If you're the parent of a little one with curly hair, you know it can be frustrating to figure out how to care for it. Curly hair takes a lot of time, energy and work to keep it healthy. Many parents find that it can be hard to get their little's curls to grow long. For example, many parents struggle to keep their little one's curls moisturized. Here are some suggestions on why your little one's curls might not be growing, and what you can do about it.
Water based products: Since natural curls are more prone to drying out, you're going to want to pick up some water based products for their delicate curls. For example, selecting a water based leave in conditioner with organ or jojoba oils will allow the product to penetrate the curl's shaft. Using a lightweight oil will keep their curls from being weighed down or becoming greasy. This will allow you more time between washes, which will help keep your little's curls from getting overly dry and becoming damaged.
Avoid overwashing: Before you apply water based products, your little will need to have clean curls, or the product won't work. Dirty curls have build up, which prevents the products from penetrating the curl's shaft. However, the Catch-22 of this is that overwashing your little one's curls can dry them out, strip them of natural oils and leave them even more dry. Instead of washing your little's curls weekly, consider washing and oiling their curls on a bi weekly schedule instead. If you're finding your little one has very dry curls, you can also try co washing.
Spritz, then seal: If you have a little one who's curls dry out easily, consider spritzing their curls with water daily. You can do this by getting a small water bottle and spray their curls 1-2 times per day. After spritzing, follow up with a sealer, or else adding the extra water will have been pointless. Find a great butter or oil to follow up with. After you've dampened your curls with water, go on to add your favorite curl care product. Having moisturized curls will allow them to better accept the product.