I was just reading over my old posts, and realized that so much has changed since I started this blog! Number one, there are a LOT more products catering to our fro-babies' fros than either I realized or there were back then! Number two, there are still tons of people trying to figure out how to "do the fro-babies' 'do's!" It is an ever changing game, as the kids get older, the hair changes! Again and again! Hey, I'm living proof! In any event, I thought it would be a good time to run down the different products and product lines I have come across in my research for the benefit of anyone just joining us. Some are new, and some are ones I've reviewed here before. This is just a summary (in no particular order):
Kids Organics Hair Lotion - a.k.a "KOHL" on websites and blogs, decent lotion-like detangler, does not provide much in the way of moisture, but will help with comb-out and fro-taming.
Taliah Waajid Easy Herbal Combout - Similar product to KOHL, more moisturizing and better at detangling. Goes on heavy, dries fairly light. Haven't tried the other products in the line, but this one is pretty good.
Curly Q's - This is children's version of the CURLS brand. There are numerous products in the line. We use Curly Q's Custard, Mimosa Elixir, and Moist Curls moisturizer. The lighter product is the Curly Q Milkshake, which is good for short-term moisturizing. Also the Curl Gel-les-c for light hold is a good product, but will only keep the fro at bay for so long! Tried the shampoo and conditioner (just so-so on G's hair) but we actually use the It's A Curl line (below) because it's tear-free.
It's a Curl - Great product line for baby hair (also from CURLS). Light, great scent, tear-free, and did not cause skin reaction in either child's sensitive skin. By about age 1, need a little heavier products, but can go up to about 2 y.o., great conditioner!
Bee Mine - haven't tried it, and I don't think it's especially for kids, but safe for kids, and have heard good things about it. If anyone has tried it, would love to hear from you!
Carol's Daughter - No idea how these products work, but they are Princess Tiana-themed, which may eventually earn them a space on our product shelf just on principle! LOL We have tried hair milk for adults, but it seems to do better on my husband's fro than my daughter's!
Noodle and Boo - Love the shampoo and the shining and conditioning polish. The shampoo is gentle, tear-free and smells great. Conditioning polish is a good detangler, not too moisturizing but just enough to smooth out the hair and soften.
Jane Carter Solution, Nourish and Shine - Expensive! But a good oil/light pomade for fro-kids. Great grapefruit smell and gives a nice control and sheen...but did I mention? Expensive!!! (other products in the line are not as expensive, but haven't proven to be all that effective either). Not geared towards children but natural and kid safe.
I'd love to add to the list, but I can't try them all (by myself!) I actually don't use the drugstore brands such as "Just for Me" or "PCJ." These products pretty much mimic adult products and seem to be geared toward little girls with kiddie perms, which we are dead set against. Fro-baby hair is just too fragile to subject to chemical alteration--my two cents.
So, that's the rundown for now. Will follow up with the latest regimen next time!