As a first-time mom, I had no idea that hair products for toddlers would be a huge task. Trying to find the right hair care products for your kids can be a challenge. Depending on their hair texture, you can try out products for months before finding something you like.
With my 20-month-old toddler, he has curly hair. I knew that I would have to take care of his hair the way I take care of mine, using natural hair care products.
There are hair care products for children, but when I used them for my son, baby hair products would dehydrate his hair, the style didn’t last long, and it would take too long to work. When I decided to try using my haircare products on him, the true magic happened.
Hair Type & Porosity
If you are into the natural hair community, you know about the different hair and porosity types. At a baseline, there is 1A which is bone straight, and 4C, which is coily. Noah, my 20-month-old, has 2C – 3B hair. I, on the other hand, have 3B – 4B hair types.
We both have high porosity hair, which means that it frizzes easier and has a hard time retaining moisture, so doing our hair as often as possible with water-based products best serves us.
After his infant’s hair fell out (which usually is gone by 14 months), it was time to start taking care of his hair early to have options and know how to take care of it.
Many millennial black moms who have transitioned from relaxed to natural hair grew up having relaxers and not knowing how to take care of their hair which leads to breakage and the desire not to want to take care of our hair now that we are older.
Some went back to the relaxer, but I stayed natural, which has given me an advantage when taking care of my son’s hair, especially since it’s curlier than mine.
Hair Products for Toddlers under 24 Months
When washing Noah’s hair, we keep it simple. We use the Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Bath Wash. Aveeno is great for his skin overall, and because the lather is light, it rinses off easily from his hair. We haven’t had any issues with his scalp.
For days that we are going to deep condition, I use the Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Wash Day Deep Moisture Masque. I usually will leave it on for the duration of his bath and then rinse it out. A little goes a long way, especially for baby hair.
After that, we always put in a leave-in conditioner. The one I use is Design Essentials Conditioner Almond and Avocado Moisturizing and Detangling Leave-In. A pea-size amount is all you need to go across the whole hair. It smells terrific and allows me to comb through his hair without any problems.
Finally, I seal his hair with oil. I use African Pride: Moisture Miracle, which has Castor, Grapeseed, Argan, Coconut, and Olive oils. Since it’s a liquid oil, it goes on easy and smells good, which helps dry his hair faster.
For everyday maintenance, I will spray his hair with water. I will use a combination of the Design Essentials Conditioner Almond and Avocado Moisturizing and Detangling Leave-In and the Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Natural Daily Moisturizing Lotion. Both products work well in rehydrating my son’s hair and keeping the style’s hold for a day or two.
Overall the wash process takes five minutes, and so does the daily refresh. Since I use these products on my hair, I know how much to use and when to switch it up. I haven’t had to change the system through the seasons so far, and I can tell Noah knows he looks and feels great, which always is good for his confidence. I’m sure there are other hair products for toddlers but these work the best for us and I recommend trying them out.
I wrote another post about my recommended overall baby products outside of hair that you would check out.
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