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11 Best Kids Shampoos – Natural & Organic (2022 Reviews)

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Bath time is a favorite time of day in our house. For me – I know bedtime is getting close! My kids are clean and no longer covered in the remains of the day. For them – it’s time to splash, play, and bubble up.
Until we get to hair washing time. It’s always a struggle- tiny people bobbing and weaving in every direction to avoid the dreaded shampoo. Until now, that is. We’ve found some great shampoos that kids love, don’t cause tears, and are made just for them.

But there are so many shampoos and body washes targeted at kids. How do you know which one to pick? How can you find one that smells good, won’t hurt their eyes, and is natural? Or can keep lice away without burning their scalp? So many options!
You’ve come to the right place. Here is our breakdown of the 11 best kid’s shampoos.

Best Kids Shampoos - Gentle & Safe

  • 1. Everyone Three-In-One Shampoo, Body Wash, and Bubble Bath

    (Best all-around wash — $$)

    Why it’s great: I’m a fan of simplifying where I can and this product lets me do just that. The Everyone Three-In-One combines all our bath and shower time needs into one sweet lavender and orange-scented bottle. It’s a cruelty-free and EWG verified product, which makes it great for sensitive skin. Kids can go from tub to hair washing or shower quickly with one product. It’s simple and genuinely natural, so you can feel good about using it.

    Keep in mind: The soap base contains coconut oil, which is good to know if your child has any allergies.

    Good for: Parents and kids alike. The lavender scent is very soothing.

  • 2. Paul Mitchell Baby Don’t Cry Shampoo

    (Most trusted name in haircare — $$$)

    Why it’s great: Paul Mitchell is known for hair care. He makes products that women have loved for ages. This baby shampoo is no different. It’s tear-free, so you don’t have to worry about your child crying and frantically dodging you while you’re trying to wash their hair. Baby Don’t Cry has chamomile to calm and is softly scented with rose and amber. To fight extra tangles, use it with the taming spray.

    Keep in mind: This product is a higher price point than some of our other recommendations, but that’s to be expected with a name brand like this.

    Good for: A gentle wash for a sensitive scalp. Baby Don’t Cry is milder than most other shampoos.

  • 3. Shea Moisture Extra Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner

    (Best moisturizing duo — $$)

    Why it’s great: This set features shampoo and conditioner in a yummy mango scent. If your child has dry hair, Shea Moisture helps tackle it with carrot oil & organic shea butter, which restores damaged or brittle hair. It also has coconut oil, which helps to detangle, and mango oil, which is good for sensitive scalps. The Shea Moisture set is an excellent all-around product line for kids and addresses any hair or scalp concerns.

    Keep in mind: The scent may be overwhelming for children who are sensitive to smells or have sensory concerns.

    Good for: Kids with drier hair. The ingredients are excellent for tackling dryness and tangles.

  • 4. Baby Bum Shampoo & Wash

    (Most eco-friendly — $)

    Why it’s great: This is another combo body wash and shampoo, which is so much more convenient than having separate products. Baby Bum is completely plant-based, gluten-free, hypoallergenic, and vegan. Plus, its tear-free formula is gentle on sensitive skin. This is a foaming soap, which is lightweight and more fun for kids since they’ll see the big suds. It’s also easier for them to actually wash themselves since they won’t have to build up a lather first. You can choose from two light fragrances or go with the fragrance-free if you or your child is sensitive to scents.

    Keep in mind: This is best for babies and toddlers, since the foaming soap doesn’t build up as much lather. You can use it for older kids, but you’ll need to use a larger amount.

    Good for: Parents that care about having a natural, eco-friendly product.

  • 5. Honeydew Natural Dandruff Shampoo for Kids

    (Best natural dandruff solution — $)

    Why it’s great: This shampoo is a tear-free, natural, and gentle cleanser for kids with dandruff. It’s made with organic ingredients and moisturizes your child’s scalp while helping get rid of dandruff. The Honeydew shampoo also contains tea tree oil, which has antibacterial properties that fight dandruff and dry scalp. It doesn’t contain any of the harsh ingredients generally found in dandruff shampoos, relying instead on essential oils. Tea tree oil has also been shown to repel lice, which is an added bonus to this product.

    Keep in mind: Tea tree oil can irritate sensitive skin or those with sensitivity to strong smells.

    Good for: Children with dandruff. It also helps with cradle cap!

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  • 6. Johnson's Ultra-Hydrating Tear-Free Kids' Shampoo with Pro- Vitamin B5 & Proteins

    (Best budget option — $)

    Why it’s great: Johnson’s is a well known brand when it comes to all kinds of baby and kids’ products. This shampoo uses their “no more tears” formula that’s prevalent throughout their baby and kids line of products. This particular shampoo is ultra-hydrating and perfect for kids with dry or sensitive skin. It is hypoallergenic and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals. What it does contain are proteins and pro-vitamin B5, which moisturizes and nourishes dry skin and hair, while thoroughly cleansing it.

    Keep in mind: This is the most affordable option on the list, but it’s just shampoo, so you’ll need to buy conditioner separately for longer hair.

    Good for: Parents that want a brand they can trust at an affordable price.

  • 7. Fresh Monster Kid’s Shampoo and Body Wash

    (Most portable — $$)

    Why it’s great: Fresh Monster is a product created by two moms on a mission to bring a safe, affordable, natural alternative to the youth personal care market. It’s a two-in-one shampoo and body wash, so another convenient multi-use product. Fresh Monster is scented with natural ingredients – fruit extracts and botanicals, so you know exactly what you’re getting. And who doesn’t love supporting a company started by two fellow moms?

    Keep in mind: This shampoo can be a little drying, so it’s best for those that don’t have sensitive skin.

    Good for: Travel. The moms who designed this product created it with a pump that can be quickly closed, making it great to take on the road.

  • 8. The Honest Company Truly Calming Lavender Shampoo + Body Wash

    (Most soothing — $)

    Why it’s great: The Honest Company is another brand that’s focused on natural ingredients and doesn’t use any harsh chemicals in their products. This shampoo is another choice that doubles as a body wash too. It contains aloe, chamomile, calendula, coconut oil, jojoba protein, and quinoa extract, which all excel at moisturizing and nourishing skin and hair. You can choose from four different scents, but the lavender scent is my favorite because of its soothing properties.

    Keep in mind: There is a fragrance free option if you or your child are sensitive to scents.

    Good for: Parents that want a shampoo and body wash that will help to calm and soothe their child.

  • 9. SoCozy 3-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Body Wash

    (Best scent — $)

    Why it’s great: SoCozy has been making kids’ hair products for 20 years, so they have the experience and expertise to know what works. This 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner, and body wash make bath time a breeze. It was specially formulated with keratin, vitamin B5, and kiwi extract to help moisturize and nourish your child’s skin and hair. It doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals and it’s gluten-free. This one comes in a mango scent that’s light and refreshing. SoCozy also makes detangler spray, leave-in conditioner, and many other hair care products that you can check out.

    Keep in mind: This one is not tear free, so make sure to keep it out of your child’s eyes.

    Good for: Parents that want an all in one product that smells great.

  • 10. Baja Shampoo & Body Wash

    (Best natural option — $$$)

    Why it’s great: Baja is a good pick for kids of any age and skin type. It’s made with natural ingredients, boasting an Environmental Working Group (EWG) verified label, which means that its ingredients are safe for your baby’s skin and the environment. The wash is scented lavender with essential oils, which is excellent as you’re trying to get little ones to wind down for the night. Plus, a little goes a long way, which means this bottle will last for a long time.

    Keep in mind: This one isn’t as hydrating as some of the other options, so it’s best for kids who don’t live in a dry climate.

    Good for: Sensitive skin. As an EWG verified product, the ingredients are safer for all skin types, even tiny children.

  • 11. Fairy Tales Rosemary Lice Repel Shampoo & Conditioner

    (Best lice repellant — $$$)

    Why it’s great: Unfortunately, a lice outbreak is a rite of passage for many elementary-age kids. Ugh. When the call comes, it’s often followed by a shampoo made of something that smells horrific. Not necessarily! Now you can be prepared with this shampoo and conditioner duo.

    Fairy Tales was launched by a husband and wife team in 1999. It’s clinically proven to help repel lice with a proprietary blend of essential oils. Fairy Tales is paraben-free and doesn’t strip the scalp of moisture while repelling those pesky little bugs.

    Keep in mind: Some skin can be sensitive to essential oils. If your child gets an itchy scalp, this may be due to the oils in the products.

    Good for: Children who are around larger groups of kids – daycare or school. Lice like clean hair, but they don’t like the essential oils in this product!

Best Overall

The Everyone Three-In-One Shampoo, Body Wash, and Bubble Bath is our overall top recommendation. It's the highest quality product we have found with the most affordable price making it the best value on our list..

FAQs about Kids Shampoos

  • 1. My child hates having their hair washed. How can a good shampoo make it better?

    We’ve all experienced this. Our child sees us coming in with a cup of water to wet their head and suddenly they contort themselves into a pretzel, trying to dodge our every move. You barely notice because you can’t hear as they’re also screaming like a banshee. Shampoo time can be a terrible time.

    A good shampoo is a key part of stopping the wash time trauma. First, make sure your child isn’t going into the tub with major tangles. Use a detangling brush or comb to help get out any knots before bath time. Get a shampoo with a calming scent and let them test out the bubbles. Many of our picks are great for sensitive skin and eyes. Help your child understand that the shampoo will get their hair clean but won’t hurt them. Go slow and encourage them to sit still. Follow with a good conditioner to help tackle any future tangles. It may take time, but it will get better!

  • 2. There are so many shampoos. This list helps me narrow it down, but how do I know which one to get?

    It can be confusing with so many products to choose between. Think about what’s important to you (tear-free, natural ingredients, etc.), and then take a look at your child’s hair and scalp. Do they have dry hair or cradle cap? Lots of tangles? By thinking about both of these things, you can narrow down your options and find the right match for your child.

  • 3. Why should I use a shampoo formulated for children?

    Children’s skin and hair are different from adults’. They may also be more sensitive to specific ingredients or scents. Children’s products are formulated especially for them, with their skin and sensitivities in mind. They’re also usually tear-free, which isn’t common in adult products.

  • 4. When should I stop using children’s shampoo?

    If you feel like your child’s hair is no longer getting clean, you may choose to switch to an adult clarifying or oily scalp shampoo. Otherwise, there is no reason to change. Many adults, especially those with color-treated hair, like to use baby shampoo because it’s gentle.

  • 5. Does my child need a conditioner?

    This will depend on the child and their type of hair, but usually around 2-3 years old is the time to introduce a conditioner. For fine or thin hair, it may not be needed. Children that experience a lot of tangles would benefit from conditioner, as it will help to detangle the hair, while also making it feel smooth and more manageable.

Conclusion

There you have it- our shampoo round-up. We’ve shared shampoos for almost any challenge your child’s hair can present. Bath time doesn’t have to be tear time! And most of our picks are so good you may want to steal them for yourself. The whole family can have shiny, clean, delicious-smelling hair.