10 of the Best Natural Products to Use on your Afro Baby’s Natural Hair

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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

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With African Black soap, mint and rosemary as the primary ingredients, this shampoo cleanses gently and naturally leaving no buildup behind.

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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.

4 Comments

  1. Hey love,

    My girls are 4 months old and the hair is incredibly dry all the time. I put extra virgin olive oil but yet it still dries out. I was wondering can u start using conditioner and leave in conditioner for their hair.

    I started using cantu shampoo and that seems ok but I really need help with the dryness cause after I moisturise it with Shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil it just goes very dry. It’s frustrating now

    Pls help lol

  2. Hey love,

    My girls are 4 months old and the hair is incredibly dry all the time. I put extra virgin olive oil but yet it still dries out. I was wondering can u start using conditioner and leave in conditioner for their hair.

    I started using cantu shampoo and that seems ok but I really need help with the dryness cause after I moisturise it with Shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil it just goes very dry. It’s frustrating now

    Pls help lol

  3. HI I’m a grandmotherof 6 and I loved the Baby Shea Moisture line on their hair and when they got about 2 yrs old I started with the Kids Shea Moisture shampoo and conditioner they are a little more expensive but only need to use a little and it’s well worth it I love this as well still use it didn’t care for the Cantu line on them

  4. Nakhayenze Justine Venus on

    My baby is 5months old ,she has thick hair though hard to comb ,what can I use to make the comb pass through gently without her feeling pain ,and what should I use to soften it

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