My Secret Weapon for Toddler Curls & Tangles

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Yes, I was blessed with the sweetest little girl with the most beautiful curls.  But, managing that mane is a whole saga unto itself.  In fact, at times it has me pondering: “Is the curse of having beautiful curls that it also comes with having the most delicate scalp?”  Perhaps you know exactly what I’m talking about. 

Do you have to bargain, plead and beg to wash, brush and style your daughter’s beautiful curls? Are you wondering how to get the knots out of toddler hair?  If so, read on to find what I have found to be the secret weapon to wash and style my toddler girl’s curly hair with minimal fussing.  

Products That Failed the Test

Finding my secret weapon wasn’t easy.  In fact, we tried lots of products that didn’t work for us.  We tried spray detanglers including: Johnson’s No More Tangles Spray Detangler, HONEST Company Sweet Orange Vanilla Conditioning Detangler, Aussie Kids Moist Detangler for Kids, and SoCozy Detangler Leave-In Conditioner Spray For Kids Hair.  Nope!  They just weren’t the answer to my problems.  While I still use the hair detanglers, they don’t get the job done when used alone.

What about brushes?  Yup, we tried them too: neither wide-toothed combs, the highly regarded Crave Naturals Glide Thru Detangling Brush for Adults & Kids, nor a number of other combs and brushes helped solve my problem.

At some point, I actually thought the story of Clare, the little girl who would proclaim “Don’t you Dare Brush My Hair!” was written just for my daughter.  If you haven’t read this book yet, it’s a joy to read and entertaining for both children and parents.  Lest I have my daughter running around with food and bugs in her hair, I kept searching for a solution.  

Holy Grail Hair Product

I came to realize I was probably using “baby products” for too long.  In fact, it’s a high-quality conditioner that seems to be the magic recipe in minimizing tangles and pain when doing my daughter’s hair.  This Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask and Deep Conditioner by Arvazallia is perfect for getting out tangles and making combing and styling a breeze.  It’s a little pricier than a baby conditioner, but I can assure you it’s worth every penny.

Toddler Curls and Tangles
Toddler Curls and Tangles

My Step-by-Step Haircare Regimen for Toddler’s Curls & Tangles

  1. During bath time, I start by washing my daughter’s hair with a kid-friendly shampoo.  I stick to a kid shampoo, to avoid tears from getting soap in her eyes.  
  2. Then, I follow with the  Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask and Deep Conditioner by Arvazallia.  I work the conditioner in, concentrating it at the ends.  I then carefully run my hands through her hair gently working out the knots.  
  3. Rinse then repeat!  I condition twice to be sure I’ve worked all the tangles out!  
  4. Rinse again.  After this magic conditioning potion, her hair is generally easy to work with!  
  5. If her hair is really tangled, I may need to add additional conditioner to the tangled areas and gently brush through her hair while she’s in the bathtub.  To minimize pulling I hold her hair in one hand and brush through starting at the ends with the other hand.  
  6. After her bath, I gently towel dry her hair.  Sometimes I add a hair oil like Biosilk Silk Therapy or Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil.  But, most of the time I don’t put any additional hair product in it.  
  7. I then use a soft bristle brush to comb through her hair and style it.  The soft bristles are gentle on her sensitive scalp.  
  8. For morning touch-ups, I add some detangling spray and restyle.  

So there you have it, my step-by-step regimen to minimize my toddler girl’s tangles and fuss when styling.  Keep in mind that the Arvazallia conditioner is actually the key step to working out tangles.  In fact, I love this conditioner so much I stock up on it for me and my mom too! 

Do you have any other tips and tricks to share for when it comes to styling toddler girl hair?  If so, leave a comment below!

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