Went to a beauty supply store the other day and read the ingredients on the Kinky-Curly Come Clean shampoo. And liked what I read! I bought some to try out, and have now officially made the switch.
Below is the lineup of products I am now using regularly, and specifically used for the style below. From left to right, the Kinky-Curly Come Clean shampoo and Knot Today leave-in conditioner/detangler; Darcy's Botanicals Vanilla Delight Leave-in conditioner; Darcy's Botanicals Natural Coils Curling Jelly; Tangle Teezer brush.
After shampooing and conditioning/detangling in the tub, I scrunched some Daily Leave-in Conditioner mostly on the ends. Then I sectioned the girl's hair and applied Natural Coils Curling Jelly with my fingers and brushed it through with the Tangle Teezer. My goal was to get product on every single strand, and really define those curls. Here's what her hair looked like when done with that part.
Next, I stretched her hair back into a low ponytail and banded it while I got my supplies ready to complete the style. It was going to be two braided pony tails, one on either side of a center part.
But hubby and I liked this simple style so much, we let it be.
I put her sleep bonnet on her and am waiting to see what it looks like this morning. I will have to spritz the pony tail to uncrush her curls and will likely put a couple of clips on the sides to keep flyaways from escaping as her daycare day progresses. I'm hoping the Curling Jelly gives it enough hold to keep her hair mostly contained, but I am expecting that a lot of it will pop up and get fuzzy. We'll see. I'll get an "after" shot at the end of the day. :)
**Edited to add this before school photo. I completely forgot to get and end of day photo. The style held up surprisingly well which I attribute to the Curling Jelly we used. However, we took the hair out and put in a new style that evening. New post/pics to follow.
Have a great week!