Curly Hair Care for Kids

I get asked by a lot of mothers of curly kids how to take care of their little one’s curls. So I thought of putting up a post to help you all especially straight haired parents of curly hair kids.

  • Routine – The basic routine remains the same. You can check that out here – My Curly Hair Routine
  • Products – A shampoo, conditioner and a leave in cream. You can use the same products that adult curlies use. You can check this and this. Some curly hair brands have curly hair products especially for kids. You can check those out too
  1. Cantu Care for Kids Tear-Free Nourishing Shampoo
  2. Cantu Care for Kids Conditioning Detangler
  3. Cantu Kids Curling Cream
  4. Cantu Care for Kids Styling Custard (Custard is a moisturizing creamy gel)
  5. Cantu Care for Kids Conditioning Detangler
  6. Shea Moisture Mango and Carrot Kids Extra-Nourishing Shampoo
  7. Shea Moisture Mango and Carrot Kids Extra-Nourishing Conditioner
  8. Shea Moisture Kids Extra Moisturizer Detangler Coconut and Hibiscus

Note: Gels are good for special occasions where you want a little more hold to the curls. It can also be used by slightly older kids who have started to style their hair on their own.

  • Wash at least every 2-3 days – This will reduce the painful detangling sessions. Remember to use a lot of conditioner while detangling. It’s also a good idea to detangle before the wash with oil to reduce the pain further – 2 ways to detangle curly hair – dry and wet detangling
  • If your child’s school requires them to wear a particular hairstyle, there is no need to comb their hair dry. That is meant for straight haired kids only. All hairstyles can be done without combing too.

P.S – If you have straight hair and your kids has curly, never make them feel that their curls are something they should change or be ashamed of. Teaching them to love their curls from an early age can help in avoiding self-confidence issues and hair damage in the future.


  1. I have few doubts ,
    Before your very shampooing or co wash
    Do you apply oil ? If so then what about the products in your hair ? Will the oil be able to penetrate through the scalp with so many products build on hair ?

    1. I apply oil before every shampoo. Unless there is heavy buildup, oils can easily seep in to your hair. Moreover oiling also has the dual purpose of protecting your hair from too much shampooing.

  2. Hey this is not related to this post. But after you dry your hair you cannot keep it always open. My curls are not as well defined as yours but i am trying. Sometimes i tie my hair in a bun and afterwards all curls are gone only knots and frizzy hair remain. So i wanted to ask how do u tie your hair to keep the curls intact?

    1. Tying usually ruins the curls especially buns. I leave them open most of the time. While working out though, I put them in a high pony using a plastic jaw clip

  3. Your blog is so great 🙂
    I have spiral curly hair and it has shrunk a whole lot since I started using your method, it looks at least 3 inches shorter now. Oh well, I guess it will take longer to get back the long hair that I was aiming for, lol. I always thought I was a 3a, but really I think I am much closer to a 3b. My son (8) has curls as well and got really excited when I started showing him how to care for them.

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