I luv browsing the pages of natural hair sites for children. In fact one, of the blogs that inspired me to blog was Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care. Yet, I don’t try to recreate any of the styles. As you know my eldest is a boy and my little girl hates having her hair washed or combed. Saying that it’s a shock that I’d have this issue is putting it lightly. After all, I’ve been natural for over four years. I’m no newbie to caring for the natural hair of little ones either. When I was younger, along with my mum, I cared for both my younger sisters’ hair. You may remember, my son, Angelo also had long curly hair. We cut his hair when he was about 16 months. His hair was almost as long as Valentina’s is now! We had problems on hair wash day. Valentina’s on the other hand, never liked washing her hair even as a baby. Eventually, we got some advice from children’s hairdresser Sally Nutcher via Prima Baby & Pregnancy magazine (see Aug-Sep issue). Now, there is light ahead of the tunnel. Valentina’s toddler curly hair care regime getting better.
Toddler Curly Hair Care
Currently, my hair routine for Valentina is super simple. I wash and condition her hair every two – three weeks. Her hair isn’t oily and because I use products that are more than 50% natural she is not prone to product of build up. I twist her hair damp, then dry it with a hairdryer.
When her hair is dry, I then apply an organic oil along the partings of her curls. Usually, the day after I will untwist her hair and apply a light hair milk then brush her hair into two pony tails.
Mid-week Hair Care
I comb her hair roughly four times per week (or as needed). Taking care to always detangle with a leave-in-conditioner or detangler solution, I use a Tangle Teezer brush to gently brush out tangles. However, you can use a wide tooth comb if you prefer. As much as, I adore the cute twists and braided styles, I stick to simple styles for ease.
Valentina’s hair is very curly and tangles easily. Therefore,styles that can loosen, detangle and comb into quickly are best. I’m working towards her having a stress free hair maintenance experience. Less is more for her tender age.
I keep Valentina’s hair regime simple, so as not to over manipulate her hair. Let’s see how her toddler curly hair care regime goes.
Are you a parent or carer with toddler hair washing/combing woes? What’s your current hair regime routine? Have you overcome toddler hair washing/combing tantrums with your toddler what was the turning point? I’d love to hear from you, whether your child’s hair is curly, kinky, coily or straight.
Please, share your toddler curly hair care story. Comment below.
updated 6th September 2020)