Your toddler’s curly hair may make your child look like an absolute cherub, but let’s face it—it can be difficult to style, especially on days when you and your child have to be presentable. Although there has been a rise in the market and use of baby care products in the UK, there are very few items specifically suited to styling baby and toddler’s hair.

Some parents make do by using commercially available shampoos, detanglers, and sprays to get their child’s curls under control, but using these products may do more harm than good to little ones. New research has found that exposure to chemicals in shampoos during the early stages of childhood may affect a child’s mental development. As a mum, it’s important to find ways to ensure that your child’s hair looks healthy and well-groomed whilst keeping safety in mind.

For a tear-free hair styling session, check out these ouch-free tips and tricks to style your toddler’s curly hair.

Focus on adding moisture

Some mums think that using more shampoo may make curly hair easier to manage. But it’s actually the opposite as frequent shampooing can dry out hair, which can make styling even more painful for little ones. Instead of daily shampooing, cleanse your toddler’s hair only when it needs it and use a conditioner specifically formulated for little ones.

Style Your Toddler’s Curly Hair

Use a good amount of conditioner and massage it gently into your child’s hair, then let it sit for at least three minutes before rinsing. Doing so will add moisture to your toddler’s curls, making it easier to comb and style. If your child’s hair seems dry, make a natural deep conditioning treatment by combining honey with olive oil. Massage the mixture into your child’s hair, cover with a shower cap and find a way to distract your child for 15 minutes before rinsing off.

Don’t use direct heat

When in a hurry or while travelling with a toddler, some mums may reach for a hair dryer to get their child’s curls dry in a jiffy after a shower. However, it’s important never to use direct heat to dry a toddler’s hair as this can cause curls to dry out. Moreover, it can even cause damage to your child’s hair. Instead, towel dry your toddler’s hair, then use a hair diffuser to define curls while drying your child’s hair. The result? Luscious, frizz-free curls without the moisture-sapping heat from a regular hairdryer.

Never use a hairbrush

If you’ve been using a hairbrush to tame your toddler’s mane, it’s time for you to throw it out. Brushing curly hair creates frizz and won’t result in the gorgeous curls that you’re trying to achieve. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb to gently detangle your toddler’s hair. Or better yet, simply finger comb your child’s hair after a bath.

Styling your child’s hair shouldn’t end in tears—for you or your toddler. Follow these ouch-free tips to style your child’s curly hair. Your toddler will benefit from having gorgeous, healthy curls, and you can heave a sigh of relief now that you’ve discovered how to manage your tiny tot’s tresses the right way.