When I took Mary Virginia to get her hair cut a few weeks ago, she sidled up to me and asked, “Mommy? Can you ask him to make my hair yellow and flat?”
YELLOW AND FLAT?? Of course, two-year old daughter! That’s what I was going to ask for anyway! But we have to hurry because we don’t want to be late for your rhinoplasty appointment!
Mary Virginia’s hair is the opposite of yellow and flat. It’s brown and curly and amazing. Strangers comment on it all the time. “Those curls!” They say, and she instinctively puts her hand on her head, smoothing it down.
For the record, this is all Cinderella’s fault.
Her hair is so lovely. I often joke that I married Tom so that, one day, I would have a curly-haired little girl.
Mary Virginia doesn’t have much hair — it’s still very fine and I’ve trimmed it a few times because the back was growing faster than the front — but I can already tell that caring for little girl curly hair is different than caring for little girl straight hair. (And also very different than caring for adult curly hair.)
Her hair can look so different from one day to the next. She has great hair days (usually when it’s really humid) and she also has bad hair days. See below.
I want advice. What tips and tricks should I know to keep her hair looking its best? Is there a curly hair guide book I need to know about or cuts that work well for curly hair?
We’ve tried a few things — Moroccan oil, coconut oil, a water spray bottle — and I haven’t really found a groove. I’ve also tried telling her that one should never ever brush curly hair, but she doesn’t listen to me about anything so why start now?
What has worked? What hasn’t worked? Let me know. Maybe if I can minimize the bad hair days, she’ll cut out this “flat” and “yellow” nonsense.
Plus, everyone knows Cinderella dyes and straightens her hair. No way those highlights are natural.