Where do I start?
I have 3 biracial girls. Two of them have 3c hair, i think and the other is 3a. I have been washing with mixed chicks shampoo and deep conditioner on the 3c hair and blow drying and flat ironing to avoid tears. I want to repair their hair and get them to love their curls without them looking a hot mess. I have read so much till my eyes are burning and my brain is on overload. I purchased the curly girl method book and beginner set with no poo, one conditioner, gel, micro towel, and frizz foam. This weekend I attempted to start and it didn't go so well. so I need someone to walk me through it. Should i shampoo their hair with mixed chicks one last time, to get rid of all the gunk? Where do I go from there. I've read tons of on lots of products and would rather not drop $$$ on 15 different things. So if someone could narrow it down to what works best for this type of hair I would be forever grateful.
3 girls with curly hair... you're a superwoman. I applaud you. Is your hair curly too? If so, I would lead by example. IF they see you embracing your hair they will more than likely want to embrace their hair. Also, I think MC has sulfates so I would cut that type 3 hair gets dry and sulfates just make it drier and more difficult to maintain. You don't have to spend a ton of money on hair, especially now that there are SO many brands for us. So, start with something like Dark and Love Au Naturale, Tresseme Naturals, The Cantu line, or the SheaMoisture (the peach line) products. Those shampoos and conditioners are kinda formulated for slip and good for curly hair. Oh, and do not use a bath towel to dry their hair. Use an old t-shirt or a microfiber towel. Aside from S&C you will need a leave in, oil and maybe a curl cream. Maybe. Detangling with the 3c girls you will need for PATIENCE. Detangling their hair will take more time than girl with 3a hair. You definitely need a wide tooth comb and lots of slippery conditioner or a leave in- Aussie Moist is my fav drugstore brand. It does have silicones, so beware, but if you are willing to spend some coin- Knot Today by Kinky Curly is literally EVERYONE's favorite detangler. Soak their hair with water and the leave in/detangler and then gently detangle from ends to roots. Do not tug and pull. You'll see their curls begin to clump. You want this. If you go the Aussie Moist route you will need to rinse it out after you have thoroughly detangled. I used to use the MC leave in (the yellow one) it's great for definition and hold but the ingredients work to make your hair dry after day 2. Might not be their story, every curl is different. But I switched over to using a Knot Today leave in. Lastly, you will want to follow the leave in with an oil. Coconut and olive are too heavy-- though you can use these in your regular conditioner to make it a deep conditioner or as a pre-poo for an EASIER wash day. For styling, go for something like jojoba or grapeseed oil. Get the actual oil from the grocery store baking aisle. Usually brands will add a silicone or fragrance to their oils. That's kinda unnecessary. Plus you get more bang for your buck. Then, if you want to, you can apply a curl cream. This isn't necessary but you will greatly appreciate the extra days you get not having to style after day 2. I've basically taken you through the LOC method. :) Let me know how it works out for you. The Ultimate LOC Method Shopping List
I'm attaching a picture of one of the girls hair so you can see what I'm working with. Thanks again