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conditioner: great for wavy toddler hair! {and a giveaway}

I was given some of Dove’s new nourishing oil care conditioner to try. For those of you who have been following my hair saga, I’ll start by saying it is ongoing. I continue to lose more hair than I think I should, then it grows back, and on and on. At some point I switched to using the “no poo” method of baking soda and vinegar, and I have never looked back. Vivi has similar hair to mine, so her hair needs almost no maintenance. Now that it is short, I don’t even brush it any more. However, Charlotte still has the adorably wispy angel hair that needs a bit more maintenance.

When I first noticed she had wavy hair, I wasn’t sure what to do about it. Moose? Gel? Nothing? Nope, not nothing, I figured that out quickly. Then I read a post on a natural parenting blog that helped me out. From there, I learned the #1 secret to managing Charlie’s hair.

It might sound like a no-brainer to you to use conditioner on toddler hair. After all, if you’ve been using conditioner on your own hair for years, why not use it on your toddler’s? But we’ve always bought a natural baby soap/shampoo all-in-one product that we could use all over their bodies, and it never occurred to me to use any other product prior to reading that article.

As with all other beauty products, I’m not picky about what kind of conditioner I buy, but I just so happened to be running very low on ours when Dove sent over this one to try. And I love it! It smells divinely coconutty, is conditioning but not overly heavy-feeling, and I like the bottle design. Maybe it’s a minor point, but it’s important to me to have an upside-down shaped bottle. I can’t stand having to tilt the bottle upside down when it’s running low and have it fall over constantly.

Since I only use a pea-sized amount of conditioner in her hair, it will likely last me the rest of her co-bathing days and then some, making it a more frugal choice than a more-expensive curl enhancement product. The key to using conditioner on wavy toddler hair is to rub it through with your fingers, then wash with a cup and dry with a microfiber cloth. Don’t rub it with a regular towel, and don’t use a brush or comb (unless it has very wide teeth) on it.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a giveaway, but this is a pretty easy entry if you’re interested in potential free bucks. If you decide to enter to win, you’ll be answering my own personal question, which is: What is your #1, desert-island choice of hair product that you don’t want to live without? See below for more instructions…

Enter to win a $1,000 Spafinder gift certificate!



You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Follow this link, and provide your email address and your response to the promotion prompt.

b) Tweet (public message) about this promotion, including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”, and then visit this link to provide your email address and the URL to that Tweet.

c) Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and then visit this link to provide your email address and the URL to that post.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. Winners will have 72 hours to claim the prize, or an alternative winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here

This sweepstakes runs from 9/4/2012 – 9/30/2012

Be sure to visit Dove® to get a coupon for $1.50 off Dove Hair Therapy products.

Editor’s note: This post is part of Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways

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