Here we explain how to use our range of organic children’s hair conditioners to keep children’s hair soft and tangle free. Suitable for all ages and made with natural ingredients, they offer a gentle way to look after your child’s hair.
WHEN TO CONDITION KIDS’ HAIR?
The conditioner conundrum is a common parenting problem and the reality is, whilst conditioner should not be used on babies, there is no right or wrong time to start conditioning children’s hair.
When used as part of an organic hair care regime, a conditioner softens the hair to leave it feeling smooth, shiny and manageable.
CONDITIONER FOR TODDLERS AND CHILDREN
By the time your toddler reaches their third birthday it is likely that they will have a headful of soft hair. At this stage the follicles are still relatively delicate, and, for this reason, it is advisable to care for their hair using an organic shampoo and conditioner designed for children.
Whether you condition your child’s hair is very much a matter of personal choice. If your child has thick, curly hair, applying a small amount of children’s conditioner to the ends of the hair may help to make the hair less frizzy and more manageable.
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Children that swim a lot could also benefit from having conditioner applied to their hair if swimming pool chlorine has left the hair feeling dry.
Whilst our Quinoa & Artichoke Shampoo is part of our adult hair care range it is safe to use on children and is particularly effective at repairing damage caused by chlorinated water. This is because it contains an extract from Artichoke leaves that reseals the surface of the hair to reduce porosity and restores the shine to damaged hair.
Children with short hair are less likely to need conditioner but applying a small amount of conditioner to the end of their hair can give it a naturally healthy shine.
CONDITIONING BABIES’ HAIR
Whether your baby is born with hardly a hair on their head or a head full of hair, conditioner is simply not needed. Infant hair is very fragile and should instead be gently washed with water to keep it clear of dirt.
Newborn skin is also very delicate and some children will experience cradle cap, a skin condition that causes the skin on the scalp to flake. Whilst it might look like dandruff, cradle cap is actually a form of seborrheic dermatitis.
Gently rub a small amount of Organic Babies Soothing Baby Salve to the scalp. Made with calming Lavender, this helps to soften and release flaky skin without irritating the scalp. Gently comb through, and rinse thoroughly with our Scent Free Baby Shampoo.
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HOW TO APPLY CONDITIONER
For adults, conditioner should be applied sparingly to the ends of the hair and left for 1-2 minutes before being thoroughly rinsed out. Care should be taken not to use too much conditioner or you might find that the hair feels flat and weighed down by product instead of feeling sleek.
For children, the need to condition hair depends on both the age of the child and their hair type.
To ensure the product is not too rich for their hair, a children’s conditioner should be used until the child reaches their teenage years, and, like with adults, the conditioner should always be thoroughly rinsed out.
WILL CONDITIONING HELP TO PREVENT HEAD LICE?
Toddlers and children of school-age are particularly prone to catching head lice regardless of whether you condition their hair or not and, once head lice take root in the hair, they are unlikely to leave on their own accord.
Whilst conditioning children’s hair won’t prevent headlice, using our Lavender Burst Conditioner for children can make it easier to comb out nits and lice.
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CONDITIONER FOR TEENAGE HAIR
By the time your child reaches their teenage years it is likely that conditioner will be an integral part of their haircare regime.
For teens with frizzy, fly away hair, a moisturising conditioner will help keep their style sleek. However, because teens can be particularly vulnerable to greasy hair and oily scalps, conditioner should only ever be applied sparingly to the end of the hair and should never be applied to the scalp.
Teens that over straighten their hair or subject their hair to hot styling tools may also benefit from conditioning their hair.
Excess heat can cause split ends, to combat this heat damage, an Intensive Repair Conditioner should be massaged into the ends of the hair. For particularly heat damaged hair we recommend leaving conditioner on for approximately half an hour before rinsing the hair thoroughly.
If your teen highlights or Balayages their hair they might find that, over time, their hair becomes vulnerable to dryness. To defeat dry hair encourage them to apply our Quinoa & Artichoke Conditioner.
Made with protein rich Quinoa, it softens and strengthens the hair and, because it contains a unique colour-lock system, regularly conditioning the hair could also help prevent hair colour from fading.
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Leave In Conditioner For Baby Hair
Leave-in conditioners are crucial to every child’s natural hair routine. This is the only type of conditioner that can actually stay in the hair without the need to rinse it out. Knowing this, it’s crucial that you choose the best leave-in conditioner for your child’s hair.
So if you’ve been on the hunt for the best leave-in conditioner for your child’s natural hair, I have compiled this list of tried and tested leave-in conditioners to use in her hair.
Before we get into the product list, I’d first like to answer some frequently asked questions about leave-in conditioners and the role they serve in children’s hair care.
What is a leave-in conditioner?
A leave-in conditioner functions pretty much the same way a regular conditioner does. The only difference is that you do not wash it out. Leave-in conditioners are also known as no-rinse-out conditioners and can be used on all hair types and hair texture.
To summarize, leave-in conditioners are the only type of conditioner that STAYS in your hair, because you’re supposed to leave it in your hair.
Leave-in conditioners can be applied on both wet and dry hair, although it’s best to apply to damp hair. They are majorly used to add moisture to hair and help restore dry, frizzy, and damaged hair. They are also used to make styling easier and protect hair when heat styling.
You can use a leave-in conditioner in place of your regular conditioner or use it after applying your conditioner especially if your aim is to keep your hair moisturized or repair damaged hair.
Why should you use leave-in conditioners on kids’ hair?
Your kid’s hair can really benefit from using a leave-in, particularly if they have dry and frizzy hair. Applying the leave-in locks in moisture into the hair shaft to help control the frizz and tame flyaways.
Leave-in conditioners also help make detangling such a tear-free and painless affair for your child and equally give you an easy time. This is because it contains ingredients that make hair soft and adds slip making it easy to comb through.
They also protect your kid’s hair when you need to blow dry or heat style their hair. And if your kid has color-treated hair, they will add vibrancy to the color making their hair shinier. For this, however, you will have to get a leave-in that is specially formulated for color-treated hair.
A good leave-in conditioner also comes in handy when they want to swim and you need to protect their hair from the color fading, dryness, and brittleness that comes with swimming in chlorinated water. Make a habit of smothering some good amount of leave-in into their hair before they jump into the pool.
And if your kid’s hair is the type that is weighed down by regular conditioners, replacing their regular conditioner with a leave-in will do away with the weight and flattening.
What’s the difference between deep conditioners & leave-in conditioners?
A deep conditioner is applied like a regular rinse-out conditioner, only that it stays a little while longer. Typically, 15-30 minutes though the exact duration will vary between brands.
Leave in conditioners on the other hand are not rinsed out and can stay in the hair till the next wash day. They are lighter in consistency and milder than deep conditioners are often meant for moisturizing and manageability. They however do not contain oils and are best applied on damp hair.
Deep conditioners are stronger and thicker in their consistency. They are meant for deeper penetration and are often used to provide extra nourishment as they contain a variety of oils and other nourishing ingredients.
What makes a good leave-in conditioner when it comes to ingredients?
A good leave-in conditioner should contain natural oils for nourishment. It should also contain vitamins and antioxidants as well as botanical extracts. Heat-protectant properties are also important to have in a leave-in as they help protect hair when heat styling and when exposed to heat.
Keep off from leave-ins with sulfates, parabens, drying alcohols, and other harsh chemicals as they damage hair in the long run.
Coconut milk and coconut oil, jojoba oil, aloe vera, honey, sweet almond oil, glycerin, cellulose, grape seed oil, and shea butter are some of the best ingredients to have in a leave-in conditioner.
Of course, you don’t expect to find all these ingredients in a single bottle of a leave-in but should at least have a couple. Also, look out for ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or do not go well with your kid’s hair.
Can babies use leave-in conditioners?
Babies too need moisture in their hair, right? So yes, leave-in conditioners are totally safe for babies but always check the recommended age on the product to be certain that you can use them on their hair. Leave-ins will help restore and maintain their curls as well as make their hair much more manageable.
Is leave-in conditioner bad for children’s hair?
As I just mentioned, leave-ins are totally safe for children. You however need to pick the right leave-in for them and know how to apply it to their hair. The best place to start with is knowing their hair type and how it behaves with different products.
Always check the list of ingredients before applying it on your child to spot any ingredient that they are allergic to. Try the spot testing as well, even though most of the ingredients are safe and hardly cause any allergic reactions, you can never really tell with a child.
Another precaution is to avoid the leave-in trickling down to their eyes, it can cause eye burns or irritation. In case you do, rinse their eyes with clean water.
Is there a difference between regular conditioners and kids conditioners?
Well, there is. Kid’s conditioners are formulated with mild baby-friendly ingredients since their scalps and hair follicles are still delicate and are prone to allergies and irritations. It’s highly advisable that you only use kid’s conditioners and products in general and only switch when the kids are way older.
Can I use a leave-in conditioner in my child’s hair every day?
Not at all. Leave-in conditioners are supposed to be left in your child’s hair until their next wash day. The effects last for longer than a week, using it every day will cause build-up, make their hair greasy and weighed down. Results of product overload.
If your child’s hair is dry, tangled, damaged, or too curly making it difficult to manage, you can use the leave-in at least twice a week. Otherwise, the general rule is to apply leave-in to your child’s hair once every week.
Do you put leave-in conditioner on wet or dry hair?
Leave-in conditioners are best applied on damp hair. Typically, they should be applied after you wash, shampoo, and condition their hair.
You can still use it on dry hair in cases where you want your child’s hair to be a bit more manageable or style-able. The only downside is that the product will not fully be absorbed into their hair shaft. But that’s okay since all you want is to soften their hair and not necessarily nourish or moisturize.