Necessary Tools

Taking care of your little one’s natural hair doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming… as long as you have the right tools. Check out the following items that you may want to consider adding to your hair arsenal if you haven’t already.


Tools You'll Need for Detangling

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A Wide-tooth Comb

lrg wide tooth comb

*Tip: Never use a regular (boar bristle) brush to detangle. (Some naturals elect not to use brushes at all in their hair care regimen.)

A Spray Bottle

lrg water bottle

*Tip: Hair detangles easiest when damp and saturated with a “slick” conditioner. Create a cocktail of water and conditioner in your water bottle and use during your detangling process.

A Denman Brush

lrg denman brush feat

*Tip: This brush is completely optional but I felt worth a mention given that many curlies swear by this tool. Its nylon bristles have been known to make detangling a whole lot easier and are great at distributing product.

A Tangle Teezer

lrg tangle teaser

*Tip: This is also an optional tool, but many in the natural community swear that it detangles just as good as finger detangling; and it feels great on the scalp to boot.

Tools You'll Need for Conditioning

Disposable Plastic Caps

disposable plastic caps

*Tip: Plastic processing caps will be invaluable in you and your child’s natural hair journey. You’ll use them for pre-pooing and deep conditioning regularly so stock up. (Of course, if you’re out of processing caps you can always use a grocery bag.)

Avocado and Bananas

avacado and banana

*Tip: As an alternative to a harsh store bought deep conditioner you may opt to create your own deep conditioning treatments for your little one until they get a little older. Bananas and avocados are at the route of some fantastic deep conditioning treatments, so have some of these on hand. (They’re great to include in a healthy diet as well which also helps hair grow.)

Applicator Bottles

applicator bottle

*Tip: Applicator bottles are perfect for applying homemade conditioners, oil mixtures, or other cleansing products.

Tools You'll Need for Washing and Drying

Hooded Dryer

hooded dryer

*Tip: Little to no heat is best when it comes to taking care of your little one’s natural hair; but when you’re doing a conditioning treatment on your little one’s hair, a hooded dryer can be your best friend. Use heat during conditioning to help product penetrate the hair shaft.

Plastic Hair Clips

plastic hair clips 2

*Tip: You’ll find that plastic hair clips will become indispensable. Use them during your conditioning and washing process to keep hair sectioned. Conditioning and washing hair in sections keeps hair from knotting and tangling.

Microfiber Hair Towel

microfiber hair towel

*Tip: Regular bath towels have the potential to pull and break hair strands and create frizzies. Purchasing a microfiber towel is a great investment when it comes to drying your little one’s hair.

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19 thoughts on “Necessary Tools

  1. Amiaya says:


      • Raechelle says:

        Hello I read the post on Aloe Vera Juice to help regrow hair(THANK YOU!!!) Please tell me how to use this along with the daily spritz I use. I usually use water, Shea Moisture leave in Conditioner& olive oi(in spray bottle)l & seal with Coconut oil. Should I add the Aloe Vera juice to my daily spritz (bottle) and discontinue Coconut oil and seal with olive oil instead? Thanks a bunch for sharing your knowledge.!

        • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

          Hi Raechelle,

          No problem! Glad you found me. 🙂
          Mix equal parts aloe vera juice and water in a spray bottle. Spritz with that before applying your leave-in and oil. Whether you add this to your regimen is entirely up to you. What kind you use doesn’t really matter as aloe vera juice is generally the same from brand to brand. As long as it’s all natural, you’re good to go. 🙂

          Thanks for reading!

  2. Tiffany says:

    Gosh I hope you can help me. I’m so frustrated with my daughters hair. She is 2 yrs old and her hair is soooo fine, short and thin. She still has her bald spot in the back of her head!!!!! it seems like it just won’t grow or thicken up. She has that curly spiral hair. It stays dry and soo uneven. Could you please lead me in the right direction as far as products that I should try. I shampoo and condition her hair once every week and I use cocunut oil on it. Could you please please provide me with a regimen.
    Thank you in advance!

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      Hi Tiffany,

      Sorry it took me so long to respond.
      As far as a regimen, it’s honestly all going to be about experimentation, trial and error. There isn’t a universal regimen that I can give you that I can guarantee will work on her hair. Her porosity and texture are unique to her and will require a regimen that is unique to her. You’re welcome to try my hair analysis. That will help me get to know your little one’s hair and make a regimen tailored to her. You can find that here:
      I can make a few suggestions in the mean time:

      Have you added a deep conditioning treatment to her regimen. I wrote a piece a little while ago that included some all natural deep conditioning treatments that you can try. ( Either way, she’s old enough to do regular treatments. That will change the game for her in regards to moisture.

      Have you found a protective style (braids, twists, cornrows) that you can do on her hair and keep in a majority of the time? The less you have to manipulate her hair, the better. Protective styles also help the hair maintain moisture.

      And finally, is she sleeping on a satin pillowcase, blanket, or sheets? Cotton bedding can really do a number on natural hair. It sucks out all of the moisture and creates tons of friction.

      Try those few things, and I’m sure you’ll see some results. 🙂

  3. Leah A says:

    I am having such a time with my young daughter’s hair. I am not sure of her hair type at all. It looks like very small spiral curls when its wet, but when it dries it shrinks. Its soft and feels like cotton candy sometimes. She’s five. when she was younger her hair was growing fine. I would put it in box braids or twists(bantu knots) and leave it alone. I was also using one of the Hair Smoothies from the Carol’s daughter line. Since then i have been using taliah waajhd’s kids line. her hair has shed . now its just really dry. i use coconut oil , black castor oil, and some product called Baby dont be bald. its helping but its taking so long. i want to take it back to my old school way of deep conditioning it, braiding it and thats it.. I was even thinking of locing her hair, like mine, but i think i might be better off waiting

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      Hi Leah,

      Your last thought of deep conditioning and braiding is exactly what you should do. If you haven’t been doing weekly deep conditioning treatments and regular protective styling (braids, twists, cornrows) then that could be the solution to a lot of your problems. The less you have to manipulate her hair in a week the better, and the better conditioned/moisturized her hair is the better it will grow. Be careful with the Baby Don’t Be Bald as that product contains a lot of cheap oils like petroleum, and petrolatum. Those can create a seal on the hair strands that can make it hard for moisture to get in.

      Also, make sure she’s getting in enough water and green veggies in her diet for her age group. Hair will only grow if it’s properly moisturized, and that moisture can only come from water (from the inside out).

      Good luck, and thanks for reading! 🙂

  4. Kimberly D says:

    I have a 9 month old and her hair is dry, what should I do? I have used coconut oil and olive oil but her hair sucks it up and as far as shampoo I use the Johnson baby head to toe wash. I want to have beautiful hair and it is thick and curly with the exception of this small bald spot, but again I want to make sure it is growing and healthy. I also do not style it at this point it is just a fro. Please help!

  5. Fatara M says:

    My daughters are ages 3 and 8 and I am having the most difficult time with moisture for their hair. They both have type 4 hair, my 3 year old is 4c and my 8 year old is 4b. Both girls hair is extremely dry and I cant figure out how to keep moisture in. I wash and deep condition every 2 weeks and keep braids in their hair. Both girls hair seems to have stop growing for some reason as well. What suggestions do you have to keep moisture in and to maintain growth.

  6. Abi says:

    Hi, I’m so glad I found your website. My daughter is 6 and has 4c hair, very dry and its a struggle to keep her hair moisturized. In the last year, I developed a routine for her which I think is beginning to pay off. Before I learnt about having a hair routine, her hair suffered some damage which I suspect is from too tight cornrows and inproper detangling. One side of her head thinned out real bad, with lots of short strands in between, thin edges and generally thinner all on one half of the head. Plus we’re still experiencing hair breakage during combing and detangling.
    Lately, I’ve been lazy about deep conditioning with heat, I just apply a store bought deep conditioner and wash off 5 minutes later.
    Question is what can I do to help it grow fuller and longer faster? I’ve seen a little length lately but I want the thickness back.

  7. Shawna-kay D says:

    i have a 3 year old daughter with type 4 hair. Not really sure if she is a 4b or 4C. The back of her hair is dryer than the rest. She’s experiencing a little breakage and i only wash her hair 2 times a month. I’m wondering if i should just skip shampooing and just condition her hair every week. What are the best products to use to lock in moisture and how often would i need to do this?
    I use to use Johnson’s detangling spray and then B&B Castor Oil.

    • Kesha of We Got Kidz says:

      Hi Shawna,

      Here’s a great article on all natural hair products that may help you with your product selections:
      You may want to bump up your washing and conditioning to once every two weeks. 4b/4c hair types need LOTS of moisture, and if she’s experiencing chronic dryness, upping your washing and conditioning may be just what she needs. The best products to seal in moisture will be unique to your little one. There is no universal perfect product for naturals. I wish there was!! Moisturize when needed. That may be every other day for her. When the hair feels dry, moisturize! Her hair may retain moisture longer due to weather, her diet, and how often you do protective styles. You just have to continue to learn her hair, remain consistent with your regimen, and roll with the punches.

      I hope that helps! 🙂

  8. Kim says:

    I can tell your site will be a godsend to help me in learning and caring for my 2-year old daughter’s hair! I’ve learned from your site that she is between a 4b and 4c…(the celebrity examples were super helpful)! And I’ve narrowed down some products I’d like to use for her hair (Shea Moisture cleansing shampoo, Giovanni Direct Leave-in, and Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk co-wash). Will these be safe for my 2-year old’s hair? And would you recommend on how often to use them? Also, she has these little balls at the ends of her strands that drive me insane, by the time we’re done they either in the comb or on the floor…I’ve inquired to friends and family if I should clip her ends and have been met with both yes to clip them (as it will help avoid split ends and foster growth), or no (because it will “ruin” her natural curl pattern). I feel like I’m at my wits end lol:) I’m hoping with usage of these products I won’t have to clip them? Any suggestions would be so helpful!

  9. Kyesha says:

    Hi Kesha,
    I have a 4 and 5 year old with natural hair. My 4 year old hair is thinning and her edges have came out. I feel so bad because im sure its my fault for putting rubber bands on her head. Please help me and let me know how I can get her hair back together and get those edges growing.

  10. O'lesia says:

    hello. I was wondering would the shea moisture kids products be fine to use on my 11 month old’s hair.?

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