Proper hair care is a necessary fact of life. That fact can be complicated by curly hair. Both of my girls have extremely curly hair. Learning to care for their hair has been a system of trial and error. Over the years, I have devised a plan for basic hair care.
The first thing to remember is not to use a brush. Brushes tend to pull and tug the hair, causing it to frizz. A brush will also separate the curls. The best way to detangle hair is to start in the tub. Thoroughly wash her hair with a good detangling shampoo. Wash according to label directions. There are some really good brands for children on the market. After washing, pat the hair dry. I don’t use a blow dryer. Curly hair tends to frizz. A diffuser might help with that.
The next step is to comb it out. Find a comb with a handle and fat teeth. There are several on the market made for curly hair. A pick might work, but I have not gotten good results with them. Comb small sections at a time. Start at the tips. Hold the hair firmly in your hand and try not to pull. Slowly work through the hair, combing section by section.
At this point you may come across a matte or knot. Keep on hand a good spray detangler or a leave in conditioning cream. The detangler can be sprayed directly on the knots, as you go. The leave in conditioner needs to be worked evenly through the hair. The conditioner works really well to control the frizz as well.
When you are finished combing, style as desired. The joy of curly hair is all those beautiful ringlets. I have found the best look is to do as little as possible at this point. The girls are usually tired of having their hair touched by the time we are through combing. For days with high humidity or picture day you may want to apply a product with frizz control. Read the label. Some products have to be applied to wet hair, others need to be applied to dry hair.
Dealing with curly hair can be a frustrating for all involved. Just remember, it does hurt to comb out knots. Small children especially have difficulty dealing with this fact. Be patient, work gently, and try to be sympathetic to their pain.