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I want my daughter to wear her natural curls. What should I do to care for them?
I'm so glad to hear you want your daughter to wear her natural curls! It really means so much, and it will be a huge gift to your daughter that you care enough to figure out her hair. The world needs more people like you.

A brief rundown of the process (and you can check out Tips for Little Ones for pictures and more information) is:

I'd recommend combing her hair only when it's sopping wet, and with lots of conditioner in it (the kinds I recommend give weight without stickiness). The conditioner will foam up, but that means you have enough in there.

Then take each little curl you see starting to separate, and smooth it between your fingers, making sure it's still wet with conditioner. When all her hair is done, leave it alone while it's drying. Let it totally dry. Otherwise, if you put it up or comb it or finger comb it, it mashes all the curls that were trying to set, or turns them into a fuzzball.

Once her hair is totally dry, it's safe to put it up in buns or braids at night. Don't mist it with water. Leave the curls dry, and don't comb, brush or fingercomb her hair. Putting her hair in buns or braids protects her hair, but it also helps "relax" her curls as well.

In the morning when you unbraid it, it will look like her curls are gone. They aren't gone, they are just sleeping. Smooth a little water and a little conditioner over her ends and fuzzy spots so it's just slightly damp. You can also smooth a tiny bit of water over any left over white spots where there might be too much conditioner left in a spot (no big deal. It vanishes quickly). Don't brush, comb or fingercomb her curls or you'll just get a giant puff ball. By the time her hair dries again, her curls will be back.

This should last all week, smoothing with water and conditioner (just a little, so her hair is barely damp on the ends) every morning.

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