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My daughter is finally growing hair. I have no idea what to do with it. It is very soft and curly. The underneath is short tight curls, the top long pretty looping curls. I treat her hair with organic food grade coconut oil about every other day or so. I was with traditional "white people" shampoo e.g aussie or svauve for kids.

My daughter is multi racial, my family is chickasaw indian, german and dutch, I am very fair skined. Her father is AA, jamacian and indian. She is " coffee with cream" (her words) I have no experience with her type of hair. I want to be true to both of her worlds but I know that most people including me see the dark skin so I want to be true to that part of her heritage, if that make any sence

She is 3 years old.

What are cute ways to do her hair, It must be simple with a minimum of hair ties as she pulls them out. I have "corn rowed" her hair but she complains it hurts, if I let it go into a afro then she complains her head it hot and her hair is in her eyes.

Also what other conditioners can I use with her hair to keep it healthy. I do not want to perm or relax her hair. She is cute as she is, we just need to do SOMETHING. oh and I try to keep her hair products to stuff that wont kill her if she eats it. She puts everything into her mouth.
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My daughter is finally growing hair. I have no idea what to do with it. It is very soft and curly. The underneath is short tight curls, the top long pretty looping curls. I treat her hair with organic food grade coconut oil about every other day or so. I was with traditional "white people" shampoo e.g aussie or svauve for kids.

My daughter is multi racial, my family is chickasaw indian, german and dutch, I am very fair skined. Her father is AA, jamacian and indian. She is " coffee with cream" (her words) I have no experience with her type of hair. I want to be true to both of her worlds but I know that most people including me see the dark skin so I want to be true to that part of her heritage, if that make any sence

She is 3 years old.

What are cute ways to do her hair, It must be simple with a minimum of hair ties as she pulls them out. I have "corn rowed" her hair but she complains it hurts, if I let it go into a afro then she complains her head it hot and her hair is in her eyes.

Also what other conditioners can I use with her hair to keep it healthy. I do not want to perm or relax her hair. She is cute as she is, we just need to do SOMETHING. oh and I try to keep her hair products to stuff that wont kill her if she eats it. She puts everything into her mouth.

Check out tightly curly it's been a great help to me.
post #3 of 9
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THANK YOU SO MUCH. I am reading the site now. Wonderful good advice.
post #4 of 9
my dd has fairly curly hair and although she is almost 4, her hair came in pretty late and therefor is different lengths all around. The side and front have some short spots remaining so a simply pony tail doesn't manage to get all of her hair back. So I needed to come up with a hair style that could pull back the front and sides because she hates having hair around her face (unless all of it is down) and I hate when all the fuzzy stuff on the sides comes out of her pony. I tried sectioning it in all different ways. 4 square, pony in the back and pony in the bangs, pigtails, etc. By far both of our favorite is what I call the the Loop & Pull Faux-Hawk. I section her hair simply with a comb in rectangular bands across the top of her head then tie each off with a looped then pulled (grab the ends and spin them around the hair tie to fan them out) indivual pony. It does use 5-7 hair ties but, its actually pretty easy to do with wet hair and doesn't require any clips or hairspray. I REFUSE to use hairspray on my hair or dd's hair. It's been more of a challenge with dd's hair but, I've found ways around it.

I use ouch-free adult size hair bands for dd. The hair bands made for kids don't stretch well, aren't tight enough, and aren't thick enough to keep the hair tight. I have to wrap the adult ones quite a few times when I section her hair but, they stay put.

in the second pic she just came out of the lake so the loops are wet and a bit flat. When it's dry they are poofy and filled in really well, giving it the illusion of a mohawk.

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k7...Bianca/236.jpg

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k7...Bianca/018.jpg
post #5 of 9
We follow the "Curly Girl" method to do dd's hair (and mine)- if you google it'll turn up a ton of links. We use mostly products from www.curls.biz and there are codes for their stuff at http://www.retailmenot.com/view/curls.biz

Just be sure to avoid silicones and sulphates.

Oh and the forums at curltalk.com are good too.

pics of dd using the CG method- she is 5 BTW
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...0728092205.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...728092205a.jpg

Oh here is a pic of her pre-CG method, notice how hair hair is too limp and barely curly? Its from all the silicones weighing her hair down. She also lacks curl definition.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...r/DSC01369.jpg
post #6 of 9
second for curly girl. i checked out the book from the public library.
author is lorraine massey
http://www.amazon.com/Curly-Girl-Lor.../dp/0761123008
post #7 of 9
I am AA with tight curls. My DD is biracial with loopy curls. With DH, DD, DS and me, I think I cover 4 hair types!

For your DD, I recommend 2 strand twists or 3 strand plaits. Forgive me if I'm explaining too much, ok. With 2 strand twists, you part the hair in sections and twist two pieces around itself. Tight curls will hold this style without any accessories. Loose curls need a rubber band on the end. My DD does better with plaits, 3 strands wrapped around each other. Sometimes I pull it into a ponytail and make plaits in the free hair.

I also recommend soft headbands that can pull her fro off her face. I do that when I'm not in the mood to pull my hair back into a bun.

Another cute style is the twist out. You wash it and twist it wet then take the twists out when it's completely dry. This gives a defined wave that she can wear free with a couple of clips to hold it out of her face.


Good luck,
Mo
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My son's half Jamaican & half Dominican. His skin color is very dark, but his hair is not nappy. It's soft tight curls, and pretty thin still at 2 1/2. I do cornrow it, and he doesn't complain. Often, I just re-do one or two braids at a time so he doesn't have to sit still for the whole head. I used to do box braids, which might be easier for your daughter. Regular french braids might work for her hair type too, if her hair is long enough to pull into 1 or 2 braids.

I used Shea butter for our foster daughter (who's AA) but my son's allergic to nuts so I use cocoa butter for him (have to micrwave it for a few minutes to get it liquid). If your daughter's hair is dry at all, I'd condition it thoroughly and then apply something heavy like one of those butters and braid it (even loosely) to let it soak in.

I have never once in my son's life used shampoo on his hair. I condition it every few weeks, and then use a mix of conditioner & water (& a few drops lavender essential oil) as a detangler when I'm styling his hair. I also reapply cocoa butter as needed when I'm styling.
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