If you have straight hair but your kid’s got curls, it can be difficult for you to take care of them. Styling curls is completely different than styling straight hair. But also if you or your partner do have curls, it can be hard. Because children’s hair is different than adult hair; it’s more natural and hardly damaged. That’s why we’ll provide you with everything you need to know about the Curly Girl Method for kids with curls in this article.
The Curly Girl Method
The Curly Girl Method is a hair routine to take care of curly hair as naturally as possible. The method is based on the following basic principles: cut out harmful ingredients (sulfates for example) and products (dryers and brushes for example), get to know your curl and hair type, and embrace new habits such as drying your curls with a cotton T-shirt instead of a towel. The Curly Girl Method was invented by Lorraine Massey and described in her now famous book ‘Curly Girl: The Handbook ‘.
The Curly Girl Method for kids
Children’s hair is different from adults’ hair, so it also needs different care. It’s very healthy, hardly damaged, and requires less hair care. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to take care of your kids’ curls. And that’s where the Curly Girl Method for kids comes in. Lorraine Massey has written a book for (the parents of) children with curls: Curly Kids, The Handbook.
If you haven’t looked at the ingredients of your child’s hair products before, it’s helpful to start with a Final Wash. This is a wash with which you remove the build up of products and silicones from the hair. In addition, the Final Wash ensures that the hair can absorb more moisture and nourishing ingredients from the CG-friendly products that you’re going to use after. For a Final Wash you use a shampoo without silicones but with sulfates. An example of a suitable Final Wash shampoo is Zwitsal Shampoo Baby.
Also read: Learn all about the Final Wash
After the Final Wash, your kids’ hair needs some extra care. Use a deep conditioner or hair mask for that; this penetrates the hair shaft, which restores the natural shine of the hair. You can see it as an extra treatment to restore dry and damaged hair. The result is beautiful, healthy and shiny curls, that are better defined.
It’s probably easiest to make healthy curl care a part of bath time. Wash their hair during their usual bath routine and focus on making it an enjoyable experience for them. Start with the Final Wash, then put on the hair mask and let it soak for 15-30 minutes under a bathing cap. In the meantime, your child can play in the bath! When the time is up, your child’s hair is super soft, so you can detangle it right away.
Shampoo or co-washing
If you’re a follower of the Curly Girl Method yourself, you know that shampoo is off limits because of the harsh cleansing agents that can damage your hair. But for kids, co-washing may not be enough as they spend a lot of time outdoors and easily get dirty. So it can be an option to use a sulphate free shampoo and then use a CG-proof conditioner for extra nutrition. But you can also omit shampoo and only wash your child’s hair with a conditioner or co-wash. This generally is enough to clean children’s curls. The choice is completely yours!
If you opt for a co-wash: Soak your child’s hair through with water and apply a good dollop of conditioner. Massage it in for about five minutes, just like you would with a regular shampoo. This way you gently cleanse the scalp; soaking all the dirt from the scalp and hair. Leave the co-wash in for a few minutes before washing it out.
Also read: Everything you need to know about co-washing
You don’t need a lot of styling products for curly kids. Usually a cream or leave-in conditioner is sufficient. Apply a small amount to wet hair. Next, grab a microfiber towel and squeeze your little one’s curls towel dry and then let it air dry.
If a cream or leave-in conditioner doesn’t provide enough hold, you can add gel before squeezing the hair dry. It helps lock in moisture and when left to dry, it forms a cast around each curl. When the hair is completely dry, you can break this cast by scrunching the curls together again. The result is a kid with soft and bouncy curls!
Other tips for curly kids
First of all: keep it fun! Show your curly kid that it’s fun to wash and style your hair. Put on some music or turn it into a game.
Preferably only use CG-proof products that are suitable for children. These are much milder than the adult products, so you can be sure that it won’t sting if it gets in your child’s eyes.
Buy a satin pillowcase for your child, so that their curls don’t rub over the pillow too much at night. This also prevents it from tangling. If your child has long hair, it’s best to tie it in a loose high ponytail or bun. You can use a satin scrunchie for this.
On the days when you don’t wash your child’s hair, you can check in the morning what his or her hair needs. If it looks good, you don’t have to do anything about it. Is it very frizzy? Use a plant sprayer with water to refresh the hair. This way you can smooth out the frizz and squeeze the curls back in.
Is your child taking swimming lessons? Then it’s important to protect the hair against the chlorine in the pool water, because that makes it dry and porous. You can do this by applying coconut oil to dry hair, before your little one goes for a swim. It forms a layer as a barrier against the chlorinated water.
Hopefully everything is clear to you now about the Curly Girl Method for kids! Any questions? Feel free to ask them via Instagram!