Hi! I have 3b hair, like your daughter's, and it does have a tendency to grow bigger before it grows longer.
How long is your daughter's hair now?
Do you use leave-in conditioner and/or gel in her hair?
Have you considered the "curly girl method"? Many curlies find this sulfate-free and silicone-free method helpful to keep their curls moisturized and frizz free. Less frizz means less volume.
Also, a good haircut does wonders!
You're an awesome mom for coming on here looking for info! I know my mom struggled to understand my hair growing up. Just remember to be nice to her as to not hurt her self-esteem as you figure things out together. Curly hair is an adventure!
|| 3b; normal porosity; fine/normal texture || CG since Feb 2010 || SD/dandruff prone
Current Routine BAQ henna 1/month Leave-in OH Hair Dew Cheapie Conditioner Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing Old Stand-bys extra-virgin coconut oil Protein AO GPB; Moisture AO HR Style AOMMJ – Kept for troubleshooting. Waiting to try extra-wide curlformers SD treatment H&S Clinical Strength
Hair growth and length with curly hair can be deceiving because of shrinkage. People think my hair is shoulder when it's actually BSL. Also usually unless there is a medical condition like alopecia areata which I have, the hair is growing. What it may be is that the you're not retaining growth bc either the ends break or become split and raggedy and have to be cut off. That is why you have to baby your ends. A little oil or butter on the ends helps. A lot of people do protective styles like buns or braids to "protect" their ends. Satin pillowcases or bonnets reduce friction while sleeping. Hair friction againt clothing can also be damaging.