Daughter's Hair Regimen
My daughter has very soft 4C hair with fine strands however it is very thick. She was diagnosed with severe eczema not too long after she born and thus she has very dry hair and skin. I have struggled to find a hair regimen that works for her until someone here suggested a coconut, lavender, and peppermint oil mixture (which works excellently for moisture). However, she still has a problem with breakage. Can someone please help me with a routine? I am not natural so I don't know where to begin and I don't want to keep wasting money on products. I can't use heavy products on her hair because they just sit on top of her hair and also upon the suggestion of her dermatoglist I can no longer use rubberbands on her hair so I'm open to hairstyle suggestions as well.
Water is the best source of moisture so first I would recommend moisturizing often (even daily) by dampening the hair a bit with water (you can spritz with a spray bottle). Then you can use a hair lotion/leave-in moisturizer whose first ingredient is water and does not contain mineral oil or paraffinum liquidum, or petrolatum. These can dry out the hair. I would recommend: Oyin Handmade Hair Dew or SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Transitioning Milk or SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie. You can seal in the moisture with a light oil like grapeseed oil or a very small amount of a heavier oil/butter like shea butter, rub a pea size or two amount between hands and smooth onto hair especially the ends.Be sure to cleanse her hair with a sulfate-free shampoo. SheaMoisture has some and you could also try co-washing (conditioner washing) with Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Tamanu Co-wash or something similar. Some people also like to use a cheap conditioner for this like V05 and that still seems to work pretty well. III Sisters Co-washes are also super moisturizing.Be sure to use a wide tooth comb or your fingers to comb or detangle. Do the bulk of combing and detangling her hair when it is wet and detangle with conditioner in the hair. This will help to minimize breakage. Try not to style on dry hair spritz it a bit with water and or add some water-based moisturizer to each section of hair before braiding or styling. For hairstyles braids, twists and bantu knots are good ways to style without having to use rubberbands.Some style tutorials:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVeR0Mc3W0chttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2vurPt4Egchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eltacjUccMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFHp6MExqkYIf you can, have her sleep with a satin scarf on or with a satin pillowcase to help minimize dryness and breakage.I really hope that helps and that you find what works for her hair!