How to Cut Little Girls' Curly Hair
Little girls hair can be a source of beauty and confidence, or the bane of the child’s life. Children’s hair is naturally finer than adult hair, making it more difficult to thoroughly comb 1. In addition, curly hair tends to tangle and frizz more. Taking the child to a salon can be expensive. Trimming the child’s hair at home is a simple and economical option. Keeping curly hair trimmed in layers helps keep the little girl well-groomed and free of tangles.
Pour a dime-sized amount of shampoo into your hands and work through the child’s wet hair over a sink or tub. Scrub the child’s scalp with the pads of your fingers. Rinse thoroughly. Do not repeat.
Pour a quarter-sized amount of conditioner into your hands and work through the child’s freshly shampooed hair. Work the conditioner all the way into the scalp. Allow the conditioner to stay on the child’s hair for two to three minutes. Rinse the conditioner out thoroughly.
Place the child in a chair and wrap a towel around the child’s neck. Spray the hair with detangling spray and gently comb any tangles from the hair with a fine-tooth comb.
Lift a portion of hair from the crown of the child’s head with the comb. Comb the portion of hair straight up and hold the hair between the index and middle finger of your nondominant hand. Trim the ends off the portion of hair and drop.
Grab a new section of hair that includes part of the first, trimmed section and additional untrimmed hair. Comb the hair straight up over the child’s head and hold it with your nondominant hand. Trim the uncut hair to match the length of the first section.
Continue to comb sections of hair straight up, trimming each section to match the previously cut portion of hair. As you work down the sides and the back of the child’s head, continue to comb the hair straight up. This creates gentle layers.
After cutting, gently fluff the curls as the hair dries.
Remember, curly hair is longer when it is combed out straight. The tighter the curl, the shorter the hair will be when it dries.
If the hair is too short to comb straight up, comb the hair up and away from the child’s scalp.
Never scrub a child’s scalp with your fingernails. Fingernails can easily scratch and cut the child’s delicate scalp.
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- Remember, curly hair is longer when it is combed out straight. The tighter the curl, the shorter the hair will be when it dries.
- If the hair is too short to comb straight up, comb the hair up and away from the child’s scalp.
- Never scrub a child’s scalp with your fingernails. Fingernails can easily scratch and cut the child’s delicate scalp.
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