In a previous post I gave the how’s, when’s, and why’s of deep conditioning for children with natural hair. If your child’s hair seems chronically dry and brittle, it’s probably time to incorporate a regular deep conditioning treatment into your child’s hair regimen.

A deep conditioning treatment will improve your child’s general hair health making his or her hair smoother, more elastic, and ultimately easier to manage.


But what sort of conditioner should you use?

African American children’s natural hair doesn’t generally need a conditioner that’s full of silicones and alcohols. Those complicated conditioners usually have a high rate of product build-up which is no good if you want to keep the scalp clean and primed for growth.

All natural conditioners are usually your best bet. They’re cheap, easy to create at home, and can be tailor made to provide the specific nutrients and things that you need to help your little one’s hair remain hydrated and healthy.

Below, you’ll find four of my favorite homemade conditioners that you can use for a deep conditioning treatment.


  • It’s usually not necessary to process the hair with the conditioning treatment for longer than 30 minutes.
  • Use heat whenever you can when deep conditioning – be it with a hooded dryer or by heating the conditioning treatment for a short time in the microwave
  • With food hair treatments you’ll want to make sure to rinse out the hair thoroughly. Seal the cuticle at the end of your rinse with a spray of cool water.


Have a deep conditioning treatment that you LOVE using on your child? Share it in the comments!


Kesha of We Got Kidz

Kesha Chisholm Phillips is currently a part time graphic artist and the full time writer and editor of WeGotKidz.com and the curly kid resource Curlz.WeGotKidz.com. You'll find her all around the web sharing her parenting journey which includes everything from hilarious family videos to her refreshing takes on what it means to raise children today. Kesha currently resides in Atlanta, GA with her lovely husband and twins AJ and Jax. <a rel="author" href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/113474876993763538705?rel=author">

14 thoughts on “4 Homemade Deep Conditioning Treatments for Kids with Natural Hair

  1. Alycia says:

    Hello, I would love to know if you could give me some advice. My daughter had like 3 type hair until she was 1.5 yrs old due to her pulling it from her scalp until she was bald. I know now that it is common among girls but didn’t know then. Anyway it grew Bach course but was like 4a hair. It was always tightly wound curls that would only stretch when wet. Now with the 4 type hair the curl was only truly defined when wet. It still had a curl pattern when dry just les defined. I put a textirizer in her hair (August/September 2014) and it still had not grown out. I want her natural hair back. I have seen breakage too that she never ha before. What can I do for her hair to moisturized( it’s always been dry and still is) and get it to grow? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      Hi Alycia,

      That texturizer situation is tough. You’re going to have to start deep conditioning treatments at least every week if she has chronic dryness. Outside of that, her hair needs to be in some type of protective style (braids, cornrows, twists) 50% of the time. Doing those two things will help you transition her hair back to natural a little easier and help her hair to retain moisture.

  2. Katrina says:

    Hello Kiesha 🙂 I’m having trouble with my 2 year olds hair…the back of hair has literally broken off all the way to the roots…I think I messed up when using sulfur 8 the original one on her hair like almost everyday.. I think it was entirely too strong..I feel so bad..what can I do to start her on the road to a healthy hair journey… Thanks so much and your daughter hair is beautiful!

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  4. Christina says:

    Hello my daughter is older 11 and she still has the same hair problems as she did when she was little. But didn’t really start until age 5, her hair was longer as a child now it’s just dry,very thick,and short. I read your page and it all makes sense now. I was a single parent busy working and I started slowing down taking care of her hair and that’s when it all started. So now at her age now what type of hair style should I do to it after I wash/condition it? And is it OK to put in hair grease? What type? And should I grease the scalp?

  5. Sapkul says:

    Hi Kesha, Great tips.. My 9 year old have very dry hair.. I can feel the roughness.. It was not like that before but from last 3-4 years its started. My question is when should I shampoo or before applying hair mask or after? Will this mask work as a conditioner? Please reply.. Thanks

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  7. Elizabeth says:

    Hi my girl is 5 years but she have very thin hair and dry pls what can I do to help it grow.thank u

  8. Chanell says:

    Hello, my daughter is 6 years old & has very thick, long hair. When I wash it it balls up soon after & becomes so dry, I have considered putting a relaxer in her hair but I don’t want to mess up the texture of it. Please I need advice on how to manage it.

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