conditioner help- 20 month old

I have a 20 month old who is 1/2 white and 1/2 african. she has very tight curls. I have been using mixed chicks conditioner and also there leave in. I am wonder if there is something that works just as good that is not expensive. I buy the big bottle which is $45 plus shipping. I conditioner her hair daily and wash it 1x a week. The leave it does define her hair but makes it kind of stif. If I use less leave in then it is frizzy. I happened to be in costco and say Nexxus so I bought it today to try it out. Any ideas. I really would like to try something a little less expensive. Here is a pic
shes absolutely adorable! i love california baby calming conditioner on my little girl. you can get it at target (in the baby care aisle) or other stores that sell natural products and i believe its around $8 a bottle. its very thick and rich, so a little goes a long way. also, it can be used as a leave in or a rinse out. that way you kill two birds with one stone!
for hold/curl definition if you have an ulta near you, i would suggest giving devacurl set it free a try. it gives a soft hold and can be used to refresh her curls for second or third day hair. aubrey organics mandarin magic jelly is a gel like product that also gives a soft hold. that can be bought at most stores that sell natural products as well. even the vitamin shoppe carries aubrey organics products. and as a 3rd option, you could try kinky curly curling custard. its kind of expensive, but a little bit of that also goes a long way. you could probably make it at least 6 months without needing to repurchase. oh and i almost forgot--regular old aloe vera gel (the kind used for sunburns)! its cheap and its effective at keeping away frizzies w/out leaving the hair stiff or hard.
I have no advice but I had to comment - she's just so cute!
Try the kinky curly line. I use it for my niece and her 3c curls are to die for.
3c on top and 4a all over
acv rinse once a week; co wash twice a week
still experimenting to see what works for me.

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Aw, your daughter is a super kawaii cutie!

I second trying California Baby Calming Conditioner and the Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic Hair Moisturizing Jelly. The conditioner lasts some weeks with the 4 little curly heads in my house and doubles as a good leave-in. My kids' curls & waves pop and don't tangle much with that conditoner when I allow them to wear their hair down. Even though my eldest is 9, I still use it because of the good ingredients. Aubrey's gel has nice soft hold, and it made our hair super soft when we went outside after the rains, lol. I think the Mandarin Magic gel works better than the Aubrey Organics B5 Design Gel that we started off using, and it certainly smells better too, very lightly scented.

Also take a look at Kiss My Face Upper Management Styling Gel. Got it for $7 for 8 fl oz, and so far the bottle has lasted for 3 weeks with four kids and 3 having hair past MBL. So, it's been a great find for us. Good ingredients too. That gel has worked with every leave-in I've globbed on my kids' heads and their hair ranges from 2a to 3c and it works on my 4a/4b/3c hair too. Doesn't leave hair crunchy or crisp. With our conditioners sometimes there's little white balls when applying and smoothing thru hair, but that disappears quickly as hair dries. My son has all the 3 range of curls plus some 2c and has a patch of hair on crown that always gets frizzy, but Kiss My Face Upper Management over a leave-in or even coconut oil has cut the frizz down dramatically as well as helped keep his curls nice even after lenghty karate tournaments.

I was so impressed with Kiss My Face's gel that I'm now trying Kiss My Face Obsessively Natural Kids line that's being favorably displayed at Whole Foods right now. We picked up their Kids Detangler and also their Kids Shampoo & Conditioner 2 n 1. Great ingredients. I really, really hope this line works for them because of the ingredients and the price. Plan to use them tomorrow, so I'll drop a line here to let you know how it works.

You can also try Jane Carter Nourish & Shine for helping with smoothing hair, adding shine and softness. it's a blend of 4 butters including shea and mango with vitamins A, D & E. I use this mostly for my daughter who has some porous spots in her 3b/3c spiral curls and my son who gets the crazy frizz in his 3c corkscrew curls areas. It really helps with the type of goofy frizz and slight dryness they get in those areas, as it's good at keping in moisture (after you put in a leave-in or on damp hair). I only use a little bit because I find their hair doesn't like thick buttery products to be applied heavily.

I also dig Aubrey Organics White Camellia Ultra Smoothing Conditioner and Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner as rinse outs, bases for deep treatments, and leave-ins when watered/aloe juiced down. But, perhaps your cutie is a little young for the type of oils in those conditioners. So, it's something to keep in mind for trying when she's over 2 or 3.
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Holy Grails: Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner, AVG, EVO Coconut Oil, Amla Oil, KC Spiral Spritz, Brahmi Oil, Tea Tree eo, Rosemary eo, Distilled H2O, Aloe Vera Juice, Neem Oil, ACV, Dr. Bonner's Skikakai Castile Soap, Avocado Oil

Sometimes: AOMM Jelly, KCNT, KCCC

Last edited by madhuri_dixit_fan; 03-19-2009 at 02:13 AM.
I have to try the california baby, I have been using the nexxus humectress for the past few days. It is not as thick as the Mixed Chicks but it is working well and considering I got 44 oz for $20 versus 33 oz for $45 + shipping, I think its worth it. Once her hair is dry I can not tell a difference. Which is the ultimate goal.
Yeah, we can't seem to go wrong with the California Baby Calming Conditioner.

As for the Kiss Face Obsessively Natural Kids line, the Detangler is a never buy again product. It was meh-okay on my son's hair, but his hair is very managable when wet. So, the real test was my daughters. It gave them way too much volume (which is actually great by itself but not when coupled with the increased tangles the detangler gave too), was super sticky, and actually seemed to create tangles where there were none before. I was surprised at just how horrible it worked on my youngest's hair who basically only gets very loose waves and has straight hair in some sections. Thumbs down.

The Kids Shampoo & Conditioner 2 n 1 worked out nicely. I only used it on their scalps and let the rinse runoff wash their lengths. And, I followed up with a moisturizing conditioner. So, I treated the 2n1 like a shampoo. It didn't dry out their hair, tangle their hair, and it cleaned rather well. My son didn't care much for the orange smell, but our conditioner drowned it out. Thumbs up.
RIP Natasha Richardson

Holy Grails: Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner, AVG, EVO Coconut Oil, Amla Oil, KC Spiral Spritz, Brahmi Oil, Tea Tree eo, Rosemary eo, Distilled H2O, Aloe Vera Juice, Neem Oil, ACV, Dr. Bonner's Skikakai Castile Soap, Avocado Oil

Sometimes: AOMM Jelly, KCNT, KCCC

Last edited by madhuri_dixit_fan; 03-23-2009 at 01:52 AM.
Try the kinky curly line. I use it for my niece and her 3c curls are to die for.
Originally Posted by TwilightEyes
Ditto! The kinky curly line should work well with her hair. Some women find the curling custard can make their hair stiff when they use it alone but coupled with the knot today leave-in leaves their hair soft and defined.
Jane Carter Nourish Shine should do well on her hair also, its filled with different butters that should make her hair very moisturized.
btw she is soooo cute.

kinky curly curling custard can be found online and in some stores on the east coast.

Jane Carter Nourish Shine can be found and whole foods, vitamin shoppe, target, and online.
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Last edited by Stephanie198907; 03-23-2009 at 02:53 PM.

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