4 Homemade Deep Conditioning Treatments for Kids with Natural Hair

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In a previous post I gave the how’s, when’s, and why’s of deep conditioning for children with natural hair. If your child’s hair seems chronically dry and brittle, it’s probably time to incorporate a regular deep conditioning treatment into your child’s hair regimen.

A deep conditioning treatment will improve your child’s general hair health making his or her hair smoother, more elastic, and ultimately easier to manage.

But what sort of conditioner should you use?

African American children’s natural hair doesn’t generally need a conditioner that’s full of silicones and alcohols. Those complicated conditioners usually have a high rate of product build-up which is no good if you want to keep the scalp clean and primed for growth.

All natural conditioners are usually your best bet. They’re cheap, easy to create at home, and can be tailor made to provide the specific nutrients and things that you need to help your little one’s hair remain hydrated and healthy.

Flip through to find four of my favorite homemade conditioners that you can use for a deep conditioning treatment.

*Tips:

  • It’s usually not necessary to process the hair with the conditioning treatment for longer than 30 minutes.
  • Use heat whenever you can when deep conditioning – be it with a hooded dryer or by heating the conditioning treatment for a short time in the microwave
  • With food hair treatments you’ll want to make sure to rinse out the hair thoroughly. Seal the cuticle at the end of your rinse with a spray of cool water.

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23 Comments

    • You absolutely could – that is, if you don’t mind blowing it around her head for 10 to 15 minutes. It would probably be easier to warm your conditioner in the microwave first before applying. Put some conditioner in a microwave safe bowl, microwave for about 15 seconds and then stir. Doesn’t need to be scalding hot, just warm. Then you can apply it to the hair in sections. Has the same effect. 🙂

  1. Can you save the homemade conditioner in the fridge in a mason jar until next was day….2 weeks perhaps? Or should I make it as needed?

    • The honey and oil one you don’t even need to refrigerate. The others that contain food I would make as needed. They may keep a day or so in the fridge, but I would imagine they’d be a little less effective and possibly a little gross after a week or two. 🙂

      • Brionna Arnold on

        Hello I have a ? .. what is the honey & oil for and how often do u use it? Im looking for a good oil or anything to use on my daughter hair ? Please help…

    • brenda smith on

      I REALLY LIKE WHAT I’M READING. BUT I HAVE EASY QUESTIONS. 1. WHEN YOU BLOW DRY WHAT TEMPERATURE SHOULD YOU USE? AND IS THIS DONE WITH OUT A CAP ON? 2. HOW OFTEN DO YOU DO THIS? WHAT DO YOU USE TO WASH AND DO YOU REPLY THIS AFTER OR BEFORE YOU WASH. HAIR WASH DAMAINGED AFTER BEING IN THE POOL OFF BUT MOSTLY DAILY. THIS IS THE BEST SOLUTION I HAVE READ. JUST NEED THESE QUESTIONED ANSWERED SO I KNOW I’M DOING IT RIGHT WITH NO QUESTIONS OF DOING WRONG. PLEASE HELP PLEASE.

  2. Hi any hair products you would recommend my daughter hair is really dry she has curly brown hair and I think her hair color plays a major part in why it gets dry but how often should I do the deep conditioner?

  3. Victoria Washington on

    when can you deep condition a baby’s hair? my daughter is 9 1/2 months currently and I use Camille rose naturals on my son and was wondering can I use it on her or Is it too early

  4. Hello,my daughter is 4 and i am a dummy when it comes to hair,but i think she has 4c type hair…its very dry and now stopped growing ..i damaged her hair by flat iron it..now it stopped growing..and i purmed her hair.but i believe her natural has came back..WHAT SHOULD I DO!! PLEASE HELP ME!!

  5. Hello,i am a dummy! When it comes to hair..i think my daughter has 4c type and i damaged her hair by purming it and flat ironed it abt 2 yrs ago..hwr natural hair has came back..WHAT SHOULD I DO PLEASE HELP!

  6. My daughter is 2 1/2. She has a head full of hair right up until her ears. Then she’s bald. I can not grip it at all!
    Can you help with a hair routine… I feel like I’m doing something wrong 🙁

  7. ****PLEASE HELP****

    In need of some major help😭😭😭😭 my daughter Brooklynn is 5 now but I’ve been doing her hair since the was 1 1/2. When she started going to school at 3 she began yanking out the barrettes from her hair, quickly ripping and splitting her ends, I would cut off the split ends, but noticed no matter how much I try to protect her hair, every last strand on her head ends up splitting and it breaks my heart knowing I’ll have to end up cutting off 65% of her shoulder length hair.

    What can I possibly do to protect hair ends and keep her hair growing and in a healthier state. I braided her hair last night into pig tails and wanted puffs on the top, when I went to tug at the puffs to fluff them up, her hair just ripped and felt like straw in my hands, I was devastated even though I’m always moisturizing her hair

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  9. Thank you so much for these treatments, most of the products are items that I have at home except for the dryer. (Which I will go purchase this weekend) My daughters both have really brittle and dry hair, nice length but I know that I need to really invest time into learning about how to care for their hair. My only question is how often do I need to do this treatment. Currently, their hair feels like cotton and sheds quite a bit.

  10. Just did the banana deep conditoner for my 5 month old , her hair drinks up any moisture so fast so hopefully this hair mask will allow her to retain hydration and make her curls flourish. I cleaned her hair with appl cider vinegar diluted , then applied deep conditioner and wrapped her hair with saran wrap and placed her bonnet over it. She will be sleeping in it overnight and it will be rinsed in the morning and moisturized , sealed with oil and styled.

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