Curly Kids Series - Wash Day
Updated: Sep 24, 2021
I recommend cleansing the scalp and hair twice a week. Keep in mind you could also wet the hair during bath time and not cleanse, just condition the hair if the curls needs to be re-set. Try 1 routine for a couple of weeks to see what works for your family. If it's not working, change it!
Here are the tools and steps to follow:
Tools: · Water soluble cleanser · Water soluble conditioner
· Wide tooth comb or Wet brush
Why water soluble? Water soluble products work with water, not against it. So, when you think you may need more product to achieve great results, you can just add water. It will also be easier to cleanse water soluble products from the hair and the product should not build up as much which will make the wash day process easier. Avoid non-soluble products that contain silicones, parabens, heavy oils, and butters. The line I use in my studio is Innersense Organic Beauty.
1. Wash the hair wherever you see fit. Most parents wash in the bath or sink, but do whatever works best for you and your family. 2. Ensure the hair is saturated thoroughly with water. If hair is too dry you will end up using more product than necessary. 3. Use a quarter to half dollar sized dollop of cleanser (depending on how much hair you are working with).
4. Rub the product together in your hands first. Then add the cleanser to the hair and gently work in a downward motion until you have worked it through the ends. Then work your way to the scalp and focus here where, we want to remove the dirt and oils. Rinse thoroughly. 5. Add a quarter to half dollar sized dollop of conditioner to your hands. You may need another dollop if your child has super tight, high density curls.
6. Rub the conditioner together in your hands and add to the hair in a downward motion working through to the ends. And WORK IT IN! For me, it's not how long you leave it on, it's how you apply it. With leftover conditioner on your hands, glaze the top layer of hair. Try not to add conditioner directly on the scalp.
7. Detangle again while the conditioner is in. Use fingers, wide tooth comb or Wet Brush, begin at the ends, and work your way up to the roots. 8. During conditioning, the hair should feel slick, like wet noodles. Add water if necessary, you want the hair to feel and look smooth. 9. Rinse conditioner. Room temperature/cool water is best for the last rinse, but I don’t know many kids that will go for that! Just know that if you’re able to do a room temperature rinse at the sink, that will seal the hair cuticle and lock in moisture.
Next blog, drying and styling!
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