By HaleyOUpdated Mar 29, 2017
Fascinating photo...! It looks like each child has his or her own nanny -- plus a bodyguard. Can you imagine, Gorgeouses? It was also hard for me to find a good photo of the full entourage. This was probably the best one. Although there were other older ones with Seal in the photo, too, but it's hard to see all the faces because so far away....
ANYWAY! Heidi Klum (38) has written an essay for the Huffington Post on what it's like to brush the curly locks of her and Seal's three youngest kids, Henry (5.5), Johan (4.5) and Lou (22 months). Their oldest daughter is straight, blond-haired Leni (7), to whom Heidi gave birth while initially dating Seal. (Seal later adopted her; her biological father is allegedly completely out of the picture.)
Here are some snippets of what Heidi says about the care and detangling of her kids' curly locks (and I'm listening because I sent my daughter to camp today with a total rat's nest hairdo!):
Growing up with straight hair myself, that was all I really knew how to work with. It was pretty straightforward: wash, air dry, done.
Henry, Johan and Lou -- my three youngest -- have super beautiful locks. Their hair definitely requires a different kind of care than my daughter Leni's hair. I've learned to never brush their curly hair when it's dry because then it'll frizz. I use lots of conditioner and detangler, and only go to hairdressers who really KNOW how to cut and style curly hair.
As you can see from the photo above, Henry and Johan have cut off their locks. "I've let my boys' hair grow really really long," Heidi writes, "and just recently they asked me to cut off their beautiful hair!"
Heidi says it wasn't easy for her to cut off their hair because, she says, "I'm their Mom -- I've been the one to carefully brush and help them care for it all these years, but I do want them to be who they want to be."
I don't know.... It was really easy for me to cut my daughter's long hair the other day (even though the rat's nest is back today already). I guess I'm not as sentimental?
Now the boys are getting complicated buzz cuts, Heidi says, which isn't necessarily easier to maintain than the curls! For more deets, check the HuffPost essay here!
Do your kids have curly hair? What do you do to keep it pretty and to avoid the dreaded rat's nest?