One of the biggest questions that I receive on almost a daily basis is what products I recommend for children with natural hair. The reality is that there is no perfect, “one-size-fits-all” answer that I can give.

Since natural hair comes in so many different textures and porosities, the combination of products that you’ll have to put together for your little one will be just as unique.

There is one universal tip that I tend to give when asked about product selection though, and that is to skip the products whose labels include a long list of unfamiliar chemicals. Either make the majority of your products at home; or opt for products with simple, all natural ingredients listed.

Whether you’re choosing products for your own natural hair, or you just need to find products for your little one, you will very quickly run into problems if you slap just anything onto the hair without giving the product label a quick onceover.

Most hair products with natural ingredients will list the “textbook” name and then the recognizable name after it in parenthesis. For instance, shea butter will be listed as Butyrospermum Parkii with “(Shea Butter)” listed after it.

More good ingredients include things like any sort of extracts, Cetyl Alcohol, which is a natural alcohol derived from plants or vegetables and, of course, water (aqua).

Reading and deciphering labels will take some practice, but once you identify what is what, the payoff will be great.

The following is a list of 10 products that are free of harsh chemicals. You can use any of them and have peace of mind that they will be safe for your little one.

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Remember, these are only suggestions. Try a product at your own discretion. If the product doesn’t help your little one to retain moisture or if you don’t see growth over a span of 6 weeks, then move on to something new.

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Shampoos/Co-washes

Aubrey Organics Blue Chamomile Hydrating Shampoo

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If your little one has chronically dry hair with a scalp that’s often dry and itchy, this is the perfect shampoo to try. It’s a hydrating shampoo that adds shine. It strengthens and softens hair with all natural oils and added vitamins.

This shampoo does contain a few proteins, so use this shampoo bi-monthly in tandem with a moisturizing shampoo.

Indian Hemp & Tamanu Grow & Strengthen Moisturizing Co-wash

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This strengthening co-wash is great for kids who need extra moisture due to damage from heat or a chemical treatment. It conditions hair while helping prevent breakage.

This co-wash is sulfate-free and it removes impurities without stripping hair of natural oils which makes it safe enough to use weekly. The Bamboo and Garlic Extract ingredients help to strengthen and thicken the hair while protecting it from breakage.

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Shea Moisture Raw Shea Retention Shampoo

SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo is a sulfate-free shampoo that is perfect to use after you’ve taken down long-term braids or cornrows from your little one’s hair. This shampoo will get the hair and scalp cleansed and will give you the perfect clean slate to apply a favorite conditioner for a deep conditioning treatment.

This moisture retention shampoo contains Sea kelp which is a mineral-rich nutrient that seals and smoothes hair cuticles.

Conditioners

(*Tip: Since the following conditioners are primarily herbal, you can water them down in a spray bottle and use them on you or your little one as a leave-in conditioner.)

 

Alikay Naturals Caribbean Coconut Milk Conditioner

This conditioner smells absolutely delicious. It’s has a special blend of natural ingredients that provide amazing slip, which makes it the perfect conditioner to use when your little one’s hair needs a good detangling.

As you can guess from the name, this conditioner contains Coconut Oil which can help increase the hair’s shine and strength. It also contains natural fatty acids which can penetrate the hair shaft to replenish moisture from root to tip. Great for coarser hair types like 4b and 4c.

Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner

This Oyin Honey-Hemp Conditioner is light and can easily penetrate the hair strands. This makes it perfect for little ones with looser curl patterns. Type 3’s and 4a’s can benefit a lot from this silky blend of ingredients that include aloe vera gel, hemp oil, honey, and hydrolyzed silk protein. It’s got a nice detangling slip and some serious moisturizing power.


Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner with Peppermint and Eucalyptus

If your little one suffers from dry scalp, this is a great conditioner to have in your arsenal. It’s a salon-quality conditioner at a really great price. It has a blend of certified organic botanicals that include peppermint and tea tree. These ingredients work together to moisturize and clarify your little one’s hair while alleviating dry scalp. This conditioner works best when combined with a good leave-in like Kinky Curly Knot Today (which I’ll cover below). Great for hair types 3c and 4a.

Leave-ins/Moisturizers

Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave In Conditioner/Detangler

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Kinky Curly is a leave-in conditioner and detangler that many naturals with coarser hair textures absolutely swear by. (It’s a leave-in that I personally use on my “straight-from-the-motherland” super thick texture of hair. Not sure what I would do without it.) It’s designed to smooth the cuticle and removes knots, snarls and tangles from kinky-textured hair quickly and easily.

Kinky Curly is quite thick, and at $11 per bottle, a little pricer than your average hair product. The best and most effective way to use it is to water it down in a spray bottle and apply it to wet hair after you’ve properly cleansed it.

Alikay Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner

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Here’s another great product from the Alikay Naturals line. This leave-in is the PERFECT moisture solution for ALL HAIR TYPES. It’s a lightweight leave-in conditioner that’s able to penetrate deep into the hair’s cortex to lock in moisture and soften, strengthen and condition each of your little one’s hair strands. It’s Infused with Essential oils, Aloe Vera and Silk Amino Acids which are able to repair dry damaged hair to promote moisture from inside the cuticle.

Oils/Sealers/Creams

WonderCurl Get Slick Hair Smoothie

Get Slick Hair Smoothie is a hair creme that can provide your little one’s hair with the benefits of organic coconut oil and organic castor oil. Coconut oil is known for its benefits to skin and hair and is the only oil that can penetrate the hair shaft. Castor oil is known for its medicinal properties and can protect the hair and promote hair growth.

Use Get Slick after you’ve applied a leave-in and you’ll be helping your little one to seal in moisture. Great for coarser hair textures.

 

My Honey Child – Buttery Soy Hair Crème

A little goes a long way with this thick buttery hair creme. It’s not greasy and can infuse new life into your little one’s dehydrated, damaged hair. Regular use can give you or your little one soft and well moisturized hair that bounces with health. The product nourishes the hair with Vitamins A & E for extra moisturizing and effective damage repair.

Apply this after spritzing hair with water or applying a water-based leave-in. Perfect for courser hair textures that may be damaged from a previous chemical process or heat damage. It’s also great to use when installing  protective style. Works great at sealing in moisture.

54 thoughts on “10 of the Best All Natural Products to Use on Your Child with Natural Hair

  1. Joy says:

    Every blog I visit seems to recommend the kinky curly knot today. I need to find a UK stockist ASAP! Great list. I am always looking for products to suit my children’s texture.

      • Kelly says:

        Hello I’m new to this my daughter is 4 months but I can’t seem to find nothing that works for her hair it’s curly and I use vitamin e oil on it and after a few hours it gets dry what products can I use on her hair ? I wash it in Johnson and Johnson and put the vitamin e oil that’s it

        • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

          Hi Kelly,

          Do you spritz her hair with water before applying any oils? If not, that could be a reason why you’re experiencing dryness so quickly. Get rid of that Johnson and Johnson and find a sulfate free baby shampoo. Cara B., and Shea Moisture Baby are great baby lines that I recommend. Remember that from birth to around 18 months your little one’s hair will go through a lot of changes. Her texture and thickness may change, and she may even experience a little hair loss. All of it is normal. Just remember to spritz with water before applying any oils. Not doing so you run the risk of just sealing in dryness.

          Hope that helps! 🙂

  2. Haley Wilson says:

    Hey Kesha, my daughter has VERY soft natural hair a I have noticed that it’s breaking off a little bit. I would usually take her to the hair salon to get a silk-out because it’s curly if I don’t. I’m trying to figure out is this the problem because of the heat that is being put on her hair. I need to know what I can use to make grow more instead of break off? Thanks

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      Yes, excessive heat without proper protection can cause thinning and heat damage. If her hair IS heat damaged, there’s not really any coming back from that. You’ve just got to stop the heat and trim the damaged areas as her hair grows. 🙁
      There’s nothing wrong with curly hair! lol. Take a break from the heat styling, find some sort of protective style for her hair (french braids, twists, etc.) and make sure to deep condition regularly to nurse her hair back to health. The products you choose are going to be all about trial and error.

  3. Kiki says:

    Hi Kesha, I must say ure rly doin a grt job taking care of ur daughter’s hair and helping us out as well. Do keep up the good work. My question is this my daughters hair type 4a,shes presently on protective styling right now and I intend to keep it in for two weeks. How do I cleanse, wash and condition her hair in this style without ruining it. Thanks

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      Hi Kiki,

      Thank you so much for the love on the site!
      There really isn’t a way to do a full deep conditioning without leaving the protective style a little fuzzy. It is important to keep the scalp cleansed though, so I would recommend putting a little astringent on a cotton ball and rubbing down her exposed scalp, or try using dry shampoo. To keep my little one’s hair moisturized during protective styling I mix water and a bit of leave-in conditioner in a spray bottle and spritz her hair with that. After that I use an oil like extra virgin olive oil to seal in the moisture. I simply put a bit in my hands, rub my hands together, and rub the oil down the length of her braids making sure to get the ends.

      Hope that helps! 🙂

  4. Tamiko says:

    This is a great website… Thanks for all the great advice. I have a 15 month old with very tight curls ( curly very tangled at the ends), I was using Hawaiian silky but it seems to leave a film. Also, when it dries her hair get dry. What can I use to keep her curls popping and well moisturized. Her hair if fine put very dry and curly once the product has subsided. Thanks!

  5. Trudy says:

    Hello ,?? My Daughter Hair is damaged trying to get it back what’s the best shampoo, conditioner, and treating product would you recommend I think I’m doing way too much Braiding do you think I should stop ?that’s the only thing I do right now as styles. its bad Plz Help Thank you .

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      Hi Trudy,

      Getting natural hair to retain length and retain moisture is only about 30% what products you choose. The rest is about your regimen and how you physically treat the hair.
      Are you only combing your daughter’s hair with a wide-tooth comb when it’s damp/wet and slick with conditioner. Never comb the hair dry. Protective styles (braids, twists, cornrows) are actually the perfect thing for natural hair as long as they’re not too tight.

      To get her hair back to a healthy state, do a protein treatment. You can purchase a protein pack from your local beauty supply. It really doesn’t matter which brand. After that, follow up each week with a deep conditioning. Here’s a great article on how and when to deep condition: http://curlz.wegotkidz.com/how-to-deep-condition-natural-hair-kids/.

      The rest of your product selections are really going to be about trial and error. Shea Moisture and Aunt Jackie’s are two great brands to start with.

      Good luck! 🙂

  6. Laura says:

    Hello! I have a 16 month old daughter and I am just trying to figure all this hair stuff out. I don’t have anyone to ask for help really either. I use shea moisture kids shampoo once a week to get the left over food residue out. Then after bath I use the shea moisture kids conditioner. I don’t rinse this out and I put in as much as her hair will accept. The first time I used 9 pumps in Her short hair and now it’s down to 5. I separate each curl section and apply it with just my fingers. Next morning: shea moisture leave in conditioning spray with the curl smoothie and if we are going out I use the curling butter cream. Am I doing too much? Her hair in the back is 4B or C and the top is more 3C. She is slowly growing hair on the sides but she seems to always have frizzy hair. I am hair illiterate, have had the same messy “mom” him since I was 13.

  7. nikki says:

    My baby is 9 months and goes swimming. I am unable to avoid washing weekly … any suggestions for black babies who swim?
    Also is wetting hair followed by sealing with coconut oil 2x a day excessive? If so how often should it be ?

  8. Keyanna says:

    This website is very informative. Thank you so much for sharing. My daughter is 15 months with 4b hair, thanks to your chart. I’m taking advantage of all the tips!

  9. shona says:

    Hello I’m so glad I found your blog. My 12 month old hair is not growing. I wash weekly and each night I was spritzing with water and I was using a jojoba oil by sunflower mega care and I believe that made my baby hair thin on the top and come out. Even when oiling her hair it stayed dry. Please help me grow my baby hair!!!

  10. Maria Baker says:

    Hi! I am to tears right now after reading and realizing how much damaged my daughter’s hair is and how much I had contribute to it. I am Puertorrican have regular wavy hair that doesn’t require much work. My husband is Jamaican and my daughter is 6 years old has 4b hair. Needless to say I had no idea on what to do with it. We live in El Paso TX and my search for a place that can deal with her hair has failed! There are not “black hair” salons and the ones that got recommended were terrible. Last night I did I guess the worst thing I could’ve done to her hair. I detangled her hair dry with my hands and flat iron it. I was left with a ball of hair in my hand.

    I have read lots of things in the page and have learned a bit this far. I am getting a protein pack and will follow the advice from the how to repair damage hair article. I guess my question is when do I do the protein pack? I am going to buy a hooded or bonet hair dryer (have no idea what it is but will ask at Sally’s)? Also any advise on hair styles that don’t pull the sides of her hair? She has very damaged broken hair on her sides.

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  12. Sibi says:

    Hi Kesha- your website has proven to be such a fab resource for me on naturally curly hair.

    I am facing a dilemma with my 7 year old’s hair- she has 3C hair, i myself am naturally a 4B,but currently relaxed hair. My mom has 3B hair- so i am constantly confused as to how to handle me daughter’s hair… 3 generations, 3 hair types. So now i do a 3 step- spritz with water, apply coconut or almond oil and seal in with shea butter. My challenge though is i am looking for products that define her natural curl- because i want her to wear her hair down more often and i also want something that can give her hair more volume. Please help..

    p.s. we are based in Nigeria (West Africa) so the humidity is also a challenge

  13. ella says:

    My 4 year old granddaughter has soft natural hair. It’s not coarse but does have silky curls to her shoulders. I need a shampoo, conditioner and a cream, oil or something to use when I put it in pony tails. Any suggested brands I should use.

  14. Teresa says:

    My daughter has EXTREMELY dry hair….I believe she has 4B/4C hair…I have tried so many product lines, and they all leave her hair dried out and sometimes hard…I did deep conditioners every 2 weeks…have tried the LOC method…nothing seems to work…HELPPPPP!!!! What are suggestions or some of the best products and hair regimen for a 4 year old with extremely dry or porous hair?

  15. Tanya says:

    Thank you for creating this blog. Long story short, I’ve been natural for years, but just recently learner how to really care for my hair. Now that I know better I’m realizing some things about my 9 y.o. daughter’s hair. I send her to the salon bi monthly to have her hair braided. It’s very thick and dry. Recently I’ve noticed that it’s not growing and her braids don’t go pass her neck. Any suggestions on routine change for healthily hair that isn’t Brillo hard?

  16. 'tosin says:

    My 8 year old daughter has just recovered from a bout of folliculitis which left 2 big patches on her head. It’s been a month now and the hair has started to grow back but it’s so fine and sparse. I’ve been applying Shea butter. What else can I do to speed up the growth?

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      Hi ‘Tosin,

      I’ve got your question down and will be addressing it on my Facebook Live Natural Hair Q&A on Thursday the 14th. I’m funneling all questions there (because I get so many) and I also would like everyone to be able to benefit from the answer.

      So, if you can, hop onto my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/kidzwithcurlz on Thursday the 14th at 6pm EST. If you can’t make it, you can always watch the video on my page to obtain a lot of great information.

      Thank you for contributing to the conversation! 🙂

      -Kesha

  17. Nakia Smith says:

    OMG, coming across this page is one of the GREATEST blessing I think I’ll receive today! I have a 5 year old daughter, who had naturally curly hair. I allowed her dad to take her to a hair salon, and I’m not sure what was done.. It’s looks like they could have put a perm in her hair(but I’m not sure). I notcied last night while washing her hair that it doesn’t have it’s normal texture and her ends look a bit choppy. I often keep her hair in braids or twist. Can you please give me some recommendations on products to use, to get her hair back in it’s proper form. I’ve read all the comments, but I need to know what to BUY so get her hair back healthy and growing.. PLEASE HELP ME KESHA

  18. Cloey says:

    I am seeking help with my 5 month old daughter and her hair. She has a soft kinky curly texture but I struggle with finding natural products that will help moisturize and stimulate growth without damaging her hair follicles or actual hair itself. Please advise what I can do for my 5 month old.

  19. jamileah says:

    Hey kesha, i have a 3yr old i notice her hair dropping after i applied gel in it a few times .. Its now always dry, i dropped an her hair is thinning, i recently got introduced to alikay natural products.. I’ve been using the lemon grass leave in conditioner.. Right now i need help for more moisture, a product for holding her hair neatly (eg.Gel like product with will not damage hair) and a shampoo and a co Washer and a conditioner after i use the shampoo

  20. lillie johnson says:

    my granddaughter is 5 and her hair is dry and coarse never had any chemicals.Trying to figure out the right products to seal in moisture.should i just buy the shea butter and jojoba oils for her hair?

  21. Testa says:

    My daughter is 2 , she has thick hair, but soft and frizzy. I want to start using natural products so it can be long n beautiful. I can’t seem to get the back to grow. The products that I currently use is the cantu for kid’s. I also use the real Shea butter. What is a good product to try at thus moment.

  22. Cherolette Davis says:

    Hi Kesha. My daughter is 8 years old and has very thick long hair with tight curls. I am looking for the best shampoo and conditioner for her hair to make it easier to comb and manageable. I tried the Kenpure Cococut creme Cowash set however it made it really difficult to comb. I usually use Tresemme in her hair which is not bad, however am looking for something better. Please let me know your thoughts and recommendation. Thanks

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      HI Cherolette,
      Product selection is all going to boil down to trial and error. I can’t tell you a product that I can guarantee you will work on your little one’s unique hair texture and porosity. Shea Moisture and Aunt Jackie’s are great lines to start with. 🙂

  23. Toshai says:

    Kesha I truly appreciate you your work information and diligence. I’m an older mom with a 5 year old after raising a boy for 8 years … So now I’m tasked with hair duties. I’ve purchased your recommended products which actually work and switch up sometimes when I feel her hair has become immune. Her grade is very different than mine. I’m in the Atlanta area as well and should you ever open a kiddie salon we will be your committed customers!!!!

  24. sylvia says:

    hi keesha keep it up with ur good works, PLS recommend what I will use to make my baby hair to grow, it not too full, d front was falling out, I want it full like afro. thanks in advance

  25. Bilkiss says:

    Hi k, I want to train my daughter hair natural becos I used texturizer on her hair n now is under growth and is paining her anytime I comb her hair. So wat should I do becos I want to stop putting relaxer on her hair.

  26. Mary Ware says:

    The best I have ever used is the GKhair Serum. It instantly fights the hair frizz and flyaways if there is any. It creates a protective shield over each hair strand leaving a soft smooth finish. Works best on my dry and frizzy hair and I am quite happy with the results it had delivered me in the past couple of years. Just love it. 🙂 <3

  27. Yenong says:

    Hi, my daughter have a problem with her coily hair.. i want to make it more soft but not easy to find the serum here in Bali, can you recomended something to use please..

  28. Melinda says:

    Hi, I was wondering what hair care advice you give for little boys. My son is 4 y/o and doesn’t want to get his hair cut anymore. It appears to be coarse and dry. When combing it, it seems thick and kinky like little tight to the head curls. I saw a pic of your son ams and it looks like their hair maybe similar so can you give some tips and/or advice for maintenance, growth and moisture retention.

  29. Taushi says:

    Hey, my daughter is 1yr and 3mo her hair type is 4c seems like nothing ever does the job , I’ve tried cantu for kids and also some other says soft and pretty I don’t know what else to use to lock in some type of moisture in her hair please help its very thick and curly but so very short

  30. Melissa says:

    Hello. My daughter is 10 and has curly yet frizzy hair if no product is in it. I’m looking for something that will moisturize her scalp as well as slick and moisturizer her hair. She is allergic to coconut oil and any other type of nut. Do you have any suggestion of chemical free/all natural hair products for her?

  31. Nidea says:

    Hey Kesha i have a 9 year old daughter and her hair is very course I can’t even come thru it touch it hardly of nothing. I got her a texterizer twice and I loved it I could see her growth and everything but it became to expensive every 2 weeks so I never went back after that. The type of hair she had before her texterizer was real course but wen I washed it it was curly but tangled. I want to be able to put her hair in ponytails or twists all her life all I ever do is braid her hair I want something different I want to kno what can I use to make her hair less dry n softer so I can actually comb thru it I can’t do her hair dry only wet what am I doing wrong ?????

  32. chilewe mumba says:

    Hi there, I wanted to find out whether you sell your products on wholesale, and if you do what are the prices.

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