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.

preschooler fun: troll haircut activity

sometimes i truly struggle with keeping B occupied on our free days where we don’t have something planned. one day i realized that i had been hoarding too many toilet and paper towel tubes for some unknown crafting purpose (because i do that). so, i decided to put together the easiest activity ever for B… a troll hair cutting station.

here’s what you need:

  • multiple empty toilet paper/paper towel tubes
  • colored pencils
  • adult scissors
  • child safe scissors

simply draw “troll faces” on each tube with various expressions, use the “grown up scissors” to cut hair on each tube, flatten out the hair so it’s easy to cut….and voila!

B was entertained for a good 30 minutes giving each troll a new do.  it then evolved into her cooking her new troll friends dinner in her play kitchen.  such a simple activity sparked her creativity and my little lefty received some cutting practice as well!

what other fun activities have you come up with using old toilet paper rolls or other random items in your home?  let me know below!

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why i’m convinced my 3 year old doesn’t believe in the easter bunny

okay, she probably does believe in the easter bunny… but i feel like some day when the truth comes out, she will take it in stride.  why?  last winter she invented a game of santa claus before christmas.  i would pretend to sleep and she would put items in my stocking and bring me gifts.  this was all completely of her own creation and unprompted.  it freaked me out because NO.  this game was far too logical!

this morning after her annual easter egg hunt for the eggs left by the bunny man himself, she decided to re-package all of her shiny plastic eggs with their treats inside.  i was then told to “go sleep for 10 hours” (i wish…), and she proceeded to hide all of the eggs for me to wake up and find.

giggling with delight she watched me curiously poke around looking for all of her strategically hidden eggs.  it was the best. and i realized how big she is getting and how quickly time passes although she is only just 3.

and now we move on to summer, just like that!  bring on the hot weather (or not!  i miss winter dearly already)!

Dress: Sadiethenty Shoes, Ears, Necklace: Target Purse: Gift

 

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weekend review: hello spring.

this weekend we welcomed spring! saturday was a catch up day for me to get B’s easter basket together and catch up on laundry.

sunday, however, is always our family day. B takes soccer in the morning, which she loves and WE love it because it exhausts her enough to nap later in the day.

B loves flowers, so taking her to the garden at the local hardware store after soccer is a fun treat for her! we also scooped up some goodies because we are planning to start a little garden in our backyard soon.

one of our favorite things to do is have pool float fights. i somehow always end up on the losing side when N and B gang up on me!

B’s first time at Firehouse Subs was a success. Yum!

we planted some lavender and wildflower seeds. we’ve actually had the wildflower seeds for quite a while and received the packet for free via the Cheerios bring back the bees campaign. you can grab a pack here for yourself too! i don’t have green thumb, but luckily N does!

no photos, but we made turkey meatballs using fresh herbs from B’s aerogarden! 🙂

and that wraps up another weekend. what did you do on your quick two day break? i’m absolutely anticipating my upcoming 3-day weekend and hosting easter at our house.