Growing my child's hair with garnier fructis length and strength

Montie - posted on 12/03/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I started to shampoo my daughter's hair when she was 3 months old with johnson and johnson's baby shampoo and i also brushed her hair everyday to promote growth. She is now 9 months old and i just started using garnier fructis length and strength last saturday. i read that the shampoo has sodium laureth sulfate (i think it's spell right) and it is bad for the baby hair. i was wondering if it's true. There is a profile pic of her and i think she has either thin/thick hair. My hair is curly even though it's straight and her father is hispanic and also has very straight hair. i think by the time when she's about two her hair will be mid-back. please respond quickly.

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Taylor - posted on 12/06/2010

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i am a licensed cosmetologist. i also work part time as a skincare/color specialist at sephora. there is absolutely nothing topical you can put onto your head that will make it grow faster. this goes for adults and babies. (so any ladies using horse shampoo.. it doesnt work!) the only things that will really make hair grow faster are vitamins, supplements, etc.

and yes, sulfates are bad for everyones hair. it wont make it fall out or anything, most shampoos have sulfates in them. including most baby shampoos (although baby shampoos use milder sulfates.. hence no tears). its what causes your soaps/shampoos to foam and bubble when you lather. the only thing sulfates do besides cause your shampoo to get that lather is dry your hair out and scalp out, which ultimately will lead to breakage, frizz, and dullness.

is garnier fructis DANGEROUS to use on your baby?... if its not causing her any skin irritation, probably not, but theres always the chance you could get it into her eyes and that would be a nightmare. would baby shampoo be better? yes. if for nothing else, just the mere fact that its tear free.

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She's not even a year old. Why are you worried about how long her hair is? Harsh chemicals and extensively brushing her hair is just going to make matters worse. You'll get much better results by lightly massaging her scalp and giving her a proper diet with all the vitamins she needs. Changing her shampoo is just going to irritate her skin, and extensive brushing will just pull her hair out.

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Shampoo's contain sodium laureth sulfate and sodium laurel sulfate, both of which dry hair out and make them dependent on the shampoos and conditioners.

Maybe check your local Target, I saw all natural baby products in mine. Or see if they have them in your grocery store!

As for hair growth, all hair grows at about the same rate and it's more due to trimmed ends and good hygiene!

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Samantha - posted on 08/02/2012

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my daughter is three going on 25 .. lol anyways her hair is sandy brown and thick it looks brittle but once you touch it its very soft anyways my question to you is what is a good product to use on her hair and scalp . Her hair looks so dry and her scalp is to but not to the point where her scape flakes up . I purchased afican pride dream kids olive mircle detangleing moisturzing shampoo and conditioner and now im nerves about using it . Since birth I started out on the johnson and johnson and as she got older i used precious and soft for kids of color and still the same out come dry dry dry I dont know what to do because now her hair is so thick it takes me 2.5 hour to do so please help

Iysha - posted on 12/09/2010

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I personally wouldnt use adult shampoos on a baby. i just used an adult shampoo on my 17 month old and it got in her eyes...my poor baby screamed her head off. i felt soooo bad. i used it because i didnt pack her baby shampoo with me. your baby's hair will grow eventually. i had lots of hair as a baby but my sister took 3 years to get her hair past the nape of her neck...now she has the thickest, most beautiful hair ever!!!

Jennifer - posted on 12/09/2010

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honestly shampoos and brushing doesn't make ur hair grow. . if you want her hair to grow massage her scalp. . it opens the folicles

Melissa - posted on 12/06/2010

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just leave her hair to grow at it's natural rate, it shouldn't matter to you what her hair length is. as a baby, my hair was short til i was 15months then it came in very thick and very fast. just leave your beautiful girl as is, she's not worried about it!

Tara - posted on 12/06/2010

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I work in pediatrics and using chemicals that are not made for children is not a very good choice. There is really nothing you can do for the hair growth--my first was about bald at her 1st b-day and then started growing, my 2nd now 10mnths is the same and is having a few curls in the back but not that much to create a hair do or anything. My first is 5 and her hair is curly down the middle of her back and beautiful. her 2nd b-day she had a pretty good amount. The gentle things are better for thier hair. I make my own shampoo since I do not like all the chemicals in anything---i also make my own wipes and other such like. The shampoo is not going to make much difference on how it grows. Enjoy her while she is small and enjoy the way God made her she will get hair in time. Also some of those chemicals if gotten in the eye can also be an issue. Hope this helps.

Jackie - posted on 12/05/2010

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One of my friends is an instructor at the salon school in the next town and she said that they have studied and found that most shampoos are the same. Some clean better than others since theres less fillers and water in them and some strip the hair due to too much stuff inthem but for the most part their all the same. She told me not to waste my time and money on different shampoos looking for what grows my hair and makes it stronger because youre washing out the vitamins that youre putting in. However baby shampoo is widely recomended since the cleansing chemicals are alot easier on skin and there are tons less of the extra unnecessary chemicals.

Lisa - posted on 12/05/2010

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No kind of shampoo is going to make her hair grow faster. I'd just stick with a baby shampoo for her. If you want to keep your hair healthy i'd use a salon brand specifically designed for your hair type, but the only thing that would do would be keep it healthy not make it grow any faster. And babies generally all have healthy hair, and dont need to worry about that in the first place :)

Bonnie - posted on 12/03/2010

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I would stick with a baby shampoo. Babies and kids have sensitive skin and scalp. We use Dove Baby and Huggies and they are both great.

Jessica - posted on 12/03/2010

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Garnier doesn't even work well on adult hair. I would definitely stick to johnson's... or some other shampoo especially for babies

Kimi - posted on 12/03/2010

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I don't think the shampoo you use will make any difference as far as hair growth goes but I would stick to baby shampoo if I were you. Baby skin absorbs chemicals way easier than your grown up skin does so if it doesn't say BABY on it you shouldn't use it. Baby shampoo sold in salons might protect hair from falling out better than stuff at regular stores but make sure it's for babies! All the garnier fructis stuff does is strengthen hair that's already grown to keep it from breaking and falling out.

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