I know her hair type. Now what do I USE?

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  • 1 Post By wavynwild16

I've done a lot of reading in the past several days and I have absorbed a lot of information here! So thank you for that. I have a 4-year-old who has (from what I can tell) 3c, low porosity, fine, dense hair.

So what can I do with this information now? I didn't notice a comprehensive post that shows which products are best for her hair and there are so many differing opinions! Can anyone point me in the right direction?

My main problem with her hair is the matting and tangles. I haven't tried the satin pillowcase yet, which seems like it will help a lot. I have been doing the pineapple on her hair at night. I have mostly been using Garnier Fructis conditioner on her hair (cowash only) and using that to detangle. Someone recommend Design Essentials to me, which I do have the Stimulations Cond and the Oil Sheen I use sometimes. But it's $$ and I would prefer something for a smaller budget.
Well Im 17, and for my hair I use Kid Organics shea butter, Its a lotion as well as a detangler . It smells really good & it works for my hair. And I also use Cantu Shea Butter, Its a leave in Conditioner and it allows you to comb thru hair without pulling it like you'd do if you combed your hair dry. I go thru alot of conditioner, which makes my hair soft and manageable. At least 3 times a week I conditioner my hair and let it sit in my hair for a few hours and then i rinse it out . You could get both these products at Family Dollar. Its cheap and works wonders (:
Anymore questions, I'll be happy to answer
Thank you Jaybabee - that's a great start for me, so I'll give those a try. I think my biggest point of confusion is since apparently porosity and texture matter most when choosing hair care for her, I don't even know when to start. I know to avoid sulfates and silicones (right?) but past that, what to do? I started reading some of the product reviews, but there are so many.

Secondly, since she's so young should I be using something to finish her look, like curl cream? Her hair seems to be pretty frizzy right now too. My hair is wavy/curly but very manageable and I don't seem to need anything special, so this is new stuff for me.
I'm trying not to ask something that's been discussed at length, so if there really is a place I've missed with specific products for certain hair types, someone please direct me.

Most people have hair types and products in their signature line. Is that the best way to figure it out?
Reading signatures is a GREAT place to start! If you find someone with the same hair, you can "steal" product ideas that will most likely work well for your hair.

Okay, the very basic product breakdown according to hair type: Basically, hair type is just for fun. All you know with hair type is how curly someone's hair is. The things that really matter are texture (fine, medium, or coarse), porosity (low, normal, or high), and elasticity (again, low medium or high). Generally, fine hair loves proteins because it needs more protein to support itself. It doesn't like really heavy moisture, either. Coarse hair has a lot of protein already, so it normally doesn't like much extra protein. It likes lots of moisture and oils and butters. This is the general direction you should go in. Avoiding harsh sulfates and silicones is probably best, which is what you're already doing. Instead of using a curl cream, you might just want to use a leave in conditioner (just a little bit of your regular rinse out conditioner) to see if that helps. There's also FSG, which is a totally natural hair gel you can make at home by boiling flax seeds in water. It might be a good option for you.

HTH! You're on the right track with caring for your little cutie's hair.
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Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

Favorite...
Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
Mod-CG since 12/1/10!

Last edited by wavynwild16; 08-31-2011 at 07:46 PM.
Thank you Jaybabee - that's a great start for me, so I'll give those a try. I think my biggest point of confusion is since apparently porosity and texture matter most when choosing hair care for her, I don't even know when to start. I know to avoid sulfates and silicones (right?) but past that, what to do? I started reading some of the product reviews, but there are so many.

Secondly, since she's so young should I be using something to finish her look, like curl cream? Her hair seems to be pretty frizzy right now too. My hair is wavy/curly but very manageable and I don't seem to need anything special, so this is new stuff for me.
Originally Posted by Jadeviolet


You can use frizz control if you'd you their is just for me hair milk that helps with the frizziness and the cant shea butter helps to its a leave in conditioner. I would get both because I got tired of putting conditioner in my hair everyday. I have a few more products for yu if interested
Sincerly yours,

Jalissa <3
My main problem with her hair is the matting and tangles. I haven't tried the satin pillowcase yet, which seems like it will help a lot. I have been doing the pineapple on her hair at night. I have mostly been using Garnier Fructis conditioner on her hair (cowash only) and using that to detangle. Someone recommend Design Essentials to me, which I do have the Stimulations Cond and the Oil Sheen I use sometimes. But it's $$ and I would prefer something for a smaller budget.
Originally Posted by Jadeviolet
I also use GF Triple Nutrition condish as a co-wash on my fine textured hair, but to be honest, it was when I started using coconut oil on my hair that I saw the single biggest difference in detangling. I now use coconut oil regularly, and my hair is really soft, and the comb glides through it. I can get a jar of refined, organic coconut oil from Sprouts for pretty cheap (Under $6), and it's lasting a long time.

You're right; there are lots of product options out there, so it can feel really overwhelming. Perhaps investigating the natural, homemade options will give you the most control over what works best for your little girl's hair while keeping it within your budget. (For example, I just bought flax seed to make FSG for styling gel for $1.49 a pound at Sprouts. I also make my own protein treatments which work really well but don't cost a lot.)
3b / Fine / Low (to Med) Density / Normal Porosity & Elasticity

Currently Using [*Holy Grails*]
Cleansers: DC No-Poo / DC Low-Poo / *BaSo & ACV*
Co-Washes/ROs: CJ Beauticurls Argan & OO / DC OneC / Organicals DC Creme
Additives: *Silk Amino Acids* / Honeyquat / Fragrance Oils
LIs (found some!): KCKT / CJ Beauticurls LI / CJ Curl Assurance Smoothing Daily Condish
DTs: *Coconut Oil* rinses / *Honey*, EVOO, & DC OneC / CJ Curl Rehab
Sealer: *DM Super Buttercreme*

Goal: APL Hair
You might want to check out the Fuzzy Duck products from Mop Top.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
Thanks everyone! These suggestions are helpful. I'm going to get a few things and start the trial and error process.
Mommy of a curly 3c/fine/low-porosity/super-thick 4-year-old

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