The end of the school year is so bittersweet. As a mom of school-age children, May has been full of activities to close out the year. Recitals, parties, and sports were all in their final days. So, there has been a lot more hair styling going on than usual! Here’s what we’re styling with now.
For my son’s hair, we need to keep the hair routine quick and simple. Preferably for him, it should take two minutes or less. And, with lots of sports, we wash his hair often, so styling products don’t need to last all week.
Short hair | tight curls | medium density | medium thickness
Boy’s Wash-n-Go Routine
We have at least one favorite curl cream on hand as it’s super quick and easy to apply, especially after an evening bath. We’ll then rake the cream through the wet curls to style and set. To dry his hair, we use our hair towel to soak up any drips and then air dry the rest of the way.
Boy’s Morning Refresh
For the morning refresh, we’ll spray his curls with lots of water before styling. Longer hair can also be rinsed in the sink before styling for faster hydration too. Once the curls are wet, we’ll emulsify some gel in our hands and glide it through the curls for added hold and shine.
We definitely take longer to style my daughter’s long hair – 10 minutes for wash day styling and 5 minutes for refreshes. That’s not much time for her high-density hair! Still, we style her hair in sections with both lots of water & product to create defined curl families that last for days.
Long hair | tight curls | high density | thick | coarse hair strands
Girl’s Wash-n-Go Routine
After a full wash and conditioning session, we’ll begin styling as soon as possible on wet hair. As we’re sectioning, we use a hydrating base gel to hold in water from her wash session. Next, we add a topper gel with a stronger hold to keep the curls intact for days. Once all the sections are done, we add hairspray all over as a finishing product before drying the hair. This spray helps to prevent frizz from everyday movement and weather. But as you know, nothing helps to hold the curl definition when the kids are playing all over the blankets, sofas, and carpet…
So, if we know we’ll need to restyle often during the week, either for swimming, sports, or other play activities, we’ll skip the full wash-n-go and style with a quicker updo routine.
The Quicker Updo Routine
Following a full cleansing and conditioning, we quickly add a small amount of curl cream throughout. After styling a ponytail or simple braided hairstyle, we’ll top the edges and ends of her hair with a strong hold gel for a finished look. The finishing hairspray works well here too!
Curly Kids Approved Styling Products
Bouncecurl Defining Cream – is one of our favorites with its spa-fresh fragrance and luxurious texture. It melts into the hair and pairs well under most gels. It’s best used on a wash day, directly after rinsing out your conditioner for optimum hydration.
Treluxe Defining Cream – is another of our favorite curl creams with a beautiful fragrance and ultra-smooth texture. It melts into the hair and also works well under most gels. A little goes a long way so be sure to comb it through for even distribution.
Uncle Funky’s Daughter Curly Magic – the hydrating gel. This gel gives a light-medium hold and keeps the curls hydrated. Best of all, it washes out easily to prevent buildup. The packing is an easy dispenser pump and the consistency is thin, but not runny. It’s easy for beginners to use on wet hair by rubbing quickly between the palms before applying it all over the curls. It works well for short or long hair too. You can use a little for fine hair, or add more to hold thicker hair and tighter curls.
Innersense Organic Beauty, I Create Hold – the topper gel. This a strong hold gel that’s perfect for thick hair and tight curls. This is our go-to gel for curls that need to last for days!
Innersense Organic Beauty, I Create Finish – the finishing hairspray. an organic, non-aerosol hairspray that leaves no lingering scent or chemicals in the air around little noses. This is our weather insurance product that’s great for protecting curls from wind, rain, humidity, and mist. Read more on my product review here too. This is one product that I never want to be without.