Is there anything more precious than a toddler with a head full of beautiful, healthy curls? We don’t think so! However, us toddler mamas out there know that caring for our cherub’s curls can be far less than a heavenly experience. Here’s how to care for your toddler’s curls. Give this routine a try and let us know what you think.
How To Care For Your Toddler’s Curls
Fortunately this isn’t something that needs to be done daily. Usually once a week is sufficient, especially for our toddlers with thick, kinky coils. Shampoo or co-wash the curls, making sure to give the scalp a thorough yet gentle massage with your finger tips. By the time wash day rolls around, odds are your toddler’s curls will be quite dry. Make sure to follow with a conditioner or deep conditioning treatment for those very dry days.
Detangling can be a process even for adults who can sit still. Make this crucial step easy on you and your toddler by making sure curls aren’t dry. Dry curls will tear, tangle, and frizz. Wet curls and apply a deep or leave in conditioner to create slip. Divide curls into 4-6 even sections. Smaller sections will allow you to use your wide toothed comb to work through tangles. Make sure each section is free of tangles before moving on to the next.
Your toddler’s curls might need help to get definition. After detangling, take each individual curl and coat it with conditioner or a gentle styling product. Wrap the curl around your finger to create definition. Run your fingers along the curls, squeezing tightly. This will remove excess conditioner and close the cuticle, locking in moisture.
After the curls are defined, allow them to air dry or use a diffuser on low heat setting. The curls shouldn’t take an excessively long time to dry. Wait until curls are completely dry and cool before adding headbands, creating ponytails, or braiding.