current routines and products using

If anyone would like to share their current routines with their kids (or your own hair) and what products your currently using, and your all time favorite products I would love to hear them. I'm still working on my two girls routines. so ideas would be great!
This might sound odd, but I use the remaining natural kid's sunscreen that's left on my hands after applying it to my son's face (we live in a sunny part of the country). I run my hands under water for a second and then emulsify the sunscreen that's remaining on my hands and scrunch that into my son's hair (he's a toddler and I cut it so it's about an 1 1/2 inches all around). But my son has very fine and thin wavy/curly hair- 2a/b on top in the front and then a little thicker 3a in the lower back near the nape of his neck. This dab of sunscreen adds some texture and a touch of hold to his hair. It looks great all day and he is very proud of his curls.

My friends with kids who have 3c/4a/b texture love the paul mitchell baby don't cry line and the leave in. They dampen hair in the morning (or at night in the bath) and comb through that PM leave in and let it air dry or pull it back into braids.

3a (
with 3b)
Fine texture/
Normal porosity/Medium density
Low Poo
(Aveda's damage remedy); Styling: Aveda's: Color Conserve Daily leave in+ Be Curly Style Prep+ Phomollient (mixed w/ Defining Whip)
Finishing: Aveda's Texturizing Creme or Defining Whip; Eufora Pure Polish Drops
Color
Maintenance:
Aveda's Madder Root condish+Clove condish

Last edited by slivola; 03-04-2011 at 12:21 PM. Reason: typo
thanks slivola, i will have to look at that paul mitchell line, i haven't seen that one in the store, or maybe i just wasn't looking for it!!
My two fav lines are www.mycarab.com and www.originalsprout.com (not the dep condish tho, that has dimethicone - but the leave in and shampoo is great)

Original sprout's shampoo is nice for a combo with a pre-poo coconut oil "treatment" and I love Cara B Naturals for when I don't want all the oils stripped out. It's nice and gentle.

Both leave ins are AWESOME.

Oh,and a new line that hasn't released the condish yet, but I like their shampoo (and it's gentle, not stripping) is www.mytruenature.net - use code FRIENDS for 20% off thru march! (and let them know I sent you, if you would )

other than that, I like coconut oil, shea butter and aloe vera juice!

... I really need to restock....
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My two fav lines are www.mycarab.com and www.originalsprout.com (not the dep condish tho, that has dimethicone - but the leave in and shampoo is great)

Original sprout's shampoo is nice for a combo with a pre-poo coconut oil "treatment" and I love Cara B Naturals for when I don't want all the oils stripped out. It's nice and gentle.

Both leave ins are AWESOME.

Oh,and a new line that hasn't released the condish yet, but I like their shampoo (and it's gentle, not stripping) is www.mytruenature.net - use code FRIENDS for 20% off thru march! (and let them know I sent you, if you would )

other than that, I like coconut oil, shea butter and aloe vera juice!

... I really need to restock....
Originally Posted by CurlyQ'sHairDo's

thank you for the links!!
You're welcome!
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I have 3 girls with WL wavy (type 2) to curly hair (type 3). The products we love are:

[]Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner: our favorite for several years, great detangler, great leave in, get awesome curl definition and moisture retention (when seal it with a light oil).

[]Coconut Oil: we vary between extra virgin organic coconut oil and an oil from our local Indo-Pak grocery store called Vatika Oil. Coconut Oil is used to seal in moisture and as a pre-shampoo. It absorbs into the hair and helps strenghten it. My girls are super active with sports, dancing and swimming, so we use coconut oil a lot, especially on the ends of their hair after conditioning. We don't use too much, especially in winter or colder climates as it can literally make the hair stiff or greasy if too much is used. The Vatika Oil has a distinct smell, not bad but not grand either, so it's used overnight as a pre-shampoo and washed out the next morning.

[]VO5 Conditioners/Trader Joe's Tea Tree Conditioner: Use to finger detangle when their hair is wet, which we don't do often because I prefer detangling with my fingers on dry hair that has a little bit of coconut oil. They are super cheap (VO5 is $1, Trader Joe's around $3) conditioners and get the job done. Used to be our leave-ins (when mixed with water) before I found Alba Botanica. They both double as co-washing conditioners.

[]Kinky Curly Curling Custard/Kiss My Face Upper Management Gel/Kinky Curly Spiral Spritz- all the gels work great in their hair, but one is $30 (KCCC), another $13 (KC Spiral) and the other $7 (Kiss My Face), so the cheaper one gets used most often. We use the KCCC gel for loose ponytail and down hairstyles, but the Kiss My Face and Spiral Spritz have the added bonus of being great for box braiding, braid outs, twists and loose styles, ect whereas I have only liked the KCCC for loose hairstyles and loose ponytails.

[]Jane Carter Twist & Loc/HPO Twisty Locs: I use either one on the ends of their hair to soften them, keep them from developing knots and tangles, and also to add more shine to the hair and reduce the crunch of how gels dry in their hair. Also use it as part of box braiding mix that includes gel and leave-in conditioner.

[]Dr. Bonner's Shikakai Liquid Soap/Desert Essence Lemon Tea Tree Shampoo/Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo: Dr. Bonners gets used most often, and I use it diluted with water. The other two we use as clarifiers: the Lemon Tree one if we need heavy-duty cleansing, the Trader Joe's in other cases when feel the Dr. Bonner's isn't washing out all the styling products.


As for their routine: We co-wash + condition once a week (Winter) to twice a week (Summer), shampoo + condition once a week, deep condition for 8-10 minutes in shower as needed (about once a month), use leave-in conditioner whenever we wash (co-wash or regular shampoo wash), and spray the hair with water + aloe vera juice or some type of leave-in conditioner spray daily (Summer/Fall) to every other day (Spring/Winter).

I normally style their hair in various types of buns, box braids, braided ponytails, and banded ponytails. Less often they wear loose ponytails, and very rarely they wear all their out down with headbands. To keep simple styles like buns and box braids looking diverse, we have tons of hair acessories from headbands to gemmed bobby pins.
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Holy Grails: Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner, AVG, EVO Coconut Oil, Amla Oil, KC Spiral Spritz, Brahmi Oil, Tea Tree eo, Rosemary eo, Distilled H2O, Aloe Vera Juice, Neem Oil, ACV, Dr. Bonner's Skikakai Castile Soap, Avocado Oil

Sometimes: AOMM Jelly, KCNT, KCCC

Last edited by madhuri_dixit_fan; 03-13-2011 at 06:33 AM.
I have 3 girls with WL wavy (type 2) to curly hair (type 3). The products we love are:

[]Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner: our favorite for several years, great detangler, great leave in, get awesome curl definition and moisture retention (when seal it with a light oil).

[]Coconut Oil: we vary between extra virgin organic coconut oil and an oil from our local Indo-Pak grocery store called Vatika Oil. Coconut Oil is used to seal in moisture and as a pre-shampoo. It absorbs into the hair and helps strenghten it. My girls are super active with sports, dancing and swimming, so we use coconut oil a lot, especially on the ends of their hair after conditioning. We don't use too much, especially in winter or colder climates as it can literally make the hair stiff or greasy if too much is used. The Vatika Oil has a distinct smell, not bad but not grand either, so it's used overnight as a pre-shampoo and washed out the next morning.

[]VO5 Conditioners/Trader Joe's Tea Tree Conditioner: Use to finger detangle when their hair is wet, which we don't do often because I prefer detangling with my fingers on dry hair that has a little bit of coconut oil. They are super cheap (VO5 is $1, Trader Joe's around $3) conditioners and get the job done. Used to be our leave-ins (when mixed with water) before I found Alba Botanica. They both double as co-washing conditioners.

[]Kinky Curly Curling Custard/Kiss My Face Upper Management Gel/Kinky Curly Spiral Spritz- all the gels work great in their hair, but one is $30 (KCCC), another $13 (KC Spiral) and the other $7 (Kiss My Face), so the cheaper one gets used most often. We use the KCCC gel for loose ponytail and down hairstyles, but the Kiss My Face and Spiral Spritz have the added bonus of being great for box braiding, braid outs, twists and loose styles, ect whereas I have only liked the KCCC for loose hairstyles and loose ponytails.

[]Jane Carter Twist & Loc/HPO Twisty Locs: I use either one on the ends of their hair to soften them, keep them from developing knots and tangles, and also to add more shine to the hair and reduce the crunch of how gels dry in their hair. Also use it as part of box braiding mix that includes gel and leave-in conditioner.

[]Dr. Bonner's Shikakai Liquid Soap/Desert Essence Lemon Tea Tree Shampoo/Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo: Dr. Bonners gets used most often, and I use it diluted with water. The other two we use as clarifiers: the Lemon Tree one if we need heavy-duty cleansing, the Trader Joe's in other cases when feel the Dr. Bonner's isn't washing out all the styling products.


As for their routine: We co-wash + condition once a week (Winter) to twice a week (Summer), shampoo + condition once a week, deep condition for 8-10 minutes in shower as needed (about once a month), use leave-in conditioner whenever we wash (co-wash or regular shampoo wash), and spray the hair with water + aloe vera juice or some type of leave-in conditioner spray daily (Summer/Fall) to every other day (Spring/Winter).

I normally style their hair in various types of buns, box braids, braided ponytails, and banded ponytails. Less often they wear loose ponytails, and very rarely they wear all their out down with headbands. To keep simple styles like buns and box braids looking diverse, we have tons of hair acessories from headbands to gemmed bobby pins.
Originally Posted by madhuri_dixit_fan

Thanks for all the great info. I'm just now seeing this! Guess my instant email notification didn't work or I missed it.
Im still working on solid regimen but I second the vote for coconut oil!!! I use this 3-4x per week with all my girls. How I use:
1. As a prepoo: put some on before shampooing to protect hair
2. After conditioner or leave in conditioner as a sealant.
3. As a refresher on braids and twists about every other day.
4. As a lotion.
5. Mix it with gel before applying to hair to soften gel up a bit. (with my costlier gel)
6. Mix with conditioner for a deep conditioner.

My eldest has really thick 4a hair and prone to dryness and castor oil (I use jamaican black castor oil) works wonders for her hair!!! That is very thick though so a little goes a long way!

The other line I absolutely love is Darcy's Botanicals! All of her products I have tried, I have loved! Plus she has wonderful costumer service- always responds to emails, has given suggestions on products for hair types, sends samples with order, etc. Most of her products run 12.00 for 4-8 oz. I totally think they are worth it!
Im still working on solid regimen but I second the vote for coconut oil!!! I use this 3-4x per week with all my girls. How I use:
1. As a prepoo: put some on before shampooing to protect hair
2. After conditioner or leave in conditioner as a sealant.
3. As a refresher on braids and twists about every other day.
4. As a lotion.
5. Mix it with gel before applying to hair to soften gel up a bit. (with my costlier gel)
6. Mix with conditioner for a deep conditioner.

My eldest has really thick 4a hair and prone to dryness and castor oil (I use jamaican black castor oil) works wonders for her hair!!! That is very thick though so a little goes a long way!

The other line I absolutely love is Darcy's Botanicals! All of her products I have tried, I have loved! Plus she has wonderful costumer service- always responds to emails, has given suggestions on products for hair types, sends samples with order, etc. Most of her products run 12.00 for 4-8 oz. I totally think they are worth it!
Originally Posted by bandsbaby6
Thanks!!
Im a 13 year-old 3b thick curly head !!.When I finish washing my hair I put in some leave in conditioner and gel which I scrunch in.I put in some clips at the roots to add volume and let it air dry and----vualla!! curly hair that can last for about a week
I have an almost 4-year old with fine, 3a hair (I think). She's never had it cut yet! Right now we're keeping it simple. I co-wash her hair/scalp a couple times a week with KCKT and otherwise she gets a water wash (she gets lots of sand and dirt in her hair from preschool). Then I use KCKT as a leave-in. No combs or regular towels. Since she gets her bath at night, it tends to get a bit frizzy by morning so I think I'm going to try a refresher spray with the KCKT & water. Next step might be a deeper conditioning treatment? Any suggestions for fine-haired curlies?

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