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Old 10-14-2012, 12:16 AM   #1
 
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Default Please help a straight-haired mama help her curly/wavy-headed girls

I have straighter than straight hair so all of this curl talk is a bit foreign to me.

I have two daughters, aged 3 and 4, who get their curls/waves from their dad.

I'm pretty sure my youngest is a type 2a wavy. She has large waves and fine, shiny hair. Before her first haircut she had curlier hair that was starting to ringlet, but its gone now and doesn't look like it will be coming back.

My oldest is more of an enigma to me. Her hair was initially straight on the top with layers of curl/wave mixed in with more straight. Her hair is insanely fine (think spider web) and really dry. We cut her hair really short because she was having a lot of breakage from rubber bands. The stylist cut it wet and the back immediately curled right up. I've been using curl cream on it since and it looks really cute. The front curls up too with the cream, but the curls aren't as defined. The problem is, I'm not sure what curl type she is. I'm not sure if she's 3a, 3b, or even 2c. From the descriptions on the site I saw, he curl size ranges from sharpie to sidewalk chalk. The description of s-curl v. Any other curl confuses me to no end.

Any insight?

Also, currently I wash the girls hair with conditioner every other day and shampoo only once a week. Any suggestions to help with moisture?

And, my oldest curls end up falling out by the end of the day. What should I use to help hold the curl?

Thanks!!! I'm soooo clueless here!
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:59 AM   #2
 
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Maybe you should try to wash their hair less often. Try conditioning every 4-5 days. Are you using organic products that have natural ingredients in them, if not you should start getting that for them. Try to look for Shampoos thats Sulfate free. Also search Youtube for more help if you didnt already. Im sure there are plenty videos to solve this dilemma.

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Old 10-14-2012, 05:21 AM   #3
 
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You'll find lots of good information on nc.com. Another great website is Live Curly Live Free - Home The ebook that's available on that site would make a good investment. No information you couldn't find here. It's all in one place in the ebook.
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:29 AM   #4
 
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Another ebook you can check out is Curly Girl ebook on amazon for $12.60. There is info there specially for curly kids/Tweens/teens. How to care, wash ,moisturize, and keep the curls + more.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:16 AM   #5
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use a non-sulfate shampoo (low poo or a good baby shampoo like california baby that does not have sulfates) on their hair. and leave in some conditioner when you wash their hair. you can cowash with conditioner only, but then make sure you do have a little as leave in.
i agree with reading the curly girl book, 2009 edition, by lorraine massey. it's a good way to learn about curly hair. library, amazon, bookstores all carry the book. (make sure it is the newest edition, 2009, not 2001).
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:49 PM   #6
 
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Thanks for the suggestions! I will have to get that book. Trying to figure out what products to buy is a bit intimidating!! And I don't want to buy something that doesn't work for her hair.

We were using an organic product her hairdresser gave us (can't remember what its called unfortunately). It worked okay. She said it would help condition her hair better, but I think it remained the same. Right now we're using some sort of foxy curls product I got at target (no idea if its on a no-no list or anything). I think her curls up better with that and it seems better conditioned.

I used a leave-in conditioned on her last night (a garnier fructis one, again, no idea if thats on a no-no list). The hair was fairly curly this morning (her hair is typically a flat mess when she wakes up), but it had a dirty and dingy quality to it.

ETA: rbb, from you picture, your hair reminds me of my odd's.
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:28 AM   #7
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that would be about right. sounds like she does have 3a hair.

your daughters are lucky you are learning how to best care for their hair. it is your gift to them to help them love their hair and feel good about it.

it's trial and error for us, too.
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