Natural Kids: Nourishing Kinky-Curly Hair

I love my daughters hair. It's hard for me to keep my hands out of it. They generally wears their hair free, in its natural state (as above), pony puffs, twisted pony tails, two strand twists (her favorite), and two strand flat twists.



Someone asked me what do I do to make my daughter's hair more manageable. She was wearing a messy pony puff.

Manageable? So how do I manipulate her hair? As less as possible. Obviously, constant manipulation weakens the hair.
Well, for anyone attempting to manage their hair, control or "tame" their hair for certain styles, manipulation is needed.


There are many tools that are used to manipulate the hair:

1. Hair lotions or styling serums that contain silicones (anything ending in -cone, xane, etc which are used generally for heat protection) are in some ways good for holding moisture in, but this coating of the hair strands also prevents moisture from entering.

2. Blow dryers

3. Flat irons, Straightening combs

4. Heavy oils like Petroleum or Mineral Oil that simple coat the hair, suffocating the scalp.

5. Commercial Gel (silicones that coat hair) and Spritz (alcohol that dries out hair)

These are just a few.

Obviously, there are many commercial products that can help you "manage" your hair, but your hair is much happier when it is maintained and nourished natural ingredients like:

Water
Sulfate free (shampoo/pH balanced)
Jojoba oil (closest to natural sebum)
Aloe vera juice/gel (soothes and moisturizes)
Apricot oil (light oil)
Pathenol (protein for strengthening)
Coconut oil/milk (deep treatments)
Avocado oil (deep treatment)
                     


My personal favorite products are:
Kinky-Curly* Curling Custard
Kinky-Curly Knot Today Conditioner
Kinky-Curly Come Clean Shampoo
Giovanni Smooth As Silk Conditioner/Shampoo
Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel (alcohol and clear/dye free, great for moisturizer)
Now Foods Jojoba Oil
Aubrey Organics
Mill Creek Conditioners (All varieties)


Low maintanence hair styles like braids and twists provide minimal manipulate considering that a style can be worn for a few days (or longer) as opposed to daily heat and manipulate from constant brushing, which aid in reducing tangles and split ends/knotting. This is especially important to afro textured hair.

Moisturizing with water and leave-in conditioners on a regular basis is also a great contributor to soft, moisturized afro textured hair.

*Kinky-Curly products are high end. Best price is found at Ricky's NYC

Also, gel tames frizz. Example of Jaden Smith's hair


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