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How To Keep Your Child's Hair Moisturized

How To Keep Your Child's Hair Moisturized

Dry hair is prone to breakage and tangling so it is important to establish a natural hair care routine from a young age. Moisturizing their hair and scalp will also encourage new growth. Little ones don’t like to sit still so this routine is designed to be fast, easy, and effective.

Start Young

You should begin applying coconut oil, or your preferred natural oil, to your infant’s hair and scalp daily. Infants under the age of 12 months old are too young for shampoo and hair care products, so start with a tiny dab of oil that you comb or brush through. This will keep their growing hair moisturized and get them used to a daily hair care routine.

In their first year, use their infant-safe body wash to shampoo once every week or two. If their hair is thick or grows more than an inch in their first 12 months, you can wet their comb or brush or spray with a water bottle to make combing through and styling easier.

Sleep Bonnet

Sleep Bonnet Or Satin Pillowcase

Most kids won’t let you wrap a scarf around their head at bedtime until they are a bit older, but their cotton pillowcase will absorb the natural moisture in their hair. Even if they will let you wrap their head, kids tend to toss and turn a lot in their sleep, so a scarf is likely to fall off. The easiest way to start is with a satin beauty pillowcase. As they get a bit older, between the ages of 3 and 6 years old, transition to a satin sleep bonnet. When they are ready, transition to a scarf or wrap. The goal is to l maintain natural moisture, minimize breakage and tangles, and keep braids and protective styles in place.

little Boy Holding FroBabies Hair Shampoo

Choose A Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Once your child is more than 12 months old you can transition to Fro Babies Honey Bubbles Moisturizing Shampoo. The entire Fro Babies line is designed specifically for curly kids. It is formulated with natural ingredients, like honey and avocado, and is sulfate-free. Sulfate is added to many shampoos to gently exfoliate the scalp, but sulfates will strip and dry your child’s natural hair.

Maintain A Shampoo Schedule

In addition to selecting a curly shampoo, you must understand how often to shampoo your child’s hair. Shampooing too frequently, even with natural hair shampoo, can strip and dry hair. Here’s a quick guide which we cover in more detail in this blog post.

  • Shampoo 2A to 2C hair 2 times per week
  • Shampoo 3A to 3C hair every 7 to 10 days
  • Shampoo 4A to 4C hair every other week
  • You may need to shampoo more when it’s hot and humid
  • You may need to shampoo less when it’s cold out
  • Always shampoo when their scalp is sweaty, oily, or itchy
  • Always shampoo when there is product build-up, after swimming in salt or chlorine, or if hair is dirty after playing

If you must shampoo more than once per week you can alternate shampooing with a conditioner instead of shampoo to cleanse their hair and scalp without stripping the moisture from their hair. If you are shampooing more frequently because your child’s hair is itchy or oily, just shampoo their scalp, but don’t spread it through to the tips. Even if you are just shampooing their scalp, you will still need to apply a conditioner, which we cover below.

Condition After Shampooing

To repair damaged and dry hair, and lock in and restore moisture, always condition after you shampoo. We prefer the So Super Soft After Shampoo Conditioner. Just like Fro Babies shampoo, it is gentle and formulated with natural ingredients. It is also designed to release tangles. Feel free to finish with the L.O.C. method by applying a leave-in conditioner, natural oil, followed by a shea butter sealant.

Daily Conditioning

For daily use, apply the Detangle Me Baby Leave-In Conditioner to wet or dry hair. This help will retain moisture and making it easier to smooth, brush, comb, and style your child’s hair. A daily leave-in conditioner is particularly important if your child’s hair is already dry or damaged as it will help repair and protect. As their hair grows longer and thicker you may need to section their hair to condition and comb, particularly when it’s dry.

Coconut Oil in Jar with a Coconut in half

Use A Scalp Oil

Just like when they were an infant, continue to oil their scalp at least 2 days a week. Coconut oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, and jojoba are top picks. Oil their part and apply a tiny bit to your fingertips to massage into their scalp. Remember, a little bit goes a long way, so too much oil will build-up, and even weigh their hair down.

Little Curly Hair Girl Holding FroBabies Hair Product

Curly Kids Styling Products

Styling products help to define curls, minimize frizz, tame flyaways, and hold hairstyles in place. You must be as selective when choosing natural hair styling products as you are your shampoo and conditioner. General products designed for kids will likely be too harsh for natural curls, which can strip moisture and increase the risk for breakage.

Fro Babies has you covered with both a curl cream and a flake-free gel. Both products dry soft, not crunchy, making daily comb through easy. Just make sure you are using a wide tooth comb or brush designed for natural hair. For Babies products are also formulated to minimize product build-up, so that you can stick to your shampoo schedule.

Child with Damaged Dry Hair

Not Sure If Your Child’s Hair Is Dry Or Damaged?

The steps above are both proactive and reactive, but you might be wondering how to tell if your child’s hair is dry or damaged. Damage can happen gradually so you must be mindful of the 5 Signs Your Child’s Hair Is Damaged:

  1. It feels rough or brittle
  2. Constant or increased breakage
  3. Increased tangling
  4. Decreased elasticity
  5. Split ends


Here’s to keeping your child’s natural hair healthy and beautiful, and to a fast and easy daily hair care routine!

Feb 18, 2021

Shanequa Watt,

I recommend you try our FroBabies Hair leave-in conditioner. Your son is still young and his hair texture has not yet fully formed. Don’t worry too much about it. Enjoy your baby. Just use the leave in conditioner from time to time. When he is around 1 and a half – 2 years old, you may have a better idea of his true curl pattern and hair texture.

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FroBabies Hair
Feb 18, 2021


I recommend using the Leave in Conditioner for after shampoo moisturizing. You only need a little. Start using natural oils around 8 months.

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FroBabies Hair
Feb 18, 2021

What natural oils are good for after shampooing to keep hair moisturized for the first 0-6 months?

Feb 18, 2021


My son is 7 months and has so much hair his patterns range from 4a-4c. He hasn’t lost any hair in the back of his head like most baby, it’s just grown into an Afro. I do notice that the back of his hair is a different texture then the rest . I really need help a type of moisturizer. I tried virgin coconut oil but his hair just seems to soak it right up.


Shanequa Watt
Feb 18, 2021

Can I moisturize my baby hair daily with black Jamaican castor oil or do I need something else I have been using grease Vaseline but leaves no moisture at all. My baby had a head full of hair when she was born but now it is thinking and she’s getting a bald spot.

Shatrail Wells
Jun 12, 2020

Hi Shantell,
Please stop using the Blue Magic product. This product is too thick for your babies hair. Petroleum based products can also cause the hair to flake and block the hair follicles which hinders hair growth.

We suggest you use our FB Honey Bubbles Moisturizing Shampoo, So So Super Soft After Shampoo Conditioner or the Detangle Me Baby Leave In Conditioners are always great! As a styling agent use the Puffy Hold Me Down Gelle.

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Frobabies Hair
Jun 12, 2020

Tamika Lowe – Vaseline maybe too thick to apply to the scalp and will cause flaking. Vaseline also blocks the hair follicles and is also difficult to wash out.

Yes, Castor Oil can be used to eliminate dry spots on the baby’s scalp and give the hair a nice sheen

Castor oil is also used to strengthen the roots of the hair.

After shampooing your children’s hair, do not dry the hair completely, use a clean cotton T-Shirt instead of a thick towel to remove excess water, r Always follow up with the FB Detangle Me Baby LIC. Applying the product to hair when wet keeps the hair moisturized longer. You can choose either the Curls-A-Poppin Soufflé as a styling agent or the Puffy Hold Me Down Gelle.

Frobabies Hair Customer Service

FroBabies Hair
Jun 12, 2020

Sierra Fisher – This is awesome news! Applying product to wet hair keeps your sons hair moisturized longer. We appreciate your positive feedback and brand support.

FroBabies Hair
Jun 12, 2020

Hi, Im so confused. Ok so my daughter is 13 months and her hair sheds and its thinning on one side and the back. She has curly fine hair but like 2 different hair patterns.. I dont know if its supposed to shed everyday or not but i use blue magic and leave in conditioner everyday when i comb her hair. Can u you please help me?

Shantell Breaux
Jun 12, 2020

I have twins who are 15 months. I am not very good at doing hair and one of the twins has a complete meltdown everytime I attempt to do it🤦🏾‍♀️. They have very dry hair and your products have been a life saver! One thing I have not been doing is applying oil to their scalps. Is castor oil a good option? It was not one of the ones you listed and how about baby vaseline in the hair? Thanks

Tamika Lowe

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