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How I Manage my Girls Curly Hair

With naturally curly hair in both parents, there was no doubt I would have curly girls. Here are my tips and techniques on how to manage curly hair.

How I manage my girls curly hair

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When I was a little girl growing up in early ’80s, I enjoyed styling hair on a popular toy of the time: The Barbie Head. Did you have one, too?

My mom believed in a “low maintenance” approach to my crazy curls by making me have a short haircut all my life, so this was really the only practice I got doing hair. Now I have two curly girls to deal with!

Curly Girls? Tips & Techniques to Help

Unlike that Barbie Head, my curly girls do not sit still! My twin daughters both have terrible tangles.

As toddlers, they’d tear out any barrette/headband/clip I tried to use on them. In preschool, they’d give in to an occasional barrette but they were immediately removed as class was dismissed.

Now, at age 9, they still prefer a natural bedhead look than any time spent on personal grooming. It is not as easy or fun as the Barbie Head.

So it’s taken a few years, but I finally have my curly girls’ hair under control, for the most part. Today I’m sharing my Top 3 products and some techniques that work really well for us. This is how I manage my girls’ curly hair!

Top 3 Products for Curly Girls

Curly Girls? Tips & Techniques to Help

The Wet Brush

I’d seen The Wet Brush around and assumed it would only work with straight hair, but my stylist suggested I use it on the girls’ hair. Really? On their curly, tangly hair?

Turns out it’s a miracle–it glides through wet hair and takes all their knots out, and it doesn’t even hurt! With this brush, they are able to comb out their own tangles for the first time in all these years. YAY!

Wide-Toothed Comb

A wide-toothed comb is key for managing curly hair, and I still use it for making parts and sectioning off hair. After sleeping on clean hair overnight, we use it the next morning as a “pick” to set their hair again.

Hair Milk

This leave-in conditioner has made such a difference in my daughters’ hair. After they shower and we comb/brush through the tangles, they apply Hair Milk.

It gives them so much softness and lets their curls dry naturally. I originally found it at Target but it’s less expensive at Amazon, so now I buy a few bottles at a time so we don’t run out.

Curly Girls? Tips & Techniques to Help

Techniques to Manage Curly Hair

After all these years of struggling with the curls (first mine, now theirs!), we’ve found a few techniques that work really well:

Wash Hair Less Often & in the Evening

It takes too much time to detangle and deal with their hair in the morning before school, so we’ve stuck to a schedule of showers in the evening.

They only wash their hair every other day, so it doesn’t dry out too much (same thing I do with mine).

Then, they each comb out their tangles with the Wet Brush. This has been such a helpful tool in helping them gain independence dealing with their own hair.

Curly Girls? Tips & Techniques to Help

Do the Twist

One issue we have is that the hair on top dries and sits on top of the curlier hair underneath (it looks like a shelf but I couldn’t get a good picture).

The best technique to deal with this is to twist the hair by section while it’s still wet. Then, by morning, the hair is incorporated into parts that just comb out easily into soft curls.

Get Regular Haircuts

Oh, I envy those with straight hair who can wait a long time between haircuts. I find that it’s necessary to go every six weeks (eight at the very most) to get the shape under control and keep curly hair looking healthy.

This year, I stopped taking my girls to the cheap place up the street and now take them to my stylist (it’s only $5 more than the chain), and the quality haircut makes a difference.

My stylist knows how to shape curly hair, so I’ve found it much easier to style. She also suggested that my girls grow their hair out a bit, and now we see that it’s laying flatter (especially in the front) instead of sticking out to the sides.

Keep a Positive Attitude

Yes, managing curly hair can be a pain, but I feel very strongly about keeping a positive attitude in front of my curly girls. I fought my curly hair for so many years, and it wasn’t until my 20s that I started to work with it instead of against it. Now I love it!

I want my girls to love theirs, too. I don’t want them to spend years pining over straight hair and wishing they looked different. They should be proud of their gorgeous hair!

And in the tub…

Of course, when you have really curly hair, you have a lot fall out. So all of the tub/shower drains in our house get clogged pretty often. We’ve tried so many things over the years!

Right now, we’re using these drain protectors to catch the hair. I have always wanted to try the “as seen on TV” TubShroom. Let me know if you have!

Do you have curly girls? How do you manage curly hair?


Thursday 19th of August 2021

Both my children have curly hair as well. My son gets the worst bed head. We also do showers in the evenings only. We always make sure we condition hair after washing. We use argan oil you can get from Walmart or online it’s made by OGX. My daughters hair we brush out and place in a bun. In the morning we just use a little water with the oil in it or buy the same in a spray and use a smoothing brush to take the front that always sticks up. The back is always ready to go and in curls from the bun. I was also told to get silk pillow cases to help with the bed head. Hope this helps.


Monday 24th of August 2015

Love this post Gina. That hair milk product is super light and hydrating, we keep it in our stash. Isn't it funny as much dolly hair we styled as kids the preparation was still not enough for handling our little ones manes. Fun times!!


Monday 24th of August 2015

I've never heard of that brush it it looks amazing. I've been using the denman brush but will have to try and find that one. My youngest daughter's hair gets so darn tangled in the back. Isn't just amazing when you finally get a regimen down! ??