Kids and Beauty Products

Updated on September 12, 2010
J.F. asks from Rochester, MN
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My five year old recently asked me if he could use my hair gel to spike his hair up, but I'm not sure at what age certain beauty products are safe for kids. The packaging doesn't give any specifications, just warns about ingestion. Any suggestions on when it's safe to let kids use adult shampoos, hair gels/sprays, nail polish, body wash, etc? Thanks.

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Thanks a ton for the responses! He's going to have a blast doing his hair from now on. :)

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K.R.

answers from Madison on

unless he wants to eat it, let him use it. I put hair and nail products on my older kids (ages 5, 3, and 2) all the time. I dont used them on my 16 month old since she doesnt understand not to eat it.

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M.V.

answers from Minneapolis on

well i have a 8 year old girl and a 3 year boy. i started using adult shampoo and cond. before she was 2, and as soon as she could she started PLAYING make-up, and nail polish. well hope that is a little helpful.

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R.H.

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I HIGHLY recommend going to ewg.org It's environmental working group. They have a data base of over 1,000 personal care products and how toxic they are. The problem with personal care products is they are not regulated by the FDA so many, many, toxic chemicals are used. It is said that an average woman puts on over 400 chemicals before she leaves the house! Remember that anything that we put on our skin is absorbed into the body so we need to be conscious of what we are using on a day to day basis. Of couse hair gel should be safe but I would stick to organic products. At this website you can enter an ingrediant and see how toxic it is. Have fun!

R.

I work in the beauty industry and have an 11 month old daughter.

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A.V.

answers from Minneapolis on

great clips and cost cutters make great kids lines of gels, hair spray and shampoos that are safe for kids also my pediatritian said if that is too spendy buy the very cheapest stuff you can because it has less alcohol and bad ingredients which makes sense. I have an 8 year old daughter who loves to style her own hair and i had the same concerns.

A.C.

answers from Minneapolis on

if you go to great clips they have a line of kids hair products including hair gels and hair wax for spiking hair. I found it to be very reasonably priced. and its smelled real nice. my son used to have a mohawk and we used the kids hair wax to keep it spiked up and i use the hair gel for my daughters hair.

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R.L.

answers from Minneapolis on

Arbonne has many great products for all ages, Arbonne’s proprietary skin, hair, aromatherapy and color formulations begin with the best that nature has to offer: Herbal and botanical extracts, oils, fragrances and vitamins. go to www.arbonne.com

R. L.

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S.

answers from Madison on

*Most* stuff should be safe, but not the solvents in commercial fingernail polish. I know there's "safe" fingernail polish available, see below. I think your question is valid, and hearing that other people use the stuff doesn't mean it's safe! If I were you, I'd go to Community Pharmacy and use their products, which are admittedly more expensive, but generally lack the more petro- preservative- chemical stew that is found in many body products.
Sue

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J.

answers from Minneapolis on

hAIR PRODUCTS CAN BE USED ON KIDS. Make sure you wash his hair relly well and it will be fine. I use adult shanmpoo and conditioner on my kids they are 2 and 3. My son is 3 and he uses gel. It is fun. I do not use baby shampoo it makes hair fly away. Just make sure it does not get in his eyes. I use to do hair. Let me know if that helps

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M.O.

answers from Spokane on

hi J.,
we use great products some companies make if a little difficult to understand some products. we use a gel and just got a little information if interested we'll send you our personal website. [email protected]____.com

(gives a hard hold to wet or dry styles, allowing you to texturize, separate or slick hair. Long-lasting hold for all hair types and styles)

Contains moisturizing agents
Non-alcohol formula
Safe for chemically treated hair
Allergy tested
Dermatologically tested

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L.B.

answers from Minneapolis on

If your feeling iffy about all this, maybe you could try organic products.

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K.B.

answers from Minneapolis on

Don't know a ton about it, but heard to watch out for "phalates." (or whatever they're called). Probably not in hair products anyway, but who knows?

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H.D.

answers from Milwaukee on

i used hair gel on my 4 yr old, to spike his hair and we had no problems, i had him hold a washcloth over his eyes when he washed his hair as to not get it in his eyes. my son is 8 now and we use the loreal kids line without problems, and it is not so babyish. you could always ask your ped. and just watch for reaction if used.

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D.S.

answers from Minneapolis on

Both my two-year-old and three-year-old use my hair products. They have never had a problem...I put it in for them. I use all Aveda products, so I know those are okay. I put it in my two-year-old's hair, because it is so fine and product helps to give it body and keep her pig tails in. I don't have them use our shampoo or bath soap, because that would burn their eyes and I think adult bubble bath would be irritating to skin , especially for girls who are prone to bladder infections.
D.

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H.S.

answers from St. Louis on

Davines and Eufora are get all natural products for anyone. They are sold at Salon Visions in O'Fallon mo. Salon Visions they have a web site and Facebook page.Check them out at www.salonvisions.com

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M.P.

answers from Minneapolis on

My son who is also 5 started using hair gel recently. he sees his father using it, and wants to look more like him. We let him put the gel in his hair, or we help him. I think it was a phase, because now, just a few months later, he no longer uses it. it hasn't hurt him and we have been using regular adult shampoo and conditioner with him since he turned five.
M.

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B.H.

answers from Minneapolis on

I personally would never use hair/bathroom products on a baby under one year unless it's baby products but after about one year's old I don't see a problem with it. When my daughter was a baby I painted her toenails, I've used my shampoo on her since she was about 2 becuase it worked better and my daughter is now 5 and has gotten into anything and everything I have in the bathroom and we've never had a problem. I am careful with my daughter because she has sensitive skin and exzema. If you think about it other cultures and races specifically African American's use specific hair products on their young children mostly because they have to. I know my daughter's had that colored hair spray on a few occasions at the state fair and on Halloween. I think cholorine in a swimming pool is more harmful than hairspray or gel. Our local ymca burns our skin and eat's our swimsuits and turns my neighbors hair green, I swear they have to much chlorine. Anyways go for it !

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E.B.

answers from Minneapolis on

they do make products for kids i have seen them at the place i got to get my sons hair cut. it is called Kids hair(the place i get his hair cut) and i would assume that they would have kids hair products probably in the kids isle at your store.

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J.G.

answers from St. Cloud on

I began using regular hair care products on my daughter's hair when she was about 5, because her hair seemed too dry with using the kids stuff. I was told by the salon that we should start using product specially formulated for her type of hair. My belief is that when you feel they are really responsible enough to use them properly (with supervision still, of course), then it should be fine. Good Luck...

J.

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C.G.

answers from Milwaukee on

J., I don't see a problem with that, I let my five year old daughter use nail poliah at that age. Just wouldn't use a lot especially if its hot. I know it hurts when it is in their eyes. I also let her use hairspray at 4 for a wedding.Just a little advice. I hope it comes in handy.
C.

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L.R.

answers from Duluth on

Hello,
It's perfectly safe, my son is 6 and we have used gel, and moose on him for a long time for spicking. Have fun.

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K.W.

answers from Green Bay on

Hi J.. I put spray gel and even men's spray perfume on my 3 year old son sometimes. I don't think there is any health risk involved with it. But if you are really concerned, there should be a phone number on the bottle...you could always call and ask. Good luck!!

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