Washing Your Child’s Natural Hair

(Last Updated On: September 27, 2014)
By DiscoveringNatural

When it comes to washing your child’s hair, you have three choices. You can either choose to wash the hair with a shampoo (sulfate or sulfate-free) or with a  or an alternative method.

Using Shampoo
Washing with a shampoo can quite drying to natural hair. This is because “sulfate” shampoos are known to strip all the dirt, build up and natural oils from the hair. The dryness can lead to breakage. Opting for a less harsh type of shampoo is advisable.  Sulfate-free shampoo are less stripping and have the capability of doing the necessary cleansing that needs to be done.

Using Conditioners
There are so many different types that can be used to cleanse natural hair. Finding the right one is both trial and error. Conditioners designated to cleansing are usually labeled as “co-wash” conditioners. These conditioners contain ingredients that not only soften the hair, but also cleanses the hair.  Note that co-wash conditioners will not produce as much foam or suds at all.  For children’s hair, doing a co-wash will help keep the hair from getting to dry, and also cleanse the hair. It is however advisable to do at least a monthly cleansing with either a shampoo or alternative cleansing method. This is to remove anything that the conditioner did not get rid of. To learn more about Conditioners, click HERE.

Using Alternative Methods
If you are feeling adventurous, you can try these other types of methods of cleansing your child’s hair:

How do I wash my Child’s Hair?
Washing children’s hair can be quite overwhelming. Using the following guidelines has helped me turn a tearful day into a happy one.

  • Wash the hair in sections
  • If washing in the tub, provide child with some form of distraction; bath toys, towels, dolls.
  • Play music

Setting the mood with music has been a godsend. When you wash the hair in sections, you are able to properly see the scalp and avoid major tangles. As you wash one section, twist or braid that section before you tackle the other sections. After each section has been washed thoroughly, rinse with lukewarm water.

What method do you use when washing your child’s hair?

About Sola

Sola is the mother of two natural hair girls, known to all, as “Big Sis” and “Lil Sis”. She is a blogger and advocate for helping parents with caring for their children’s hair and also their own hair. Sola is passionate about helping other people discover what being natural is, hence why her blog and YouTube channel is known as “DiscoveringNatural”. She enjoys spending time with her family and sharing life experiences with her friends, family and YouTube friends on her vlog channel, “DNVlogsLife”. Sola’s natural hair journey started with one year of transitioning. She had already transitioned her older daughter the year prior and was fully equip with doing so herself. The information she gathered during this time was valuable in educating others following the same path to returning to being natural. As of November 2013, Sola has been two years natural, however, the amount of knowledge she has learnt from this journey has been enormous. Her goal is to help others have a successful natural hair journey, and also teach parents how to manage their children’s natural hair.