These adorable curly twins are Curly Q devotees, using Hydrating shampoo, Coconut Dream conditioner, Moist Curls moisturizer, and Curly Q lotion.

CURLS was born October 13th 2002 over dinner at a swanky restaurant in Seattle, Wash. It didn’t take me long to realize that a sister line…rather, a little sister line was also needed. But why? Was it the many mixed-race children that I passed on the streets of Seattle with out-of-control curls? Or was it my desire to enter the fickle children’s hair care market? Neither –it was my passion for helping the next generation of curly girls properly manage and love their curls.

The first step in the process is to help maintain the beautiful ringlets curly girls are born with — and the proper regime and quality products are the foundation of this process. This is why Curly Q’s was created. I cannot count the number of times that I have been stopped in the mall, grocery store, post office, church or even outside my home by a desperate mom, with a beautiful child, with unruly hair with the same frantic question – “How do I control these curls?” Curly Q’s delivers the answer.

–Mahisha Dellinger, founder of the CURLS and Curly Q’s lines

Q: Even though people constantly compliment my 4-year-old daughter on her curls, she hates them. She wants princess hair like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. How can I help her love her hair? I don’t want it to take 30 years — like it took me — to realize that her curls make her who she is.

Mahisha: This topic is near and dear to my heart. I know EXACTLY how she feels! Unfortunately, we are bombarded by society’s image of beauty — straight, blond hair, and blue eyes. What you must do is counter this imagery with images of her. In other words, Surround her with books, dolls, magazines, art, etc. that represent beautiful curly-haired women and girls. I began this process when my daughter was just 3 years old. I would purposely acknowledge and comment on how beautiful this woman or that woman was (all of whom looked like her). All of her books, dolls, figurines, and wall art reflected images of her. I would never say anything negative about a straight-haired beauty; however, I would rave about the curly haired woman and emphasize the uniqueness of her hair. I also would point out, on a regular basis, how lucky she is to have curly hair. Curly haired girls can go curly or straight (after blow drying) with a drop of a dime…but straight haired girls only have one choice.

Her father would also tell her how beautiful she was…fathers play a HUGE role in a young lady’s self esteem. My angel is now 10 years old and has a strong sense of self. I would encourage you incorporate similar tactics for your angel. She is at a critical development stage, as she is observing and creating her own picture of beauty. You must be a part of this process or she will never love herself, or her curls.
Q: My daughter is 3 years old and she is mixed (African American and white) she has a head full of curls. She has a ton of hair and she screams when it is time to comb it. And then by the end of the day, it is knotted, tangled and matted all over her head.

Please let me know if there is a product could help us. I have tried many products and they do not seem to help.

Mahisha: Yes, Curly Q’s products are a great choice for your angel! The line offers everything you need to care for her tresses.

Are you using a daily moisturizer on her hair? This is very important! Our Moist Curls Moisturizer is a great option. It softens the hair, detangles, eases comb ability, moisturizes and conditions the hair. This should be used daily when styling and combing her hair.

Also, you want to make sure you comb through her hair, with a wide tooth comb, after shampooing. Apply an ample amount of a heavy moisturizing conditioner to her hair to aid in detangling. To avoid pain, tears, and massive hair loss when combing out, part the hair into four sections. Get a firm grip on the hair (not to hurt your child) and start combing at the bottom and work your way up to the top, section by section. If her hair tangles easily, secure the combed out section with a pony tail holder before moving on. Our Coconut Dream conditioner will soften, moisturize, detangle, and condition the kinkiest curl.

I would also recommend that you braid your angel’s hair more often (e.g. two ponytails with braids) to avoid the excessive knotting and tangling. You also want to protect your angel’s tresses from the elements during extreme weather conditions.

Q: Do you really need to wash a child’s hair everyday? My child has very curly hair and it’s such an ordeal to wash it everyday. What are my options?

Mahisha: Absolutely NOT! Over-shampooing and under-conditioning are common culprits in dry, frizzy hair. Therefore, shampooing more than once a week is not recommended. On the other ‘shampoo-less’ days you can do a conditioning rinse — rinse hair to remove styling products (this is where using the right products that are water soluble come in….such as our products), apply an ample amount of our Coconut Cream Moisture 2 The Max! conditioner comb through, rinse and proceed with styling. Doing so will pump much-needed moisture back into your child’s hair without stripping away essential nutrients. Rinsing away unnecessary dirt and oil and give you a fresh, clean start.

Q: My daughter has fine curly hair that looks beautiful just after we wash it — shiny defined ringlets. But the next morning, it’s a frizzy, tangled mess. I want her to feel good about her hair, but every morning seems like a struggle. I don’t want to cut it short, but I’m tempted just to keep my sanity. Help me!

Mahisha: PLEASE do not cut your angel’s tresses. I bet they are gorgeous! You want her to love her beautiful locks, and the only way to do so is to embrace them.

Moisturize, Moisturize, MOISTURIZE! This commonly overlooked step is a critical part of a curly girl’s hair regimen. A few tips — before you put her to bed, tie her hair up in a silk scarf. If she will not tolerate a scarf on her head (my little angel never did), exchange her cotton pillow case for satin one. Satin is less prone to cause frizz and dryness. If she has a lot of hair that frizzes and tangles easily, I would also suggest braiding her hair (two to four braids will suffice) before she goes to bed. Not only will you prevent her hair from tangling, but she will also wake up to a head of uniform waves.
Q: My daughter is 10 years old and she is bi-racial. Her hair is extremely thick and curly (but not kinky) and very beautiful. BUT she is very self-conscious about it and will only let me put it in two pigtail braids. She’s been wearing this same hairstyle for about three years and it drives me crazy. I’d like my daughter to celebrate her hair, not hide it.

I’m also concerned about the hair breaking. I’m looking for advice about styling products, as well as hairstyles, for children in my daughter’s situation. I’ve yet to find something that is sufficiently moisturizing but not greasy.

Mahisha: Well, you’ve come to the right place! Adding moisture every step of the way is critical – from the shampoo/conditioner to the styling products you use. All of our products are geared to moisturize the hair without leaving a greasy mess. Can you tell me more so I can help you? Do you have a specific question and/or concern about styling products? Feel free to email me directly at mdellinger@curls.biz.

Note: Curly hair needs moisture, moisture, and more moisture! Consider this when purchasing hair care products. Avoid drying products such as hair spray, mousse, holding gels, etc. Opt for moisturizers, leave in conditioners, and styling lotions.