Washing & Styling My Toddler’s Type 4 Hair

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Today we are going to be talking about doing my toddler’s hair.

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Kali will be getting her hair washed, conditioned and styled. I will be using a mixture of Shea Moisture products, some product samples I received at Curlfest 2019, and castor oil. We are going to go through where I wash her hair, what I use to detangle and moisturize, and styling.

Let’s get started.


First I decide when and where I wash Kali’s hair. If it’s close to bedtime I may do it while in the tub, but if it’s on the weekend, during the day, I will go to the kitchen. When doing Kali’s hair I like to use the kitchen more times than not. I start by cleaning off the kitchen counter next to the sink. I add a towel for her to lay on and we are good to go.

This is how I got my hair washed as a child and I find it easier than washing her hair in the tub while she’s sitting. For me, it’s hard to not get any water or shampoo in her face because she plays in the tub which is fine. I’ve seen little cute baby visors for that purpose but it’s not that serious to me. If you have one let me know how much you love it!


Kali laying on the kitchen counter getting her hair washed at the sink


Keep your toddler entertained

After I wash her hair, I get her to her high chair, if I’m washing her hair in the kitchen. If not, I’ll get her out the tub and move to the bedroom. It’s a lot easier to distract her and keep her entertained while getting her hair done. I try to give her a toy or let her watch one of her favorite movies on the iPad. This includes a show on PBS like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood or a movie like Despicable Me (1, 2, & 3) or Sing, or the Incredibles (1 & 2) lol.

Detangle & Moisturize

I detangle her hair with a comb that is meant for detangling. I use the Safety First comb and I’ve been using it for almost 2 years. It came in the Welcome Baby kit. I use the LOC method for her hair. I add a little leave in conditioner, oil, and then Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Kids Curling Butter Cream. I detangle again after the products are in and move on to styling.

Safety First Comb and Brush Set


Styling & the Finished Look

 Sometimes I do braids, ponytails or a mixture of both. It’s hard for me to keep her still after about 30 minutes so I usually get half of her head done the first night. I tend to finish the next day sometime.

Now she’s all done for the next two or three weeks. I moisturize with water and a leave in over the next couple weeks and once I start to see that it looks a little frizzy or if there’s a lot of new growth and dirt, I start the process over again.






How do you care for your toddler’s hair? Do you prefer to wash their hair in the tub or in the kitchen? What is your favorite products to use on your toddler’s hair? How to do get your toddler to sit still?! Let me know in the comments below!


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