How To Care For Your Daughter’s Curly Hair

When B was born, I was so certain that her bald baby head would produce stick straight locks… or at the very most, minimally wavy.  But, alas she proved me wrong and developed ringlets that threw me for a loop and had to learn to care for.

Today I’m going to share our curly hair routine.  B woke with a birds nest of a mess this morning.  Challenge accepted.  Here’s where we started.

Pro Tip 1: Don’t Overwash

I wash B’s hair twice a week at most unless it is absolutely necessary (she gets food in it, high pollen count, etc.)  This is crucial with curly hair!  You don’t want it to dry out.

Wash Routine:

We use Curly Wurly from Lush as her shampoo and this Hask Argan Oil conditioner.

  1. Massage quarter size dollop of shampoo starting at roots and very lightly working through to the ends.  No scrubbing or rough handling!  Since B had a lot of knots going on today, I tried my best to separate and flatten that area.
  2. Let shampoo sit for about 2 minutes.  Curly Wurly is coconut based, so it contains a lot of moisturizing properties that other shampoos do not.
  3. Rinse thoroughly and be sure to get all coconut chunks out!
  4. Apply conditioner generously from roots to end (I use about two quarter size dollops in B’s hair).
  5. Using a wide tooth comb (here’s our favorite), gently comb through hair.  This part is usually not popular with the toddlers… but it’s only twice a week and worth the hassle.
  6. Let conditioner sit for 2 more minutes and rinse thoroughly.

Now for after shower steps!

  1. Apply a small bit of Argan Oil from where the hair begins at ears down to ends.  Don’t over do it.
  2. Spray detangler and let it soak for awhile.
  3. For this next step, I tell B it’s her “beauty salon” time, which usually works.  Comb through again with the wide tooth comb from roots to ends.

Pro Tip: If your kiddo did not have super knotted hair at the start of this routine, you can skip the brushing and just let their curls air dry.  It usually produces a better texture/ringlets.

We did this wash in the morning before preschool.  But, if it has been in the evening, I always put her hair in a loose braid for bed time to prevent tangles.

And ta-da… manageable curly hair!

Pro Tip: Over the past 3 years, I’ve learned that the occasional trim with added long layers really works for B’s hair.