If you have curly, biracial hair like me, it can get really tangled. One of my best-kept secrets to managing this problem is conditioning.
A lot of times, our moms wash our hair but don’t put anything in it afterward. What they may not realize is that shampoo strip the hair of its natural oil which causes problems like tangling and matting of the hair, especially if you lay us down with wet hair.
With curly hair, oils have a harder time moving along the hair because of the bends and turns. So to strip oil from hair that is lacking oil in the first place…well…let’s just say it’s not good.
The secret to managing healthy, naturally curly hair is to use less shampoo and more conditioner. I know it might be a little weird to wrap your head around at first. You may have been taught growing up to wash your hair and condition it sometimes. When you’re taught anything from young, it is always hard to overcome it so you’re gonna have to trust me on this one and try it for yourself!
The Do’s and Don’t’s of Conditioning Curly Biracial Baby Hair
First of all, let me start by saying that not all conditioners are created equally. Just like a lot of other products on store shelves, many conditioners are made to look, sound and feel good but are total crap full of harmful chemicals for you and your baby.
Read the labels
Whether it is a conditioner or shampoo, you should be using one that is made up of all or mostly natural ingredients. If you can’t read the words in this section, put it down and move on to something better. Even if the conditioner supposedly works, it can cause irritation, rashes, and a whole host of problems for your baby.
You also want to look for certifications. Again, some figures are put on labels to make them look good. Do your research and know which ones are legit and which ones are total crap.
Condition Before & After Washing
If you’re really into hair care, you may have seen a popular trend that promotes conditioning only and washing with apple cider vinegar to remove scalp build-up. You can try that if you want but personally, I’m not a fan of this method. I suggest washing just not very often.
Remember that, although it is natural, apple cider vinegar (or any vinegar for that matter) can burn your baby’s sensitive scalp, eyes, and skin. A better alternative is this method that I’m about to share with you.
Condition you baby’s hair first, with a good, mild conditioner. If s/he is a toddler, let it sit in their hair under a conditioning cap for a little while as they play. The natural warmth from their scalp will give their hair a nice deep condition.
Note: Do not leave your child unattended with a conditioning cap on. They may start playing with it and suffocate on the plastic.
Start doing this with a timer or test it in a small section of their hair first. You don’t want to cause any damage to their scalp, hair follicles, etc. I use Mixed Chicks Kids Conditioner with no issues.
Once your baby’s hair is washed condition it again. You can use the same conditioning cap if you want or no cap at all. The second condition will restore the moisture back in your biracial baby’s beautiful curls.
Condition More Than Washing
Conditioning acts as a reset for natural curls. It restores their moisture, making them flexible and bouncy.
Since our heads don’t really get into our daily activities, our hair doesn’t really get dirty as quickly so it’s not necessary to wash it too often. If you have dry scalp, there are methods that you can use to control it but I won’t get into that right now as it is a bit off topic.
I usually get my hair washed about once or twice a month. Usually, my mom waits until a day when I get really dirty playing outside in the dirt or if I put my hands in my hair with cookie crumbs. Some event like that where she will have to wash it anyways.
On the other hand, my hair is usually conditioned once or twice a week. Typically, it’s just a normal conditioning with my bath instead of deep conditioning under a shower cap.
Comb Through Conditioner
In general, my rule of thumb is to not comb wet hair. This is because wet hair is very delicate and prone to damage. The ONLY time you should comb wet hair is in this case.
Once you have applied conditioner in your baby’s hair, use a wide-tooth comb to comb through and distribute the conditioner evenly through their hair. This should only take one to two strokes. Don’t go crazy combing too much.
Conditioning Routine for Biracial Baby Hair
To best condition your baby’s hair, you will need:
Apply the Mixed Chick’s Kid’s Conditioner. The actual amount will depend on the size of your baby’s head as well as the thickness of his/her hair. For my hair, I use about 10 pumps but note that a lot doesn’t come out of the bottle with each pump.
Distribute the conditioner evenly throughout their hair. If you want, comb it through and place the conditioning cap on their head.
Leave for the recommended time on the bottle or longer if you choose to.
Rinse thoroughly and ensure that there is no conditioner or residue left in your baby’s hair.
If it is a wash day, wash the conditioner out.
If it is a wash day, reapply more conditioner as outlined in steps 1 to 4.
Apply Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner or whatever you use to add moisture back into your baby’s hair.
Here are the results when this method is applied to my hair. After you use this method, your baby’s hair will be soft, silky smooth and tangle-free. Style it as desired or just let them curls run wild and free!
I hope that this guide has helped you a lot. If you have any questions, comments or other feedback, please leave them in the comments box below and I’ll be more than happy to answer them 🙂