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    Posted: Dec 23 2013 at 2:57pm
This is our first post on this forum, hope that someone can help us or give some good tips.

Our daugther is 4 y/o and adopted from Lesotho in the south of Africa.
She's been in our family about 1 1/2 years now, so she was 2 1/2 y/o when we got her.
Her hair was more or less shaved at that time, and we have been letting it grow ever since.

We find her hair growing extremely slow, it's now little bit more than 2 inches on the top of her head, but it's even shorter on the sides and in the back, i.e. not even 2 inches there.

We are using proper (at least what we think) shampoo and conditioners, and comb the hair at least twice a day using the Tangle Teezer. We have tried several products, such as leave-in conditioners and oil, but the hair still seems to grow incredibly slow.

We (the parents) are from Scandinavia, so we have no previous own experience from Afro hair, but we have of course tried to learn as we go, reading on forums and discussing with other people with more experience. Nobody can really say why this is and what else we should do. This is where we really hope that someone here can help us better!

We can of course post some pics of her hair here if it would help, just shout out in such case. 

Her hair is VERY thin and extremely curly (I mean really small curls), and the hair breaks quite easy.
Don't know if this text can explain her hair type.
We were also told that in Lesotho that "she's mixed", and for some reason we didn't ask more about it at that time, and we are unsure if this refers to her being bi-racial or if this can mean something else...

All help is much appreciated.
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I would suggest that you shouldn't wash her hair more than once a week, or even every 2 weeks. Don't use sulfate shampoos at all or "co-wash", wash with only a moisturizing conditioner. Detangle the hair while it's wet and full of conditioner. It's a lot easier to detangle wet hair. (IMO)

The key to less breakage is moisture. Shea butter is good for moisturizing and coconut oil will seal in the moisture.

Also, I would suggest a friend that is more familiar with this type of hair helping you by keeping her hair in medium to large braids.

Is there anyone you know that is more familiar with styling her hair texture?

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Look up some Youtube videos on finger combing and styling. Some hair, like mine, is not meant to be combed. But whether you choose to comb it or not, only manipulate the hair when it is wet and with at least a little product in it. You don't have to comb her hair twice a day. I personally don't think you should use the Tangle Teezer because it has too many teeth. You can use your index finger to work through and separate the hair to remove large tangles. You can use a pick to lift her hair, but don't pull the pick all the way through. Keep her hair moisturized. Let her sleep on satin or silk pillow cases. Keep it moisturized, but other than that, the less manipulation, the better.
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I would also utilize Youtube to teach yourself how to braid her hair.  Hair type like that does best with little manipulation so keeping her hair braided is your best option.  Just start with simple designs and then you can slowly move your way up with braided extensions to switch it up.  It's not rocket science.  It just takes practice when learning a new skill. 
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Please concern to a good hair specialist. May be their is no problem. It is a natural process.
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i think it's normal but if you think that her hair is fall  it's better to take here to a doctor because she's soo young for using product or something..

Edited by leticiacollins - May 13 2014 at 9:56am
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