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Kids and cuties with curly hair deserve a chance to learn to cherish their curls

The growing curl movement is having a positive impact on kids with curly hair

As the curl movement continues to grow worldwide, women from all backgrounds are embracing their curls. This is having a positive effect on kids with curly hair! More and more mothers are embracing their kids with curly hair and teaching them to wear it natural. This is amazing news!

Loving curls early – Benefits for kids with curly hair

There are many benefits for teaching kids with curly hair to love their natural curls:

  • Kids with curly hair establish good curl care habits that will last a lifetime. Just like brushing teeth, when good habits are taught young they tend to stick. Honoring and caring for your childs curls will teach them to do the same.
  • Curl care requires dedication, consistency and patience. All good skills to learn early in life.
  • Kids with curly hair will grow up feeling proud of their hair, which boosts confidence and self esteem and can help contribute to a positive self image.
  • Embracing and celebrating what makes them unique is a great way to start life and will have a trickle down effect into other areas of life. The deeper message here is “be yourself”.
  • They won’t grow up fighting and hating their curls and texture like so many generations before them.
  • Empowers child to take care of self in a fun and rewarding way.

Mother and Child

mom and daughter with curly hair

Did you know? Mom can have straight hair while their little one has curly hair. This can be due to many reasons:

  • Dominate genetics
  • Mixed race parents
  • Adoption

Many emotions can arise when working with the hair of kids with curly hair, for both mother and child. Especially if the mother does not have curly hair herself or has a different type of curly hair than her child (for example she has curly hair and her child has super curly hair) These emotions include:

  • Frustration
  • Confusion
  • Intimidation
  • Worry

These negative emotions can arise because knots, tangles and frizz can seem overwhelming. Sometimes it feels as if you do your best but things just don’t turn out the way you hoped. That is understandable and totally relatable. We’ve all been there before, all of us have even struggled with our own hair at some point.

Negative emotions can also bubble to the surface when studying curly hair online. The amount of information available can be daunting and leave you feeling overwhelmed. Reading mummy blogs, watching youtube tutorials and comparing notes on instagram feeds can be a very valuable place to gather information. However, it can also be contradictory, incorrect or confusing. Let’s take things back to basics. Curl care for children should be uncomplicated.

The good news is that with the right knowledge, curl care and styling can be easy, fun and rewarding.

The first important step to gain that valuable knowledge is to find a child friendly curl specialist salon. By finding a curl specialist, you’ll be able to learn about how to style and care for your childs hair. You’ll also be able to get a childrens curly cut and buy products for curly hair.

Finding a curly salon for kids with curly hair

The best way to find a salon for your kids curls is by word of mouth. People you already know and trust should be able to point you in the right direction with a recommendation.

  • If you have curly hair and already visit a curly hair salon, ask your own stylist if she also takes bookings for curly children. Some salons have a policy that they don’t accept children, or limit children to a certain age group.
  • Ask your friends who have curly children.
salon for curly kids

What to look for in a salon for kids with curly hair

We have narrowed down some pointers to help you decide if a certain salon is right for your kids with curly hair.

Salon checklist:

  • The salon specializes in curly hair. This is their area of pride and joy, and expertise!
  • The stylists are confident with ALL curl types, not just a “one size fits all” approach to all textures. They should be confident with wavy, curly and super curly types. They should also be able to identify what type of curl your child has.
  • They offer free consultations. This is a no cost, no commitment appointment to chat about your childs curls. You can gain an understanding of what exactly will be covered during your appointment, what services the stylist recommends for your child, and how much it will all cost. This also gives you a chance to check out the salon, the products and get a vibe for the stylist to ensure a good match is made for your child.
  • They offer a menu for curly kids including kids dry cuts. Often times, the pricing for kids could be offered at a slight fixed discount.
  • The stylists are specialized in a curly method (we use the Kozma Curl Method for example). They are knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful.
  • They offer curly products that are child safe. Products should be gentle on curls and do not contain sulfates, parabens or silicones.
  • They offer lessons for both child and mother, and encourage you to attend so that you can learn how to style and care for your childs curls at home.
curly hair salon for kids

Tips for home styling Kids with Curly Hair (ages 3 to 6)

  • Bath time is curl care time! Develop a routine for curly hair. Many mothers we have spoken to love to care for their childs curls during bath time.
bath time is curl time
  • You can use a small bucket during bath time to help wet hair, and rinse away shampoo and conditioner.
  • Be sure to get the scalp extra clean! Suds or conditioner left on the scalp can be irritating and itchy. It can also cause a smell. It can also build up as a dandruff.
  • When wetting or rinsing hair, ask your child to tip chin upward and close her eyes. Direct water from forehead and down back with one hand, gently working scalp, while the other hand holds the bucket.
  • Keep your child distracted with a fun bathtime toy and talk to her. Tell her what you are doing and why. You can also invite her to participate so that she feels included during the process.
  • Another great tip for your little one – if bath time becomes too long, the method can be adapted to be performed out of the bath. Whilst the child is watching her favorite cartoons and having a snack (for example) a towel could be placed around her shoulders and near her feet, and you can use a spray bottle to keep the hair wet while the styling method is performed.
curly hair routines for kids

Tips for home styling Kids with Curly Hair (ages 7 to 12)

  • Kids aged 7 to 12 start to gain a little more independence from Mom, and want to be more hands on, especially as they near teenage years.
  • For older kids who are starting to become shy and crave more privacy, invite them to wear a bathing suit and meet you in the shower. You can supervise curl care and styling routines and give any assistance where needed.
  • Ensure the scalp is rinsed completely clean from shampoo and conditioner.
teenager curl hair routine

Preparing for wash day

  • Have plenty of towels ready. Curly hair care can get quite messy, so you’ll want some you can throw at your childs feet as well as some to squeeze the moisture out of their hair. We highly recommend using a soft microfiber towel on your childs hair which quickly absorbs water while preventing frizz.
  • Select some wash day entertainment. These come in hand to keep young minds and hands busy while curls are washed, hydrated, styled and especially during drying time! A toy for younger kids, or set up a ipad (don’t forget a splash proof casing!) a cartoon or kids netflix for your older kids.
  • You’ll want to have a gentle sulfate free shampoo on standby.
  • We recommend a hydrating conditioner with a handy pump. The last thing you want is to create wash day frustration with a bottle you have to shake upside down and bang to get the contents out. A pump easily and quickly disperses conditioner so that you can get on with it. Don’t forget to make sure your conditioner is curl friendly by being silicone free!
  • A tangle brush. This can be a wide tooth comb, or a tangle teezer. Careful when detangling wet hair! Wet hair is much more vulnerable to breakage than dry hair, and curls require a gentle touch.
  • A styling product. We recommend a silicone free gel to help set and define those beautiful curls! You might have to experiment a few times to find the perfect product amount for your child. Each child is a individual and while we usually recommend a quarter sized squeeze of gel in your palm, you might need to adjust this amount more or less depending on which product you use and the length and density of your childs hair. Remember, once you apply the gel, no touching!
  • A diffuser. This helpful tool is designed to fit on the end of your hairdryer, to help soften direct airflow. A diffuser helps you to dry quickly (for example you need to get curls dry before bed time or before school run) and prevents frizz. This step is optional, of course you can always opt to have your child air-dry their curls as well!

School time styling tips

Kids of all ages will be active during play time and sports. We recommend a softer styling approach such as braids rather than tying the hair tightly into a ponytail or bun, this can stretch out the curls in the root area and over time it can cause tension damage to the shape of the curls. Don’t forget to use soft ties like a material covered or silk covered scrunchie!

For your sweet little swimmers, a shower cap is ideal. A soft coating of conditioner can be applied first to create a soft barrier between the chlorine and the hair. Then, braid or plait the hair to avoid tangles and knots. For fun time playing on the beach we also recommend protecting those curls (and that precious skin) with a sun hat.

kozma curl hydrating mask for curly kids
This little cutie loves her Kozma Curl hydration mask!

We strongly recommend using the Kozma Curl hydration mask after time in the swimming pool or the beach to restore softness and health.

Making curly memories for kids with curly hair

This is a very special time for your kids with curly hair! Be sure to document their hair as they develop and grow throughout the years. Snap lots of photos. It will be fun for both of you to look back on these memories later on in life. When they are adults, they will love knowing what their hair looked like 10, 20, 30 years ago. There will be many milestones along this journey to celebrate and loving their curls shall be one of them!

Thank you for reading. We hope we have inspired you with some ideas to share with your little ones. Please contact us if you have any questions!

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