The curls and coils on the heads of little ones need special care and attention — their hair is delicate, which means the products used on their hair should be just as delicate. Regularly conditioning kid’s hair can help lead to not only bouncy and healthy curls, but also can cut down on the dreaded detangling process — making way for a tear-free hair styling time!
Here are the 15 conditioners for kids that will leave their curls rivaling adult curls:
Cantu is a popular line of natural hair care products for both adults and children, and curlies love the wallet-friendly price point too. This conditioner is a specialized formula with pure shea butter, coconut oil and honey that nourishes fragile waves, coils, and curls without icky sulfates and parabens.
You may be familiar with the MopTop curl line for adults, but they have a FuzzyDuck collection for curly kiddos too. The FuzzyDuck Natural Kids’ Conditioner delivers a weightless finish while moisturizing and instantly detangling — making the wash and conditioning process for kids a little more easier. Plus, the swirls of ripe berries gives the smell score an A+.
Tiny Twirls is the kids' line of Holy Grail brand Kinky Curly. Knots and tangles are common with curly hair, and The Tiny Twirls kids conditioner tackles that — creating a tear-free process during bathtime. With its thick and creamy texture, it also hydrates curls.
Are the kids’ curls in need of a deep conditioning? This deep conditioner penetrates curls with “fast absorbing vitals and nutrients,” creating softer and healthier curls — plus there’s no sulfates or parabens, which can be drying for curly kids and tend to be too harsh for their hair.
Infused with natural Keratin, it strengthens, smooths, and detangles curly hair while eliminating frizz. Vitamin E is also infused into the conditioner, and can help grow healthier hair and improve moisture. The product can be used on wet and dry hair — just make sure you lightly mist the dry hair before adding the conditioner.
This conditioner softens and moisturizes curls, making the detangling process an easier task for both you and your curly kid. You can even use this as a nourishing leave-in by not rinsing it all the way out and saving an extra step in your care routine.
The NaturallyCurly community has voted the SheaMoisture Kids line as their Favorite Product for Kids in our Best of the Best Awards, and it's easy to see why. This is sulfate free and great for detangling. This product includes mango butter, which leaves hair feeling silky smooth, along with carrot oil, which can help prevent breakage and promote growth.
This treatment can be used as a co-wash, deep conditioning treatment or a rinse-out conditioner and helps loosen and soften coils while replenishing moisture and strengthening the hair.
For little ones with Type 2 wavy hair, this conditioner is infused with with jojoba, coconut, and avocado oils — which don’t weigh down waves. It can also be used as a leave-in conditioner if delicate curls need lasting moisture.
This conditioner uses a child-friendly gentle formula with honey to help kids curls maintain baby soft hair and milk protein to help strengthen hair. One NaturallyCurly reviewer said the product “smells amazing”, but more importantly also said the product “cleanses well without stripping out the natural oils.”
Featured in our Back To School Shopping List for Wavy, Curly, and Coily Hair, was one of the recommended products for Type 3 curly hair. The product works better for thick hair, due to the heavy consistency of the product, and also includes properties of 14 different herbs and spices to leave hair moisturized.
For kids with Type 4 coily hair, the conditioner includes sage, chamomile, horsetail, and nettle, which help detangle and rehydrate curls, while soothing the scalp and reducing breakage.
Mixed Chicks is another popular brand used by adults that has a kid’s hair care line as well. This conditioner is not just great for hydrating, but also for detangling — which means fewer tears in the end. The jojoba oil in the conditioner softens curls and tames frizz.
Does your kid have a problem tackling dryness with their curls? Check out this conditioner infused with virgin coconut oil that can help lock and seal in moisture while keeping curls soft and healthy.
Formulated with aloe vera gel and jojoba oil to seal moisture into locks, while protecting the scalp, especially for baby’s curls.
Do your precious little curlies have a favorite conditioner? Share in the comments section below!
The product links in this article have been updated.