reply to post by showintail
Dump the "Dove". Products that claim to make the hair shine, do so by coating the hair, they block the hair from absorbing moisture and leave the
hair ultimately dry, frizzy and eventually brittle. Silicones, petroleums and most other hair products damage the hair.
It should not hurt to comb your daughter's hair. It does take time and a three year old will not want to sit still that long, so find something to
distract her. Dampen her hair. It is easier to comb when wet. Don't use plain water because it evaporates quickly and will cause further drying. Use
a leave-in conditioner or a half mixture. Section the hair in 4 or more sections. Use clips or the rubber bands that don't break the hair, check
carefully because some of the "Ouchless" ones will still damage the hair. Look for the ones that say "no hair damage".
Always hold the hair close to the scalp, start coming the hair at the ends in short strokes, separating the hair and detangling it. Her hair should
never be pulled by the roots. If you feel a tug, grasp the hair tightly to prevent the hair from being pulled at the scalp, your hand provides the
leverage so the hair is not pulled at the scalp and there will be not pain. Mist the hair as needed as you go, until all of her hair is detangled and
ready to style.
When using clips, bands or any hair ornaments make sure that the hair is not pulled too tightly. That includes braids. Most people braid way too
tightly. People with curly hair suffer dearly from hair that is braided tight because or hair elongates when wet or when combed, but fights dearly to
return to its naturally curly state. Our hair continues to curl even when dry , so if pulled tight the natural curl will fight so hard to curl that I
have seen and even suffered sores to the scalp from hair braided tightly. Leave the hair at the edges of the hairline alone. If they rebel and refuse
to lie still after brushing, let them be. Trying to force hair at the temples and nape of the neck is a serious mistake that may cause life long
damage. Let those little free spirits have there say.
Your daughter has beautiful hair. You just have to learn how to care for it. I promise you that the time and effort will be well worth it. It will get
easier and if you can't afford some of the natural products don't worry. Some of the natural products can cost as much as 60 dollars a jar. That is
way too steep for my pocket.
Someone mentioned Argan oil. It is indeed a wonderful product but hard to find. Read the labels. With most products you will have trouble finding the
Argan oil even on the label. Someone mentioned apple cider vinegar. It too is a wonderful conditioner, both for hair and scalp, and no the smell does
not stay once dry.
Go to "www.smartpage.com" and start your search, then open your pantry. I have used mayonnaise, olive oil, avocadoes, and numerous others products.
Some I liked more than others and some worked better than others. Everyone is different and what works wonders for my hair may only yield okay results
for your daughter. What works for her hair may have little results on mine.
She is only three years old. Things will change, more products will be developed, styles will change. The only thing that will not change is that the
healthier her hair is the easier it will be to manage and the better it will look.
I must add that healthy hair really starts from the inside. There is no substitute for good nutrition.
Don’t throw in the towel. You are getting good advice here. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, there are many willing to help.