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Tips for Curly Kids

Can you blame them?

Caring for curls as an adult is hard enough.

Luckily, we’ve got a few expert stylists at Devachan that know how to handle curly kids. Here, their best tips for detangling, cleansing, maintaining and styling your little Deva.

Wash Day Tips for Curly Kids

Before your kid even gets in the shower, here’s a tip to help with detangling from Mia Emilio, senior stylist at Devachan, “Apply No-Poo as a pre-poo on dry hair.” This sets you up with extra slip the minute your child gets their hair wet, which means you’ll be able to start breaking down tangles right away.

When you officially start the detangling process, “Start from the ends and work your way up to the scalp,” says Latoya Moore, stylist at Devachan. “Add water with conditioner as you go to get a smooth slip, this will allow the hair to untangle more easily.”

One of the best Deva conditioners with slip? One Condition Decadence.

In an ideal world, finger detangling your kid’s curls is best—but that can be time-consuming and kids don’t always have the patience to sit still.

If this just isn’t a possibility, “Try using a wide tooth comb,” says, Devachan stylist, Jessica Fitzpatrick.

Stay. Away. From. Brushes.

You’re more likely to tug tangles when using a brush. And that doesn’t just hurt more – it’s also more damaging to your little one’s curls.

After you finish cleansing, conditioning, and detangling, Mia recommends applying No-Comb Detangling Spray, to prevent future tangles as you begin styling.

When it comes to styling, Jessica recommends using gel, since it will help make the hair set last as long as possible.

BUT don’t go too long between wash days, “Cleansing your kid’s hair only once a week will result in a big detangling mess,” says Mia.

Instead, Latoya recommends washing your child’s hair at least twice a week. And you can help keep tangles to a minimum, by refreshing your kid’s hair each morning (mix water and conditioner in a spray bottle and mist it onto their curls to refresh).

Curly Hairstyles for Kids

“Some easy, go-to hairstyles for kids are braids and buns, especially when sleeping,” says Jessica. Latoya also recommends twists and ponytails.

Your best bet for securing these styles in place? Soft scrunchies or ribbon elastics—these are less likely to get tangled, and tug at the hair (unlike traditional elastics which can get stuck and cause you to tear out strands).

“If you’re styling your child’s hair into a protective style, be sure to condition and detangle thoroughly beforehand,” says Jessica. This will minimize problems later down the road, when it comes time to take the style out. “You can also dry the hair into that style with the DevaFuser rather than letting it air-dry.”

Curly Haircuts for Kids

No one wants a mullet or a triangle cut – especially not your kid. So, rule number one of kid’s curly cuts: see a curl specialist. Not sure where to find one? Check out our stylist finder.

Rule number two: Schedule a trim every four to six months. “This will keep the ends fresh, prevent split ends, and minimize tangles,” says Latoya.

Not sure what to ask for? Mia recommends keeping the cuts simple, “If their hair is long, go for minimal layering with a few face framing pieces, if the hair is short, a cut that is one length similar to a bob, is best.”

“You can add layers as your kid gets older, but it’s best to keep it simple when they’re younger,” says Latoya.

Do you have a curly haired kiddo? What are some of your best tips and tricks when it comes to caring for their hair? Share with us in the comments below!