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Straight hair, waves, curls and coils all deserve the best, most hydrating care from day one. We looked at products for fit for every hair type, texture,and budget and narrowed down hundreds of bestsellers to a few top-reviewed favorites. From well-known name brands to hidden gems, here are the seven best shampoos for kids that'll keep locks clean and tangle-free.
Pair them with the best hair detanglers for kids and you'll be all set for a tear-free styling.
If you're in search of a shampoo that is gentle on your child's hair and scalp, look no further than Aveeno's two-in-one shampoo. It's hypoallergenic, hydrating, and safe for all hair types and textures to use. Offering a rich lather, this shampoo is fun and easy to use for babies, toddlers and big kids alike. The grip-friendly bottle sits nicely next to baby bathtubs, too.
And because it's ultra-gentle (it is made without phthalates, sulfates, dyes and phenoxyethanol) with gentle oat extract, you may even fall in love with this pick for your own hair. Choose from three available sizes and a bundle option that includes a detangler.
Don't be fooled by the adorable bottle or affordable price of this L'Oreal shampoo. It may seem gentle, but it's a total tangle-fighting machine. This kids' shampoo combines a clarifying shampoo and a gentle conditioner in one formula, quickly removing buildup and oil without drying out the hair.
We love that this shampoo is ophthalmologically tested, so it is tear-free and won't irritate sensitive eyes or cause redness. And if you're looking for a shampoo that can eliminate chlorine and salt water from your hair while leaving it soft and easy to comb, this is an excellent choice.
Curly hair and totally care? Then this shampoo from Johnson's is what you need to make bathtime a lot easier. No matter the length or type of curls your child has, this shampoo is specially designed to hydrate and honor curls, waves and coils. It effectively detangles, enhances the natural curl shapes and leaves the hair soft and tangle-free from root to tip.
We love that this kids' shampoo formula is free from parabens, phthalates, sulfates and dyes. It's also hypoallergenic, making it safe for sensitive skin. And the icing on the cake? The formula is also gentle on the eyes and doesn't cause redness or stinging. Multitasking at its finest!
Summer is all about swim, sun, and fun, but when chlorine jumps into the mix, it can really rain on your hair's parade. If you need a fast fix for dry and brittle strands after a dip in the pool, reach for this clarifying shampoo when you need to show chlorine who's boss. It's just as important as their toddler water shoes!
Gluten, soy, dairy, nut and toxin-free, this shampoo cleanses, detangles and moisturizes the hair with ease. It's enriched with orange blossom and grapefruit oils and aloe vera ingredients to clarify and soften hair, while pineapple fruit extract leaves hair smelling like paradise.
What really this shampoo really great is its ability to remove chlorine-induced green color from light hair in just one wash, saving you the hassle of scrubbing and scrubbing until hair is back to its normal shade. It's also tear-free and comes in two sizes, so you can order a two-pack if your kids end up really liking it.
This set from SheaMoisture is the perfect way to pamper your child's hair and give it TLC it deserves. In this set, you get a full-size shampoo and conditioner duo that removes dirt and impurities without stripping natural oils. There is also a curl-defining buttercream product that smooths and soothes dry hair while adding volume.
While every product in this set is packed with moisturizing extracts of slippery elm, hibiscus flower and nourishing marshmallow, it's free of silicones, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and petroleum jelly. That means you don't have to worry about fillers your hair doesn't need.
This shampoo is perfect for blonde hair that needs a pick-me-up. It contains chamomile, which is a natural ingredient that lightens and brightens blonde hair while giving the shampoo a pleasant scent. Despite its lightening abilities, however, this shampoo is effective enough to deeply cleanse the hair and scalp, which is essential for maintaining healthy hair.
Because this shampoo is alcohol, silicone, paraben and ammonia-free, you don't have to worry about it having any harmful effects on your hair and scalp. Note, however, that this shampoo is clarifying. This means it's tough on oil but can be drying, so you'll want to use a hydrating conditioner afterward. It's also ideal for athletic children prone to lots of buildup and sweat.
If your child is struggling with dandruff and flaking, this Walmart shampoo can help you regain control. It is sulfate and tear-free, cleanses and clarifies with antimicrobial tea tree oil and moisturizes with vitamin E and argan oil. Being free of sulfates means it's a winning choice for parents with hair color, too.
It targets impurities fast, a quality that makes it a reviewer favorite. It currently has a 4.9-star rating with hundreds of five-star ratings praising its gentle formula and that kids of all ages can use it. The modest pricing (around $10) makes it a viable competitor for even the best adult formulas.
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