Malani Gets Lots of Compliments on her Beautiful Afro!

In this week’s Curl Type of the Week feature, we interviewed a young and beautiful 1 year old with a social media influence, named Malani! Although Malani is only 1 years old, here is her mother’s responses to some of our questions concerning her lifestyle, curly hair, and helpful tips on how to manage curly hair based on her own experience, that can then be passed on for other curly haired boys and girls to apply to their own hair:

1) Introduce yourself!  What is your age, grade, favorite books, movies, favorite quote, song? What is her favorite school subject? Favorite activity? Favorite thing to do in her free time?

Hi Malani is 1 going on 2 on November 8. Malani is not in school yet but seems to like counting, and she can count to 10 when she is not being shy around people! Her favorite activity right now is playing. In her free time Malani likes to watch Cocomelon.

2) Your curls! What is your hair curl type? If you don’t know, please check out our reference page here

Based on your hair curl type reference page, Malani has a mixture of 3b and 3c curls.

3) Who else in your family has curly hair? Check out our family tree here which is a fun and educational way to trace the legacy of your hair!

It turns out that Malani is not the only person in her family to have beautiful curly hair! Malani’s father had extremely long curly hair when he was a child. It’s so nice that she gets to share this beautiful trait with her father!

4)  How do you like to wear your hair?

Malani likes to wear all hairstyles, but her signature hairstyle is a big fluffy Afro!

5) How would you define your style?  (ie, are you a dress up girl, more casual, love to be fancy etc.  What is your favorite style for school, for dressing up, for each season, etc.

Malani has a wide variety of styles. she can dress up classy, edgy, and preppy: it just really depends on what her mood of the day is.


6) Hair care tips!  What are some hair care tips you can share for taking care of your curly hair? Best advice for kids with curly hair?

One important hair care tip to remember is to wrap your kid’s hair before they go to sleep. It is extremely important that you keep your hair protected at night. Malani wears a silk bonnet every night to prevent breakage. It is also important that kids with curly hair keep their hair moisturized. This is so important to keep in mind while trying to manage your child’s curly hair, because adding moisture to the hair will make the process simple and far less time-consuming than if you did not moisturize their hair!


7) What do you wash and condition your hair with? How often?

I use shea moisture products on Malani’s hair. I like to wash her hair with the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and conditioner, then we use the frobabies detangle me baby leave-in conditioner to help with detangling her hair after washing.

8) How often do you wash your hair and why?

I wash Malani’s hair every 2-3 weeks to prevent her hair from drying out due to constant washing.

9) Are you a morning hair washer or an evening washer, why?

Well wash day depends on Malanis mood. Sometimes we can knock it out in the morning, sometimes we have to do it in the evening but usually I wash Malanis hair on Sundays when it is convenient for me.

10) If you do your hair at night and sleep on it, what do you do in the morning? Any tips for making the style last overnight?

If I have to do Malani hair the night before an event, I will usually wrap it up with a scarf and a bonnet. There are two different companies that we get our bonnets from @Protected_roots and @ck.beautyofficial, which are both on Instagram and both sell bonnets for babies, kids and adults.

11) Has curly hair impacted your child and her self-image, please provide details on her “hair journey”.  Did she always love her hair or was it something that happened over time? 

So far there has been a small impact on Malani’s life with having curly hair. It seems like when we go out and she is wearing her big curly Afro we get stopped a lot lol. Most of the people that see her hair just compliment on how her hair is so curly and pretty. The rest of the people always just have questions like” how does this little toddler have so much hair?” and make remarks like, “it is so big and so curly!!!” I plan on teaching her more about her hair when she gets older so she can learn how to embrace and love her curly hair.

11) Have you read our Curlee Girlee book series? If not get your copy by clicking here. Our Curlee Girlee books were written to ensure that all curly girls belong to our Curlee Girlee family and learn to love and embrace their curls understanding that their hair is part of a greater legacy they share with those who came before them and will one day share with those who come after.

We have not read the series but I would love to check it out!


Malani is a social media influencer and our Curl Type of the Week! On Instagram, she has a following of 6.4K+ followers! Check her out and follow her @malani_symone!


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