possible to find the manner that best aligns with your own personal philosophy about health and wellness. There’s a lot of information online, and I also encourage you to talk to your pediatrician about this.