This past weekend, I had an opportunity to meet some wonderful people who just happened to have gorgeous curls.
As our conversations developed, I asked them a seemingly random question: How do you feel about your curls?
The responses were varied however they all had the same underlying theme - it's a part of me I need to correct.
I met a young woman with cherub coily curls who had been straightening her hair with a flat iron for years. I asked her why she did it & she told me she thought it would be more attractive for her to wear her hair straight in her daily life.
She then went on to tell me it was becoming increasingly difficult to straighten her hair on a daily basis (time constraints, etc). When she mentioned her flat iron heated up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, I gasped. I don't cook dinner at that temperature, much less my hair!
There are so many things to talk about nowadays - the environment, current events... yet I'm starting to find that talking about our curls is just a segue into a much broader topic - our own self-view.
So Canada - how do you feel about your curls?
Whether your little one is 6 months, 6 years or sixteen years old, curly hair care is important from day one.
Cleanse your baby’s hair and scalp with a mild sulfate-free shampoo or unscented soap. This will ensure that your baby’s natural oils won’t be stripped from skin & hair.
As your little one grows older, teach them that their curly hair is not “uncool”, “bad hair” or “ugly”. Having curly hair is what makes them unique and special. Your little ones will look to you as their hair role model. Once they see you treating your curls with love, they’ll want to do the same as you. Caring for your child’s hair needn’t be an unpleasant experience. Here are some tips to make hair care time a fun time:
Experiment with kid-friendly scented cleansers, conditioners & styling products. When shopping for curly hair care products, involve your child in the process.Cleanse your child’s curly hair on an as-needed basis. Remember to always use sulfate-free shampoos and/or natural soaps.
Got a kid who’s a little soap-shy? Give them a shampoo bar that can also be used to cleanse their hair & scalp.
Condition your child’s hair with the purest ingredients you can afford. If you can’t eat it, don’t put it in your child’s hair. Rinse out the conditioner or leave it in depending on your child’s curly hair texture.
Detangle your child’s hair with a wide-toothed comb or a Denman-style brush.
WARNING! Only use a Denman-style brush on freshly cleaned & conditioned hair. DO NOT use a brush on dried curls!! This will result in hair breakage. Use of a brush is solely to facilitate detangling. If properly done, you will notice a difference in the health of your child’s curls. When in doubt, use a wide-toothed comb.
Boys can opt to use a natural styling product to keep curls in place. Girls can style with braids, pigtails or ringlets.
The cosmetic industry has been “going green” for some time now. We’re surrounded by words like “organic”, “natural” and “eco-friendly” on all of our favourite products. If it has a natural ingredient it must be completely natural, right? Wrong.
Take a look at the ingredient listings on your favourite personal care products. Is there an ingredient listing to begin with? If so, take a closer look. Shampoos contain industrial-strength detergents. Conditioners are loaded with silicones. Styling pomades include paraffin wax, mineral oils and petroleum jelly – all of which are byproducts of crude oil.
Cosmetic companies use chemicals in their products because of their cost – next to nothing. They invest heavily in aggressive sales & marketing campaigns to tell you that you need their product to be beautiful.
The average woman uses 12 personal care products a day. By the time she leaves home for the day, she’s covered herself in 125 different chemicals!
Let’s take back the word “natural” for what it really means: existing in or derived from nature; not made or caused by humankind. Living a natural life means being aware of what goes in & on our bodies; accepting & appreciating the features we were born with and loving ourselves unconditionally.
Be an informed consumer. Before you purchase any personal care product for yourself and your loved ones, read the ingredient listing. Ingredients are listed from most to least. If there is an ingredient you’re not sure of, avoid it altogether. Research the company that makes the products. Shop at local markets or online stores that specialize in actual natural products. It’s possible to be beautiful inside & out without exposing yourself to harmful toxins!