Where we live there are few people with curly hair; . In fact, some hairdressers in our market town have turned us away citing they don’t have “experts” on hand to deal with my daughter’s biracial curly hair.
But curly hair isn’t difficult to manage; it’s just different to manage.
Curly hair is not difficult to look after, it’s just different to straight hair.
I’m no hair expert, just a Mum & I want my daughter to love & embrace her curly hair in this age where straight hair seems to rule. This means knowing how to look after it. So here’s my top hair care tips for curly hair:
1 Do not use a brush on dry, curly hair – use a wide toothed comb only!
If I want to avoid giving Mademoiselle the ‘frizz’ & looking like she has triangle-shaped hair, I’ve learnt to put down the brush! Instead, use a wide toothed comb or even my fingers to untangle the knots.
2/ Plaits are our saviour – but don’t over-plait
For school, hair is always up – running a nit comb through her hair will not be fun – so we always plait or ponytail.
But constant braiding or pulling hair up into a ponytail can cause damage and serious hair loss especially around the hairline. I’d hate to land her with a hair transplant cost in her old age(!) due to over braiding, so we always put hair down after school & at weekends.
My top tip : learn to plait properly, keep it loose & don’t plait when the hair is wet as this pulls it and can cause irreparable damage.
I usually add a dollop of leave-in conditioner to the hair (applied using my fingers) before plaiting to prevent pulling & ripping the strands.
3/ Don’t Wash every 2-3 days – curly hair gets dry quickly.
As I understand it, the moisture from our scalp takes longer to travel down curly hair, so over washing can dry out the hair, causing it to thin out & break.
4/ Condition, condition and condition again
You can never have too much conditioner. I use this lovely Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk. It conditions the hair beautifully, leaving it soft, silky and tangle free. I often wash it all out from the scalp but leave some in the hair itself for extra moisture, especially when the hair is being air-dried.
Where possible, look for products which are paraben, sulphate and alcohol free.
5/ Air dry where possible, although I know it isn’t always possible in the middle of winter
This is a problem for us in winter. Curly hair absorbs water like a sponge, it will take ages for Mademoiselle’s hair to dry in this cold weather. So I do use a hair-dryer sometimes with a diffuser, but only after the hair has been fully conditioned.
There are tips handed down to me by my mum, now I’m handing them down to my daughter. They don’t take long to learn, or even to apply. But as a result I hope my daughter loves her curly hair just as much as I do!
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.