Today, we have an interesting question from a mother whose baby boy has curly hair, and she wants to know how to groom and manage his curls and long hair.
My son is 15 months and I’m trying to figure his hair type out. I believe he is type I his hair looks more like Hugh Grants. He was more of a type II before his first hair cut I let his father talk me into:(
But what I’m wondering is by this time would the curls have just fallen off if it was just “babys curls” or is this going to be his permanent hair? Now its really just straight in the front and holds big but tight finger width curls in the back. I’m scared to cut it again and I really want to let it grow if it means it will be Long and curly.
I don’t know how to care for his hair properly and I want a product that will help his curls show their true potential. (If any) this may sound stupid. (My post) but I know nothing about curly hair. I would post a pic but don’t know how off my phone.
Amanda (via our site)
Hope all is well.
For starters, it doesn’t sound stupid at all. I get questions all the time from mothers like you asking me about their sons’ (and even daughters’) curly hair, and it is a certainty that all mothers (and fathers) want to start getting used to grooming and managing their child’s curly hair. Moreover, a baby/toddler with curly is just too manly in a cute-baby kind of way, and I’m very happy to hear of mothers like your who want to make the most of their sons’ curly hair.
Let’s get to business.
Don’t be afraid to cut your baby son’s curly hair again. His hair grows the same no matter what you do to it; the curving pattern of his hair strands is determined at the follicle level (the follicle is where the hair grows from), and this curving pattern is genetic (inherited from either you, your husband or both; hair genetics is complex). However, what I tell mom’s like you who come to me for advice on their child’s curly hair is to never use a hair clipper to trim his hair as the hair clipper will be scary to him (from the noise it makes and the need to have his head held secured). Thus, always trim his baby curls with scissors and ideally with scissors that have the tips rounded and not sharp so as to not injure his skin were him to move his head when you are cutting the hair.
I really would discourage at this time for you to start using hair products on his hair except for baby shampoo. Remember, the scalp (skin from where his hair grows from) is just like any other skin area of his body; it will absorb chemicals that can penetrate the skin barrier, and, unfortunately, there are some hair product manufacturers out there whom you cannot trust to deliver safe products. Ergo, the less ingredients you expose him to, the better. Like I say, a conventional baby shampoo (they’re very mild) will suffice at this stage.
If you want to grow your child’s hair long, it will take about a year as his head will also be growing in this timespan. Furthermore, to groom his hair (i.e. manage it), use the water from the shower and your fingers to mildly detangle any knotting of the hair that occurs. Once you have detangled, style with your finger and use no hair grooming products. I really would leave hair products out except shampoo until at least a few years from now.
Lastly, don’t worry about your son’s curl type right now. Quite likely, your son’s curly hair will change over the years and, most especially, when he hits puberty as the increase in sex hormones alters the hair follicles in boys who enter puberty; with curly hair, boys normally go one curl type up from their then-current curl type. I was a soft and bouncy head of Type II curls and then I turned puberty and my curls became beastly coils of Type III and IV nature. Likewise, his curl type will start to become more discernible when his hair grows a bit longer, and curl types Types I and II are not easy to identify when the curly hair is short as is your son’s current case.
Allow me to finish by encouraging you to cherish your son’s curly hair, and I’m very happy to hear that you are doing so already and looking to have him sporting a manly head of baby curls!
If you need more help, feel free to let me know below in the comments.
All the best.