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Haircare of "biracial" hair (and dandruff problem)

post #1 of 45
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hello mamas:

my little cutie has wonderful "kinky" hair and unfortunately she has been having dandruff lately i dont know where it comes from because there has not been any changes in her haircare.

this is what i do with her curls:

* i wash her hair every 4 weeks with a natural shampoo containing african soap mud (see: http://www.purenature24.com/shop/a18...l-shampoo.html

these are the ingredients of the shampoo: water, sodium laureth sulfate, coco glucoside, hectorite cocamido, propyl betaine, sea salt, mentha viridis, citric acid, limonene)

* i rinse it afterwards with water and organic vinegar in the last step

* i comb it very carefully and then braid the hair into approx. 10 braids

* in the end i put some natural coconut oil on her scalp and into her hair splits/ends

so far we did good with this procedure and she hadn't had problems. though she generally tends to have very dry skin and hair.

do you have an idea what to do about the dandruff? her skalp is itch too.
post #2 of 45
are you oiling her hair regularly as a part of regular care. Maybe a few added times a week would be helpful. but i am not sure as you may already be doing this.
post #3 of 45
You might want to check www.naturallycurly.com there is so much info on hair with texture and the forums can be very helpful as well.
post #4 of 45
I need to know this too. I am in my late 20's and still learning about how to properly care for my hair. I have always had dandruff issues too.
post #5 of 45
Are you conditioner washing inbetween shampoos, or just leaving in braids? If I go longer than a few days between wetting/scrubbing my scalp I get dandruff too. www.tightlycurly.com is a good site too.
post #6 of 45
I also wanted to add the shampoo you are using may be drying to her hair and scalp as it has SLS in it. You could try looking up the curly girl method...which can be found on the naturally curly website.
post #7 of 45
I think that tea tree oil is supposed to have anti-dandruff properties. You might try adding a few drops to the coconut oil.

Your DD's hair sounds similar to my niece's hair. I know my SIL only rarely uses shampoo, but she will "wash" my niece's hair with conditioner in between shampoos (I can't remember how often she uses shampoo, maybe only if her hair is actually dirty, like if she has gotten something in it). It doesn't sound like you are doing this, but if you are, you might try tea tree oil in the conditioner as well (or it might be worth a try).
post #8 of 45
Thread Starter 
thank you all :

well, i never use conditioner. i use vinegar as a natural conditioner and it really makes her hair soft! i dont like those conditioners because they usually contain tons of bad stuff.

and i oil her hair and scalp regularly, and it decreases the dandruff already a little bit, but sometimes it comes back again.

what is SLS?


and what would be the curly girl method...? ok, i will look up at the naturally curly website! thanks....!

do you just leaver your dd's hair "open" once in a while so it can breathe? i think maybe the braiding is too much doing it every week....

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Originally Posted by gobbledegook View Post
I also wanted to add the shampoo you are using may be drying to her hair and scalp as it has SLS in it. You could try looking up the curly girl method...which can be found on the naturally curly website.
post #9 of 45
A few of my friends swear by Carol's Daughter's products. I think you can find them on one of the home shopping sites as well. HSN or QVC

http://www.carolsdaughter.com/category/haircare.do
post #10 of 45
Mix olive oil and almond oil and apply it on the babay's scalp 1x a week. I use the edible kind ( kind of has a smell, then spray using organic olive oil hair spray-- found in hair stores>

this formulae is aslo used as a hot oil treatment.
Good luck
post #11 of 45
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Originally Posted by whooopsy View Post
thank you all :

well, i never use conditioner. i use vinegar as a natural conditioner and it really makes her hair soft! i dont like those conditioners because they usually contain tons of bad stuff.

and i oil her hair and scalp regularly, and it decreases the dandruff already a little bit, but sometimes it comes back again.

what is SLS?


and what would be the curly girl method...? ok, i will look up at the naturally curly website! thanks....!

do you just leaver your dd's hair "open" once in a while so it can breathe? i think maybe the braiding is too much doing it every week....

SLS = sodium laureth sulfate

Curly girl method is based on the book Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey. You can get a very good idea of the method from the naturlly curly website, or you could check it out from the library. She explains why curly headed people should skip the shampoo (at least shampoos with SLS in them) to prevent drying out of the hair and scalp.

I am not sure about letting the hair breathe. I have biracial hair (black/white) and when I was young my mom always kept my hair in pigtails and only took them down to wash, which was at least once a week.
Everyones hair is different but there would be no way I could get away without using conditioner and after a week without washing I start getting flakes.
post #12 of 45
Vinegar is not a good conditioner. It's chelating, so great for removing minerals and such, but can be drying if overused. I'd get a good conditioner and use the ACV less often.
post #13 of 45
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Vinegar is not a good conditioner. It's chelating, so great for removing minerals and such, but can be drying if overused. I'd get a good conditioner and use the ACV less often.
what does chelating mean?

and can you recommend a good (organic) conditioner?

i used california baby's conditioner but it didnt make a difference to her hair at all!
post #14 of 45
We use sensitive California Baby products I mix the conditioner with raw shae butter for her curls. I only wash her hair once every couple weeks.

If you use the tea tree oil, only use a drop in the shampoo. Make sure you keep it out of the eyes and do not leave it on the skin.
post #15 of 45
oh and i can second the Carol's Daughter products. they are in regular rotation at our home! :
post #16 of 45
You'll definetelly need some kind of conditioner, and I would drop the shampoo, I don't know about organic but Suave has little to non crap in its formula and that is why it's recomended a lot for people who don't shampoo.
post #17 of 45
'chelation' means it removes minerals. It does soften hair initially because it strips the minerals left behind by the water. Curly hair still needs some added moisture because it is fragile.


I would get food grade(edible() sweet almond oil and use that. Darker skins can absorb it easily, and it smells good.

I agree possibly wash it every 2 weeks? instead of every 4. and buttermilk, or yogurt can be good conditioners too. The gentle acidity, and cultures will help keep the scalp healthy.
post #18 of 45
Thread Starter 
thanks:

i think i will try a conditioner mixed with shea butter first....
post #19 of 45
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Originally Posted by gobbledegook View Post
Are you conditioner washing inbetween shampoos, or just leaving in braids? If I go longer than a few days between wetting/scrubbing my scalp I get dandruff too. www.tightlycurly.com is a good site too.
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