A Simple Curly Mixed Hair Care Routine
Alina completed her first full week of preschool, but I started to firm up our mixed hair care routine long before. I knew that adjusting to our first back-to-school season would mean some tweaks to our morning routine – quicker breakfast, mainly (my kids eat slow) – and that I didn’t want Alina’s hair to sacrifice from it.
Curly mixed hair is not “easy” to care for, in that you can’t brush, without having to worry about what you did to it the night before, and run out the door. But, when properly nourished, curly hair is so beautiful. There is really nothing like a head of healthy curls.
As a curly girl myself, I remember hating my hair during the school year. I didn’t have time to do it in the morning. I had dandruff because of the cheap products I used. I constantly battled with frizz, especially after PE or sweating. I never felt pretty as a kid, and that’s a shame, because all little girls have beauty within.
Alina gets so many comments on her hair, and in order for those comments to translate as positive to her identity, it’s my job to ensure they are healthy. I want her to always remember that healthy is beautiful.
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Alina goes to preschool three days a week, MWF. Our mixed hair care routine is set up so that her curls are nourished and ready to style quickly the next morning. I’m a busy mom, and although Daddy D helps out, he doesn’t quite do the best job at conditioning her hair.
Sunday night is spent thoroughly washing, combing with a comb-through conditioner, and deep conditioning. This post on curly mixed hair will explain how we do that process. We follow this night time routine, too.
When Monday morning comes, and I let her curls out of their banded ponytail, this is how the curls look…
Other then the front, Alina’s curls are in tact and not frizzy. They need some water and just a bit of holding product to bring them to life, but they look good otherwise. Monday mornings are definitely our quickest mornings for mixed hair care.
As for styling, I keep things simple. Her curls don’t need much more than a simple side part, a rubber band and a small bow. For our back to school routine, and ease of the school day, she is wearing small bows, ribbons or nothing at all. She wears her big flowered headbands during the weekend, but for school, simple and classic bows are our go-to accessories.
On Tuesday night, we co-wash with a comb-through conditioner, but I don’t generally do a complete comb through. Especially if we’re running low on time, I’ll omit the comb and just use my fingers to get the conditioner incorporated into her hair and create the curls. Alina’s curls don’t look quite as nourished this way, but they still look great and are fairly easy to manage come Wednesday morning.
I promise to do a styling post soon. Although there are some core principles I follow in styling Alina’s hair, our routine is fairly simple. Spray water bottles and lengthening techniques are essential. And, as a hard fast rule, we do not use brushes. At all. Wednesday’s hair style is generally the same as Monday’s. Maybe we’ll use a simple headband instead, but usually her hair is down.
By Friday, Alina’s hair is ready for another deep condition. Generally, our evenings are hectic though. On those days, and others where we failed to condition her hair the day before, I opt for one of these two styles – a simple ponytail or pig tails. (In addition to taking these photos with my cell phone, I also took them within a couple weeks. She doesn’t always wear that shirt!)
Both styles require minimal time in the morning. They are cute, classic styles for little girls and keep her hair healthy for school play.
So how about you guys? Do you have a designated back-to-school routine for your curly mixed hair care routine?