need advice on keeping curls -- my 3-year-old 3a/b daughter has some droopy ringlets

Hello! This is my first post here -- hope I can find some helpful advice to follow-up on suggestions Suzy gave me about a year ago for my daughter's very fine baby curls.

We've been using CurlJunkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner & Curl Assurance Smoothing Conditioner + Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Curl Perfecting Shampoo in various combinations to wash and condition (depending on how much moisture I think she needs -- typically use the Hair Milk once a month as a sort of clarifying shampoo). We always use Kinky Curly Knot Today as a leave-in. Then we squeeze out excess water with Curls Like Us Cloths and allow to air dry. We wash her hair twice a week before she goes to bed. I also use diluted Knot Today in a spray bottle every day to dampen her hair enough to gently de-tangle. Her hair is starting to grow in more thickly, but it's still definitely very fine and sort of baby-ish (we haven't cut her bangs yet).

I've attached a photo that was taken of her a month ago -- doesn't her hair looks amazing?!

But, for a couple of weeks now, it has seemed like her curls aren't bouncy up as much as they normally do. A few of the ringlets look like they might even need to be trimmed, because they are dropping so much lower than the rest of the curls (almost 2"!). It is very dry where we live (we haven't had rain for over 30 days), but there is still a fair amount of humidity. We've tried to experiment with "clarifying" (even though the products we have shouldn't create that much build-up) and then trying to up the moisture.

When my husband was a baby/toddler, he had the exact same ringlets my daughter has. But, he lost them as a child -- had very straight hair for a long time, until the curls gradually came back as he hit puberty. Is it possible that this is what is happening to my daughter's hair? And, if so, is there anything that I can do to keep it curly? I'm hoping to maintain super-soft curls/ringlets. And... if I can't keep them, to make the transition as pretty as possible.

FYI, I did try Jessicurl Awe Inspiraling Spray in my initial order from CurlMart, but gave it away to a friend because it seemed like we didn't need a styling product anyway, and the one time that I tried it it made her hair too crunchy.

Thank you for any advice/tips you might have!
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Last edited by temberdawn; 08-01-2011 at 09:13 AM. Reason: noticed a spelling mistake
My 4 yr old daughter has similar hair. Her curls seem to move further and further down as her hair grows, but it's due to the weight/length of her hair. Other than cutting it very short, there isn't anything I can do to make it curlier (she's always had straight roots). I think that no matter what she will never lose her curls completely but she has a friend who had almost identical curls and once she got her hair cut from midback to shoulder length, her curls disappeared.
Yeah... my daughter's hair definitely can't hold curl all the way to the roots either. The weird thing is, I cut 5 inches off about 2 months ago, and before that, though the roots were straight, the ends were very curly. What is happening now is different -- her hair is not very long at all, and it's just some of the ringlets that seem to be straightening (just kind of looking wavy instead of like the "s" curls they used to be).

I'm nervous to try fixing it by cutting it, because I have heard of people losing the curl altogether after curls were cut out. But... I don't want to be silly and stubborn about it if it's something I can't change -- as it is right now, the droopy pieces look pretty out of place.
Any product suggestions to maybe revive them!?

Last edited by temberdawn; 08-01-2011 at 09:17 AM.
PS. @subbrock: your daughter's hair is beautiful!
My hair was stick straight until I was a teenager, and so was my daddy's. Incidentally, during one of my pregnancies it really kinked up and during the other one it straightened out again. Now it's just wavy. My daughter had beautiful ringlets until about 4 and then they just disappeared and she has big waves now. I cut her hair hoping they would come back but they haven't. I'm still hoping they come back when she's a teenager though!

So, all that to say, I think hormones have a lot to do with it and probably not something you can control or change.

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