Researchers have recently uncovered the science behind curly hair by studying sheep in New Zealand. The results of their study may eventually have an impact on the development of cosmetic products used to help tame unruly curls. That’s just great, but how will that help you now? It’s 6:45 am, it’s time for school, your daughter’s still in her pajamas, frustrated and screaming while you try to retrieve half a broken comb from somewhere in her tangled head of buhaghag hair. Perhaps managing your time efficiently isn’t your best skill but this scenario would test the patience of even the best-organized mom. And you still haven’t had breakfast. Don’t fret. There are ways to deal with your child’s hair without tears– coming from either you or your child.
Dealing with frizzy hair
As well as setting aside more time to deal with your child’s hair when you’re not in rush, there are other tips and products you can use to make hair styling less traumatic. If your kid’s hair is particularly frizzy in the heat and humidity make sure you condition it, not just to keep it moisturized but to seal the cuticles so moisture from the air can’t get in. There are many conditioners and detanglers available that may help or you could try making your own with cider vinegar and oil. The acid in the vinegar smooths the hair by tightening the hair surface and the oil flattens the cuticles. Once the hair is tamed, a satin pillow can prevent hair knotting overnight. The hair just slides over the pillow instead of bunching up and matting.
Getting to the root of the problem
Eating well can also improve the condition of the hair. Eggs and salmon are a good source of protein and coconut oil contains vitamins and essential fatty acids to help hair grow strong. It’s also great to use as a mask to repair really dry hair. Whole grains like lentils are packed with iron, zinc and folic acid, all great for hair health and growth. Even if your child wants very long hair, it’s still a good idea to get a regular haircut to trim split ends and keep tangles away.
Drying and styling
Once hair is in good condition, it’s important to treat it with respect to keep it looking great. Letting very curly hair dry naturally can leave it frizzy but you may be worried about damaging your kid’s hair with the heat of a hairdryer. The solution? Use a diffuser. A diffuser keeps curls bouncy as it uses very low heat without tangling the hair, drying it out, or causing it to split or fall out.
It may always take a little more effort to tame long, curly hair but when it is under control and in good condition, it can look and feel fabulous. Set aside time to help look after your child’s hair without being in a rush and then rather than a problem that causes pain and stress, taming and styling her hair becomes a pleasant, nurturing experience that you can both enjoy.
Jane has been a freelance writer and editor for many years and her passion is to use her work to help people improve their everyday health and well being. Jane also loves music and travel, but above all her greatest love is simply spending time with her family.