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This child. This hair. No one loves it more than me. See, I my hair is pin straight. My whole life I have wanted curly hair. I used to make my cousins curl it for me every time we had a sleep over. They would spend hours. It would fall flat within minutes. So I’m seriously jealous over these amazing curls. That said, I also had ZERO clue about how to care for curly hair.

To wash or not to wash

I was washing it almost daily (as I do my own…I know, I know, I’m not supposed to do this but I can’t help myself). Then I realized that I probably needed to do something different for her hair. I started researching the curly girl method and the “no poo” method–I also consulted with my own mama, as she is probably the one who passed these crazy curls down to my little one. Honestly, it’s a simple concept that I almost feel silly writing about it. But I just started not washing her hair unless it was REALLY dirty. My girl is a dirt loving, rambunctious, food slinging little so I sometimes have to really stop and ask myself–will this wash out with just a good finger scrub and water?

Products for curly haired toddlers

If I feel like she needs a little more cleaning power I use a mild shampoo (I like Tea Tree and Lavender from California Baby) at her roots. I always condition her hair whether I shampoo it or not (again with the California Baby Tea Tree and Lavender Conditioner) and I use the California Baby Detangling Spray and brush it with this curl brush that is specifically designed for curly hair. I ONLY brush it when it’s wet. Then after I have detangled I scrunch a dime sized amount of this Sprout organic natural curl cream. I love it because it doesn’t make her hair “crispy.”

Embrace the curls

I have already started talking to her about caring for her curly hair–we talk about not brushing curly hair when it’s dry and using her special cream. I know a bunch of curly haired mamas that are only now starting to own their curls in their mid-thirties, and I’m hoping my daughter can embrace this chaos from an early age because not only are they absolutely beautiful but they are part of what makes her, her.