A few years ago it was hard being curly kid. Many moms and dads would complain about the troubles they faced trying to find products and information for their kiddo’s delicate curls. Products were limited and not easily accessible and many parents decided to straighten or “tame” curls, because that seemed like the only option.
Now, not only is there a wide variety of products for your curly hair, but your favorite brands have come out with fantastic curly kids' lines too. Here are 10 of our favorites.
This line is a great choice if you a want tear-free, natural and gentle cleanser and moisturizer. Start off with Mixed Chicks Kids Shampoo, which lightly cleanses hair. We recommend conditioning afterwards with the Mixed Chicks Kids Conditioner, since our reviewers say the shampoo is great for clarifying and can leave the hair squeaky-clean. This conditioner leaves hair soft and manageable. If you want some extra conditioning, use the Mixed Chicks Kids Leave In Conditioner. We’ve actually heard of some NaturallyCurly mamas using this for their own co-washing, since it’s colorless, fragrance-free and paraben-free with no harsh chemicals. This leave-in conditioner seems to be the liquid gold of the Mixed Chicks Kids line.
If you like CURLS for your own hair, say hello to the sweetest kids line! Curly Q’s is silicone, paraben, protein, glycerin and cruelty free. Start by cleansing the hair with Curly Q’s Curlie Cutie Cleansing Cream, a sulfate-free cleanser that will clean and moisturize at the same time. Curly Q's Coconut Dream Moisturizing Conditioner is the next step and reviewers have compared it to CURLS Coconut Curlada Conditioner for adults. If your little curly girl or boy is in need of moisturizer, use Curly Q’s Moist Curls Moisturizer and Curly Q's Curly Q Milkshake. Both of these products will provide the scalp with much-needed moisture for healthy growth.
CURLS also has a baby line – It’s a Curl! We know that babies’ skin and scalps are extremely sensitive and need very special formulations to promote healthy growth. Start off with the Curly Q’s It’s a Curl! Peek-A-Boo Tearless Shampoo, which cleanses with soothing botanicals. Next, move on to the It’s a Curl! Patty Cake Conditioner, which uses aloe vera gel and jojoba oil to seal moisture into baby’s locks. Use the It’s a Curl! Ring Around the Curlies Leave In as a leave-in, styler and deep conditioner as often as you see fit.
This year the NaturallyCurly community voted the SheaMoisture Kids line as their Favorite Product for Kids in our Best of the Best Awards. We love it and know you will too! This beloved brand’s kids line is made with natural and certified organic ingredients. Start by cleansing with SheaMoisture Mango & Carrot Kids Extra-Nourishing Shampoo, which cleanses while helping prevent breakage of delicate baby hairs. Next, finish off the wash with SheaMoisture Mango & Carrot Kids Extra-Nourishing Conditioner, which softens and smoothes as it detangles. If you need some extra detangling, spray on SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Kids Extra-Moisturizing Detangler. You can use this on dry or wet hair to bring those curls back to life after everything from days between cleansing to nap time bedhead occurrences. Then, use the SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Kids Curling Butter Cream with hibiscus flower extracts to volumize and define curls.
Carol’s Daughter understands tangles. Because of this, they have come out with a fabulous tangle-free kids line. Start with CD4 Kids Shampoo, which is made with aloe leaf juice to moisturize and soy proteins to stop breakage. Compliment this shampoo with CD4 Kids Conditioner, a creamy moisturizer that uses almond oil to add shine and softness. The CD4 Kids Detangler is a spray that detangles, moisturizes and conditions at the same time. These products are oftentimes sold as a trio, which means it doesn’t get any easier to have a tangle-free kiddo!
Popular brand Kinky-Curly has a Tiny Twirls collection, beginning with the Kinky-Curly Tiny Twirls Shampoo. This shampoo is an easy-to-apply foam, which doesn’t strip hair of moisture like some shampoos do. It also rinses out quickly for finicky children. The Kinky-Curly Tiny Twirls Conditioner has a thick and creamy texture, which ensures all hair is tangle-free at the end of bath time. After using this, detangle with a wide toothed comb. Finish your kiddo’s look off with the Kinky-Curly Tiny Twirls Styler, which will tame frizz and hold hair in place through trips to the playground and nap time. It’s great for edges too!
Your kiddos will love wash day with this strawberry and coconut scented line. Start with one of our Editors’ Choice favorites for this year, the EDEN BodyWorks Kids Coco Shea Berry Detangling Shampoo. This shampoo is very gentle and is made with essential oils that ensure hair does not dry out. Follow up with the EDEN BodyWorks Kids Coco Shea Berry Natural Leave-In Detangler and the EDEN BodyWorks Kids Coco Shea Berry Natural Moisture Milk, which leaves the hair tangle-free and moisturized. When it comes time to style, use EDEN BodyWorks Kids Coco Shea Berry Naturally Curly Crème and EDEN BodyWorks Kids Coco Shea Berry Natural Smoothing Gel. These products enhance shine and add definition to those cute curls.
8. MopTop Hair Fuzzy Duck
This kids line is for all hairtypes including straight, wavy, curly, coily and kinky hair textures. Begin by cleansing hair with Fuzzy Duck Natural Kids’ Shampoo & Body Wash, which gently cleans hair without chemicals or buildup. One of our favorite parts about this product is that it’s TEAR FREE. No more crying fits at bath time! Follow the cleanser up with Fuzzy Duck Natural Kids’ Conditioner and Fuzzy Duck Natural Kids’ Detangle & Leave-In to moisturize and condition. This kid line also features styling products like Fuzzy Duck Natural Kids Gel, which is a lightweight non-oily formula, and Fuzzy Duck Salon Kids’ Anti-Frizz Gel, which smoothes and softens curls and coils.
Described as being perfect for your “naturalista in training,” this line offers moisturizing products without parabens, mineral oil, petrolatum or sulfates. These products take into account the changes that your child’s hair goes through with his or her growth stages and are healthy additions to your routine. Step one is to cleanse the hair with Aunt Jackie’s Girls Heads UP Moisturizing & Softening Shampoo. After cleansing, use Aunt Jackie’s Girls Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner, which can be used as a co-wash, deep conditioning treatment or a rinse out conditioner. We love the Aunt Jackie’s Girls Knot Havin' It! Leave-In Ultimate Detangling Moisturizer because we know how tough it is sometimes with our little ones’ tangles. When styling, be sure to use the Aunt Jackie’s Girls E-Blast Vitamin E & Flaxseed Nourishing Scalp Remedy, which is great for twists, braids, and locs. For the wee little ones, use Aunt Jackie’s Girls Baby Girl Curls Curling & Twisting Custard, which helps twists and waves stay springy and smooth while de-frizzing. This product is described by some of our reviewers as being similar to your favorite Curl La La Defining Curl Custard, but with a milder scent.
SoCozy Boing collection was awarded an Editors’ Choice Award this year, and for good reason. The SoCozy Boing Curl Shampoo and SoCozy Boing Curl Conditioner are here for our extra-curly children. These products condition the curls without weighing them down. The SoCozy Boing Curl Gel-Cream moisturizes the curl from top to bottom and also holds it in place for a defined look.
SoCozy has three other collections for kids. Here’s the break down:
These products are designed as easy basics for cleansing and conditioning. The SoCozy Cinch 3 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Body Wash is the most likely the most versatile product that has ever entered the market. However, if you’re more comfortable making your kid’s regimen seem more like your own, there is a SoCozy Cinch 2 in 1 Shampoo + Body Wash and a SoCozy Cinch Super Hydrating Conditioner. These products have been described by reviewers as extremely gentle on skin and scalps.
These products are designed to discipline even the unruliest of strands, while defining curls and banishing frizz. With several different strengths of holds, you are sure to find one you like. The SoCozy Behave Styling Gel Medium Hold and SoCozy Behave Styling Cream Soft Hold are both great – just find which feel compliments your kiddo’s texture. There’s also a great SoCozy Behave Styling Mousse Medium Hold that boosts volume while defining curls, for anyone who loves the texture of foaming mousse.
Has there been a lice problem at your child’s daycare or school recently? You can help prevent it! SoCozy Boo! Lice Prevention Shampoo and SoCozy Boo! Lice Prevention Conditioner are here to scare those little bugs away. All ingredients are natural, so you won’t have to worry about harsh chemicals on your baby’s precious head. Stock up on these products for any outbreak that may happen or use them regularly, as they moisturize and condition along with the others.