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Tackling Mixed Hair in Toddlers

by T Akery | November 29th, 2012 | Infants/Toddlers

Mixed hair is a combination of curly and perpetually dry hair that has a tendency to both frizz and tangle on the same day. It can be extremely difficult to tackle as most hair products just don’t work that well at conditioning or getting rid of the tangles. In fact, most parents just skip the baby hair products altogether because they aren’t strong enough to handle the challenge.

The hardest part is tackling the tangles. They form almost instantly. Pretty much everything that can get stuck in their hair will get stuck and cause a tangle. The tricky part in tackling the tangles is getting your toddler to sit still long enough to get them out. To overcome this challenge, use lots of a strong spray-in conditioner. Then let your toddler burn off some energy. Start on one side for a few minutes. Then spray some more and let them play a little more. Repeat this process until they either go to sleep or you finally accomplish this task.

Another way to tackle tangles is in the shower. Run a comb through heavily conditioned hair. Make sure to use as much product as necessary. You can always wash out the excess later. Comb until the tangles are out. Then make sure to dry hair by running a towel down the length of the hair. Do not scrunch up the hair to dry or wrap it upward in a towel. You will defeat what you accomplished in the shower if you attempt those drying methods.

When going to the beauty parlor, make sure you request a stylist that specializes in mixed hair. Regular trips are necessary to keep the ends trimmed and the hair properly conditioned. Sometimes, your toddler will need a deep conditioning treatment. So, bring something they can play with while they wait.

Keeping up with this type of hair is a lot of work. It is beautiful when it cooperates but a beast when it doesn’t. It can be very high maintenance at times. But it is well worth the effort you put into it.

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