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#1 of 16 Old 11-29-2008, 10:23 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi Mommas!

I am looking for some good products for my daughter's hair. We are an african-american family and I am looking for alternatives to the black haircare products you see in the stores like walmart and target. Most of the those products have a lot of chemicals that I want to avoid since she is only 18 months old. Right now she really needs something with moisturizing and detangling properties. I also want to avoid strong scents. Can you recommend any really good products?

I am not sure if this the place to post this question. Feel free to move this question to a more appropriate place.

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I love Taliah Waajid's products, they are all natural and inexpensive. The only negative is that the black earth shampoo is not tear free. I have to wash my DS's hair at the sink so that he is lying back to avoid suds in his eyes. We have never had any problems. Carol's daughter makes a line of haircare products, that are available at Sephora. I prefer Taliah Waajid since she is local and a smaller company.

After inquiring about detanglers at Whole Foods, a sales guy told me that they were more for hair like that of the children on the bottles. None of them were brown, so I sought out other products. My DS has thick curly hair, but the protective mist bodifier works so well that I simply finger comb his hair in the morning.

http://www.naturalhair.org/bodifierbabybundle.aspx

http://www.naturalhair.org/enhancing...tioner8oz.aspx

http://www.naturalhair.org/totalbody...hampoo8oz.aspx

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Has anyone tried Mixed Chick hair products? Just wondering how well it works before I place an order.

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Burt's Bees Avocado Butter used as a leave-in styling aid rather than it's directions (as pre shampoo) works wonders for my difficult curls.

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I've used Curlz Kids shampoo, coconut conditioner, and milkshake with good results...however, lately, we've been all about olive oil, coconut oil, or Burt's Bees apricot Baby oil or Mama oil. (The BBs because it smells soooo good!) They all detangle quite well and leave DD's hair shiny and soft. I do use quite a lot, perhaps a good 2 tablespoons worth when I do her hair every other day. They are also cheaper than the other stuff and obviously all natural. (Again, the BBs is only 98.5% all natural but anyway...)
I think it depends on your DD's hair type, too. Mine girl's is very fine, very knotty, and tight curls in the back, and thicker and kinky on the top. If I don't braid her hair right after we wash it, she wakes up with a bird's nest that takes a good half hour to comb out, even with the oils. Same if I don't "do" her hair and let it go all natural for a day.
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For moisterizing, you can't beat jojoba oil. It actually penetrates the hair shaft. I see my stylist maybe 4 times a year to have my otherwise natural hair flat ironed. It is a little past my shoulders. She never has to do a deep conditioning because my hair is adequately moisturized by the jojoba oil. And it leaves no residue. You can get it at Whole Foods or your local health food store. Relatively inexpensive and long lasting.

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I'd like to second Oyinhandmade.com. I've used a couple of their products and found them to be very good.
I also make my own which is fun and cost effective. As mentioned above, jojoba oil is great. Olive oil is wonder as well. You can also mix shea butter into either of these fixed oils for an even richer moisturizer/conditioner.
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I use Carol's Daughter myself. Their Mimosa Hair Honey and Tui Oil are my two favorites. So I like those. I also like Warm Spirit Anahita's Hair Butter.

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Hi,
I give thumbs up to oyinhandmade.com
I am not sure where you are, but if you are in the UK you can check out Anita Grant. Her stuff if good and homemade as well.

Also, Jojoba oil is great for moisturing.

I will also PM with some other info.
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Burt's Bees Avocado Butter used as a leave-in styling aid rather than it's directions (as pre shampoo) works wonders for my difficult curls.
So this doesn't leave any residue behind? Asking for myself. To the OP, another vot for jojoba oil. I also like using pure shea butter.
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There is a website called naturallycurly.com that has recomendations for natural products, salons, etc for naturally curly hair. I have found it very helpful. I have curly as do my three daughters.
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Thanks to everyone who responded. I will definitely try some of the suggestions mentioned here. Does anyone have any specific shampoos or conditioners that they use in addition to the moisturizers? TIA.

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Thanks to everyone who responded. I will definitely try some of the suggestions mentioned here. Does anyone have any specific shampoos or conditioners that they use in addition to the moisturizers? TIA.
Now that, I have problems with. I;m still waiting for the perfect shampoo and conditioner combo. I do love Giovanni direct leave-in conditioner, though. That's good stuff!
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So this doesn't leave any residue behind? Asking for myself. To the OP, another vot for jojoba oil. I also like using pure shea butter.
(Sorry I just now saw that you replied )

Nope! At least not for me. But I have super absorbent hair I guess. I'm sure it would if I put too much on so just experiment with the amount.

Also when I wash my hair after using it for styling it's so nice and soft.

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