Just for the Record, I Also Do Not Paint His Toenails
Dear Amalah, Queen of Everything,
I have a beauty question regarding baby hair. Your son and my son are only a few days apart in age so I figured that even though the Smackdown is usually geared towards those of us that are a little older than 1, you might have an answer to my question:
At what stage in a baby’s hair-development should one switch from just using baby wash on their hair to using kid’s shampoo and possibly conditioner? My son is still fairly bald on top, but he’s rocking the curls near the base of the back of his head and they’re becoming unruly. It’s not that he’s ready for a haircut yet, but some days those curls won’t curl and instead just fluff out into a big frizzy mess making him look more like Homie the Clown than my sweet baby boy.
I’ve tried using a dab of Frizz Ease Secret Weapon and that didn’t seem to do anything. I’ve tried using Paul Mitchell’s spray-in conditioner and it didn’t do much either. Using regular conditioner does seem to work pretty well, but it’s kinda hard to rinse out since he doesn’t like getting water in his eyes and hasn’t learned that he just needs to close them, dangit!
Have you ever used any of the kids’ shampoos and/or conditioners on Noah’s hair or do you have any other recommendations?
So Noah has a ton of hair, all of a sudden. Okay, if “all of a sudden” means “for months now.” He had his first haircut in February when he crossed into definite mullet territory, and about three weeks ago I decided it was time to graduate to a Real Big Kid’s Shampoo.
We’d used nothing but baby shampoos and washes on him before this — stuff from various variety gift baskets from my baby showers. Johnson & Johnson’s and the Gerber Grins & Giggles lines mostly, plus some Burt’s Bees. And honestly, this stuff barely even counts as Officially Opinion-Worthy. It smells nice, makes him smell nice and doesn’t sting his eyes. Plus! One bottle = all-over clean. Awesome. If only my life were so simple.
Noah gets eczema if we bathe him too often no matter what we use, and honestly I was completely okay with cutting back on baths instead of scouring the fahhhncy baby boutiques and organic shoppes for expensive shampoos and soaps. We use Burt’s Baby Bee Buttermilk Bath about once a week (Aveeno Milk Bath rocks too), but his hair got nothing but good ol’ J&J. Until we ran out of it, and I decided that his hair wasn’t nearly silky and manageable enough.
I bought him some of the L’Oreal Kids Soothing Lavender 2-in-1 Shampoo. Because…I don’t know. A little Johnson’s Bedtime Bath baby-smell nostalgia? It seemed like a good gateway shampoo? Plus conditioners! It would make Noah’s waves silky smooth without having to put two products on his head, which: NO. BAD. DO NOT WANT.
So. It was bad. Like, really bad. After two applications, Noah’s entire scalp started flaking and peeling. I’m sorry, but how the hell is he supposed to score the hot playdates with toddler dandruff?
So the L’Oreal has been banished to the back of the medicine cabinet and I bought some Burt’s Baby Bee shampoo and body wash. Massive regression back to infanthood, but his skin clearly isn’t ready for a big-kid’s shampoo.
Your son’s skin might not be as sensitive as Noah’s, and I freely admit I have zero expertise in this area, but I actually recoiled a little at the idea of using adult styling products on a baby’s head. It just doesn’t seem like a good idea. I mean, for me? BRING IT, TOXINS AND ADDITIVES. But for Noah, not so much. I don’t know though — is probably just my personal tic. How else does Gwen Stefani get Kingston’s hair into that rocking faux-hauk?
There are a lot of kid’s shampoos and conditioners that are designed for curly hair, and I’m guessing (hoping?) someone will comment with a recommendation. Noah’s waves do frizz occasionally, but usually a quick post-bath comb-through and some shaping with my fingers brings them back into shape.