Q: My son and daughter are biracial. Their hair is very full/thick and has some loose curl at the ends, which are also dry (especially my daughter as her hair is longer). My son wakes up with some pretty frizzy bedhead. What can you recommend for them? Thanks so much! Susan

Mahisha: Your son’s hair sounds a lot like my little tyke. He is 15 months old. Here is the routine that I use for his curls. I shampoo once a week maximum with a baby shampoo. I am still using tearless for him as he wiggles and refuses to sit still. I always condition his hair, with our Curly Q Coconut Dream conditioner. I allow it to sit on his hair for five minutes and then I rinse well. I immediately apply a few drops of avocado oil on his hair and brush through with his baby brush. The next morning I refresh his hair with a little Moist Curls moisturizer and his curls just pop! On the days that I do not shampoo, I just rinse his hair, apply Coconut Dream, allow it to sit for 5 minutes, rinse well.and proceed with the other steps.

Give this a try…let us know how it works!

Q: I’m about to start junior high and I have decided to go curly after reading a book about curly hair.My hair stylist wants to know if you could perm someones hair even if it is relaxed? I need to know ASAP. Aubrey

Mahisha: Regarding your stylist’s question: If he/she doesn’t know that answer to that question, run, do not walk, in the opposite direction — FAST! Any experienced stylist should know the answer to this question. I do not advise on chemical processes; however, there are a host of great stylists that can help you in your endeavor. NaturallyCurly.com even has a salon finder that can help you with your search. Also, ask your mother for help.

Q: My daughter is five and when she was about two her hair texture seemed to change. She went from beautiful silky black, extremely curly, hair to coarse, very dry hair. It still is curly when wet, but seems so dry all the time. I use Motions for shampoo and conditioner and Pink Oil moisturizer for daily moisturizing. What products can I use to keep her hair from being so dry? Rachel

Mahisha: I encourage you to read the backs of all the products you purchase for your angel’s hair. avoid products with mineral and/or petroleum oil in them…as both of these synthetic oils coat and suffocate the hair shaft, blocking moisture out…thus drying out the hair. If applied directly to the scalp, mineral and petrolatum oil can actually retard growth. This could be the culprit. If her hair requires oil, always opt for a natural oil such as our pure avocado oil…or jojoba, coconut, almond, etc. These natural oils actually penetrate and moisturizes the hair.

Using a daily moisturizer is also very important. Our Moist Curls moisturizer (for fine/medium hair) and Curly Girl potion (for medium/coars hair) are great options. They both soften the hair, ease combability, moisturizes and conditions, preps it for the next step, and leaves a little goodness behind.

How often do you shampoo/condition her hair? Over-shampooing and under-conditioning are common culprits for dry, frizzy hair. Therefore, shampooing more than once a week is not recommended. I recommend shampooing two to three times a month for dry and/or damaged hair, and once a week for undamaged curly hair with our Hydrating Shampoo. On the ‘shampoo-less’ days, do a conditioning rinse — rinse hair to remove styling products (this is where using the right products that are water soluble come in, apply an ample amount of our Coconut Dream conditioner comb through, rinse and proceed with styling. Doing so will pump much-needed moisture back into her hair without stripping away essential nutrients, rinse away unnecessary dirt and oil and give her a fresh, clean start.

She is also at the age where you can begin deep conditioning treatments with heat. Our Coconut Dream conditioner is a great thermal conditioner. Invest $40 in a hard hood dryer from your local Sally’s (pick up a few plastic caps also to cover her hair) and give her her first deep treatment. My daughter was five years old when she first sat under a dryer. She only lasted for 10 minutes, but it definitely helped. A few months later she worked up to 15 minutes. I would always buy a new book or magazine that she liked to preoccupy her. She’s 10 now, and is accustomed to sitting under the dryer for 25-30 minutes. Give it a shot…and let us know how it works!

Q:. My daughter is two and a half and has the most beautiful hair. That is, when she lets me treat it. I have been using the Curly Q products for a few months now and instantly saw wonderful results. But I think I’m now doing something wrong. I wash her hair every week or every other week. I recently ran out of the moisturizer so I was using styling lotion. Her hair today looks so rough and frizzy. What can I do to help treat her hair? Should I be putting the Coconut Dream in her hair and leaving it in longer? Can you spray the moisturizer on? I think I end up wasting a lot of it.

Mahisha: Great questions! The Moist Curls moisturizer is the daily product that you can use as often as needed, and it can be sprayed on her hair. However, the Curly Q lotion is to be used every 2nd or 3rd day, as needed, for a soft, natural curl hold. It doesn’t take much for this concentrated product to do wonders. A little goes a long way with this, so use sparingly after the moisturizer. It sounds as if you have overused it, and used it in place of Moist Curls. This is where you went wrong.

So, let’s start over. Condition her hair with Coconut Dream, leave it on for 15 minutes if you can, and moisturize with Moist Curls moisturizer. Only use the Curly Q lotion when you need to control her curls, and use it sparingly. We find that our customers order two bottles of Moist Curls for every one bottle of Curly Q Lotion.