Cone free detangler for kids?

medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
I'm having a tough time finding something for my little girl. I cannot take the screams anymore, whenever I try to comb her hair. :(

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  • Sleepy OwlSleepy Owl Posts: 105Registered Users
    I just tried this for the first time tonight, but I washed my daughter's hair tonight with Activate shampoo instead of using baby shampoo like I usually do. (I wash her hair about once a week.) Then put a tiny bit of Activate Hydrating conditioner in, and just rinsed it twice (I use a cup.) I didn't comb it or anything, and when it dried, it was so soft, and my fingers went right through it! :shock: Usually she would already have a knot or two.

    Not sure if it would work as a detangler for next day though. Maybe I should try watering some conditioner down and try using it that way. Hmmmm... :)

    I will update you on how soft her hair is tomorrow. 8)
    Laura
    2bc f/ii highly porous hair
    CG since Aug '06 ~ (mostly ;) )
    Fotki updated 6-30-09
  • Sleepy OwlSleepy Owl Posts: 105Registered Users
    Update:
    This morning my daughter's hair had some knots. It wasn't as bad as usual, but after I wet it, (I wet her hair just a bit every day to get the curls back, and for easier combing) the pick still didn't want to go through.
    I took just a bit of the AHC, maybe half a pea size, and rubbed in my hands with a bit of water and ran it through her hair. The knots were gone, and the pick went right through!!! I waited for it to dry before posting, and her hair is soft and has lots of curl, and less poof!

    If you have a conditioner that you love, you might want to try using it that way. If it doesn't work so great, and you use baby shampoo, you might want to switch her to a regular, sulfate free shampoo. (I recommend the AHS.)

    Good luck! :D
    Laura
    2bc f/ii highly porous hair
    CG since Aug '06 ~ (mostly ;) )
    Fotki updated 6-30-09
  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    Sleepy Owl wrote:
    Update:
    This morning my daughter's hair had some knots. It wasn't as bad as usual, but after I wet it, (I wet her hair just a bit every day to get the curls back, and for easier combing) the pick still didn't want to go through.
    I took just a bit of the AHC, maybe half a pea size, and rubbed in my hands with a bit of water and ran it through her hair. The knots were gone, and the pick went right through!!! I waited for it to dry before posting, and her hair is soft and has lots of curl, and less poof!

    If you have a conditioner that you love, you might want to try using it that way. If it doesn't work so great, and you use baby shampoo, you might want to switch her to a regular, sulfate free shampoo. (I recommend the AHS.)

    Good luck! :D

    Thanks, Sleepy! I only wash my little girl's hair with conditioner. But I will try what you suggested. I will spray some water onto her hair and will smooth through some condish and will try detangling that way. Hope it works! :D
  • Sleepy OwlSleepy Owl Posts: 105Registered Users
    I did the same thing yesterday and today and it worked great! Her curls are softer and more defined, too.
    Of course, my daughter has less hair than yours does (if your daughter is in your avatar.)

    Anyway, good luck! :D
    Laura
    2bc f/ii highly porous hair
    CG since Aug '06 ~ (mostly ;) )
    Fotki updated 6-30-09
  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    Yes, that's my baby in the avatar. She's got lots of hair and I think she's a 3A or 3B.

    I think I might have a tougher time detangling than you. :)
  • Sleepy OwlSleepy Owl Posts: 105Registered Users
    It's still worth a try though, right? :) Just make sure you rub it through really well. I try to work my fingers through her hair just a bit while I am putting it in. One second they will be "stuck" and the next they glide through (without pulling, just working the condish in). That is how I know it is ready for the pick.

    I know my daughter doesn't have much hair yet, but it is quite curly. She has these crazy little spirals, and if I don't comb it, it is a snarled mess.
    Laura
    2bc f/ii highly porous hair
    CG since Aug '06 ~ (mostly ;) )
    Fotki updated 6-30-09
  • Sleepy OwlSleepy Owl Posts: 105Registered Users
    BTW, your baby girl is a cutie pie! :D
    Laura
    2bc f/ii highly porous hair
    CG since Aug '06 ~ (mostly ;) )
    Fotki updated 6-30-09
  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    Sleepy Owl wrote:
    I know my daughter doesn't have much hair yet, but it is quite curly. She has these crazy little spirals, and if I don't comb it, it is a snarled mess.

    Yes. I call it the rat's nest. :lol:

    It's particularly bad on the back of her head (she must sleep on her back all night). Even tried the satin pillowcase.

    Thanks! I'm going to give it a try today. I'll report back.
  • spiral-ncspiral-nc Posts: 716Registered Users
    How about Curls Quenched conditioner or Blended Beauty Kick for Curls? They are both liquid, spray-on leave-in conditioners that help detangle. The BB is a little oily if you use too much, but when diluted with water (50/50) it's perfect. A lot of curlies also like the Curls Quenched.
    spirals, kinks, s-shapes and coils.

    http://public.fotki.com/Spiral

    H is for Henna and Healthy Hair!
    Use only the PURE STUFF
  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    spiral-nc wrote:
    How about Curls Quenched conditioner or Blended Beauty Kick for Curls? They are both liquid, spray-on leave-in conditioners that help detangle. The BB is a little oily if you use too much, but when diluted with water (50/50) it's perfect. A lot of curlies also like the Curls Quenched.

    Thanks for the rec.

    I tried spraying on some water with some Strawberries and Cream VO5. It wasn't pretty. I had to grab the back of her hair in my fist and detangle. She didn't scream or cry because was busy trying to squeeze out some VO5 out of the bottle. But the back of her head looks curly and nice now. Not all matted and messy.

    I will give Curls Quenched a try.

    Thanks! :D
  • spiral-ncspiral-nc Posts: 716Registered Users
    If you had to hold her hair in her fist, you may be pulling too hard. Even if she doesn't cry, it could weaken her hair. Try sectioning her hair and combing from the ends up, working your way toward the scalp.
    spirals, kinks, s-shapes and coils.

    http://public.fotki.com/Spiral

    H is for Henna and Healthy Hair!
    Use only the PURE STUFF
  • Sleepy OwlSleepy Owl Posts: 105Registered Users
    Haven't tried VO5, but I probably wouldn't have tried detangling with the Suave that I have (the AHC has more "slip"). Maybe I should try the suave to compare.

    If you try out one of the things spiral-nc suggested, will you let me know how it worked? :D
    Laura
    2bc f/ii highly porous hair
    CG since Aug '06 ~ (mostly ;) )
    Fotki updated 6-30-09
  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    spiral-nc wrote:
    If you had to hold her hair in her fist, you may be pulling too hard. Even if she doesn't cry, it could weaken her hair. Try sectioning her hair and combing from the ends up, working your way toward the scalp.

    Section her hair? That would require my toddler to sit still for more than 30 seconds. Ain't gonna happen. :lol:

    Maybe I need to get more creative about keeping her distracted.

    Sleepy, I will let you know how the CQ works out.

    What is AHC? I forgot to ask you when I first responded to you. :oops:
  • Sleepy OwlSleepy Owl Posts: 105Registered Users
    AHC=Activate Hydrating Conditioner
    It is a reasonably priced, ($7) great, salon quality conditioner! I love it!
    You can go here to find a store that sells it, if you are interested.
    http://www.activatebeauty.com

    I haven't tried the spray ones that spiral-nc suggested, but if they work they might be easier to use.

    I tried the Suave on my daughter's hair today, and as I expected, it didn't work nearly as well as the AHC. Wasn't much better for detangling than just plain water. It did leave her curls very soft and pretty though! (Maybe because I used more of the suave than I did of the AHC. :?: )

    Good luck! :D
    Laura
    2bc f/ii highly porous hair
    CG since Aug '06 ~ (mostly ;) )
    Fotki updated 6-30-09
  • vivasmomvivasmom Posts: 312Registered Users
    Well, Viva has always had to sit for her hair to be done (from about the age of 20 months.). it's all about the TV for us. she gets to watch a show while her hair is combed. Have you thought about braiding it in the back for bedtime? I braid her hiar every night before bed and it makes morning so much easier. Good luck!
    Barely wavy mommy to a fine, silky with thready corkscrew 4 1/2yr old girl. HG's Moisture Maniac, PM The Conditioner, Cactus leave-in (original formula)"Mommy I want to look like a lion!" = hair loose and flowin'.
  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    vivasmom wrote:
    Well, Viva has always had to sit for her hair to be done (from about the age of 20 months.). it's all about the TV for us. she gets to watch a show while her hair is combed. Have you thought about braiding it in the back for bedtime? I braid her hiar every night before bed and it makes morning so much easier. Good luck!

    I think Catherine has a very sensitive scalp. The girl screams and cries like I'm scalping her whenever I even try to gather her hair to pull it into a ponytail. I don't even try detangle it with my fingers anymore. Weird.

    I'm going to try to go by Rite Aid and try the AHC on her. Then I'll move onto the more expensive Curls products.

    Thanks for the help. :D
  • spacedcowgirlspacedcowgirl Posts: 111Registered Users
    I'm butting in here (because I don't have a kid) but I noticed you were discussing cone-free detanglers. [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Curly-Hair-Solutions-SLIP-Detangler-p-46.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=curly-hair-solutions-slip-detangler]Curly Hair Solutions SLIP[/buylink] works great for me--really helps the tangles fall out of my rough, tangly hair. Another product I like (though I have not tried it for actually detangling, just for wetting, moisturizing, and alleviating frizz for 2nd day hair) is L'Oreal Kids Detangler. It's pear-scented--kind of a strong scent but not unpleasant, and it does dissipate quickly. It has a PEG-modified cone so it is water soluble. HTH!
    2b/2c/3a
    Back on CG (OK, I'm a little indecisive).
    pw: curls
    Currently using: Whole Foods 365 Herbal Mint Conditioner (co-wash), MOP Mixed Greens Conditioner, Paul Mitchell Lite Detangler, CK, ISO Bouncy Creme. Gave up on plopping due to tangles/"stickiness" and now I just comb through products and diffuse. It looks basically as good and dries a lot faster (I wasn't getting good clumps from plopping anyway). Still wish I were a lot curlier!
  • swingerkittenswingerkitten Posts: 9Registered Users
    Try Zoochy kids' detangler (it's a tad expensive, though).

    http://www.zoochy.com/sections/products_home.php3?header=wise&class=Organic+Detangler&prod=20107


    I use it on my own hair (I'm seventeen with late 80's early 90's Reba McEntire curls). It has 100% organic ingredients (so no cones) and you'll both love the strawberry smell.
  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    Thanks! Seven months later, I still haven't found a good solution for her hair but she's screaming less. Maybe she's maturing or just plain ol' getting used to it. :lol:
  • solangesolange Posts: 2,539Registered Users
    Elucense and Activate are good cone free detanglers to use when washing.

    What kind of comb are you using? I only use a shower comb on my kids hair because they are very tenderheaded too. They sleep on satin pillowcases each night and I also put their hair into a pony tail and braid it each night with a holder on the ends of the braid.

    They are wild sleepers and their hair would be really really tangled otherwise :evil: .
    3C, BSL Unstretched -
  • StruttsWifeStruttsWife Posts: 819Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    A friend of mine just started using Carol's Daughter Healthy Hair Butter on her 2-1/2 year old and said it is working like a charm for her. I think Payton (my friend's DD) has hair that looks to be very similar to your daughter's, from what I can see of her pic. Just thought I'd pass that along :)
    - Tiffany
    Hair Stylist and Curly Hair Specialist - St. Petersburg, FL (Tampa Bay)

    Blog: Live Curly, Live Free
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    Sulfate- and non-water soluble silicone-free since 04/22/2002
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