Combing can be a daunting experience for children especially if they have very curly or coily hair. I will never forget those Sunday’s before church when my mum will whip out the blue magic hair grease and the shiny black tooth comb coming would come towards me. I would break out in sweat prior to their being any contact between my hair and the comb. What I came to realise was that my mum was not only using the wrong size comb for my hair but she was detangling and combing my hair from root to tip, instead of tip to root.
Create peace not war between your child’s hair and ‘the comb’
5 Delightful Detangling Tips: Do’s and Don’ts
- Do: Find a large wide tooth comb.
- Do: Gently section your child’s hair. This makes the styling process a little easier and it also allows you to identify section of your child’s hair that has not been evenly lubricated.
- Don’t: style your child’s hair without moisturising with oil or hydrating with water. With a spray bottle spray their hair with water and then apply oil. This helps to lubricate the hair and locks moisture in. If it doesn’t feel lubricated (slippery feeling) then add a little more oil and or water. Note: this process will depend on how thick or dry your child’s hair is.
- Don’t: grab, pull or tug at tangled ends. Take your time. Make sure the ends are well lubricated and remember to comb from the tip to the root.
- Don’t: Accessories: Use elastics bands which will cause friction with curly/coily hair. This snags away at hair and causes breakage.
For more natural hair tips of this type, check out issue 2 of ISIS Mag (http://bit.ly/1S1QlRW)