how do you take care of your little one's curly hair?

Mary - posted on 03/30/2010 ( 50 moms have responded )

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As someone w/ straight hair, I'm baffled by my daughter's curly hair. When I brush it, it get's just gets frizzy and looks disheveled. She has very fine hair so it's always sticking out from her head in some odd way! Really I just have a few seconds to try to brush her hair anyway, before she starts protesting and crying. No barretts or pigtails will be tolerated by her -- much to my dismay! Just curious -- how do we keep the cute curls from going crazy?

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Mai Hesham AbdelAziz - posted on 09/19/2012

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has anyone tried Biosilk Hair products for kids ?? and if not wats the best things you can recommend for my babies curly hair ?? shes a year and a half old ...

Kimberly - posted on 09/23/2011

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My son has a head full of tight ringlets (past his shoulders when wet) and my advice is:

-wide toothed comb ONLY, when wet. Use a spray bottle if you have to

-Argan Oil. This stuff is amazing and I've tried a lot of products on him. It defines the curls, smells delicious, and is super moisturizing so it fights the frizz. When I put it in at night, his hair is much less frizzy in the morning than if I use nothing at all. It absorbs into his hair and leaves it soft instead of hard and crunchy. It's similar to Moroccan Oil but I've been told it's a lot lighter and not quite as thick. It's all natural too which is a huge plus for me.

-only shampoo once a week unless it's super dirty. You should, however, wet it everyday and apply the oil. After about a week of this you will notice a huge difference in the frizziness.



My son hates getting his hair combed as well but he'll usually sit still for me right after I get him out of the bath. It's harder during the day but that's when the spray bottle comes in handy (I chase him, LoL).

User - posted on 04/01/2013

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I have tried the biosilk oil on my 19 month old and didn't work, also tried straightening balm and didn't work either

Lesley - posted on 04/10/2010

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Hi Mary, I too have poker straight hair, and my youngest daughter has a head full of gorgeous ringlets. I don't brush her hair when it's dry, intstead I put Pantene Daily treatment cream through it then comb it through and run my fingers through to 'break' the curls up a bit. When her hair is dry and a bit frizzy looking - I use a product that I put through my hair after I straighten it called 'Dumb Blonde Smoothing Stuff' - it's from the Bed Head Range by Tigi - it is fantastic, and smells great. Hope this helps :)

Michelle - posted on 04/06/2010

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Hi

My son and i both have curly hair too. I only comb our hair with a wide toothed combed when it's wet. Conditioner is a must as curly hair is very dry. Never brush his hair when it's dry because it will only result in frizz. In terms of products, I use Elizabeth Anne's shampoo and conditioner on him but this might only be availble in South Africa and i don't use anything else. I don't wash his hair everyday. You can just wet it though between washes, it helps the curls to look fresh withut the frizz

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Commentsenglish3 - posted on 06/26/2014

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Ok, for curly hair that is dry and damaged you should use some argan oil to get it soft, healthy and without frizz. Argan oil is not greasy and it's really light and easy to use. It smoothes hair down and makes it soft and healthy while preventing damage and split ends, I use one called Pro Natural’s that I got online. You just put some on damp hair after a shower and style your hair as usual. Really helps a lot :)

Patricia - posted on 12/28/2012

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Lots of conditioner and spray leave in conditioner. My Daughter is the same way. They also have detangler combs that don't hurt as much

Chris - posted on 06/22/2012

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My daughter Laurel has very curly hair and at times ringlets that are so cute...but MAN it is difficult to manage! Every morning I have to use a detangler to comb(wide toothed comb) her hair...and my neighborhood must think that I am skinning a cat when I comb her hair...LOL. After I will spritz some water or curl enhancer to pull her curls back together so it does not friz. Then she is good for the day. I only wash her hair once a week...unless otherwise needed!

Sarah - posted on 05/14/2012

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My six year old is kind of the same way. I use Mixed Chicks leave in conditioner and she normally only lets me put a headband in each day before school. I normally only brush her hair when it is wet and I always condition her hair in the tub, but I don't wash it unless she needs it washed.

User - posted on 05/09/2012

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Hello everyone, I can across this site and saw this forum, I have curly hair and I am mixed, I read through many of your answers on how you care for your childrens curly hair which to be honest scared me. I understand if you are not use to doing curly hair but their are so many resources that can teach you to understand how to care for your childs hair. My advice is to keep it simply. Its also great to not always allow your child to wear their hair out try cute double-strand twist and box-braids. Its also great to look on youtube on how to care for curly hair. Try in typing in Kinky Curly Hair. Also Miss Jessie's has a list of How-to videos on their website. www.missjessies.com. Hope this helps, I am doing an event that will give you advice on how to care for curly hair. I will have amazing people speak , doing hair demos and more so you can fully understand everything you need to know about curly hair.
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User - posted on 05/09/2012

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Hello everyone, I can across this site and saw this forum, I have curly hair and I am mixed, I read through many of your answers on how you care for your childrens curly hair which to be honest scared me. I understand if you are not use to doing curly hair but their are so many resources that can teach you to understand how to care for your childs hair. My advice is to keep it simply. Its also great to not always allow your child to wear their hair out try cute double-strand twist and box-braids. Its also great to look on youtube on how to care for curly hair. Try in typing in Kinky Curly Hair. Also Miss Jessie's has a list of How-to videos on their website. www.missjessies.com. Hope this helps, I am doing an event that will give you advice on how to care for curly hair. I will have amazing people speak , doing hair demos and more so you can fully understand everything you need to know about curly hair.
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hosted by Savvy Brown
with featured special guest Scarlett owner of the Wonder Curl Product Line.

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Ingrid - posted on 08/31/2011

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My oldest daughter has really curly hair. First ditch the brush, just comb (an afro comb is really good - wide teeth). Only comb it when wet so wet comb or buy a plant "skittie" to wet it. Avon has some really good "Kids detangling spray" - cheap too! x

Christina - posted on 06/02/2010

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I bought a shampoo/conditioner for my daughters' hair and it didn't work like I thought it would. It was still tangled and not soft at all, so I started using a conditioner for curly hair. I use Herbal Essences, the red one, for her hair. Just a dime-sized drop every time she gets a bath. I also use detangler, it's manzanilla and it smells great. Her hair's kinda weird, tho. It's really curly and it grows in different directions all over her head. Like me, she's also got a really course patch on the lower back of her head, and it is the worst about getting tangled. That's why I have to use conditioner and detangler.

Nichole - posted on 05/28/2010

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my daughters hair is straight and it curls at the ends like the last inch to two inches when i used regular johnson the curls would knot up so i go the green johnsons and it works wonders o and i use detangler also.

Lynsey - posted on 04/28/2010

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I use mousse on my wee ones hair to keep control of the curls. I also use a detangling conditioner after baby shampoo to stop tangles and make easier to comb with a wide tooth comb. This stops tears also. Her twin brother has straight hair so just glad that he didnt get curls too.

Melissa - posted on 04/19/2010

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wayannea's hair is about 6" long at the longest spots and over her ears, she still has baby hair, kinda like fuzz... so i do what i can or i just leave it alone after a bath, comb it an that's it, when she lets me

Caroline - posted on 04/18/2010

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I wet my daughters hair, use leave in conditioner and sometimes hair paste to hold the curls together

Claire - posted on 04/16/2010

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hi mary. my daughter has the most fantastic curls with both me ad my other half havnig straight hair!!! i wet her hair on a morning, use a small amount of johsons leave in conditioner, brush and leave. it kinda sorts itself out and the curls at the back look fab. neala wot tolerate any bands, clips etc and moves it out of her eyes herself

Nic - posted on 04/15/2010

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Hi, My daughter has mad curls too! I find that after a shower and a really good conditioner i just comb it thru and let it dry naturally for best results. Curls are naturally much dryer than straight hair too so good conditioning is important. I comb my bubs hair to one side and put in a basic hairclip-it looks cute and she isnt annoyed by my trying to fuss her into piggy tails.
Hope this helps.

Melissa - posted on 04/15/2010

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my daughter is half black half white and she has amazing curls when she comes out of the bath, then after a nap, or playing around for a few hours, they are frizzy and sticking out, i have to fight with her but i can get about 6 braids in her hair.... other than that, i have no clue what to do with it......

Amy - posted on 04/13/2010

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There are a lot of good ideas here. Just want to add my 2 cents :) Never brush wet hair, always use a wide tooth comb. Wet hair is very fragile and brushing can cause it to break. My daughter has somewhat curly hair. I always wet it with a spray bottle before I comb it. I am going to ger some detangling spray next time I go to the store.

Karen - posted on 04/12/2010

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Avon do a detangle spray for kids hair it keeps the hair from going all frizzy you use it after you wash her hair & you can also use it just before you brush her hair. It probably make it more comforable for her.

Kaneadsha - posted on 04/11/2010

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I use a detangler and I comb her hair immediately. Now that she is older I even blow dry it

Suzi - posted on 04/11/2010

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my son yes son has curly hair and when wet the hair gets wet its almost at his waist. but at his shoulders when dry.
i just finger comb it and dont wash it everyday. only brush it when its dry ,finger brush wen wet when it's wet. but he loves his hair brushed i find it gets fuzzy if i brush it too much and wash it too often. sorry if im babling we just had a nap :)

Kelly - posted on 04/11/2010

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I agree with everyone else. Paul Mitchell makes a great kids shampoo. I think the shampoo/body wash ones aren't specifically formulated enough for curly hair and so you need a specific kid shampoo. I also use a leave-in conditioner in my daughter's hair & have detangler that we use once or twice a day (in the morning and after naps if she has crazy curly hair when she wakes up.) The other big thing is don't wash her hair every day. Curly hair does need more moisture and by stripping that moisture off every day to wash it you just make it more frizzy.

Enjoy!!

Elizabeth - posted on 04/10/2010

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oh right - we use a shampoo and leave-in conditioner (which I rinse some anyway) as well! Also by Original Sprout.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/10/2010

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Hi - I use a natural bristle brush on my 2 year old to try and get the natural oils distributed. Then I spray her hair with a little water, scruntch in some gel from Original Spout http://www.originalsprout.com/products.h... and get some gorgeous results! I also put clips, bows and rubber bands in her hair nearly every day. My sister in law suggested to just keep at it so my daughter would get used to it, Now she's sits while I do her hair. However, I usually get her a book or some flashcards to keep her busy.

Emma - posted on 04/10/2010

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Oh and Avon do a fantastic serum for curly hair. I tend to apply it to her hair when dry and it defines the curls and helps tame frizz!

Emma - posted on 04/10/2010

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I have this problem with my Megan. She is 23 months and has fine, fly-away spiral curls. I have another problem in that her hair naturally matts. It goes into dreadlocks all by itself if left it's a nightmare!! So how I deal with it is to wash it first with a moisture rich shampoo then apply lots of conditioner and then comb it through to remove the 'matts' and to spread through the conditioner. I leave that on while she is playing in the bath so about 5/10 minutes then wash off and finger comb her curls as it dries. I do this at least every other day as being a toddler she gets paint, sand, mud, food..everything in her hair...it's a long job but the comments and oooh and arrrrs she gets when out and about are worth it :)

Susan - posted on 04/09/2010

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I have curly hair and so does my daughter. Conditioner is a must, and always use a comb!! Never a brush!!! Comb it when its wet and if it gets out of control in the day, spritz it with water and run a comb through it, if you have to.

Carrie - posted on 04/09/2010

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i have two boys with crazy curly hair and i found this stuff called mixed chicks,and it works great. it has a shampoo and a deep cond and a leave in cod. it works great. it keeps the curl nice and tight. there website is mixedchicks.net.

Melanie - posted on 04/08/2010

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I have curly hair and so does my daughter and the bes tthing is never "BRUSH" curly hair, you should only comb it and only when it is wet. other wise your breaking up the curl and making it frizzy.... good luck

Karoline - posted on 04/08/2010

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Detangler, always brush WET because it'll cut down on the frizz and find a good children's product like a kid's gel or something for curls.... apply wet while her hair still has the curls and it should air dry that way. That's what I've got to do to my crazy hair. Hope this helps! :-)

Colleen - posted on 04/07/2010

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I can help! I have naturally curly hair and so does my almost 2 year old. She hates when I do stuff with her hair too, but she does leave it tied back once I get it that way. Anyway, rule #1 use a GOOD conditioner like Panteen. I only put it on her long hair in the back, not the scalp. This is because I don't want it to run her eyes when I rinse. She has fine hair too so rule #2: I finger comb her hair (and mine), no hiarbrush. This will get the tangles out but allow the curls to stay together and not frizz as much. Never never never brush (finger comb) her hair when it's dry, only when it's wet after being conditioned. You can use a small amount of mousse or gel on her towel dried hair. I also use Zero Frizz hair serum on her and I can't live without it on my hair. Use about a quarter size dab, finger comb it through, and then scrunch the curls up. You can use a small amount on her hairline to help with the fuzzy fly-aways. I pull my daughters hair back with a small hair-tie and then use a little hairspray. The biggest thing is to keep it moisturized (leave the conditioner on for 2-5 minutes in the bath) and don't use baby or kids products. They are too weak. I use the same stuff on Mea as I do on me. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 04/07/2010

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My daughter has curly ringlets, and I use the green bottle of Johnson's de-tangling shampoo for curly hair. I brush it while it's wet, and let her run around and air dry it and that seems to work great!

Brandi - posted on 04/07/2010

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I usually put baby lotion in her hair after bathtime and that really seems to help without it being greasy or hard like mouse. It makes it easier to brush too. Try using a pick instead of a brush too. That helps with the frizziness.

Mara - posted on 04/07/2010

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My daughter's curls are gorgeous right out of bath or shower w/ detangler (Target's is fine) OR leave in conditioner, then brush it and scrunch with your fingers. Sometimes I use my diffuser on it, which she loves. But you have to wet it and rebrush and scrunch every morning, b/c it gets crazy from sleeping on it.

Carrie - posted on 04/06/2010

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Hi-I have curly hair myself and so does my son - u dont eva have to brush it - infact it just makes the curl too loose its best to use your fingers or a very wide toothed comb-just wet the hair lightly and use your fingers to sort it out if its long then use abit of conditioning balm/gel for some definition and hold ;-)

Ene - posted on 04/06/2010

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Hi Tiffany, does your child have thick frizzy African hair like mine? Pls go to any African store and buy shea butter hair conditioning for kids.it is so amazing! or use the natural, raw one if you can find.

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Don't use shampoo more than once a week (unless she has extremely greasy or dirty hair). Shampoo dries curly hair out and makes it go really frizzy. On a daily basis, just use conditioner when she's in the bath or shower, and try to only comb it when it's wet. Oh, and don't brush it; that will just make it frizzier than ever.

BRITTANY - posted on 04/05/2010

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HI MY NAME IS BRITTANY AND I AM NEW TO THIS THING BUT I HAVE A 23 MONTH OLD DAUGHTER AND HER HAIR IS SO THICK AND CURLY. I LITERALLY HAVE TO WASH HER HAIR AND GREASE IT WHILE IT'S WET AND COMB IT OUT BEFORE IT DIRED UP IN ORDER TO GET IT STRAIGHT FOR 2 OR 3 DAYS. THAT'S ALOT OF WORK

Tiffany - posted on 04/05/2010

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I have curly hair and I use Moroccan oil. Just a dab in the palm of your hand and work it through. It helps tremendously with my hair along with Biolage products. The Biolage has less alcohol than most other hair shampoos, conditioners, etc. The alcohol dries hair out.

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The trick is conditioner. My daughter's hair is just like mine and I'm really fortunate for that since I already know what to do. She's not yet two and we've been conditioning her hair for a little over a month and it has made a HUGE difference. It's easier to comb and stays curly throughout the day instead of frizzing. I use the same conditioner for her as I do for me, since the Johnson's curly hair shampoo is not enough. Get a good curly hair conditioner (Pantene's is good) and you'll notice a world of difference.

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Hi Mary, My daughter's hair is extremely frizzy and we are Africans! She's got curls from the scalp to the tip of the hair. You can't comb through her hair at all! Well, my solution comes from nature because I used frizz-control hair spray but it only made her hair drier. To keep the hair strand-free but with lustre, I resorted to using Shea Butter. In Nigeria, natural shea butters are everywhere but I use manufactured one which I bought from a beauty store, if applied to either wet or dry hair, it instantly detangles her hair in seconds! You might have to buy detangling shampoo and conditioners too. I personally use Johnson's detangling shampoo which has chamomile to tame the hair. Good luck!

Nycole - posted on 04/05/2010

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I have curly hair so that helps. my daughter's makes mine look straight. Best thing that works with my daughters is wet it brush it then shake the curls out with your fingers. It breaks up the curls and allows it to be more natural. I don't know what to tell you for frizz as this isn't a problem with her hair, Try conditioner it might be dry

Shéyna - posted on 04/05/2010

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My daughter has lots and lots of curly hair and I live by Johnson's products for curly hair. It comes in green bottles and they have shampoo, and both detangling spray and cream. Curly hair needs more moisture than straight hair and that should help with the frizzyness. My daughter is mixed and so is her father and they both have these great curls.

Amber - posted on 03/30/2010

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Let me tell you I have been batteling the lion's mane of my 3 1/2 year old. She has locks of curls and I have straight, fine hair. The only thing that seems to do anything to control the frizz and make the most of the beautiful curls is to use a spray bottle, wet her hair down and brush through "gently" and then use Aveda "Be Curly" this product works great it creates nice defined curls and minimizes the frizz, or as it is known in our household " the crazy Lou do!"

Christina - posted on 03/30/2010

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Hi Mary, my daughter seems to have the same hair. Mine has a little bit of a wave but nothing I'd call curls.

I bought her hair de-tangler Spray from Target (the Target brand, 1,99$ or so) and the hair brushing is working pretty good that way.

Hope that helps!



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