DD's hair looks dingy - what to do differently

DD's hair is very fine. it has lovely waves and loose curls when she gets out of the bath

but with any amount of blow drying, it dries straight

about a month ago I transitioned her to a new shampoo that I had read was good for wavy hair - Briogeo.

anyway, i've been using this and then conditioner.

if/when I don't dry it, it has some curl and wave, but those disappear once she sleeps on it

and the next day it's straight

but more importantly it's kind of yucky looking - not as shiny as it used to be, or smooth/sleek looking.

any ideas. i'd love her to have the waves, but not at the price of dingy hair

i can't not wash her hair - she paints food into it each day, so she needs to be washed out each night

thanks
If her hair is fine and looks gunky, then the products you're using are probably too heavy or you're using too much product. You can also see if using a light conditioner like Suave Naturals as a shampoo or a nonsulfate shampoo cleanses her hair without making it gunky.

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3b/c, medium-coarse, low porosity, high density
HG: Jessicurl Too Shea and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
Shampoo: nonsulfate shampoo and Suave Naturals sulfate shampoo when needed
Many food items will shift without shampoo, you might water only wash or conditioner only wash some nights.

Does sound like your conditioner may be building up: avoid or limit many silicones, some polyquats, butters, petrolatum/ mineral oil. Fine hair tends to do well with hydrolysed protein which is also a wave enhancer.

Overnight do a pineapple or braid, use a silk/ satin pillowcase or sleep cap.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
thanks, guy.

so here's the frustrating things:

1. I had been washing her hair with 2-in-1 body wash/shampoo from aquaphor baby

and then using some EO leave in conditioner

her hair was always super shiny and lovely looking, except that it never held a bit of it's curl and was super light/fly-away

2. i decided that i was going to see if i could keep a bit of her curl b/c she has so much when it's wet / right out of the bath. so i started reading about wavy hair and bought this briogeo shampoo (be gentle be kind)

and i bought the suave cocount conditioner. i've gone back and forth between using this shampoo and some days using only the coconut conditioner. i've been doing this for awhile now, but honestly not sure how long.

her hair has lost it's shine. it just looks flat. it doesn't necessarily look or feel oily. just...flat. and kind of dingy. and it still doesn't hold it's curl. in fact, now it holds weird curls and waves in some places - often at the ends - but then other sections of her head totally hang flat.

i'm frustrated b/c her hair was actually so lovely and soft and shiny. and now...yuck.

try different products? suggestions? what to do. also, she bathes at night and then even if it dries with a bit of wave, once she sleeps on it, it's flat and...yuck.

firefox, i'll look into a pineapple - no idea what that is. but she's only 1.5 yrs old. i keep her hair cut to her shoulders, so not enough to braid. and she doesn't sleep on a pillow, so no luck with a satin case. and there's NO WAY she'll leave a sleep cap on.
Silk/ satin bottom sheet? I had a 50% silk made for my king size bed by a Chinese seller on eBay, since I often do away with my pillow in the middle if the night.

Otherwise 'refreshing' her waves in the morning with a water spray might work.

To get rid of the build up shampoo with a product rich in sulphate surfactants, olefin sulfonates or cocoamidopropyl betaine. To reduce occurrence thoroughly rinse all the leave in conditioner out if the hair before applying shampoo. This may well dislodge food residues (and aid detangling) negating the need to shampoo often.

Be aware that certain ingredients in shampoo can combine with certain ingredients in conditioner to form a compound that builds up, hence the recommendation for rinsing not just wetting.

HTH!
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Thank you so much, Firefox.

Any suggestions for such a shampoo - I'm truly pretty new to this and am very, very unfamiliar with products.

Also, you had mentioned hydrolysed protein - would this be in shampoo, conditioner, both?

many thanks

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