How, When and Why to Do a Clarifying Hair Treatment on your Afro Baby’s Hair

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Does your little one’s hair look lifeless and dull? Does their curl pattern seem non-existent? Do the products that you apply seem to just “sit” on top of the hair strands not penetrating? The most likely culprit is buildup and your little one may be in desperate need of a clarifying hair treatment.

Why Use Clarifying Hair Treatments?

Over time, those heavy hair butters and oils that you use to seal the moisture in your child’s hair can cause buildup that isn’t easily removed with just a quick shampoo. If you use hair greases on their hair and scalp the buildup can happen even faster and be that much harder to remove. The only way to remove this buildup is by doing a clarifying hair treatment.

If you’ve been doing research on natural hair care you may have heard that any product or shampoo that “strips” the hair is bad news; but the reality is that clarifying shampoos and hair treatments have their place in a healthy hair regimen. If you use a lot of serums, greases and gels when styling, clarifying regularly is a must.

When Should I Use Them?

If your child is at least a year old and you’ve never done a clarifying treatment then it’s definitely something you may want to consider adding to your hair regimen for him or her. Hair should be clarified (no more than) once a month in order to clear the hair of build up and impurities. This will give the hair a literal and proverbial “clean slate” and allow the products that you use to do their job effectively.

How Should I Do It?

Now that we’ve covered the “when” and “why” of clarifying hair treatments you may be wondering what the best methods are to go about doing them. There are some gentle clarifying shampoos on the market. Kinky Curly’s Come Clean Natural Moisturizing Shampoo and Moroccanoil Clarifying Shampoo are just a couple that you can try. Ultimately though, the best clarifying method is all natural and uses ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge and/or pantry.

Try the following natural method and see if it suits you. There are many other natural clarifying hair treatment methods. Research them and see which one works best for you. You may even opt to alternate methods each month.


clarifying hair treatment for children

Apple Cider Vinegar Clarifying Hair Rinse


8 ounce applicator bottle or empty spray bottle | 2-3 oz of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) | warm water |


  • Add your 2-3 ounces of ACV to your bottle and fill the rest with water. Your mix should be no more than half ACV. You can add essential oils to this if you’d like to help with the smell. (The smell will linger a bit when the hair is wet but will go away completely once dry.)
  • Apply the mixture to the hair in sections.
  • Put a plastic processing cap over the hair and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse the hair thoroughly and then continue with the rest of your wash day regimen (shampoo, then deep condition.)


Apple cider vinegar aids in closing the hair cuticle to promote smoother, shinier hair and will also help balance the pH of the hair and scalp.
*Note: Keep in mind that if this mixture gets into the eyes, it will burn. Have plenty of towels handy. This treatment is best done on little ones who can sit or lay still long enough to allow you to apply the mixture.

Do a clarifying treatment monthly and your little one will be on their way to sleeker, defined, more manageable hair.


About Author

Creative director, graphic artist, wife, and most importantly, mother to two Afro Babies - Kesha Phillips has appeared on shows like CBS Better Mornings Atlanta and AMHQ with Sam Champion featured as a parenting and lifestyle expert. Find Kesha all over the web sharing her knowledge and opinions on parenting, family life and social issues.

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