If you're a natural curly who has a kid lucky enough to be blessed with your curls, you know the importance of developing a curl care regime for them. It can be tough to figure out how to care for your little's curls, especially when they're very young. Caring for an infant or baby's curly hair is as important as caring for toddlers and children's.
For infants and very young babies, avoid using curl care products on their delicate hair. If you want to try a product, consider using something Shea Moisture's Head To Toe product to wash their curls and body. Once washed, you could follow up with a gentle oil to define curls. Additionally, when children are young consider avoiding styling the curls or using barrettes or clips. Leaving young curls alone will allow them to grow and strengthen.
Once your child is about two years old, you can start using kid's curl care shampoos, such as Eden Bodyworks. Now is a great time to start acclimating your kid's curls to a full curl care regime. Begin with a prepoo by using oil and allowing it to sit in their curls for several minutes. Using a prepoo before washing can help work through tangles and knots. Wet curls completely before working shampoo down to the scalp, scrubbing gently and working through knots. If you feel as though your curls need a little extra boost, you can deep condition curls using either a child's conditioner or a gentle adult product.
Once you've gotten through condition curls, you can move on to styling. Determine your little one's curl pattern to help figure out what styles will work best. For littles with kinky coils, a twist out works great. Allowing curls to dry in their natural pattern will increase the curl's longevity. You can also undo twists after a few days to put into buns, puffs or ponytails. Avoid using over manipulative styles to keep from damaging delicate curls.