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Detangling/leave-in conditioner help

jelizajeliza Posts: 4Registered Users
My 8yo daughter has 3b/3c hair, and we had been doing pretty well, with co-wash once/twice a week, and then detangling with a wide tooth comb with the SheaMoisture smoothie on her hair, but as it has been getting longer... something is not working right.

The tangles are happening much faster, her hair is getting dry much faster, and it seems like the conditioner is only sinking in to the top layer of hair. Her hair is her pride and joy now, so I would really like to not cut it short again if possible. Any ideas?


  • Mumma SiennaMumma Sienna Posts: 24Registered Users
    have you increased the amount of conditioner/moisturiser you're using on her hair, seeing as it grown so much? i guess too, it's a natural thing for it to knot more as her hair grows! do you tie it up at night or plait/twist it?
  • KilajoKilajo Posts: 786Registered Users
    I would cut out the smoothie for a little while and see if that makes a difference. I've heard people complain that the SM products stop working as well after a while. And you can use it to detangle with?! Do you mix it with something first?

    eta have you tried tressemme naturals to detangle with? I cowash daily with it. Works great in my and my sons' 3b/c and my daughter's 4a hair.

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  • jelizajeliza Posts: 4Registered Users
    My mother-in-law had been the one to say the smoothie was working great for her, but I think she must be doing something in addition that she isn't telling me -- and she is only doing her hair every other weekend, and apparently when she does it, it hurts like heck, which I had *not* known about until last night.

    I picked up a bottle of the bottle of the SM conditioner that actually says "detangling" on the side and we tried that last night, along with requiring Daddy to tell knock-knock jokes to her the entire time so she wasn't squirmy and we could work more slowly and deliberately, and it went much better.

    I am also going to try putting her hair up in fat braids at night instead of just ponytails -- thank you both for your suggestions!
  • lag28walag28wa Posts: 34Registered Users
    Does she have a satin pillowcase? I hear those are great for reducing friction of the hair and the sheets while sleeping at night, especially if she tosses and turns. Braids are great and the pillowcases will be even better!

    I have no idea how to tell if hair is overconditioned, but could that be a possibility?

    I don't know if it helps any, but my son has very very fine 2c/3a blonde hair and right now we are using California Baby Hair Conditioner for co-wash and as a LI.

    I also have a Bumble and Bumble Curl Refreshing spray I bought for myself but that works much better on his hair after he wakes up. Both products were stupidly expensive though...
    Lindsay, a curly Mommy with a curly little man

    Fine texture, fine density, normal to high porosity(?)

    Modified CG since April 2012

    Wash: DevaCurl Low Poo or SM Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo
    COwash/RO: CJ Curl Assurance Smoothing, CJ Daily Fix Cleansing Condish, Shea Moisture Restorative
    LI: KCKT
    Style: KCCC, CJ Pattern Pusha, DevaCare Arc AnGEL, Loreal EverStyle Styling Spray

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