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.


  • 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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    • 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. 🙂

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