I’ve always had curly, unruly hair. It used to bother me as a kid. It’s impossible to brush and never looked “perfect” like the other girls walking around with no bumps and polished ponies. As I grew older I learned to embrace it and liked having the option of being able to straighten it or go au natural like this, (oh hi beer.)
Hubby’s hair is similar. He keeps it short for the man now but back in b-school, let’s just say he could have given Art Garfunkel a run for his money (less the forehead.)
As you can imagine, our 4 year old daughter has inherited our lot. I adore her curls; they fit her personality and I wouldn’t change them for anything. Sometimes she even lets me tame them. Not all of the time, but sometimes. I get asked about her hair quite a lot, mostly from Moms who have straight hair and aren’t used to “dealing” with their own daughter’s curls. Here are a couple tips from a curly-haired friend with links to products at the very end. Hot damn, I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it.
1. Never, ever attempt to brush curly hair when dry…
2. Shampoo is an obvious necessity for everyone but curly-heads also always need conditioner. We love using Fairytales shampoo (bonus, the rosemary scent keeps lice away. Commence my head itching for a week for just typing that word.) Our go-to conditioner is from a lesser known brand I found in NYC but it’s also (like seemingly everything else in the world) available on Amazon. It’s called Curly Q Cupcakes N’Cream Conditioner and yes it smells as good as it sounds – do not use when hungry.
3. In the bath or shower, brush hair with a wide tooth comb while the conditioner is still in, then rinse it out (while still brushing, if lucky.)
4. Never rub wet hair with a towel to get it dry. Instead, squeeze it out from scalp to ends before wrapping it up in something like this (if lucky.)
5. Let it dry naturally overnight. (A Silk pillowcase is an extra bonus but not necessary.)
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