Curly hair help

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Curly hair help

I have the straightest hair in the world. Always has been like that, so that's the type of hair I know how to style. Kate's hair is straight on top, then curls when it gets past her ears. I've always just brushed it like mine, not knowing any better. Lol Well it's getting long enough now that I need to start putting some product in it and scrunching it to encourage the curls and avoid the fluffy fly-aways. I don't want it to be wet-looking or crunchy. What do I use?

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My daughter's hair was like that when she was little (though, now at almost 10 it's to her waist so more just some wave at the bottom)... I never put any products in it but I did find it easier to brush/manage when it was damp, so I always had a spray bottle of water and would spritz her hair before I combed it out in the a.m... then did whatever I was doing to her hair (barrettes/ponytails/headbands/etc) and let it dry/curl naturally.

ETA: I also used a wider toothed comb.

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Ah, that is a very good idea. Probably easier that way too. Thanks!

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I have super straight hair, but I use a balm for frizziness. I just rub some into my hands and then through my hair. It seems to help a lot especially with this super hot weather.

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That sounds very similar to Lily's hair. It is straight up top and then curls towards the ends. I also like it best when I style it wet then let it dry naturally.

I'm sooooo afraid if I cut her hair she will lose her curls! Sad

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Throw away her brushes. There is no need to brush curly hair when it's dry. It just makes it frizzy. If anything, use a pick when it's wet, but even then, fingers are usually enough.

Are you using conditioner on her hair? If not, I recommend starting. With Jocelyn's hair, I use the regular baby shampoo and then I use a separate baby conditioner (Suave, I think.) If she's really screaming and I can't do the conditioner part, I spray a lot of detangler on while it's wet.

Run your fingers through her hair after it's conditioned and while it's still wet. That should be enough. If you feel like you need to put a product in it, I'd see if spray detangler will do the trick. If not, I'd go for some kind of curl creme. It's best to put it in towel-dried hair. Just put it in and run your fingers through her hair to spread it out and then scrunch with your hands.

If you think she would tolerate it, you could also try a conditioner called Aussie 3-minute miracle. It has to stay on the hair for 3 minutes before rinsing in order to work properly, but it really does the trick and leaves curls soft and gets rid of frizzies like nothing else I've found.

Personally, in young kids, I'd stay away from gel or mousse. Just looks overdone on little ones, IMO. Conditioner (rinse out), spray detangler, and then curl creme if you need it would be my suggestion.

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I agree...start using conditioner for the frizzies, and comb when wet, then let it air dry. Just don't fuss with it too much, that's what makes curly hair frizz up.

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Makenna has curly hair too, just like her granny.

I use a 2 in one shampoo for kids and I only use a wide tooth comb instead of a brush.

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I have been conditioning her hair for a few weeks and see a huge difference. I wish DH would do it, but he gets lazy. :rolleyes: I guess I shouldn't say her hair is curly, more wavy. The ends will sometimes form soft ringlets, but not all the time. We took her for her very first haircut on Monday (she did great and looks so much older now) and I bought some stuff recommended by the stylist to tame fly-aways. I sprayed her hair with a little water this morning, put in the stuff, and scrunched. It turned out really cute. Not too wet looking. Plus it makes her hair smell like a strawberry milkshake. Smile

Thanks for all the tips!!

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My daughter's hair is like this, so I just try to put it up most of the time. I either make a cute little bun on the top or braid it, because I can't stand that "fluffy" look! I don't have any products to suggest because I think they would all give that "stiff" look, so I just use lots of hair spray to hold the strays in the ponytail!