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We're all 4b/4cs...she's 2c/3a. Help!

ExMathMajorExMathMajor Posts: 14Registered Users
LOL :)

Originally I thought my youngest niece was 3a/3b but after taking the Curl Type quiz I think she's more of a 2c/3a with some 3b at the nape. When it comes to styling, until recently we kept her in pigtails, pony puffs, or braids. Now that she's 4 she has declared that she wants to wear her hair down. It's somewhere around APL (MBL when wet) and is fairly thick.

(Generation gap: When I was a kid I didn't get to decide how I wore my hair until I was given the task of caring for it. But since she's my niece I don't get the last word or even the next-to-last-word so...)

She's your typical rambunctious 4-year-old so she's always getting into stuff. (Again, if she lived with ME...ahem...I digress.) Last time I was in her hair it was really tangled at the nape.

For styling purposes, pretty much everything we use on our hair is too heavy and/or greasy for hers. So...what products are out there that have natural or mostly natural ingredients, aren't too expensive (yes, I realize this is probably an oxymoron), and will keep her loose curls manageable and healthy-looking?
4b/4c/4a + 20 years + nearly every natural hairstyle including locs = IT REALLY IS JUST HAIR. And I love mine! :angel9:

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  • nu_natural10nu_natural10 Posts: 90Registered Users
    Try Deva Curl line although expensive it's nice and the Kinky Kurly line is less expensive.
    Shampoo: Terressetials Mud Wash (lavender or lemon)
    Co-Wash: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Conditioner
    Deep Conditioner: Anita Grant's Rhassoul Deep Condish
    Leave In: Kinky Curly Knot Today
    Creams/Oils: Raw Shea Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Jamican Black Castor Oil and Jojoba Oil
  • ExMathMajorExMathMajor Posts: 14Registered Users
    Try Deva Curl line although expensive it's nice and the Kinky Kurly line is less expensive.

    I'm familiar with both of those lines and while I think the Deva Curl line might work for her, the price won't...especially not for a child whose hair needs washing regularly. Unless it's true that, unlike with our thick hair textures, hers may only need a tiny bit of styling product, like it says on the packaging? LOL...we're in uncharted waters here...thanks for the suggestion though.
    4b/4c/4a + 20 years + nearly every natural hairstyle including locs = IT REALLY IS JUST HAIR. And I love mine! :angel9:
  • multicultcurlymulticultcurly Posts: 5,132Registered Users
    Well, is her hair fine, medium, or coarse? Is it thin, normal or thick density? Does it wet easily or water sits atop it? I have 3b/c hair, but my hair is medium coarse in texture and low porosity, so Deva products don't work for me. I would suggest starting out with the Tressemme Naturals moisturizing conditioner if her hair isn't fine and then getting one of the Shea Moisture leave ins and cheap Tressemme gel for hold. There is also a Giovanni conditioner many posters rave about sold at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.

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    3b/c, medium-coarse, low porosity, high density
    HG: Jessicurl Too Shea and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
    Shampoo: nonsulfate shampoo and Suave Naturals sulfate shampoo when needed
  • ExMathMajorExMathMajor Posts: 14Registered Users
    Well, is her hair fine, medium, or coarse? Is it thin, normal or thick density? Does it wet easily or water sits atop it? I have 3b/c hair, but my hair is medium coarse in texture and low porosity, so Deva products don't work for me. I would suggest starting out with the Tressemme Naturals moisturizing conditioner if her hair isn't fine and then getting one of the Shea Moisture leave ins and cheap Tressemme gel for hold. There is also a Giovanni conditioner many posters rave about sold at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.

    Medium strands, thick density, wets easily.

    If you're referring to the Giovanni Direct Leave-In, I've used that and think it's pretty good. I will look for cheap Tressemme gel. Thanks for the suggestion.
    4b/4c/4a + 20 years + nearly every natural hairstyle including locs = IT REALLY IS JUST HAIR. And I love mine! :angel9:
  • naturecatnaturecat Posts: 1,986Registered Users
    This is a little late, but if you're looking for a cheap natural gel, flax seed gel with an extra thrown in for hold (honey or agave or guar gum or aloe vera etc etc) is about as natural and cheap as it gets. Lately I've loved spraying in homemade chamomile tea in my hair as it dries, as it adds definition and crunch and allows me to wear my hair for more days with almost no frizz!

    3A/f/i
    Super baby fine hair, low porosity
    Shampoos: SM Fruit Fusion (mostly), Avalon lemon (to clarify). Occasional aloe vera and glycerin to wash.
    Stylers: Intelligent Nutrients Perfect Hold Hairspray
    Treatments: Catnip tea, IA girl's PT, Fermented Rice Water, Catnip Tea, Amla tea, Irish Moss, SS PT