I like to write about accepting and loving your natural hair and how to take care of it.
Determining Hair Type
Children with naturally curly hair need special care and products that will keep the hair soft and manageable. Frizzy, dry hair can be eliminated with these styling tips. You will be able to create nice, beautiful hairstyles for your biracial child's hair.
Babies with curly, ethnic hair, who are born to interracial couples have their own unique hair texture. Hair care experts have come up with a curly hair type system that compares hair textures. Doing some research and figuring out what type of hair your child has will make it easier to know how much moisture it will need, and what products will maintain their curls. The curl pattern of biracial children is usually a combination of type two and type three hair.
If you come from a family of people with straight hair, it may be a challenge to learn how to manage thick, curly, and coily hair. The good news is that this can be learned even if you are the parent who is unfamiliar with black hair due to marriage, adoption, or babysitting. With the natural hair movement becoming increasingly popular, many African American and multiethnic women, as well as men, are also learning the best ways to take care of their naturally curly hair.
Type 4 African American Hair
Type four hair texture is thicker and fuller, but it is not stronger. One mistake individuals make is that they assume because ethnic hair can be coarse, frizzy, and dry, that it can handle rougher treatment, but this is not true.
Actually, African American hair is one of the most delicate and fragile hair types and needs to be handled with tender, loving care. The hair is prone to breakage, and if it is not taken care of properly, it can lead to hair loss or damage.
Find Brands That Specialize in Ethnic Hair Types
Products for ethnic haircare are usually sold by privately owned companies because most commercial hair products are drying and have harmful chemicals in the ingredients. It is especially crucial to pay attention to the delicate strands of your baby's hair.
Standard baby products are usually very drying for ethnic hair so it is best to look for products specially formulated for biracial and black babies. Some great brands are:
- Mixed Chicks
- Carol's Daughter
- Miss Jessie's
- It's a Curl
- Johnson and Johnson
Many brands have a selection of organic shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in creams. These hair products can be easily used by spritzing the hair to help rehydrate and soften the curls before detangling.
Try different products, methods, and techniques, and pick the one that works best for you.
How to Pick the Best Products for Textured Baby Hair
It can be difficult to know how to do your child's hair if you're not aware of products, techniques, and methods that are available to you. Seek advice from other parents or hair care professionals, read books and magazines, and only go on reputable baby care forums.
Searching black hair forums online is a good idea because you will get first-hand information from parents in your situation. No question is a dumb question, and you will get practical tips that you can use and share with others.
How to Care for Your Child's Hair
Frizzy, course, and dry hair on your baby is such a frustrating situation, especially when they are young and do not want to have their hair done. Believe me, they will rather play in their cribs or with toys than sit still to have their hair brushed or combed out. Set aside time for your baby's hair care routine that will allow you time and patience to work with your baby's hair.
- Use a wide-tooth comb to separate the curls while still wet. Curly hair will frizz up if you brush it, especially when the hair is dry.
- Comb the hair from the bottom first, and work your way up to the scalp to eliminate the pulling of the natural curl pattern.
- Work in a leave-in conditioner that will set the curls in place.
- Section hair into at least four to six parts and moisturize, detangle, and style each piece separately for better manageability.
Try to avoid brushing your baby's hair. If you do use a brush, do so while the hair is wet, and use a natural-bristle baby brush.
Changing Hair Needs
As your baby starts to get bigger, the needs of their hair will change. It may be necessary to adjust accordingly with baby hair care routines.
Using certified organic jojoba oil will help the hair while the scalp starts to produce its own natural oils. Keeping the hair in braids or twists is one of the least time-consuming styles that may help to protect their hair while you tend to your busy schedule.
Tips for Keeping Your Baby's Hair Healthy
- Don't shampoo every day. It is important to recognize that black hair does not need to be washed every day. If you wash the hair too often, it will strip away the hair's natural oils that are needed for healthy hair. It's a good idea to keep hair moisturized as often as possible with products made especially for this hair type. Most experienced parents of biracial or multiethnic children will recommend that you do not wash the hair too often. Once a week is usually the best way to avoid drying out the hair's curls.
- Prevent breakage with protective styles. Breakage is common, and the best way to protect the ends of the hair is with braids or twists.
- Keep hair manageable. Castor oil with aloe vera can keep the hair soft and manageable.
- Avoid putting oils on the scalp. Many times the wrong oils can clog pores and weigh the hair down.
- Use a wide-tooth comb. Because the hair is so fragile, it is important to always use a wide-tooth comb when styling.
- Don't pull the hair too tight. If braids are used to protect the hair, keep the cornrows loose, and take them down before putting your child to bed to avoid tangles.
- Use satin pillowcases. Satin pillowcases help to reduce tangles while sleeping.
- Don't use rubber bands. Use ouchless hair clips or elastic covered bands; rubber bands can damage the hair.
- Moisturize often to help hair grow. As your child's curly hair grows, it is best to keep it from tangling by moisturizing often and putting the hair in ponytails.
Natural Hair Ideas for Toddlers
Treatment for Baby Cradle Cap
Newborns with cradle cap experience flaking similar to dandruff, which can be associated with a hormonal imbalance passed on at birth. The baby's oil glands, also known as seborrheic glands, become overstimulated causing dry flakes that can be treated with special cradle cap shampoo.
It is especially important to know how to handle this skin condition if your baby has ethnic hair that is dry. Most sites that recommend frequent shampooing with a mild shampoo are giving broad, general advice and are not addressing individual circumstances.
Consult Your Doctor
It is best to get medical advice from a licensed practicing physician if your baby has symptoms that you are not familiar with.
Do not diagnose scalp or skin conditions on your own. Get help and expert advice before trying any products made for babies.
Research Analyst (author) on January 22, 2012:
@smcopywrite - I agree with you, I have noticed more big box stores carrying hair products specifically for biracial hair which is great.
@carolyn2008 - wow thanks so much for the facebook love, I greatly appreciate it. Your right about it being a topic that many need to know more about.
@sincerelyT - It is something I have noticed and with so many mixed-race families, proper hair care options are finally becoming available on the market.
SincerelyT from Canada on November 05, 2011:
This article is definitely long overdue. Many people are not sure on how to care for a biracial baby's hair, so good job on this one :)
Carolyn Gibson from Boston on July 19, 2011:
This is a great article, and long overdue. I voted up, useful and interesting. I am also facebooking this article because a lot of people don't know how to treat bi-racial hair, and this detailed hub has a lot of answers. Great!
smcopywrite from all over the web on July 19, 2011:
this is a hub that provides some great information. one thing i would like to add is that there are different variations of biracial hair. depending on what texture, thickness and other variables determines what products work best. some of it is definitely trial and error. however, the line of beauty products is definitely expanding as is the amount and availability of beauticians and barbers that can correctly, cut, style, color, perm and nearly every other need or want you would like to see in the marketplace for biracial hair.
terrific hub and definitely voted up
Research Analyst (author) on June 17, 2011:
Jo - I agree some of the most beautiful people in the world are a mixture of many nationalities.
Nell- Good thing is that now there is more products to choose from thanks to the internet.
Nell Rose from England on June 17, 2011:
Hi, my friend is bi-racial and she used to moan about the lack of products, this is great I will tell her to take a look, thanks nell
Jo_Goldsmith11 on June 16, 2011:
I have two nieces that are bi-racial. These are great tips. I love how God brings so much beauty in this world. And we sometimes need to remember this and stop to thank him. God bless! :-)
Research Analyst (author) on June 08, 2011:
Nan - thanks for sharing your experience I have heard similar stories before, it is great you are taking care of your foster daughters hair, because with tender loving care it will grow back beautifully.
EarthAngel - I always enjoy your comments, I agree that Nahla will most likely be a stunner maybe even a supermodel when she grows up.
Ocbilll - This is good to hear because I know where I live it is hard to find quality hair products for ethnic textured hair I usually have to order everything online.
Also I wanted to mention that your right about the 2nd generation of children that are born to biracial parents will also need education on proper care of curls.
ocbill from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice on June 08, 2011:
Good hub. With the melting pot populations growing worldwide, more hair products in countries like Ecuador, Brazil, Turkey and others I missed cater towards that population too as does the US. It is nice to see multiple blends of hair types. 2nd generation (from bi-racial parents) bi-racial kids have similar needs. Helpful info.
Earth Angel on June 08, 2011:
Good Morning RA!
GREAT Hub! Yours are getting better and better all the time!
I LOVE the photos of little Nahla; with such gorgeous parents she is sure to be a stunner herself! Remember too, that Halle Barry herself has biracial hair!
GREAT Hub! Thank you for sharing!
Blessings always, Earth Angel!
Nan Mynatt on June 08, 2011:
Excellent article. I have a foster daughter and other foster parents have ruined her hair. She is African American and has very course hair and very dry. They gave her permanents and broke off her hair. I am trying to recover her hair. upmark on hub.