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GrangerGal 03-02-2009 02:17 PM

Newbie - Need help with daughter's hair!
I'm so glad I found this site. I need a lot of help!

I have a 2.5 year old daughter with beautiful, but very fine & very curly hair. It's very hard for me to keep her hair looking nice since she often twists her hair (makes nasty knots) and she has a large spot on the back of her head that gets rubbed from pillows/carseats/etc. and thus it stays frizzy. I work very hard on her and it looks nice for about 2 hours. I know things will be easy when she's old enough to help me care for it, but I need some major advice.

Here is what I am currently doing to care for her hair (I've read the Curly Girl book). Due to time constraints, I am only able to wash her hair 2 or 3 times a week. When I wash it I only use conditioner and I comb it out with the conditioner still in it. I rinse and then put on a tresemme curl product.

On the days I don't wash, I spray with lavender water and comb though (if not too knotty) and then put on the tresemme product.

She sleeps on a satin pillow, but I just can't seem to keep her ringlets looking nice.

I am considering getting her hair cut so that at least I don't have has much hair to work with when I'm trying to get the knots out.

I'm nervous about finding someone. She has only had one haircut and that person brushed it straight and cut it in a straight line. I knew that was not the right way.

Any suggestions or resources where I can look at cute kids cuts for style ideas?

Thanks in advance for any and all help you are able to give. BTW, I don't know all the lingo yet, so some of the abbreviations confuse me.


generosityt 03-02-2009 11:39 PM

Your baby's hair sounds very similar to mine: very curly but very thin, with lots of ringlets.
She also does play with it a lot and tell me about that spot on the back (sigh)!!!! Her hair right now is kind of short (neck length) so it's easier to care for. I do the same thing that you do except that I use a little bit of coconut oil after the leave-in conditioner to keep the curls defined (until she messes them up :dontknow:). But I also use headbands and cute hair pins, you can do so many styles with babies and curly hair and it looks great on her even with a frizzy hair. Just pull some curls together and throw a pin in there.
Sorry about the haircut experience but, I think at this age, the look doesn't matter, your daughter is just a baby I'm sure she looks cute even with a messy hair. The important thing is that you are taking care of her hair and your keeping it healthy for her until she grows a little older.

GrangerGal 03-03-2009 03:58 PM

Thank you for your encouragement. I'll definitely try the coconut oil. Is that something you can get at a store like Target? She is adorable regardless, but it's hard to put so much effort into something and then it quickly gets messed up. I'm sure I'll look back on this phase and miss it though!

generosityt 03-03-2009 04:51 PM

I know, I spend lots of time picking up the pin and curling the hair around my finger and then the next thing I know she's playing with it and screaming: hair, hair, hair (loooool)
I have no idea if you can find coconut oil in Target, my husband got it for us from a whole food store, it was 8$ and the bottle is huge it lasts for ever. I know that you can find all kind of good oils in ethnic stores for much cheaper than whole foods (we're new here and we don't know any yet).
Good luck

subbrock 03-04-2009 02:43 AM

my baby girl has very fine and very curly hair as well. ive gotten the most out of her hair by finding products that work and by protecting her curls. oils are too heavy for her and leave her hair greasy so i stay away from those. im having alot of success with california baby calming conditioner (as a regular conditioner and as a leave in) combined with curly hair solutions curl keeper. kinky curly curling custard also works well to keep her curls frizz free. she has a satin-y pillow that she sleeps with, but i also have her crib lined with a satin sheet because she doesnt stayon the pillow. and ive placed a satin scarf in her carseat so that her hair doesnt rub on the back of it. the addition of the scarf in the carseat made a huge difference. my little girl doesnt get in the tub every day either, so like generosityt, i use headbands and hair clips to style her hair.

deezee02 03-07-2009 09:04 AM

subbrock - great advise...I am passing that allow to a girl on another board I visit!

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