Natural Hair Care Regime for Toddlers - Koils by Nature

How you take care of your toddlers' natural hair will differ in some ways to how you maintain your adult natural hair. 


Figuring out how to maintain and manage our own curly, kinky and coily hair has its own highs and lows. But figuring out how to maintain and manage our toddler’s natural hair, can be a whole other story. Firstly, because their hair texture will be slightly different from ours, since our hair changes after puberty, and because they live a much more active lifestyle than we do. Let’s face it, our children are practically athletes, with what almost feels like an unlimited amount of energy. How we style and take care of their hair will differ from how we treat our own. We also want to set them up for a positive and healthy hair care routine, that will make it easier and more exciting for them in the future. 


Your Toddler’s Shampoo Routine

We all need to shampoo, even our toddlers. Shampooing too often will dry out your child’s hair and make it harder to maintain and detangle. But not shampooing at all won’t be doing your child’s hair any favors. 


Shampooing once a week should be enough to get out all that environmental buildup and dirt that may have accumulated in their hair during play time. Use a gentle, all natural shampoo in their hair. You definitely want to stay away from those chemicals. They don’t need it, and do we even need to get them started on the unnatural stuff?


Go for a Hydrating Hair & Scalp Shampoo made without parabens, sulfates, silicones and mineral oils. Instead, use a shampoo with ingredients like jojoba oil, calendula flower, hemp seed oil and other nourishing ingredients to hydrate and cleanse that adorable scalp! 


Moisturize

You’ll want to moisturize your toddler’s natural hair at least twice a week. This will make the whole detangling process less painful and tiresome for the both of you. We want to encourage their hair to stay moisturized, and show them from very early on how important it is to moisturize their hair. This way, it will come natural to them as they grow up. 


Use lighter oils like jojoba oil, or argan oil to hydrate their ends throughout the week. Their hair will only require a small drop of oil to moisturize, so you don’t need to go too far with their hair oils or butters.


Detangling 

Here we go! Detangling is a mission. But when we have the right approach, with the right props and tools, it doesn’t have to be full of tears and screams. Always dentalge their hair when it’s wet, and if it dries during the detangling process, have a spray bottle to mildly mist the sections you need to work on. 


You’ll want to use a wide tooth comb, or your fingers, but either method requires some gentle loving. Yanking from their roots to their tips isn’t going to do anyone any favors, it's going to stretch out the whole process, it will hurt and damage their roots, and they’ll associate detangling time with trauma time. Sometimes we just avoid detangling their hair all together, but avoidance will only cause the two of you more trouble, time and pain by the next round. 


Styling Time

There are many fun and adorable styles you can go for from braids, to two strand twists to locs. Whatever route you take, make sure not to style too tightly, because this will stress their scalp. Stressing their scalp too often can lead to alopecia somewhere down their adulthood line, plus it’ll be painful for them. Make sure to moisturize their hair, even during the two weeks that you leave in their preferred style, so it’s not a dry mess by the time it’s time to take down that style for a new one. 


Wrapping up their hair at night

We know this can be a real mission, but sometimes the insistence is worth it. After a while they’ll get used to it and learn to value it. We know you need to pick your fights, and if this one only adds stress and drama to their bedtime routine, ditch it. But if you can find a scarf they absolutely love, then maybe they’ll want to wear it to bed and protect their hair from drying out from those cotton sheets. If not, you may want to consider laying out a satin pillowcase to protect their hair. 


Final Thoughts

Though in the beginning this may be a huge learning curve, in the end we bet you want your child to be proud and love their natural hair. We need to do our best to make this a great experience for them, ask them what styles they want and find the right natural products that they love. Our hair, our style and our preferences are important aspects of our identity. When we nurture and take care of their hair, we are adding another layer to their sense of self love and beauty. And who knows? Maybe even our own sense of self love and beauty too! 

How you take care of your toddlers' natural hair will differ in some ways to how you maintain your adult natural hair. 


Figuring out how to maintain and manage our own curly, kinky and coily hair has its own highs and lows. But figuring out how to maintain and manage our toddler’s natural hair, can be a whole other story. Firstly, because their hair texture will be slightly different from ours, since our hair changes after puberty, and because they live a much more active lifestyle than we do. Let’s face it, our children are practically athletes, with what almost feels like an unlimited amount of energy. How we style and take care of their hair will differ from how we treat our own. We also want to set them up for a positive and healthy hair care routine, that will make it easier and more exciting for them in the future. 


Your Toddler’s Shampoo Routine

We all need to shampoo, even our toddlers. Shampooing too often will dry out your child’s hair and make it harder to maintain and detangle. But not shampooing at all won’t be doing your child’s hair any favors. 


Shampooing once a week should be enough to get out all that environmental buildup and dirt that may have accumulated in their hair during play time. Use a gentle, all natural shampoo in their hair. You definitely want to stay away from those chemicals. They don’t need it, and do we even need to get them started on the unnatural stuff?


Go for a Hydrating Hair & Scalp Shampoo made without parabens, sulfates, silicones and mineral oils. Instead, use a shampoo with ingredients like jojoba oil, calendula flower, hemp seed oil and other nourishing ingredients to hydrate and cleanse that adorable scalp! 


Moisturize

You’ll want to moisturize your toddler’s natural hair at least twice a week. This will make the whole detangling process less painful and tiresome for the both of you. We want to encourage their hair to stay moisturized, and show them from very early on how important it is to moisturize their hair. This way, it will come natural to them as they grow up. 


Use lighter oils like jojoba oil, or argan oil to hydrate their ends throughout the week. Their hair will only require a small drop of oil to moisturize, so you don’t need to go too far with their hair oils or butters.


Detangling 

Here we go! Detangling is a mission. But when we have the right approach, with the right props and tools, it doesn’t have to be full of tears and screams. Always dentalge their hair when it’s wet, and if it dries during the detangling process, have a spray bottle to mildly mist the sections you need to work on. 


You’ll want to use a wide tooth comb, or your fingers, but either method requires some gentle loving. Yanking from their roots to their tips isn’t going to do anyone any favors, it's going to stretch out the whole process, it will hurt and damage their roots, and they’ll associate detangling time with trauma time. Sometimes we just avoid detangling their hair all together, but avoidance will only cause the two of you more trouble, time and pain by the next round. 


Styling Time

There are many fun and adorable styles you can go for from braids, to two strand twists to locs. Whatever route you take, make sure not to style too tightly, because this will stress their scalp. Stressing their scalp too often can lead to alopecia somewhere down their adulthood line, plus it’ll be painful for them. Make sure to moisturize their hair, even during the two weeks that you leave in their preferred style, so it’s not a dry mess by the time it’s time to take down that style for a new one. 


Wrapping up their hair at night

We know this can be a real mission, but sometimes the insistence is worth it. After a while they’ll get used to it and learn to value it. We know you need to pick your fights, and if this one only adds stress and drama to their bedtime routine, ditch it. But if you can find a scarf they absolutely love, then maybe they’ll want to wear it to bed and protect their hair from drying out from those cotton sheets. If not, you may want to consider laying out a satin pillowcase to protect their hair. 


Final Thoughts

Though in the beginning this may be a huge learning curve, in the end we bet you want your child to be proud and love their natural hair. We need to do our best to make this a great experience for them, ask them what styles they want and find the right natural products that they love. Our hair, our style and our preferences are important aspects of our identity. When we nurture and take care of their hair, we are adding another layer to their sense of self love and beauty. And who knows? Maybe even our own sense of self love and beauty too! 

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