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DD is 20 mos, and for the last few months her hair is looking so greasy!<br><br>
This morning I got up and cut 1" off of the back thinking it would be above her shoulders and "bounce up "a little more. It didn't help much.<br><br>
I've alternated between <b>L'Oreal for kids bounce shampoo</b>, <b>Suave for kids</b> and <b>California baby hair and bodywash.<br></b><br>
NONE of them make her hair look soft and clean for more than a day (and by this I mean it looks clean out of the bath and for the rest of the evening) then the next morning she wakes up looking like she sweated buckets all night in a 90 degree room (she sleeps most of the night w/me, so I know she doesn't get sweaty). Hair is all matted on top. greasy and clumped together like.<br>
I use the same shampoo on my older DD and she looks fine (but she has different hair texture).<br><br>
DD's hair is really fine. I'm sure I am rinsing it all out too.<br><br>
I just learnied about the cancer causing chemical is baby washes and shampoos so I want to go the natural route too.<br><br>
Any mama's of kids with fine hair know a good shampoo?
 

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We've used the Earths Best/Jason lavender organic shampoo and body wash from the beginning and it never leaves her hair feeling greasy.
 

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I'm pretty sure that all of the products you listed have parabens and sulphates in them. Some folks are very sensitive to parabens, and can develope eczyma and other skin/hair issues after prolonged use. Look for products that don't contain parabens or sulphates... Burt's Bees has a great line of shampoos and conditioners, and they proudlu proclaim on each bottle NO parabens or sulphates. I use their stuff on myself and dd; we had the same problem with her hair, plus I couldn't figure out why my eczyma was so horrible... eliminated parabens and sulphates and my skin looks great and her hair is shiny and clean for <i>two</i> days! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've alternated between <b>L'Oreal for kids bounce shampoo</b>, <b>Suave for kids</b> and <b>California baby hair and bodywash.</b></div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm pretty sure that all of the products you listed have parabens and sulphates in them.</div>
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This is probably correct about the other two more commercial products, but California Baby does NOT have parabens and sulphates in them. I just had to note that because I love California Baby products. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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I recently discovered the joy of Burt's Bee's Shampoo Bar for my toddler.<br><br><a href="http://www.burtsbees.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10751&storeId=10101&productId=10200&langId=-1&categoryId=&showSubCategory=yes" target="_blank">See Here</a><br><br>
Its fantastic. It gets the sand and banana out, and then her fine little locks comb without a tangle.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This is probably correct about the other two more commercial products, but California Baby does NOT have parabens and sulphates in them. I just had to note that because I love California Baby products. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:</div>
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Sweet! You know, I didn't even fully see the last product. I'm glad to know about another paraben-sulphate-free product... Yay!
 

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i have no idea how chemical free this stuff is but we get Emma's baby shampoo at the dollar store....it's the only stuff that dosnt make her hair look greesy!<br><br>
we have actually never BOUGHT and baby shampoo, i got like 10 bottles at my babyshower and still have plenty to spare!<br><br>
you could aso try using a tearfree soap to wash her hair instead of shampoo, that may help with the greese buildup
 

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Since I've gone no-poo, I've been using just baking soda on DD's hair and body. Her hair is nice and fluffy, usually a little too fluffy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Shampoo increases oil production because it strips the scalp. The scalp ups production to try to compensate. I "wash" my daughter's hair in Neutrogena Clean Replenishing Conditioner and it is never greasy. My son's hair just gets water.
 

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Yes, with very fine hair, shampooing every day trains the oil glands to overproduce, so hair gets greasy right away. Try just rinsing with water every other day and soaping the other days. This works on MY very fine hair... well, I go longer then every other day, but if I could shower more often.... another post, yes? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Also - is her hair long enough to braid before bed? That could help with knotting int he AM.
 

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My hair was like this when I was little and it never changed. I even went through a period in junior high when it got greasy within about 4 hours (made for LOTS of fun at school.) Really, my hair got greasy quickly until...<br><br>
I stopped washing it altogether!<br><br>
Washing hair with any kind of soap strips the natural oils that both hair and scalp need. The body responds by overproducing oil. Depending on how "efficient" your system is, you get greasy sooner or later. If you stop washing, your body will acclimate after a brief adjustment period and stop overproducing. I scrub my roots with baking soda, rinse, and condition the ends with apple cider vinegar about every other day. For the first time in my life I have non-mousse-imposed body in my hair. People have actually stopped me on the street and ask me what I use.<br><br>
I never use soap or shampoo on ds (29 months) unless he has a sticky bit that needs extra help. He splashes around in the tub His hair and body look clean and smell clean. And if they look and smell clean just by being rinsed, why on earth would you use products that cost $$ AND have potentially harmful chemicals AND are not fun for the kid? ( AND imho, cause cradle cap?)
 

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Betty, we are along the same lines in my house. I use baking soda and apple cider vinegar for my "shampoo" and "conditioner" and when L needs his hair actually washed from somthing sticky or icky getting in to it he gets the same. Other wise just water with his bath and we have no problems...
 

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We use the Aveeno scent free/dye free body wash for DD's "all over" washing from hair to toes (or the Target version depending on the budget). The bottle lasts a long time since we don't use much (and we water it down to boot). My only complaint is that it doesn't "detangle" anything so in the morning's dd often looks a bit silly!
 

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My 23 month old dd has very straight fine hair. We've had good luck with Earth's Best lavender shampoo/body wash and Jason's extra mild shampoo for kids. We only wash her hair 1-2x a week though when we need to remove the food smears <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> .
 

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DD has fine hair, too. We use the Burt's Bees tear-free body wash and shampoo (it's new, I think. Got it from drugstore.com). I liked the BB shampoo bar, but it's REALLY sting-y if it gets in eyes. I onlly actually shampoo her hair once every 3 weeks or so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> or if she gets super dirty. Mostly I just rinse it with water and we don't have any issues with greasiness or tangles.
 

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I agree with PP's that cutting down on the number of times you shampoo will help slow down the oil production of your DC hair. It might take a little while, but you should start to see a difference in a couple of weeks.<br>
Also if you're using a condition, it could be too "heavy" for their hair...<br><br>
Good luck.
 

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My hair always tends to be very oily and like the pp said, I can't wash it very often or it's terrible. I'm a SAHM so I can get away with washing mine only once or twice a week. If I do that it will look really nice for 2-3 days, so I second maybe just rinse her hair and only use shampoo once in a while.
 

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i forgot to mention that a good way to get some of the excess greese out is to rub babypowder in her roots....sprinkle a bit on your hands, rub together, and then run your hands through her hair!<br><br>
also if your using a conditioner maybe switch to a leave in spray and only spray the ends that need it.....when DD's hair needs help i wet it down with a squirt bottle of water, give it a couple squirts of leave in conditioner and blow dry it
 

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Thanks, These are all really good ideas.<br><br>
I'm not sure the greasy-ness is really coming from her scalp over producing oil, but it looks more like whatever product I use is just weighing her hair down.<br><br>
We'll try to wash less but she gets so much food in her hair daily!<br><br>
Thanks again
 

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This is such an interesting thread - I wanted to ask when you use the baking soda do you make up a paste or just rub the powder into the hair - and is baking soda for us brits Bicarbonate of Soda? - I can source the apple cider vinegar fine enough - I just don't wanted to get the baking soda thing wrong!!<br>
We're going to switch - dh will be delighted!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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