Summer Care Tip: Natural Leave-In Hair Conditioner for Kids (with 2 DIY Recipes)

Summer Care Tip: DIY Natural Leave-In Hair Conditioner for Kids

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Now that I have a little girl (one with beautiful curly hair), I find myself searching for ways to keep her hair soft and tangle-free. With summer almost here, conditioning her hair has become even more important. Chlorinated pools and salty oceans usually lead to dry, damaged hair.

Tweet: Conventional hair conditioners are filled with dangerous VOCs and phthalates. http://ctt.ec/07cbk+ The natural way to prevent damaged hair is to first rinse it with clean water after swimming. Then, choose natural, toxin-free conditioners or detanglers to soften and strengthen hair.

California Baby makes a kid-safe Swimmer’s Defense Hair Conditioner that you can either leave in or rinse out (EWG gives it a safety ranking of 1 in their Skin Deep Database).

You can also use a natural detangler such as California Baby’s Calming Hair De-Tangler, which has the added benefit of built-in sunscreens (and a safety ranking of 1).

Baby Botanicals also makes a leave-in detangler for babies and kids (and it has a safety ranking of 2 in EWG’s Skin Deep Database).

Easy DIY Leave-In Conditioner/Detangler

If you would like make your own leave-in hair conditioner or detangler, the process is simple.

1. Fill a spray bottle with 12 ounces distilled (or boiled and cooled) water.

2. Add 2 tablespoons of your favorite conditioner.

3. (optional) Add 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil.

4. Shake to combine and before each use.

From-Scratch DIY Leave-In Conditioner/Detangler

If you don’t want to rely on store-bought conditioners, try this recipe:

1. Fill a spray bottle with 12 ounces distilled (or boiled and cooled) water.

2. Add 2 teaspoons of coconut or jojoba oil (or you could use 1/4 cup vegetable glycerin if you find the oil too greasy)

3. (optional) Add 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil.

4. Shake to combine and before each use.

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