I recently received a few products from a new haircare line for children called Hot Tot. While I kept an open mind, I will confess I wasn’t sure what to think. According to the site, the products address the unique needs of youngsters’ hair, which tends to be fine. Oddly enough, my 5-year-old son has a mane that would rival a lion’s. It’s thick, it’s coarse, and it’s pretty unruly. He gets it from my father, who loves to tell the story of how he jammed the barber’s clippers during his first haircut.
Conceptually, I love the idea of this company. The owner, Megan Gage, told me she describes their line as a mix of Pureology (toxin-free) and Oribe (luxury). I’m kind of hoping she can create a line for grown ups next, because those are my two favorite qualities in a product. I love the idea of styling products for kids that aren’t filled with harmful additives and shampoos that aren’t drying. I appreciate the science behind the products, as they are designed with the unique structure of kid’s hair in mind. And, as a hairstylist, I’m thrilled that Hot Tot is only available in salons. (If you read my recent article about product diversion, you know why.)
But … would it work?
I handed my husband the shampoo and conditioner and sent him into the bathroom do the dirty work. I AM NOT KIDDING that 5 minutes later, I heard my son exclaim, “This is the best smelling shampoo!” He later emerged from the bathroom smelling amazing. I couldn’t quite place the scent, but it was an upscale version of something reminiscent of childhood and newborn babies. I later revisited the website and discovered that the iconic Cabbage Patch Doll was the inspiration for the scent.
Fast forward a week, after a couple more shampoos, and unprompted my husband said, “I love that shampoo. His hair feels so soft.” So, I touch my son’s hair and he’s totally right! This product may have been designed with fine hair in mind, but it goes to show that quality ingredients really have an impact on hair. I’ve been trying different health-food store brands because I’m leery of chemicals in my son’s products, but they have all made his hair more dry and wiry.
Hot Tot is formulated without harmful ingredients, including sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and synthetic colors. It’s hypo-allergenic, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free. The shampoo and conditioner really make my son’s hair feel silky. They also carry several styling products that are beyond fun to play with and work like a charm. Here you can see how I used the Styling Gel to transform my son from wild child to retro hipster.
As you may have guessed, I’m going to give Hot Tot products a big thumbs up. They contain high-quality ingredients, smell amazing, are toxin-free, and work beautifully. It’s a bit of luxury for your little ones, and yet I find the prices to be really reasonable, especially considering kid’s hair doesn’t need to be washed as often as an adult’s. The shampoo and conditioner retail for $13 each. So many parents I know struggle with their kid’s hair. It’s fine, it’s flyaway, it’s full of static, it gets so tangled. But consider what you use on their hair! It’s not your fault there didn’t use to be a better choice. Now there is.
Hot Tot haircare products are available at fine salons and on their website. Enter the coupon code “BABBLE” at checkout to receive 15% off your order.