There’s hair, and then there’s curly hair. Curly hair not only seems to have a mind of its own, it often requires its own products and its own special care. And as many curly-haired people (and parents of curly kids) know, the tips and tricks for straight hair just plain don’t work when it comes to curls.
Tangles and knots are a daily occurrence when your child has curly hair. The nature of the hair itself, plus kids’ habits of playing, napping, etc. pretty much guarantee that the hair will need to be detangled. But most of the advice aimed at detangling is in reference to straight hair. So what is the best way to detangle your child’s curly hair?
Wet Hair + Conditioner + Fingers
Curly-hair experts suggest detangling in the shower or bath right after shampooing. Wet curls are easiest to detangle, but keep in mind that hair is also more fragile when wet--so be very gentle. Apply a large dollop of conditioner to your child’s hair from roots to ends. Then, use your fingers to gently separate larger knots.
Start at the Ends
For really tangled hair, use a wide-tooth comb to carefully and gently work through tangles--but don’t just start at the roots and comb downward--that hurts! Always work in sections, starting at the ends of the hair and working upwards toward the roots. (If you're having trouble, more conditioner can't hurt!)
Use Leave-In Spray
When you’re done, rinse the conditioner and apply a leave-in product. Use a hair towel to gently dry the hair--never rub it with a regular bath towel!
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