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.
RIP Natasha Richardson
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 07:33 AM.