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:
It includes hydrolyzed wheat protein, which can help deeply hydrate curly hair. The product also includes sweet almond oil and vitamins A and E, adding an extra layer of softness to the hair — not to mention its sweet strawberry smell.
In 2016, the NaturallyCurly community voted the SheaMoisture Kids line as their Favorite Product for Kids in our Best of the Best Awards. 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, but they have 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.
Cantu is another popular line of natural hair care products, but they also have products especially for kids curls. This is a specialized formula with pure shea butter, coconut oil and honey that nourishes fragile waves, coils, and curls without icky sulfates and parabens.
Formulated with aloe vera gel and jojoba oil to seal moisture into locks, while protecting the scalp, especially for baby’s curls.
In 2016, the SoCozy Boing collection was awarded an Editors’ Choice Award and its Fuzzy Duck Natural Kids’ Conditioner is proof that the award was well-deserved. The product 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+.
Knots and tangles are common with curly hair, and The Kinky-Curly 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.
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