Cherub curls are the most delicate of curl types. To care for your child’s cherub curls, products should be gentle and lightweight.
How often do you have to cleanse your child’s hair?
Research suggests that age has a lot to do with how often you wash your children’s hair. The guideline is:
Babies – Once a week with warm water or a very diluted shampoo. If your baby has a flaky scalp, which can be common, twice a week.
Toddlers – Twice a week with a child’s shampoo.
Four years and up- Three times a week.
Avoid shampoos that have Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate as this can be very drying and may cause an itchy scalp.
Always use a light, mild shampoo or cleanser.
Rub between your palms and rake through your child’s curls. Gently massage into scalp and lightly rub the hair to avoid knots and tangles.
Again, use lightweight conditioners. Use your fingers to comb through and detangle. leave the conditioner in for a few minutes while you comb it through before rinsing.
If your child is prone to knots, use a wide tooth comb to brush the conditioner through before gently rinsing. Don’t rub the hair.
Leave-ins and moisturisers prevent knots while keeping the curls bouncy and preventing frizz.
Always start with a tiny amount, you can always add more if needed. Use on wet, clean hair using the same method with your fingers combing it through.
Cherub curls can get tangled easy, as they are so fine. If you come across a tangle, use a detangler and a wide tooth comb. Start at the ends and use little strokes, working your way up the hair.
If the tangle is a big one, work in some conditioner. Don’t wet the knot as this may make it worse. Hold the hair above the knot to avoid pulling.
If there are a lot of tangles, separate the hair. Clip the top half up and work on the underneath with a comb and detangler. Once the bottom half is tangle free, unclip the top and repeat.
Distract your child with a favourite toy, book or tv programme before you start. detangling can pull and this might put your child off, let your child brush and play with your hair to show them that it is a ‘fun’ thing to do.
Cherub curls don’t often need a styler, as they can be too heavy for the light, fine curls. If you need a little something to keep the curls tame, use something light and only a tiny bit at a time.
Wide Tooth Comb – To detangle and comb.
Curl Towel – Use to dry Curls after washing. Wrap hair in the towel, or gently squeeze hair with the towel to bring out excess water. These towels will minimise frizz and tangles.
Arch Clip – to separate hair while you detangle.