One of the biggest questions that I receive on almost a daily basis is what products I recommend for children with natural hair. The reality is that there is no perfect, “one-size-fits-all” answer that I can give.
Since natural hair comes in so many different textures and porosities, the combination of products that you’ll have to put together for your little one will be just as unique.
There is one universal tip that I tend to give when asked about product selection though, and that is to skip the products whose labels include a long list of unfamiliar chemicals. Either make the majority of your products at home; or opt for products with simple, all natural ingredients listed.
Whether you’re choosing products for your own natural hair, or you just need to find products for your little one, you will very quickly run into problems if you slap just anything onto the hair without giving the product label a quick onceover.
Most hair products with natural ingredients will list the “textbook” name and then the recognizable name after it in parenthesis. For instance, shea butter will be listed as Butyrospermum Parkii with “(Shea Butter)” listed after it.
More good ingredients include things like any sort of extracts, Cetyl Alcohol, which is a natural alcohol derived from plants or vegetables and, of course, water (aqua).
Reading and deciphering labels will take some practice, but once you identify what is what, the payoff will be great.
The following is a list of 10 products that are free of harsh chemicals. You can use any of them and have peace of mind that they will be safe for your little one.
Up North Clean Curls Cleanser