Product and care advice for 3c?

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My 4 year old daughter is a 3b (maybe even 3c) everywhere except the very back of her head - that's more like 2c from the crown until about 3/4 of the way down where it turns back into 3b (and it is related to care, I think). She's scared of the dryer, so I can't diffuse to give the back some "spring." We use a kids 2 in 1 shampoo conditioner, and then I use a suave conditioner on her hair on top of that to comb through before getting out of the tub. I don't typically use product in her hair, because I don't know WHAT to use. I'm a curly, too, but I'm more 3A with a little 3B thrown in. I basically just spritz her hair with water and comb through with a wide-toothed comb in the mornings before preschool to get the tangles out, but she's getting piecey curls that aren't clumping nicely, and lots of frizz recently. Any suggestions on what to do for her? We both love her curls, and I know that much of the change is her age, but think a lot of it has to do with care and lack of products.
Have you considered the CG method for her hair? You could try eliminating sulfates and silicones to see of that helps with the dryness and frizz. You could just co-wash, or use a gentle sulfate-free shampoo or cleansing conditioner to wash her hair without stripping moisture. Do you use a leave in? This will help with detangling and keeping moisture in her hair.

You mentioned that you spray her hair with water and then detangle - I would suggest only detangling when you wash her hair, and only while there is conditioner in it. This will help the detangling go easier (for you and her!) and reduce any breakage. If you just want to refresh her curls on other days, try a light weight leave in or diluting some regular condish with water. KCKT is a very popular leave in/detangler.

As far as styling recommendations, it depends on the look you want. If you want something more natural looking that just helps reduce frizz, you might try a curl cream or a serum type product. Just watch out for silicones (anything that ends in -cone or -xane).

HTH!
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2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate

My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!

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This was my OP - I logged in through facebook initially. Anyway, I haven't tried CG on her - she is not that great at letting me wash/rinse her hair, and so I'm scared to use anything that isn't tears-free on her, towards her scalp. I feel stuck - her hair is pretty fine and prone to tangling, so I'll try mixing some conditioner in with some water to detangle. It might help with her frizz, too.
3A/3B, m/ciii, (3B corkscrews around my face and hairline, 3A botticelli curls around the rest of my head)
Low Porosity
High Density

Mama to:
3B 4 year old girl - medium density, porosity not yet determined,
(and 3 year old boy - slightly curly, maybe 2A/2B)
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3A/3B, m/ciii, (3B corkscrews around my face and hairline, 3A botticelli curls around the rest of my head)
Low Porosity
High Density

Mama to:
3B 4 year old girl - medium density, porosity not yet determined,
(and 3 year old boy - slightly curly, maybe 2A/2B)
I mixed some Aloe and Waterlily Suave into some water in her spray bottle to try on her throughout the weekend. She needs a bath before preschool, so I'm going to try to get her up early, since she's scared of the dryer. She also has a "thing" about towels or shirts on her head, neck, or shoulders, so it's really miserable to get her hair dry. It pretty much airdries, and it doesn't take as long as mine (don't think it's as porous, but it's also not as thick, she seems to have pretty fine hair), but still makes her clothing pretty damp, because it is so long.
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3A/3B, m/ciii, (3B corkscrews around my face and hairline, 3A botticelli curls around the rest of my head)
Low Porosity
High Density

Mama to:
3B 4 year old girl - medium density, porosity not yet determined,
(and 3 year old boy - slightly curly, maybe 2A/2B)
Aren't Shea Moisture products for kids, tear free? And, CG? Just a thought. I think there may be other CG friendly kids products...ie. tear free and CG.

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