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Care for Your Kid’s Hair

Friday, February 7th, 2014

* guest-edited by Cozy Friedman, founder of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids in Manhattan and the SoCozy line of hair products, and author of Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair

Q: My daughter has super-curly hair and I don’t…the shampoos I’m used to just make her hair wild. How often should I be cleaning her tight curls, and with what? 

Cozy: Curly-haired kids don’t need to shampoo as often as their straight-haired friends. Over shampooing is very bad for curly hair. It ruffles the cuticle, which makes it hard to manage and look frizzy. Always use a paraben-free (and tear-free of course) shampoo on them, like my SoCozy Shampoo in Verry Berry ( $12, socozy.com). I also strongly recommend using a thick and creamy conditioner that will hydrate and keep hair smooth. 

The other mistake people make is brushing curly hair. You should NEVER, EVER brush curly hair! After bathing, ‘scrunch’ hair dry with a towel and scrunch in a light-to-medium hold gel (always alcohol-free) like my SoCozy Gel in Groovy Grape ($14, socozy.com) to help hold the hair’s natural curl. Air dry or dry with a diffuser. This topic is close to my heart because I have curly hair, but growing up I never really knew it or understood it. I would spend hours blow-drying my hair and then go outside and POOF- it was a frizz ball.  I learned how to care for my curls the hard way!

 Q: My son wants his hair so long, it’s getting in his eyes. If I force him to go short he’ll be mad, but I am hating this monster look. What do you suggest? 

Cozy: You’ll be comforted to know that you are not alone!  I believe that a person’s hair is a very big part of their self-definition, as well as their self-esteem and that it’s important for a child to be able to express themselves. However, as a parent I know only too well how important it is that your child looks great. I think it’s important to find out why your child has a style idea in mind (is it to look like his friend or is it a power-struggle issue), so you know what is driving it and how to address and negotiate.

One summer both of my boys wanted buzz cuts. They both had long great hair and I really didn’t want them to cut it, so I said no and off to camp they went. Wasn’t I surprised on visiting day to find them both with buzz cuts?!  I was even more surprised by how much I liked it and how happy they were with their cool new look. They are now 16 and 14 and needless to say they have gone through many different hair phases. One of my sons went through a phase where he wouldn’t cut his hair for over a year. He looked like he was wearing a wig!  But he liked it and it made him feel good about himself and of course he eventually got a haircut. I can’t assure you that it will always be easy to navigate, but I can assure you that hair is just hair and it will always grow back!

Q: We just heard from the school that there’s lice going around! How should I check my kid and, if she’s got it, treat her?

Cozy: Oh boy, that’s never pleasant! I recommend that you check often. Be sure to check the head section by section, paying attention to the nape of the neck and area behind the ears, where lice like it most. (Here is what full-grown lice look like.) Also keep in mind that you aren’t just looking for the lice itself, but also for nits, which are the lice eggs. If you see tiny whitish/gray teardrop-shaped specks attached to the side of a hair strand, try to remove it with your fingernails. If it feels “stuck”, it may very well be a nit.

Head Lice Remedies
Head Lice Remedies
Head Lice Remedies

As for how to treat lice, there a few different schools of thought. Some people use chemicals and some prefer to smother the bugs (usually with thick, white conditioner or something like mayonnaise or olive oil). Regardless of which you choose, the most important part of lice removal is getting rid of every nit! I can’t stress this enough. If you leave even one nit, when it hatches you will have lice again. That is why it’s so hard to get rid of it. There is no way around physically removing all the nits, best done by sitting down and combing section by section (with a nit comb). That’s why so many parents choose to give boys, at least, a crew cut, because getting rid of the hair automatically gets rid of any nits on that hair. You will still have to comb out, but with less hair! It’s not fun, but unfortunately it’s often a part of growing up.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Violent Cartoons Linked to Sleep Problems in Preschoolers
Swapping Batman for Big Bird could help young kids sleep better, a new study found. The study of sleep habits among 565 preschool-age children found that those who tuned in to age-appropriate educational programs were less likely to have sleep problems than those who watched sparring superheroes or slapstick scenes meant for slightly older kids. (via ABC News)

A White Dad Does His Black Daughter’s Hair, and the Internet Smiles
The little family moments are often the ones we wind up treasuring over the years. Usually, they’re lost in the shuffle of daily life, but sometimes they’re captured on camera. And sometimes, those pictures capture the hearts of people everywhere. Such is the case of a picture posted on Facebook by Frank Somerville, a TV news anchor in Oakland, CA. (via MSNBC)

Parents Get Physical With Unruly Kids, Study Finds
Parents get physical with their misbehaving children in public much more than they show in laboratory experiments and acknowledge in surveys, according to one of the first real-world studies of caregiver discipline. (via Science Daily)

Gold Medal Mom: ‘I Felt Selfish’ Training for Olympics
For every woman who feels like she’s had to scale back her personal ambitions since becoming a mother, gold medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong has a message: Don’t give up on your dreams. (via Today.com)

Motherhood May Make You Smarter, New Study Says
In the study, women who were new mothers scored better on tests of visuospatial memory — the ability to perceive and remember information about their surroundings — compared with women who didn’t have children. (via MSNBC)

Growing Up Grateful Gives Teens Multiple Mental Health Benefits
Grateful teens are more likely than their less grateful peers to be happy, less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol and less likely to have behavior problems at school, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 120th Annual Convention. (via Science Daily)

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Grooming Dad: A New Twist on an Old Style

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Paul Mitchell has created a new line for men called Mitch, and it’s a great addition to an already praise-worthy brand. The line is geared for men that like slick design and clean–not overpowering–scents. I recently tested the Double Hitter 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner, and it really knocked it out of the park. The shampoo has a clean soap smell. It also has amazing lather, worthy of any sudsy shampoo commercial. After rinsing, my hair felt clean, but not dry–definitely a plus for having the conditioner in the same bottle.

I also tested two of the styling products (well, I tested one and had a dad test the other). I currently have the Don Draper haircut so I tried Barber’s Classic Pomade, which has moderate hold and high shine. It worked easily into my hair and provided enough hold to keep my hair in place while still having some flexibility. It is very lightly scented and kept my hair looking shiny all day. My dad tester used the Clean Cut styling cream, which has medium hold with a semi-matte finish. He goes for the natural disheveled look, and this cream worked well for him. He said it was easiest to use when his hair was dry and that it held his hair up all day without looking styled.

Overall, these products from Mitch stepped up to the plate and did exactly what they said they would. The Double-Hitter shampoo retails for $15.50, and both styling products go for $16.99. You can find these products and the rest of the line at a local retailer by visiting www.mitchtheman.com.

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A Sweet Heart Braid for Valentine’s Day

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Your child will fall in love with this hairstyle, perfect for Valentine’s Day–a heart braid!

I came across this very sweet and unique braid in a new book, “Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair: The Cutest Cuts and Sweetest Hairstyles to Do at Home” by Cozy Friedman.  Cozy Friedman is the experienced hairstylist and owner of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids hair salons in New York City, salons that are just for kids.  As a mother of two, Cozy also has a line of hair products, So Cozy Hair Care for Children

Her book is a comprehensive guide to hair, with explainers on hair types to recommendations for hairstyling tools and products  to solutions for hair emergencies (gum, green hair, and lice).  There are also chapters devoted to everday and special occasion hairstyles.

The heart braid is perfect for girls with medium to long hair of different hair types–straight, wavy, or curly.  For moms who are experienced braiders, this hairstyle should take 15 minutes, and requires only combs, hair clips, and ponytail holders.  You can check out step-by-step instructions for creating the heart braid on Cozy’s site.   An upcoming slideshow on Parents.com will also feature step-by-step instructions for creating another hairstyle, the Ballerina Chignon. 

Happy Heart Day!

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Dads, Daughters, and ‘Dos

Monday, March 15th, 2010

mail_2Hairdos, that is. I recently learned about a book with a hilarious concept behind it. Does Your Daughter Have Dad Hair? A Step-by-Step Guide for Dads is meant to teach fathers how to deal with their little girls’ hair, and includes color instructional photographs and info on the “psychology of the father-daughter bond.” My husband has declared himself exempt from all hairstyling duties when it comes to my older daughter’s hair, which is fine with me considering what happened when I went on a business trip when she was about 2 1/2. (That’s her in the top photo, which made me laugh so hard when he texted it to me that I cried. Below it is a more recent and accurate picture of her lovely curls.)

LilaCarroll2Anyway, this book strikes me as a direct reflection of our modern dual-parenting life. Here’s one great endorsement from a retired member of the U.S. Army Infantry: “After Desert Storm and two tours in Iraq I never imagined that something as simple as my daughters’ hair would be my undoing. All of my training left me ill-equipped to deal with this problem. Thanks to this book my daughters are no longer ashamed to go to school.”

Does your daughter’s hair ever get styled by Dad? Does she fare better than my girl did?

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A Hairy Story

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

403250910_8bc0c91efcI came across this story on Mom Logic today about whether or not chemical hair straightening is okay for an 8-year-old. I don't think I even brushed my hair at that age, so to me this seems just absurd. But the age to start primping keeps getting younger and younger, so maybe I shouldn't be too shocked.

What do you guys think? Is it safe- and even sane- to let young girls go to such lengths to change their appearance?

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Dry Eyes, Clean Hair

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Rinser_photoMy 3-year-old daughter still puts up a major fuss at bathtime because she hates having her hair washed. She insists that water gets in her eyes even when we’re holding two washcloths over them. We never had much success with flexible shampoo visors because they were too big for her little head. We recently tried the new Lil Rinser, and it worked surprisingly well. ("Wow, I want to use this every time!" she said.) It creates a watertight seal and has a soft rim inside that keeps water away from your child’s face but lets it run down over her head and hair. Depending on how big your child’s head is, you might have to press the sides in a little for a good fit, but this is definitely better than anything else we’ve tried.

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