Family beach days are always fun. The post-beach showers where you try to remove 5 pounds of sand from your child’s person? Not so fun. This post is therefore particularly pertinent now, as the tools and tricks outlined below all work wonders for removing all that sand, sunblock and who knows what else that accumulates on your kid after a day à la plage.
Any parent knows there’s not enough lavender oil on earth to make bath time/bed time the relaxing occasion it’s portrayed as in commercials. If you happen to have a kid with long and/or curly hair, you know that bath time can be nothing short of a horror show. This was my situation until I crafted this no more tangles, no more tears hair care routine, featuring Caretrico Treatment Moist Sleek, S-HEART-S Scalp Brush Mini and Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence.
Proper Hair Care = Tear-Free Kids
You may think proper detangling is conditioner-dependent, but much can be accomplished in the shampooing step. Start with the best shampoo for your child’s hair type (we have one for everyone). I prefer Caretrico Type S for my daughter’s hair.
It’s important to really saturate the hair before shampooing; don’t just quickly dip it in water. When hair is very wet, it allows shampoo to suds up optimally, providing the best clean and allowing the brush to move through the hair with the greatest of ease. Wait…did you say brush?
Brushing Up on Hair Products for Kids With Curly Hair
Here’s where you get to break a hard and fast beauty rule: brushing wet hair!
The S-HEART-S Scalp Brush Mini is specifically designed to be used with shampoo. Once the shampoo is in the hair, you brush with the scalp brush, starting at the scalp and running through the length of the hair several times. Here is why we LOVE this deep-cleansing, scalp massaging brush:
- It’s 376 round-tipped nylon bristles are specially designed and shaped to remove dirt, buildup and excess oil from the 40,000 follicles on the scalp.
- These bristles gently massage the scalp as they clean, promoting circulation and giving a deeper and more invigorating cleaning than can be achieved by fingertips alone.
- Although this brush delivers a heavy-duty cleaning, it does so with the gentlest touch, so hair is never yanked or broken. Welcome to tear-free detangling that your child can do all on her/his own!
After thoroughly brushing the hair, rinse out shampoo completely. You will immediately feel a significant reduction of tangles. Of course, this brush can be used by the whole family; I love it as much as my daughter does. It makes my hair more smooth and manageable (especially during the high-frizz days of summer), and makes styling infinitely easier.
In Perfect Condition Thanks to Caretrico
I used to use leave-in conditioner to do most of my detangling dirty work. However, after using the S-HEART-S Scalp Brush Mini, you will see (and feel) that most of that work is already done. After rinsing shampoo, squeeze excess water out of hair and apply conditioner to the bottom two thirds. Caretrico Treatment Moist Sleek has been a lifesaver for my family. Even before I discovered the S-HEART-S Scalp Brush, this conditioning treatment did a fabulous job of perfecting my daughter’s curls…not to mention the way it completely transform the condition of MY hair after highlighting!
A Spray A Day to Keep Tangles Away
The finishing touch to the routine is Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence. Created as a leave-in heat styling spray, a few pumps provide light yet effective conditioning. I use this in the morning to take care of any tangles that may have happened overnight. (If your child’s hair is long and extremely tangle-prone, I recommend braiding it loosely before bed.) Daily Damage Defence will tame any unruly wisps of hair that are sticking up and unravel any knots, though after brushing and conditioning, these will be minimal. I use this on my son’s short hair as well, to pat down any cowlicks that sprang up during sleep.
On the beach or off, enjoy these last days of summer!
By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram: @clairemcmack