Gel for Kids with Curly Hair
By Janelle Sands
Do you know what types of stylers are best for your child’s naturally curly hair? If not, you may be tempted to walk down the halls of hair “trial and error.” While you are welcome to do that if you so choose, here is a head start on the learning curve.
The truth is that you don’t have to try different products over and over, to know what will work on your child’s hair. You just need to know what type of hair he/she has and what types of products would deliver the styles you crave. Kid stylers range from curl enhancing creams, curl lotions and even grease! You could also find a hair gel that is formulated for children, but typically, hair gels that are created for adults or children are not so healthy for the hair. Luckily, there is one that will deliver all of the benefits of a hair gel without the ugly side effects.
Gel for Curly Hair
The purpose of a gel styler is to enhance the shape of the hair by clumping groups of hairs together with definitive hold. This is why so many curly haired women and girls are in search of the perfect gel. Unfortunately, the dominate ingredient that puts gel stylers in a bad light is alcohol. Drying alcohols like alcohol denat, ethanol, SD alcohol 40, propanol, isopropyl and propyl, all evaporate from the hair very quickly and usually take the moisture along with it. This leaves the hair dry, frizzy and disturbs the outer hair shaft. Choosing a botanical gel is the better option for naturally curly hair, as you will find purer ingredients including natural extracts from Mother Nature herself. The best gel for kids with curly hair is the Curly Q Gel‐les’c Curl Jelly. Free of the harsh, unhealthy additives, this styler will provide the perfect lift to the curls, with added definition, curl clump, volume and touchable hold.
Curly Q Gel‐les’c for Kids with Curly Hair
This gel styler is well‐suited for all hair types and performs in multiple ways. Take a look at your child’s hair and determine if it is wavy, curly or very curly and then try these suggested styling methods to achieve her best looks:
Wavy Hair‐ Characterized by having the pattern of ocean ripples which may be defined or very soft. This hair type is typically oily; therefore, lighter styles are better for curl enhancing. Using a gel on this hair type is best when performing a wash‐and‐go style. Here’s how:
When styling your child’s wash‐and‐go, start by getting a thorough cleanse. The wavy curl pattern abhors any heavy build‐up along the hair shaft, as this drags your curls down. Therefore, cleanse when needed. You can use the Curly Qs Curlie Cutie Cleansing Cream and Coconut Dream Conditioner which will cleanse and re-hydrate the hair while preserving its integrity. Then apply the Curly Q Gel‐les’c to the hair making sure it spreads along all hair strands. Finally, grab chunks of the hair and scrunch from the bottom (ends), upward toward the roots. Follow this pattern: scrunch, squeeze, hold and release. Perform this series throughout and watch the waves start to form into defined ringlets!
Curly Hair‐ This hair type forms a circular, rounded curl throughout. You know your daughter has curly hair if it is prone to dryness, tangles, and yields tons of body! Use a gel when curl styling. Here’s how:
Start by cleansing and conditioning her hair with the Curly Qs Curlie Cutie Cleansing Cream and Coconut Dream Conditioner. Leave the conditioner on the hair for a few moments before rinsing to reap the full benefits of the moisture, then apply the Moist Curls Curl Moisturizer/Detangler. This leave‐in hydrator will surround the hair strands with its moisture‐attracting formula to protect her hair from dryness and tangles. Then apply Curly Q Gel‐les’c. At this point, you have a choice of scrunching the curl for a tighter, more defined curl or you can shingle the product throughout her hair by dragging the product downwards from root to tip. This technique will smooth the hair and elongate the curl. When shingling is complete, allow the hair to air dry, being careful not to touch the hair until it is fully dried.
Very Curly Hair‐ Characterized by tons of tighter curls or coils all around. This hair has immeasurable volume and is prone to dryness, and breakage. Use a gel styler on this hair when you desire a well‐defined braid‐out or twist‐out set. Here’s how:
Cleanse and condition her naturally curly hair as instructed above and proceed to part the hair in 4 quadrants with one part down the middle of the forehead to the nape of the neck and another from ear to ear. Now, focusing on the back right section, generously moisturize your child’s hair with the CURLS Moist Curls Curl Moisturizer/Detangler throughout. Gently comb through with a detangling brush or comb and apply a bit of the Curly Q Gel‐les’c to medium sub sections. Twist or braid the hair and secure with a spiral rod. Complete this process along the entire head shape, working your way from the back of the head to the front. Air dry your style and gently unravel the set to reveal a frizz free, well‐defined, soft, and shiny curl set!
So, enjoy the best gel for kids with curly hair! Use it in the way that is best for your child’s hair! Hope she loves her new look! For more information on naturally curly hair, visit www.curls.com.