2yo w/ fine curly hair & cradle cap

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My 2yo is a curly. Prob. around...2c/3a, I would guess. Her hair is very fine, and to my knowledge it isn't especially porous. Thus far we've just used gentle, natural baby shampoos on it (like Burt's Bees) once a week. I'm wondering, though...

a) is she too little to put gel on it to try to give her better curl definition? (And if she is, is my 5yo?)

(Most of her hair is in a ponytail here. This is what the sides look like after the humidity has "loosened" it at the end of the day.)

b) what can I do about her terrible cradle cap? She's had bad cradle cap from the beginning, because it's so hard to scrub it all off the scalp under all the hair she's had. And I'm afraid to put oil on it to soften it up, because I don't want her hair to end up a grease pit. I'm thinking about using an oil with a viscosity similar to natural hair/body oils - like jojoba or coconut - maybe with sugar or coarse salt to give it some scrubbing power, and scrub that into her scalp before shampooing it off. Is that crazy? Is there a better option?




(Sorry the pictures are huge. I was expecting thumbnails. Guess I did that wrong.)
I have had cradle cap since I was a baby and my mom said she used to massage coconut oil onto my scalp and then use on of those sponges with the bristles on the other side that you get at the doctors to lightly scrub my scalp. You might not be able to get around using oil because its hard to lift the scabs without breaking the skin to bleeding without it. My moms solution to fight oily strands was to do it before a shampoo.
Also its good to watch patterns of flare ups cus it could be something agitating her scalp.
I have one at home, too. She's 11 now, but we still struggle with the cradle cap....I used to soak her scalp with conditioner or lightly rub in some baby oil and then I would scrape the cradle cap off gently with a fine tooth comb. Sometimes, I would just let her soak in the tub for awhile and then use the comb on her scalp at that time. The soaking helped soften her cradle cap so it was easier to scrape off. Now that I've joined Naturally Curly I've been thinking of trying a brown sugar scrub. I've read that some people mix brown sugar with conditioner and use it to scrub the scalp when they have build up, etc. For my daughter, I really haven't had much luck with styling products on her hair. She's not as curly as your daughter, though. She's always been barely wavy, but the closer she gets to puberty, the curlier she gets. She's about a 2b right now, with 3a ringlets on the ends, and her hair is baby fine. A few of the curly lines have children's haircare as well. I've tried Kinky Curly's Tiny Twirls styler and it was pretty good. It works better on my 6 yo son, his hair properties are more on the 3a side. My daughter's hair didn't like it, but maybe yours will? Good luck!
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Last edited by ltdeforrest; 04-12-2013 at 10:38 PM.
Thanks! We've tried the fine-tooth comb, and it works okay, but she hates it. (It also has a tendency to tangle her hair.)

We'll give the coconut oil a try, though, and see if that helps.

As best I can tell, the scalp isn't irritated or anything; we're just not getting it scrubbed sufficiently underneath the hair. It's not really scabs - just really thick oil deposits. I can scrape them off gently with my fingernails, and it doesn't seem to cause any damage. Just takes too long for a 2yo to hold still!
I wouldn't necessarily use gel on a 2 year old. At least, you should try using a leave in conditioner first to see if you can get enough curl definition from that before moving on to styling products. You can try it on the 5 year old, though.
Fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity. Dyed to brown a few months ago.
Lowpoo:
Trader Joe's TTT Shampoo
Rinse Out:
Yes to Carrots, AOHR, Aubrey Organics Rosemary Peppermint
LI: Yes to Carrots
Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, LA Looks Sports, Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Mousse
We tried aloe gel last night, and it seems to have worked great on the 2yo. (The leave-in conditioner seems to be too heavy for her fine hair. I'm okay with the aloe gel, though, because it's natural.) She wondered what the heck I was doing to her, though, when I scrunched it in! lol

It doesn't have enough hold for the 5yo, so I guess if/when I find something that works for me, I'll try it for her.

Coconut oil seems to have helped considerably with the cradle cap, too. It's not completely gone (yet?), but better!
We tried aloe gel last night, and it seems to have worked great on the 2yo. (The leave-in conditioner seems to be too heavy for her fine hair. I'm okay with the aloe gel, though, because it's natural.) She wondered what the heck I was doing to her, though, when I scrunched it in! lol

It doesn't have enough hold for the 5yo, so I guess if/when I find something that works for me, I'll try it for her.

Coconut oil seems to have helped considerably with the cradle cap, too. It's not completely gone (yet?), but better!
Originally Posted by a2jc4life
Oh, I was thinking like chemical-laden, hard gels. Aloe's probably fine to use on children's hair.
Fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity. Dyed to brown a few months ago.
Lowpoo:
Trader Joe's TTT Shampoo
Rinse Out:
Yes to Carrots, AOHR, Aubrey Organics Rosemary Peppermint
LI: Yes to Carrots
Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, LA Looks Sports, Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Mousse
Here's what we get with the aloe gel!
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