Let me start off by saying, “Bravo!” on taking the first step in gaining curl confidence for your child’s curly hair! You are going to make a huge difference in your child’s life by getting the knowledge to take good care of your child’s mane.
The number one thing I hear from adult women with textured hair in my salon is, “My mom never knew what to do with my hair!”. It becomes a challenge in adolescence and by the teenage years, curlies get the urge to straighten what nature gave them. It can be a source of frustration for both parents and kids. By starting early, you are giving your child the gift of CURL-CONFIDENCE!
I have 4 tips to help parents begin the process.
· Be realistic. Take guidance as best as you can, but do what works best for your family. Kids are wiggly, kids are impatient, your routine may not be perfect every time, but do your best and over time it will get easier. · Make it fun! If you need to detangle before bath or need them to sit so you can apply product or style, let them watch a show they don’t normally watch or play with a special toy or tablet game. This will give them something to look forward to and give you the ability to refresh, detangle, or style for the day. · Keep it positive! When a child hears how awful it is to detangle their hair all the time or how long it takes to cleanse and condition, that can set a negative narrative. This is a time for you and your child to bond and when the time comes for them to take over their hair maintenance, they will feel assured they can do it!
· Find a curl specialist in your area that can help give you the best information and the confidence to maintain your child's hair. This will be an investment, but well worth it. Best places to look are the Devacurl stylist finder, Instagram (hashtag #curlspecialist + your town and Yelp.
In the next few weeks, I'll be posting a curly kids series on detangling, wash day and refreshing.
My intention is that this will help your family find a hair routine that works for everyone. It is pure joy to see a child that embraces their hair!