Tips for curly hair

I have the most boring hair in the world — straight and, especially since having children, super thin. So I am a wee bit jealous of my daughter Coco’s lovely, mop of curly hair, ringlets and all.

I am, however, not jealous of all the knots she gets in her hair. Many a tear has flown (Esther will forever be in her heart as a gentle hair brusher), but as she emphatically does not want to cut it, we have been trying to perfect the art of the perfect curl and so I wanted to list a couple of our tricks and the products we use:

Tangle Teaser:

This we have had for years and it seems to be the only brush that can get rid of Coco’s knots quickly. A few years ago we could only find them in the UK and it was a seriously prized item. Now we find them in our local Monoprix.

Coconut oil:

Not only good for stir fry and washing my face, but coconut oil is excellent to add an extra bit of moisture to frizzy hair. A little bit can go a long way — we have overdone it a couple of time and made the hair look more greasy than bouncy. But if you just use a pea size little nugget, rub it between your hands and massage it throughout the hair, especially at the back of the hair, it is excellent.

Lush Avocado Co Wash

This is a new discovery. It is great! Co-washing is a technique whereby you clean your hair with conditioner. This Avocado conditioner is a solid bar that Coco just runs over her hair. The result is amazing, healthy looking curls. It also does not come with any packaging so it ticks the box as one of the more environmentally friendly hair products I know.

Bumble and Bumble sea salt spray

This is more of a luxury item than a necessity, however it smells so good, leaves hair super soft and lovely that I thought it was worth a mention. It is a really nice thing to spray even in my hair when I feel like I want to be at the beach but I actually am in the middle of a city.  😉

Of course, if you have any more tips, please do share!



Comments (10)

May 6, 2019

Thank you for this post. I’ve got a daughter with lovely curly hair (that tangles easily) – and I’m absolutely going to try the avocado wash for her.

May 6, 2019

That is a great idea! Will try that!!

May 6, 2019

I find brushing my hair in the shower with conditioner has worked the best for my curls over the years!

May 6, 2019

I am so happy you wrote this post. My daughter has lovely lock, and they go crazy sometimes. She is only five, so we’re not experiensed yet. These things sound very helpful. Thanks!

May 6, 2019

Ooh, excited to hear of a conditioning bar that works! We still swear by the Tangle Tweezer too! (I used to give them as presents when I they were in every Boots and not found anywhere in NL. They made it big here too ;))

May 6, 2019

I too have a six year old that with a little fuss has gorgeous strawberry blonde ringlets. Each morning, I first spray with water and then our miracle spray “Fairy Tales Coco Cabana” which has coconut oil ~ and the frizzies are gone!
I also discovered by myself conditioner washing (no shampoo…too drying!)… the best for us is Trader Joe’s “Shea Butter & Coconut Oil Hair Mask”. And the real trick is using it almost as a leave-in conditioner… we only slightly rinse. And then she has guaranteed ringlets for sure. I can’t tell you how many compliments we get daily on her gorgeous curls! Thanks for the article!

May 6, 2019

Curly Ellie leave in conditioner is the only thing to tame my Lowenna’s mop of curls. Unlike anything else, it doesn’t seem to create a greasy build up if used more than once and leaves the most perfect ringlets 😍

May 7, 2019

I second the comment about brushing in the shower with conditioner in! I have been doing that (and no other brushing any other time) for about the past year and my wavy hair has gone to full blown curls. I have also stopped heat styling at all and let my hair air dry with some curl product scrunched in. I am completely shocked at how much more curly my hair has gotten with only those changes made! And it tangles way less now!

May 8, 2019

I have curly hair. It can be challenging at times, but I love it. I recommend a few things:

– wide tooth comb to gently comb hair in the shower whilst conditioner is soaking in
– gel or cream of choice to slightly finger-comb through hair and/or scrunch into hair
– air dry or diffuse on low power/low heat (I recently purchased a collapsible rubber diffuser that can fit on multiple size blow dryers from Amazon and it’s awesome!)
– a good haircut ~ every 12 weeks, to help shape your hair in its natural form

Coco has beautiful hair!

May 8, 2019

Thank you! I agree, I also hope she will come around and love her hair too!

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