The best haircare products for children and babies with afro and curly hair

Keep these miracle workers in your bathroom cabinet to care for your little one's hair

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With an extensive selection of shampoos, conditioners, cleansers, moisturisers, curl creams, detanglers and style gels available, it’s easier than ever to find the right products for little ones with Afro hair.

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Afro-textured hair comes in all shapes and sizes, and as your child grows their hair will likely change texture over time, too. A great way to get started is to figure out what their hair is missing – for example, a little extra curl definition or some additional moisture – to help decide what sort of products they may need.

With brands such as Cantu, Shea Moisture and Aunt Jackie’s making products specifically designed for your child, there’s literally something for everyone.

Here’s our pick of the best haircare products for babies and children with Afro hair…

1. Curls It’s a Curl: Peak-a-Boo Tearless Baby Shampoo, £19.95

Product type: Shampoo

This is perfect for newborns. It’s very gentle on the hair and skin, while being completely organic, so no nasties can end up in their hair – or eyes.

Although it’s got a pretty hefty price tag, this shampoo does lather up very easily, so you only need a little bit, meaning it will last you a very long time! 

It also smells really great, too, with the perfume lingering on the hair for up to two days after wash day.

Available from: Amazon and My Hair and Beauty

2. Aunt Jackie’s Heads Up Moisturising and Softening Shampoo, £4.49

Product type: Shampoo

Not only is this sulphate- and paraben-free, but it’s also mineral oil- and petroleum-free, too, so it’s perfect for keeping the hair’s natural oils.

Our home tester also says it’s one of the most moisturising shampoos they’ve used – it contains both coconut and olive oil as well as shea butter, which leaves hair both clean and shiny after washing.

At a fraction of the price of the Curls It’s A Curl shampoo, Aunt Jackie’s is both affordable and effective. It also suits a variety of curl types – which is even better for bigger families.

Available from: Amazon and Beautizone

3. As I Am: Born Curly Avocado Shea Cowash, £6.49

Product type: Cleansing conditioner

If you want to avoid shampoo altogether, then this is a great option. This non-foaming co-wash is a gentle cleanser that gives the same level of cleanliness as a shampoo, but keeps all the natural moisture.

Not only does this smell amazing, but it’s also very light on the hair, which means if your child has looser curls you can easily use this co-wash daily for a deliciously scented avocado fix.

Available from: Black Hair Care and Naturalistic Products

4. K-Pro Afro Comb, £7.07

Product type: Comb

This sturdy Afro comb is a godsend when it comes to detangling any knots.

It’s comfortable to hold, which makes it really easy to gently comb out any tangles in the hair.

Plus, its wide teeth mean you’ll avoid any of the breakage a smaller-toothed comb may bring. There’s even a handy hole in the handle so you can hang it up in the bathroom.

Available from: Amazon

5. Cantu Care For Kids Conditioning Detangler, £4.99

Product type: Detangling spray

The spray bottle makes this so easy to apply – especially if you have a toddler who doesn’t like to sit down! Although it’s billed as a detangler, it works great as a leave-in conditioner and general moisturiser.

It’s filled with the holy trinity of moisture; shea butter, coconut oil and honey, meaning your little one’s hair will be moisturised and smell amazing.

Available from: Superdrug and Amazon

6. Mixed Chicks Kids Tangle Tamer, £10.49

Product type: Detangling spray

If you’re worried about product build-up, then this is a great lightweight detangler. It’s also great for shorter hair, too, as it adds a burst of moisture and shine with each spray.

Although it’s almost double the price of the Cantu detangler, this one is more lightweight on the hair.

Available from: Amazon and Black Hair Care

7. Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Kids Curling Butter Cream, £9.77

Product type: Hair moisturiser

This smells so good! Not only that, but it’s a great consistency – thick enough to leave hair feeling coated, but lightweight enough not to leave it feeling greasy.

This works great on thicker curls – such as 3c type curls and up – and as a curl activator after washing hair.

This one really quenches the hair so you’ll only need this one every couple of days.

Available from: Amazon and Kiyo Beauty

8. Cantu Care For Kids Curling Cream, £5.49

Product type: Hair moisturiser

If you prefer your moisturiser in a bottle rather than Shea Moisture’s tub, then this is for you.

This is a great curl activator if you want to moisturise any frizzy hair and get those curls popping. A bonus is, like all of Cantu’s range, this smells really yummy, too.

Available from: Black Hair Care, Superdrug and Amazon

9. Donna Kids’ Satin Bonnet, £3.69

Product type: Satin bonnet

This is a lifesaver when it comes to preserving hairstyles. Whether you’ve spent a few hours braiding their hair or just want to keep their hair neat for the next day, you need one of these.

A satin bonnet on their hair at night will keep in all the moisture and will guarantee that their hair still looks neat the next day.

Available from: Jazzy Hair

10. Curly Kids Hair Custard, £3.99

Product type: Styling

This hair custard is a mix between a moisturiser and a gel. So whether you’re doing some twists or just want their hair to stay in nice and neatly, then this is the best.

It gives a very soft, manageable hold, which means their hair won’t end up crispy. It also acts as a curl definer, too.

Available from: Kiyo Beauty and Love Afro Cosmetics

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