I've had many adoptive mothers of brown kids ask me recently about hair products. I feel very strongly that not only does it matter what we put into our bodies (food/drink) but what we put on our bodies. After all, our skin is a largest organ.
It's hard to find products that are healthy and work well, so there's always the constant cycle of trial and error.
Currently, we use this product in Miss E's hair: Kinky Curly Curling Custard. One, a little goes a LONG way. Two, it works well. Three, it smells like cake batter. Four, the ingredients are safe.
You can order the product online or find a local retailer.
My baby girl, like many kids, has eczema. Again, I prefer to go as natural as possible, but her skin has been horrible the past few months. I finally gave in and utilized a tip from our derm and a few experienced moms. I put 1/4 cup of bleach in my daughter's bathwater---and, it, worked. (Though I still cringe at the thought---as we did not even own bleach up until that point. That stuff is so nasty!) Her eczema is significantly better.
For lotion: we use coconut oil, olive oil, or Milk and Honey Body Lotion from Burt's Bees. Burt's Bees products are considered moderately safe by many green experts.
What not to say to an adoptive family. Oh, have my friends and I talked about this a bazillion times! An online friend posted this blog entry to her Facebook wall, and I have to say that I'm pretty impressed. If you're an adoptive parent or know an adoptive parent, please read!