I know this thread is a little dated, but I had to share another great product. There's a great, all-natural line called Oyin (www.oyinhandmade.com) - a family-owned business out of Baltimore, MD. Their products are all natural and food grade - my little one is 18 months old, and still puts everything in her mouth. Can be a little pricey, but they often have coupon codes in their podcasts and FB page. Their products use shea butter, oils, and other good moisturizers for African hair (the kid's got 100% West African hair). I use it on my hair too - we love the Hair Dew, Whipped Pudding (for hair and skin), pomade and juices for spritizing and refreshing. But I should have thought about going the no-poo route and just using conditioner - I'm going to try that next week!
For bands, I use the smallest Goody bands - they don't turn to goo, and if they get caught, they're easy to snip out.
Anyone have luck with getting/keeping lint out of their little one's hair? It doesn't seem to come out, even when I wash... or it might just be all the rolling around she's doing.
We are a black/white family and although I only have sons, they've had long curls of different types at various times and their hair is quite diff from each other, too! I've tried a lot of hairstyles and thankful that now we're in a lower maintenance spot, but I guess I'm lucky with boys I can buzz it off if I want, too! My youngest has shorter spirals right now and looks cute no matter what I do. But moisture is a friend.
I had to respond and vouch for Oyin because it is through them we've gotten our very favorite stuff. ***Greg juice, burnt sugar pomade or something, honey hemp conditioner! I dig it all. I can find ways to use on my sister in laws hair, too, and my own actually - so it may work all across the board depending on what your purpose is, yk?
Already!?!?! ~ Lori, doula, childbirth educator, wife to Jermaine 6/04, and mom to two happy and energetic boys - Tatum 6/06 and Keegan 3/09
I have to second the Carol's Daughter products which can also be ordered at www.carolsdaughter.com. They are wholesome products. Nothing icky even though she is carried by suppliers that offer it. Also, no rubber bands. They break the hair off because of the wave/curl pattern. The hair simply can't tolerate them. I hope this helps!
I'm black / polynesian and DH is white. I'm curious to see how our little girl's hair will be textured.
Before I loc'd my hair I did no poo' (still do, actually) with an ACV rinse, used a marshmallow root detangler / conditioner (Google for recipes) and used coconut oil or jojoba for a moisturizer or deep conditioning treatment. I've turned on several people to that routine. One of my co-worker's recently converted and has a nice, fluffy fro now after stopping the texturizers and going no poo'. :)
Hope you find what works best for your kiddo's hair! My mom is black but was awful with haircare when I was a kid. She would wash and braid my hair only once a week because it was always such a struggle. She never combed from ends to root, so it was liked being strapped in a torture chamber for me!
Cover it when shes asleep with a silk scarf on her head--it will tangle less. Not sure what hair type your daughter has. I will say about how you think its not dry---i thought same about my daughters silky, fine curls (like jeri curl size) I was wrong. Now I only wash her hair with shampoo once a week at most. other days, I cowash wiht just conditioner, add a leave in (i like olive oil hair cream) and then a curl sealer on top. I dont bother sectioning and combing, braids or anything yet. I dont cover her head at night but it doesnt get too tangled, just fuzzy and I can add water and conditioner and its good as new.
If she's reluctant to wear the do-wrap at night, or if it doesn't stay on, you can get some benefit from using one of those slippery pillow cases.
Unfortunately happygirlhair.com is not operational anymore. It had some fantastic video tutorials.
I am a black mama of a blond spirally curled biracial daughter. I use the same hair products and techniques for both of us. My hair is course and tightly spiralled. Here's what I do:
Wash with Organic Essence Coconut shampoo and condition in 1 to 4 sections depending on the length and thickness.
Use wide tooth comb to detangle while rinsing out conditioner.
Apply dime size squirt of almond oil and Knot Today by Kinky Curly to each section.
Twist or braid.
I only leave my own braids for 3-4 days because I sweat alot and I need to wash 2 times a week. My dd gets lots of tangles and is prone to lice, so I do her 3 times a week. Our hair is thick and full and shiny. It's not greasy.
I love almond oil. You can try coconut oil in the summer time, too.
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