Dec 15, 2021

Hair Care Routine for Kids with Curly Hair

Hair Care Routine for Kids with Curly Hair

Kids are born with great hair. But it’s how you take care of it that keeps their hair healthy and vibrant – especially for curly hair kids. Like parenting, there’s no manual or instruction booklet mapping out your curly hair kids hair care routine. Mostly it takes a great deal of trial and error. Start with this beginner’s guide to creating a hair care routine for curly hair kids.


Morning Routine for Curly Hair Kids


The good news is you do not have to wash your child’s hair every day. In fact, we’d advise against it. Washing curly hair too frequently will zap moisture and cause frizz. Aim for washing your kids’ hair once or twice per week.


If your little one wakes up with flat hair, try using a spritz of water to refresh the curls. Wet the hair using water from the tap or a spray bottle. The hair should be wet but not soaking. You can use a small amount of curl gel, leave in conditioner, or spray to put some moisture back into the curls and reduce frizz. Smooth product over the hair using the pray method. Allow to dry naturally or using a diffuser hair dryer.


At this point your toddler should be ready to go. Avoid brushing out dry curls. And style as desired with a plastic stretchy spiral hairband or similar made for curly hair.


Bedtime Routine for Curly Hair Kids

Your child’s curly hair bedtime hair care routine will probably be a little more involved than the morning routine. The goal is to avoid tangles forming throughout the night, which will help make the morning routine easier for everyone.


At night put curly hair into one or more loose braids or Pineapple. This will help reduce tangles. The pineapple method consists of putting your toddler’s hair in a loose ponytail or bun on top of their head. This style prevents flattened, frizzy curls that occur as your little one lies down to sleep at night.


Finally, put a silk pillowcase on their pillow. This is the finishing touch and will help keep the shape of the curls in tact.


Special Hair Care Products for Curly Hair Kids

Not all hair care products are created equal. Look for a product that’s made for curly hair to ensure your child’s locks are getting the nutrients they need.


First and foremost, curly hair needs moisture! Curly hair is naturally prone to dryness and frizz so it’s essential you provide moisture in the form of special hair care products for curly hair kids.


Look for products that contain natural butters that lock in moisture and nourish hair follicles including:

  • Murumuru butter
  • Avocado butter and oil
  • Shea butter


Remember to choose lightweight styling products to not weigh down curls. Lightweight products contain few oils, little butter, no silicones, no waxes, and no petroleum/mineral oil. They’re products including serums, mousse, gel, shampoo, and some conditioners.


Here’s what to look for:

1.     The first ingredient should be water or aloe

2.     Check top 5 ingredients for butters. Ingredients are listed in order of concentration, so if an oil or butter is listed first or second, there’s a good chance the concentration of oil/butter is high and could potentially weigh down hair.

3.     Choose lighter ingredients overall, beyond the top 5. Examples are extracts, hydrosols, milks, and waters.



There are so many routines to maintain with your toddlers and now you can add hair care to that list. The thing is, creating and maintaining a sound hair care routine for your child’s curly hair is something you cannot overlook. Start by breaking down the day into morning and bedtime. Then arm yourself with the right curly hair kids products. Once you get the routine down, it will be smooth sailing from there.

If this article was helpful, you'll want to take a quick peek at our ultimate curly hair kids and toddlers guide here: The Complete Guide for Curly Hair Kids

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Risa Barash,
Founder & Owner of the entire Fairy Tales Hair Care Family