handling hairy situations by guest blogger cozy friedman

After 20 years of owning a children’s salon, I’ve seen every kind of “hairy” situation—and plenty of parents who simply need a few simple skills (and the right products) to turn things around. Here’s a breakdown of three common hairy situations and how to get out of them like a pro:

Out of Control Frizz: Kids with naturally curly or wavy hair often have a halo of frizz, which seems to be endearing only to grandparents. Believe it or not, you can quickly eliminate frizz from your life with a few simple tips.

  • Cut down on washing and allow natural oils to build up and help combat frizz naturally. Three to four days in between washes is about right, depending on activity level.
  • Leave a little bit of quality hydrating conditioner in hair after you wash. This will keep hair moisturized and frizz free. We recommend SoCozy Super Hydrating Conditioner – simply the best! Moms, try it yourself.
  • A leave-in conditioner applied to damp hair will also help combat frizz on non-wash days. SoCozy Detangler + Leave In Conditioner works perfectly.
  • Ditch the hairbrush. Use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to comb through hair while it’s still wet, then allow to air dry or use a diffuser attachment on a hair dryer.
  • Styling products like SoCozy Styling Cream or Styling Gel applied to damp hair offer definition to curls and a natural shine.

Flat Flyaways: Thin, flat hair offers its own challenges, with staticky flyaways and lifeless shape. You can easily infuse life and shape to hair with these tricks:

  • Start with the right cut. Consult with your Cartoon Cuts stylist to find a cut that works best with your child’s hair type and face shape. Layers can help create volume and texture.
  • Use a quality shampoo and conditioner like SoCozy 2in1 or 3in1 but only wash hair every few days.
  • Apply a styling product like SoCozy Styling Mousse Medium Hold to damp hair, working from root to tip, then blow dry for volume and shine.
  • During cold winter months when static flyaways are at their worst, apply a pea-sized amount of SoCozy Styling Cream Soft Hold to dry hair to keep hair grounded.

Lice: The word alone is enough to make a parent shudder. Head lice are a common problem among children ages 5 to 12 simply because of the way they play, but you can avoid the situation altogether with some simple precautions.

  • Don’t wash your child’s hair every day. Buildup of natural oils on the hair shaft makes it harder for lice to attach.
  • Choose tea tree oil-based products like SoCozy Lice Prevention Shampoo and Spray. These are natural and safe for children of all ages, and smell great too. Use shampoo every other day, and use spray regularly on hair, pillowcases, hoods and hats.
  • Teach your kids to avoid sharing hats, scarves, hair accessories, brushes or combs with friends, even when playing dress up.
  • Regularly clean items your child’s head frequently touches, like pillows, sleeping bags, car seats, and headphones.

Of course, you can check out all my expert advice on my website or in my book, Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair. Knowledge is power, so read up and soon there won’t be a hairy situation you can’t handle!

 

 

 

 

back to school… in style!

It’s already that time of the year again… back to school! Cartoon Cuts is proud to be a part of your back to school routine. A great school year starts off with a great cut.  Being the experts in kids’ hair, we want to make sure your kids go back to school in style, and have great hair days, everyday. Below are some A+ styles, for your A+ student!

 popular popular

shape up shape up

classic classic

faux hawk faux – hawk

side bang side bang

french braids french braids

bob bob

headband braid headband braid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cartoon cuts introduces malibu hair services and products

Kids love to swim, but that chlorine can do a doozy on hair!

Green hair? Dry, brittle hair? 

malibu-swimmers-treatment

 Try a Malibu Swimmer’s Treatment (only $5.99 when added to a shampoo or haircut).  The best option for hair gone green is our Malibu Swimmer’s Treatment, available in our salons.  It dramatically improves the look and feel of hair, no matter how often you dive in. Malibu Swimmer’s Treatment helps remove and prevent “swimmers green hair” as well as the recurrence of brittle, damaged hair that could occur from too much swim time.

 Prevention and Maintenance

 The accompanying Malibu Swimmer’s Wellness Shampoo and Conditioner are sold at the salons for your use at home. They can be used by anyone, any age, and are perfect for the summer months. When your little one comes home from a day at camp, you might notice his or her hair has a shade of green in it. Don’t freak out, this is quite common, and all you need to do is rub in some of the Swimmer’s Wellness Shampoo, and their hair will be looking back to normal. The Swimmer’s Wellness Shampoo also cleanses the hair like normal shampoos, but is free of many of the unnatural chemicals found in other shampoos. Malibu Swimmer’s Wellness Conditioner not only replenishes moisture in the hair, but preserves the texture, look and feel of hair exposed to pool, spa or ocean water.

 Dry, itchy, and flaky scalp?

scalp-treatment

 The Malibu Scalp Therapy Natural Wellness Treatment ($5.99) is a perfect add-on to any haircut or shampoo service, with its moisturizing ingredients that help treat dry scalp and conditions such as itchy, flaky skin. Additionally the treatment instantly promotes a healthier scalp by increasing blood flow to scalp layers, and naturally draws out waterborne elements that can irritate and further increase scalp issues.

 Prevention and Maintenance

 The Malibu Scalp Wellness Shampoo and Conditioner are safe and gentle for all ages, including infants and toddlers. This shampoo feeds the scalp wellness ingredients such as vitamin E, amino acids, and aloe. Both the shampoo and conditioner are gentle enough to use daily, so you don’t have to worry about drying out the kids’ hair, and they will actually help moisturize the scalp when used often.

Malibu is a personal care company that is committed to maintaining the health and wellness of not only your body, but of the environment, with their 100% vegan, preservative-free treatments. The best part is that their products are safe and gentle for all ages, including those precious little kiddos we call our clients!

 

haircuts and autism. making it work

Getting a haircut can be one of the most difficult, challenging, and scary experiences for a child with autism.

Cartoon Cuts can help!

Cartoon Cuts stylists have helped many families conquer the challenge of a haircut, especially families with children on the spectrum. Stories of triumph and pure happiness pour into our salons and corporate office weekly, including the story of Ethan, who had never actually had a full haircut until he was introduced to Cartoon Cuts.

Ethan’s mom described their past experiences as challenging, and said that they had to let his hair grow out down past his shoulders, until they were referred to Cartoon Cuts. Still, Ethan did not want to have anyone touch his hair. Ethan’s family took baby steps to get him into the salon, and after many visits, his hair was finally cut. Ethan’s first visits were just in the waiting room, playing with the toys, and getting comfortable in the environment. The next step was to get him into the chair, to watch a movie. Once he was comfortable in the chair, he was able to get his hair brushed. After a couple visits sitting in the chair, and getting his hair brushed, the stylist was able to start cutting some hair. Ethan can now come into Cartoon Cuts and successfully get his hair cut and styled.

“She was so good, and so patient with him… he was kicking, screaming, and he wasn’t saying nice things. We’ve been working on it slowly, and now he’s at the point where she can actually cut his hair and style it. So, it’s been such a wonderful, positive experience, because his hair has just been such a challenging issue for us. I recommend all of my friends and Ethan’s classmates to go to Cartoon Cuts and tell them what a good experience this has been.” – Ethan’s Mom, on their experience at Cartoon Cuts.

Tips for a successful haircut.

  • Visit a salon that understands the challenges and fears that children with autism have about haircuts.
  • Visit the salon a few times before attempting the haircut, so that the child can get comfortable in the environment.
  • Take baby steps… visits to the salon, sitting in the salon chair, and getting the hair combed are all small steps that can lead to a successful haircut.
  • Make sure you and the stylist are patient, patience is everything!
  • Bring an extra shirt, in case your child is uncomfortable with the cape.
  • If possible, visit the salon during the weekday, when it doesn’t tend to be as busy or noisy.
  • Set up a goal and reward system, and reward your child when they reach each goal. For many, small goals like sitting in the chair, putting the cape on, letting the stylist brush the hair, etc., work best. The small goals can lead up to a big reward, like getting an ice cream, or a new book!

click here to watch Ethan’s video

managing curly hair

Caring for your child’s curly hair can really be a difficult task.  Don’t worry… all you have to do is follow these simple steps to healthy, manageable hair.

Don’t wash their hair every day.

You may think that it’s good to wash your child’s hair daily, but you’re actually stripping it of its natural oils, resulting in it being dry and frizzy.  Curly hair requires a lot more moisture than straight hair,  so it’s actually quite bad for it to be washed daily.  You should only be washing your child’s hair 2-4 times a week.

Get the right haircut.

Curly hair needs length to weigh curls down.  The best cut for curly hair would be medium to long,  with layers cut in to ease some of the fullness.  Although,  with the right cut,  curly hair can look good short,  as well. What you don’t want,  is a blunt cut,  which means a ton of fullness on the bottom.  Ask for layers,  starting at their upper lip,  gradually angling back.

Find the right shampoo and conditioner.

The type of shampoo and conditioner you use has a big impact on your child’s hair.   For curly hair,  try Original Sprout,  Natural Shampoo that is sulfate free and adds sun protection.

Detangle hair.

Before brushing the hair,  apply a leave-in conditioner,  such as,  Original Sprout’s Leave-In Conditioner,or a children’s detangler.  You can use ­­­­­­­­Original Sprout’s  Miracle Detangler to release any tangles and make combing a breeze. Carefully,   use the famous Knot Genie detangling brush.  Start at the tips of the hair,  working your way up.  DO NOT use a normal brush,  because this could cause breakage of the hair.

            Tip: Never brush dry curly hair! Brushing the dry hair will unsettle the cuticle, causing frizz.

Style!

Finally,  style with curling mousses or gels,  which are great products for giving curls definition and creating those beautiful beach waves.  Original Sprout’s Curl Calmer  can be used on kids or adults.  It lets tight, medium, frizzy curls and waves relax,  leaving hair glossy and silky soft.  Frizzy,  dry hair soaks up moisture,  leaving locks stronger and softer.  This product is never crunchy or sticky,  which is sometimes a concern with curly hair styling products.

baby’s first haircut

Parting with a child’s precious curls is no easy task for any parent, as it truly marks how their child is already growing up, right before their very eyes. This is but one exciting event in a child’s life, although much more memorable for the parent. In order to make this event a less traumatic and more memorable one (for both child and parent), here are a few tips as to start going about this outing:

Prepping Your Child for Their First Haircut

The concept of the scissors is a part of a parent’s first set of rules given to their child, that scissors are equated with danger. In order to bypass any preconceived fears a child has about scissors, a possible task might be to introduce the haircut in a familiar place, beginning with trimming a few locks at home, therefore, showing the child there is nothing to fear at all.

Playing “haircut” at home with your child’s stuffed animals and a set of imaginary scissors, such as your child’s fingers, allows the child to understand that maybe a haircut isn’t such a bad thing after all! In addition, replacing the word cut with trim makes all the difference in the eyes of your child, as “cut” expresses to them that they will get hurt in the process.

Another helpful tip is allowing the child to see the barber or hairstylist in action by bringing them to see another member of the family to get a trim. This will show them that there is nothing to worry about and it will not result in a “boo-boo”.

The atmosphere in which the haircut will take place means a great deal as well. Trying kid-friendly salons and specializations will make the experience a more memorable and comfortable one, which they will enjoy coming back to. As well, introducing a “reward” they will receive by getting their haircut makes it a much more pleasurable and exciting event for them, one that they will no longer fear!

lice 101

 

Head Lice Tips and Tricks

As a mom, it’s a terrifying moment when your child comes home from school one day scratching their head. Classrooms are breeding grounds for the white, itchy, bugs that give us all the heebie-jeebies: Lice!

Despite all of a parent’s best efforts, the icky truth is that it can happen to your kids. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to combat these little critters.

What are nits and head lice?

  • Nits are the term given to the  eggs of head lice, which stick to the hair close to the scalp.
  • An itchy scalp is the first  symptom that we notice and a closer inspection may reveal live lice crawling close to the scalp or eggs (nits) stuck to the hair shaft.
  • From the time when the egg is laid until the live insect dies is about 33-35 days, and during that time they go from nymph to mature louse.
  • Head lice are transmitted by  crawling from head to head or through sharing things like hairbrushes or hats – they can’t jump or fly, as the six-legged lice have no wings.

How to prevent head lice?

Why treat head lice when you can prevent it? Here at Cartoon Cuts we have excellent prevention products.

  • Fairy Tales (4 layer prevention) – Shampoo, Conditioner, Leave-in conditioner, Hairspray.
  • Circle of Friends (3 layer prevention) – Shampoo, Leave- in conditioner, Hairspray/Gel.
  • Original Sprout has tree tea and lavender components in all their products which are great for lice prevention.

How do you treat head lice effectively?

When lice are already a problem, Cartoon Cuts offers two of the most helpful kits to rid the hair of lice:

  • Fairy Tales Lice Good-Bye Mousse
  • Circle of Friends Lice Defense Elimination Kit

Both products are non toxic, pesticide free products proven to eliminate both lice and their eggs (nits).

These head lice treatments must be applied to all parts of the hair, ideally with great tension, doing it in sections and applying it close to the scalp.

No head lice product or insecticide currently kills all eggs, but is likely to kill the live lice.

A complete getting rid of head lice management consists of two treatments, a week or so apart. The first treatment kills the climbers, and the second kills the juvenile lice hatched from the eggs over the intervening week.

You must remember lice have claws on their legs, which make them perfect for holding on to human hair – fortunately the critters cannot live for more than one day off a human head.

How do you know if the lice treatment has worked?

If a head lice shampoo or treatment is effective, the lice will be dead within 20 minutes. We recommend the following test to check whether the product you just used was resistant to lice or not:

The head lice resistance test

Insecticide resistance in head lice is common, but it can be detected by assessing the effect of treatments. If live lice are found in the combings after treatment that has been correctly applied, the head lice are resistant to the product used.

You can test if the lice are killed effectively by treatments with the 20-minute death check:

  • After 20 minutes, use a fine tooth comb, such as the Terminator comb, to comb the entire head of hair and then wipe the combings onto a tissue.  This needs to be done at least twice and until little treatment formulation is visible on the hair.
  • Examine the tissues and see if lice are alive or dead. Assess success of treatment and possible insecticide resistance. If all lice are dead, infestation is sensitive to product used.
  • If some lice are inactive but  alive, infestation may be partly resistant to treatment, but regard the louse population as “sensitive” if no lice are active. If some lice are active, infestation is resistant.
  • For a sensitive population of head lice, the current treatment has been successful, but embryos in eggs will most likely survive. Retreat in 7 days using the same product.
  • For resistant lice, the current treatment has been unsuccessful.

If lice are still present after two treatments, we recommend two options:

  • Retreatment with same  preparation for a third time in seven days.
  • Use the conditioner and fine tooth comb technique between treatments. If conditioner is applied and then immediately combed out, the nymphs that have hatched will be removed.  Do this at least twice in the 7 days between treatment 2 and treatment 3.

what are lice and how do I find them?

Lice are translucent parasites that cling to the hair shaft, predominantly around the ears and the nape of the neck. Nits, or lice eggs, look like grains of salt. Unlike dandruff, they cannot easily be brushed off.

what is the best way to brush and comb my hair?

Never brush hair when it is wet. Detangle your hair with your fingers or with a comb. Always comb your hair before brushing it. Comb from the bottom up, getting knots out a few inches at a time. Buy a good comb with wide teeth. Cheap plastic combs break the hair and cause static electricity. After combing your hair, run a brush through from the top down.

what is the best way to shampoo and condition?

Shampoo with cool or warm water, as hot water tends to dry the scalp. Apply a small amount (the size of a quarter) on the palm of your hand and rub together to evenly distribute the shampoo. You do not have to rinse and repeat unless your scalp is oily.

Once a month, you might want to use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of shampoo build-up. However, using this product too often will dry out your hair.

If you choose to condition, apply a small amount of conditioner in your hand, and evenly distribute from the middle of the hair shaft down to the ends. Do not massage into your scalp, unless it is dry. Comb the conditioner through your hair, leave it on for a few seconds, and rinse thoroughly.