Caring for toddler's curly hair

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110Cornets Sat 02-Jan-21 09:16:40

My toddler has quite curly, short hair. It goes into ringlets when just washed and air dried but is quite dry and prone to frizz. I don't want to use any of the adult products I use on myself on her hair, which is still quite fine and baby-hair like. Any suggestions for how I can make sure her hair is moisturised and in good condition, especially between washes? I wash her hair once a week with child's farm baby shampoo.

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MerryChristmasToYou Sat 02-Jan-21 12:37:05

I'd use damp fingers to tease it into curls, maybe a tiny amount of coconut oil for moisture.

SkylightAndChandelier Sat 02-Jan-21 12:44:54

DS2 has always had Shirley Temple ringlets.

We don't even wash his hair once a week these days - perhaps once a fortnight. We never brush it, every few months I 'do his curls' and put in an intensive conditioner because it does have a tendency to matt in a couple of places (at least he's stopped twiddling with it now), so I do need to comb it sometimes.

Day to day occasionally use a refreshing curl spray from Boots (depends on the weather if they need neatening up), and after a wash I put Cantu curl activator through it which is my favourite, but the pink Boots one is good too.

Oh, and he uses one of the sulfate etc. free curl shampoo/conditioners - pink again! (I have no idea why all the curl stuff is pink)

MerryChristmasToYou Sat 02-Jan-21 13:07:52

I picked up a hair product and it said 'Come on girls...' on it. Grr!
Put it down and left it there.

I think it was in the leigh stamford range. (slightly changed the name so as not to publicise)

Pugsley87 Sat 02-Jan-21 13:14:41

Try the curly girl method. No brushes, no shampoo, sulphate and drying alcohol free products. Have a look online and there are loads of groups, including some specifically for curly children. It's a game changer!

IDontDrinkTea Sat 02-Jan-21 13:14:48

I use the little coco range on dds hair. Would particularly recommend the curling custard

TopBants Sat 02-Jan-21 16:12:43

Pugsley87

Try the curly girl method. No brushes, no shampoo, sulphate and drying alcohol free products. Have a look online and there are loads of groups, including some specifically for curly children. It's a game changer!

I looked into this a while so for myself but it was so confusing I gave up!

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QueenPawPaws Sat 02-Jan-21 16:14:05

This stuff is good
https://www.curlyellie.com/collections/all
You could use the spray between washes

TopBants Sat 02-Jan-21 16:14:18

IDontDrinkTea

I use the little coco range on dds hair. Would particularly recommend the curling custard

Thank you- I'll definitely give this a try.

TopBants Sat 02-Jan-21 16:15:30

MerryChristmasToYou

I'd use damp fingers to tease it into curls, maybe a tiny amount of coconut oil for moisture.

Thanks, these are good suggestions.

Cleverpolly3 Sat 02-Jan-21 16:17:16

I use Cantu kids range on my child’s curly hair the leave in cream is good
Also organix deep damage repair coconut conditioner is a good rinse out option

Whilst it might be a “bad” idea to brush curls it is important to stimulate their scalps and make sure they’re not getting a build up of skin cells or products you use. Once or twice a week I brush my child’s hair throughout with a old fashioned bristle brush in different directions before I wash it ( he is a hot sweaty little scamp so have to wash it twice a week)

SpudulikaSlob Sat 02-Jan-21 16:17:47

I use baby shampoo as it's sulphate free. My favourite conditioner in a spray bottle with water serves as a lovely dangling spray. One wash and one conditioner soak a week.
I've been considering trimming her ends using the deva curl method but it's not an issue right now. My children both have ringlets.

TopBants Sat 02-Jan-21 16:19:03

Wow, loads of great ideas- thank you everyone!

ByGrabtharsHammerWhatASavings Sat 02-Jan-21 16:20:36

My 2 year old has very thick tight ringlets. I do wash her hair every night because every day she finds a way to smear food/play doh/mud/paint etc into it. I also use the childs farm shampoo followed by the asda little angels spray in detangling spray and comb it with a wide tooth comb.

TopBants Sat 02-Jan-21 19:29:28

SpudulikaSlob

I use baby shampoo as it's sulphate free. My favourite conditioner in a spray bottle with water serves as a lovely dangling spray. One wash and one conditioner soak a week.
I've been considering trimming her ends using the deva curl method but it's not an issue right now. My children both have ringlets.

Which conditioner, if you don't mind my asking?

I've not had to cut DD's hair yet as it's still doesn't dangle at all due to the curls.

TopBants Sat 02-Jan-21 19:40:38

Sorry, name change fail!

SpudulikaSlob Sat 02-Jan-21 19:52:48

I like the dove repair one or just whatever comes with my hair dye. I meant detangling spray not dangling spray blush
My 3yo hair is almost at her bum.

KenAddams Mon 04-Jan-21 09:30:11

I use the Aussie detangle spray on my 3 girls hair it's brilliant

KarmaNoMore Mon 04-Jan-21 09:40:07

Avoid DevaCurl products www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/former-devacurl-aficionados-allege-products-cause-hair-loss-n1134316

TopBants Mon 04-Jan-21 12:31:36

Oh, that's horrific! Thanks for letting me know, I'll definitely avoid.

Justtickingboxes Mon 04-Jan-21 12:37:09

I have used olive oil on scalp before washing normally and had great results on dd's curly hair.

ohpleasesleepbabysleep Mon 04-Jan-21 12:43:55

Curly Ellie range is great, although quite expensive, we use the leave in conditioner. DD is 3 and has tight ringlets. I ‘properly’ wash her hair once a fortnight, the rest of the time I wet it and use a wide-toothed comb and tons of leave in conditioner to detangle it. Never brush it when it’s dry, if it’s looking knotty in the mornings I wet it with detangler and comb with a wide toothed comb. Shampoo is generally a no no for curly hair if you are doing the proper method but there are a few mild ones which are ok.

There’s a great group on Facebook called ‘Little CG’s UK’ which has tons of advice for how best to manage curly hair on little ones. It can be done very cheaply - eg loads of the supermarket conditioners are suitable for curly hair.

TopBants Mon 04-Jan-21 14:08:10

ohpleasesleepbabysleep

Curly Ellie range is great, although quite expensive, we use the leave in conditioner. DD is 3 and has tight ringlets. I ‘properly’ wash her hair once a fortnight, the rest of the time I wet it and use a wide-toothed comb and tons of leave in conditioner to detangle it. Never brush it when it’s dry, if it’s looking knotty in the mornings I wet it with detangler and comb with a wide toothed comb. Shampoo is generally a no no for curly hair if you are doing the proper method but there are a few mild ones which are ok.

There’s a great group on Facebook called ‘Little CG’s UK’ which has tons of advice for how best to manage curly hair on little ones. It can be done very cheaply - eg loads of the supermarket conditioners are suitable for curly hair.

Amazing, thank you! I'll join that group immediately.

LemonDrizzles Mon 04-Jan-21 19:14:22

I use oilatum shower gel as a shampoo for my 1 year old with a detangler brush. I'm following this thread though for more ideas

LadyCatStark Mon 04-Jan-21 19:26:29

DS is 11 now but his ringlets are still intact, albeit styled into a trendy teenage style nowadays. The most important thing is to never, ever brush it when dry. If you really must brush it, do it while it’s wet. DS uses Palmers coconut shampoo and conditioner and Cantu curl activator.

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