True Story: I Test Hair Products on My Son's Perfect Curls

by Deena Campbell

As a beauty editor who has been in the game for almost a decade, I’ve tested countless haircare products. No, seriously. I’ve tried practically everything in skincare, hair, nails, and makeup. If a beauty product lives in a major or indie beauty store, I can guarantee I’ve sampled it. But these days, the category that’s newest to me and, honestly, one I’m always excited to try is baby care.

Let me back up a bit. I don’t apply baby oils and creams on my skin; I test them on my son. I’m a mom to an 11-month-old boy with the cutest, springiest head of curls you’d ever see. And when I wash his hair, his curls soak up the water and product in ways that my hair could never dream of doing. Pair his curly coils with my love for products, and friends immediately understand when they see the three-foot pile of baby Stephen’s skincare products. But oddly enough, I’m not understood when I sample adult haircare products on his curls.

My friends are constantly giving me the side-eye when I tell them I use one of my favorite leave-in conditioners on his hair too. And explaining my decision is almost like reliving the pains of childbirth. No one gets it.

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