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Caring for baby curls is a little different than caring for an older person with curly hair.
Finding products that are gentle, but hydrate, define, encourage growth & moisturize all at the same time can be a bit tricky.
All three of my children were born with curly hair. The oldest and youngest have similar thicker tighter curls patterns, while my middle child has looser, wavy curls. Finding the right products for them has been trial and error.
It’s important to know that genetics plays a role in your child’s curls. Your child may even have hair similar to a distant family member, and nothing like the people in their immediate family.
When I was pregnant, I envisioned what my children would look like, and I wondered what their hair would look like.
My husband has brown straight hair, and I have 4c hair (the thickest, tightest curl pattern). Our children got his hair color, but two of them got a curl pattern similar to mine.
Less is More
Baby curls really don’t require a lot of manipulation. Enjoy the easy care routines while they last! Use a shampoo that is formulated for babies.
This ensures that if the shampoo gets in your baby’s eyes, it won’t burn. Finding products that are free from harmful ingredients such as sulfates and parabens can cause dryness which=dry curls.
Conditioner is Your Friend
If your baby doesn’t have very much hair, you don’t have to worry about using a lot of products.
Wash with conditioner every other day. There are many conditioners on the market with natural ingredients that are formulated just for children.
After bath, use a light cream or leave in conditioner to seal in moisture and define those baby curls. One of my favorite leave in conditioners is Mielle Organics.
I also love the Mane Choice kids line.
Keep in mind that babies have very sensitive scalps. Some babies are prone to cradle cap, and that is perfectly normal! It will usually clear up on its own.
You can speed up the healing process by using a little coconut oil on the scalp, and using a baby brush to gently brush the scales out.
Use Protective Styling
Curly hair is prone to be dry and damaged when left free daily. Simple styles like cornrows, ponytails, buns and braids promote healthy hair growth.
Know that Baby Curls May Change
What worked for your child’s baby curls may not work as they grow. Their texture and curl pattern may change, so you may have to adjust the products that you are using.
If you find that after your child’s curls look dull and lifeless after you have used a product, it probably doesn’t work for their hair anymore.
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