How to Style kids Curly Hair

How to Style kids Curly Hair

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The relentless quest for the “perfect head of curls” is very real . As a mum of three curly girls, my journey has involved a plethora of products and methods that I have tried and tested to achieve that curly look. I have even gone as far as developing my own organic hair product range for curly kids to help me to reach that curly nirvana. The one thing I cannot emphasis enough for super-healthy gorgeous curls, is good everyday care at home. It is important to invest in quality cleansers and conditioner.

Knowing how to style kids curly hair was always a mystery to me. No matter how much experience any of us have at styling and training curls, it seems like they often have a mind of their own. Read more

Water logging

Water logging

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You know how washing your hands too often makes them chapped – even if you don’t use soap? Washing your hair ultimately dehydrates it too especially if you have porous hair or hair that has had a chemical treatment (colouring, highlighting, perms, relaxing).

The stress of hair-washing comes from the endocuticle layer beneath the cuticle, swelling with water against the cuticle layer. This is sometimes referred to as “water logging”.

As a result of ‘water logging’, the cuticle are strained and stand away from the hair. In this state, they are more easily broken off. And so you have protein and water loss resulting from broken cuticles.

Cuticles in this vulnerable position break from rubbing on other hairs, from wet combing or detangling while wet. Adding to dry, fizzy look.

One of the ways to combat this would be to reduce the amount of wash days for your curls. If you find you are unable to , then using a film forming coat over your hair before wash to reduce the amount of water going in and coming out.

Goldilocks

Goldilocks

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This is my  three year old Goldilocks. Her gorgeous curls have not always looked this amazing. She has been as patient as any three year old can be, as I tested and trialled so many different products and methods to best manage her hair.

Why does curly hair care have to be so difficult and technical? The amount of products we load onto our Childs curls to get that ‘curl definition’ is amazing. You  need a biology  and chemist degree just to understand the ingredients and instructions!

I love the KISS rule (keep it simple silly). I think, once you understand the curl, then finding the right products is much easier and managing it becomes simple.

Here is my checklist for my girls curls:

  • organic and natural products only -free from silicone, sulphates, parabens
  • film forming humectants-like aloe vera
  • Penetrative oil (coconut oil)
  • wash less often during the week

My routine has changed since i started this blog, my curl week for my girl looks like this: wash weeks

I only wash with shampoo and conditioner once a week and co wash twice a week. In between I keep her hair dry unless of course she has paint or play dough in it! I also pre poo her hair with oil and conditioner once every two weeks.

My three year old is happy. it’s a simple routine, minimal products and easy routine to remember.

 

 

Trade your towel in for perfect frizz free ringlets

Trade your towel in for perfect frizz free ringlets

I am beginning to appreciate that looking after curly kids hair is two fold. The first is the products we use on the hair. In a previous blog –oils aint oils– I talked about the chemistry of hydrating curls. What oils works best for curly hair. I touched on the Ph of hair and the effect it has on the cuticles of the hair shaft.

The second is the tools we use. In my blog –tools of trade– I talked about the types of brushes that are better suited for curly hair. Hand in hand with that, is drying the curls after we wash the hair.

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Clean curls

Clean curls

I recently had the privilege of talking to a very dedicated and driven Salon owner who is very passionate about the hair care industry. In my short time with her, i learnt an immense amount about hair care.

For a long time i struggled with the preconceived ideas or notions about the effectiveness of organic hair care products vs “synthetic” hair care products or “store” bought products. I wanted to know why organic shampoo or conditioners didn’t leave the hair as silky and smooth as your store bought products like “Pantene”? Read more