Keeping Kids' Hair Clean and Soft Shampoo
braided hair at least every two weeks, to
keep it conditioned and easy to comb. Here
are the basics on taking care of thick hair:
First: Gather two thick towels, a large
tooth comb, a natural shampoo and
conditioner, and a blow dryer with a comb
Second: Choose a comfortable place to do
the shampoo. Small kids can lay on their
backs on the kitchen counter, with the head
tilted in the sink. Be sure to cushion the
neck with thick towels. Older kids can stand
and hold the head downward into the sink or
Now for the Six-Step Kids' Shampoo
1. Comb the hair out thoroughly, then
rinse the hair with warm water for a few
2. Apply shampoo to the scalp and ends of
the hair. Massage the scalp with in and out
motions, pulling the lather out to the ends.
3. Rinse thoroughly for a long time.
4. Apply conditioner to the hair,
section, and comb it through to the hair
ends. (This is important to make the hair
5. Rinse (or leave on conditioner), then
comb out and twist the hair into six to 15
sections, depending on how thick and long
the hair is.
6. Wait 30 minutes, then blow-dry smooth
and comb the hair into your favorite style.
(Blow-drying is recommended for thick hair.)
After the shampoo comb out, always
blow-dry hair with a comb nozzle attachment.
Don't let thick hair air dry, then attempt
to style or braid it; combing it will be
difficult and painful.
To Section and Blow-Dry Thick Natural
1. Part the hair into small, easy-to-comb
sections. Use your fingers to separate the
2. Hold the section close to the scalp.
Start combing the ends first then comb down
to the scalp hair.
3. Divide the combed-out section in two
and twist the two pieces together to keep
the hair separated and organized.
4. Using a comb nozzle, blow-dry each
section. Dry the ends first, then dry the
hair down to the scalp.
For extra care, do a quick natural
hot-oil or deep conditioning every other
month. This will keep kids' hair in good
condition and prevent product build-up on
Always apply a condition rinse after a
shampoo. Comb the conditioner or natural
hair oil through the hair to coat every
If the hair feels brittle and crunchy,
condition with hot oil.
If the hair and scalp look dry and ashy,
deep condition for moisture.
Cornrows & Co. Quick Hot-Oil Conditioner
If the hair is very soiled, shampoo once.
1. Apply about 1/2 ounce of natural hair
oil to the hair.
2. Wrap a moist warm towel around the
hair for 15 minutes.
3. Comb the warmed oil through the hair
and massage into the scalp.
4. Shampoo the hair thoroughly to remove
all of the oil.
5. Apply natural conditioner, rinse, comb
out, blow-dry (optional), and style.
Cornrows & Co. Deep Conditioner
1. Shampoo twice with natural shampoo.
2. Part the hair into eight sections
(more if the hair is very thick or long).
3. Apply conditioner and comb it through
each section of the hair.
4. Wrap a moist warm towel around the
hair for 15 minutes.
5. Rinse thoroughly, comb out, blow-dry,
Cornrows Are a Basic Style for Thick
Hair. Here's How to Do It:
1. Divide a section of hair into three
pieces: outer left, middle, outer right.
2. To braid, put the outer right piece
over the middle, then the middle piece
becomes the outer right.
3. Put the outer left piece over the
middle, and the middle piece becomes the