Products For Kids

Hello, my 5 year old daughter has very thick 3c/4a hair. It is a hassel detangling her hair. What product/products is a good detangler. Here is her normal regimen. 1.Shampoo with kinky curly come clean, 2.cond/detangle with kinky curly knot today (but it seems to just dry her hair out making it look dull), then 3.I keep it braided up in ponytails for a protective styles which lasts about 2-3 weeks. Should I even be using products on her hair, since she is just 5? All suggestions and recommendations are welcomed. Thanks in advance.
I think it's fine to use adult products, especially if you already have them in the house, meaning you use them yourself. That's what I do.

I think all of the products geared toward children are a rip-off. If you think the adult products are too strong or too expensive, there are lots of other options listed on this board that you can buy at local stores. Giovanni is the first that comes to mind. HTH.
I use the CurlyQ products from www.curls.biz
They also have a good spray moisturizer/detangler
Also, I would suggest only shampooing once a week at the most, and doing a co-wash with conditioner only.

You can usually find codes for their stuff here:
http://www.retailmenot.com/view/curls.biz
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ds1(-3a
dd(7)-3a/3b
ds2(3)-3c
ds3(1)-3c
What part of detangling is a hassle? Is it that the product doesn't work for you? Or maybe the tools? What is your technique?

It sounds like you are unhappy with the product you are using. Not everything works for everyone. You may just have to experiment with a few product lines until you find something that you are both happy with. Some brands to try include Blended Beauty, Curls (Curly Q as mentioned in another post), Qhemet Biologics, Oyin Handmade, Darcy's Botanicals, and Carol's Daughter. A few of these offer sample sizes. As Honeysmoke said, you can also find perfectly good products in local stores. Besides Giovanni, you can try Aubrey Organics, Jason or Desert Essence products.

Do you have a dentagling comb? They look like a normal wide-toothed rake, but the teeth are curved on both sides. I find that much easier to use than a standard wide-toothed comb. They are available for couple of dollars at most drug and beauty supply stores. A detangling brush like the Goody Ouchless, the Denman D41, or the Kakakiki Komb might help.

I recently detailed our detangling process on my blog Happy Girl Hair One of my daughters has 3b hair, the other has 4b. That post may be helpful to you.
Here...I don't have kids considering I'm a teen, but I thought this would help...

http://www.curls.biz/curly-hair-prod...-for-kids.html

They're supposedly formulated with gentle ingredients that are safe for curly kids

Good luck with your curly cutie!
Curl Type: 2c-3a, Medium thickness, Normal Porosity
Weekly Low-poo: TJ Pure Castile Soap
Co-wash: V05 Strawberries and Cream
Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm (Possibly HG!), GF Triple Nutrition
Styling Products: CK, Re:coil, JCRR, JCCC, LALMHG, EcoStyler, SMU Spray Gel, Boots

Life has many choices. Eternity has two. What's yours?
Here is how to detangle:

1. When she is in the bath, and her hair is soaking wet, liberally apply handfuls of thick conditioner to her hair. I like aubrey organics honeysuckle rose, it is very very thick.

2. Then gently work a wide-toothed comb or denman brush (or something similar to this) through her hair. You may wish to hold the strands of hair away from her head with your other hand, to avoid tugging. The only way that you should attempt to detangle hair is when it is soaking wet and slathered with conditioner! My hair is not even that curly, mostly 2c with a little 3a on the ends, and I can't even begin to describe the pain of dry combing.

3. Leave the conditioner in. Don't rinse it out. The next day, if it is fuzzy, wet your hands with water and smooth them through her hair. Then smooth on a little bit more conditioner. Don't brush.

There are all kinds of styling products for kids (and adults) designed to bring out the curl, and you may put them on top of the conditioner if you wish, but this is just a basic detangling explanation. Detangling in this manner prevents fine, thin hairs from snapping and breaking (and destroying combs too!). When I detangle my hair this way, it doesn't hurt at all.

I attempted to post a link to a good website with pictures on this method of detangling, but the website was down... I will come back later and try again!
My daughter is 5 and has 3B-4A hair. She is Mostly 3C though. Her hair is extremely dry and frizzy. I ordered the sample of the Blended Beauty (blended cutie - for kids) and Curls (Curly Q). I found Blended Cutie to be way better. Curly Q completely dried out my daughter's hair and left it feeling like brillo.

But the first time I used BB I saw a complete change in her texture. I use the jelly cream and Curly Cake shake on her hair daily. Mostly the curly cake shake. I wash it about once a week and use their shampoo and conditioner. I detangle with a very wide toothed comb in small sections starting at the ends. But i find if I work the conditioner and use my hands as a comb. It helps a lot. Try the BB's Blended Cutie line.

I have found a lot of the products in the store take away the sheen. But maybe I am just not using the right thing.

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