Products for everyone in the family?

Hi all!
I'm new and I am just getting started with CG right now. I bought some conditioner to co-wash with at the store and I tried to find another one that was a little heavier to use as a more moisturizing one. I couldn't find a low-poo so I ordered one from here in case I wanted to try it and the same with styling products without silicone.

I have a couple of questions. The first is that I'm wondering if my children, husband and I can all use the same products on our hair? My youngest may have slightly finer hair than the rest of us, but overall I think our hair types are quite similar.

My older daughter has either some dandruff or dry scalp, and I'm wondering what would be best for her. Her hair is dark brown so it is fairly visible when she gets flakes and I'd like to get them under control.

And finally, how do you decide your hair type? I mean, I guess if you had perfect ringlets or super straight hair it would be easier, but I seem to be floating around the 2b to 3a area, but I'm not 100% sure. I'd guess my daughters are both about the same and my husband is probably a 3a or 3b (his hair is short now but when i met him it was long and it was in ringlets.)


  • smasters467smasters467 Posts: 527Registered Users
    As far as using the same products for you entire family, yes it can be done. I have a 4 year old with curls, and he and I both use the same products to cleanse and condition. I don't use styling products in his hair, but only because he won't let me fix it. He messes it up as soon as I'm done. :( He actually had some scalp issues that were completely cleared within a couple of weeks after I stopped using shampoo on his hair.

    The best thing to do is try the products on everyone's hair, and see how it reacts. The styling products that work best for you or your husbands hair may or may not work for your kids. Children tend to hair finer hair, so you'll just have to experiment.

    As far as the dandruff/dry scalp issue that your daughter is having, it depends. If it's dandruff, and you don't want to use a shampoo like Head and Shoulders, try treating her scalp with Tea Tree oil 2-3 times a week. You could also look for a conditioner that contains it, and use it as her cowash. If it's dry scalp, cowashing and conditioning alone may resolve the problem. Sulfates damage our hair as well as our skin, and when we eliminate them from our routine, the problems often resolve themselves. HTH. :)

    Check out the newbies thread for help with determining hair type.
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