From the first moment I held my daughter, she had hair. The thing was, it looked neither like mine or my husband’s hair. Unless you really think hard about it, it doesn’t match up to any of our relatives’ hair either. Not my mom or his mom. Not my dad or his dad. And so on.
Her hair is these beautiful, giant curls of reddish, light brown hair that fluctuates in tone depending on its moisture level. I had no idea how to care for it and none of the typical products or techniques worked for it.
Eventually, I learned that less is more when it comes to curly biracial baby hair care. I’ve also found a couple of great products that moisturize it without weighing it down, causing it to become too greasy and kill those beautiful curls.
We must always remember that baby hair is a delicate thing no matter how it presents itself. It can be easy to assume that if your baby has a head full of hair that you can go crazy with products, combing, and the works.
That is farthest from the truth! As a matter of fact, coarser and curlier hair should be combed less because it can become very dry since the body’s natural oils have a hard time spreading across each strand.
Biracial hair, in general, can present itself in many ways but these are some of the key defining factors you should keep in mind when caring for it:
Dry but not to the point where it needs a ton of oils
Curly to some degree which can be presented as a light wave in curl-less hair
Can have (not always) a reddish tone especially if at least one parent has brown hair. The redness fluctuates with the hair’s moisture level.
So all this to say that when combing and styling your baby’s biracial hair, be as gentle as possible. Don’t get frustrated with tangles either. I’ve got a few tricks that I’ll be sharing with you here and in subsequent articles too!
Use gentle detanglers and detangling methods on your multiracial baby’s hair, ALWAYS
Tools To Use On Your Baby’s Biracial Hair
I’ll tell you again, being gentle is of utmost importance even as your baby gets older. I’ve heard and seen different opinions, some of which are just confusing, but here’s what I recommend at least to start with. You can actually find most of these pretty easily at beauty stores, Wal-Mart or Target:
A wide tooth comb
A soft brush made with natural bristles
Wide paddle brush
A detangling brush like Nubone comes or Knot Genie
A gentle shampoo designed with multiracial hair in mind
I recommend Mixed Chicks Sulfate-free (adult) Shampoo or Shea Moisture Baby shampoo
A general conditioner, a deep conditioner, and a leave-in conditioner.
The conditioners I recommend are Mixed Chicks Leave-in and regular conditioner for Kids.
Original Sprout Deep Conditioner
How To Use These Tools
Have you ever heard the saying that less is more? Well, when it comes to managing your mixed baby’s hair, this statement applies especially when it comes to washing it.
Since most biracial hair has some level of dryness the best care tip that I can give you is to wash it infrequently. Instead, depend on conditioners for moisture and smoothing.
At most, wash your baby’s hair once a week and that is too much. I only wash my daughter’s here about once every two weeks and it is fine. Some parents don’t wash their children’s hair at all but instead, they use only conditioners.
I don’t like doing conditioner only because I find the hair too greasy for my liking, however, some people prefer it like that. So as far as that goes, it is up to you.
Using only conditioners is perfectly healthy for your baby’s hair. So the choice is up to you.
I don’t follow traditional conditioning practices. I actually condition before I shampoo. I find that doing this keeps the hair moisturized while washing it. It also washes off the residue left behind by some conditioners.
Now for my daughter’s hair, I’ll condition it more often than I wash it. Condition it at least once a week. Twice if your kid’s hair is really dry.
You want to deep condition once a month by leaving a hair cap on while your baby plays or sleeps. Let them be active because the natural warmth of their body heat will give it just enough for an extra luxurious moisturizing.
Use leave-in conditioner every day or every other day depending on the dryness of their hair. It might change with seasons, weather, stress levels, and other conditions so be aware of that and use as needed.
I’m not sure why anyone would use heat to dry a baby’s hair but don’t use it even more so if you’re baby has biracial hair because the actual hair strand out which will also cause serious breakage. If you want you can use a soft towel to gently absorb the excess water.
Mainly let the hair air dry. It will help the curls form nicely while the hair absorbs moisture from the water.
Add in conditioner while the hair is wet for best results.
I rarely comb wet hair except if I’m distributing conditioner and that’s only sometimes. Wet hair is extremely delicate. So wait until it’s completely dry before combing.
Only use a wide tooth comb when combing and styling. I’ve had many moms suggest finger combing through curls. Honestly, I can’t seem to figure out the whole finger curl thing right now but you can give it a try because it’s better for their hair.
I rarely, and I mean rarely, brush my baby’s biracial hair. Brushes cause a whole lot of problems the worst of which is split ends.
As I mentioned previously, be sure to use one with natural bristles. This will minimize the damage and give it sort of a hair massage type of deal.
If I’m putting her hair up in a ponytail, which is also rare because elastics can cause breakage, I’ll also use a paddle brush
Having curly hair is really easy to style. Since the curls form themselves, a simple headband or bow in the hair looks fabulous in girls’ hair. Or for both boys and girls, just let them curls run wild! Lol.
Some other styles are ponytails which can be more difficult because curly ends don’t want to lay straight or pigtails which do pretty much the same thing.
There are tons of ways to style your biracial baby’s hair and I’ll be sharing more as time goes on.
Common Occurrences With Biracial Baby Hair
The frizz is a love hate thing among people in general. Some love it and some hate it but rarely do people meet in the middle on this subject, at least from my experience anyways.
There are products that control frizziness really well. Some keywords to look for are ‘anti-humectant’, ‘anti-frizzing’, ‘frizz-control’ and like variations.
My daughter’s hair is very fine and what really helps tame her frizziness is Aveda’s anti-humectant pomade or the liquid form of this. I find some products increase frizzing like some dry oils so also be aware of this factor as well.
Well, I thought since my daughter’s hair was light and fluffy that it wouldn’t tangle as badly as mine. Boy was I wrong!
I think it actually tangles worse than mine! And the thing about it is, I can’t use heavy oils and products that I tend to use to detangle my own hair in hers. Luckily, I’ve found some really great methods of detangling the easy way.
My number one tip for you if your baby’s hair tangles a lot is conditioner. Don’t detangle it. Just let it soak for a bit in children’s conditioner.
Sometimes tangling is caused or worsened by dry hair. The conditioner helps moisturize and relax the hair which either loosens or gets rid of the tangles.
Shampooing can cause tangling really badly if you use the wrong kind. O-M-G! I’ve found the perfect shampoo that NEVER tangles my daughter’s hair. It’s the Mixed Chicks Sulfate-free shampoo. I’ve literally washed my daughter’s hair all tangly and after every wash, there are NO tangles to be found!
I love their children’s leave-in conditioner as a detangler as well but Shea Moisture also makes a wonderful kid’s detangler.
Matting is like tangles but really bad tangles. It happens a lot if you don’t comb your baby’s hair for a couple of days and they’re sleeping on uncovered hair.
I usually don’t put anything on my daughter’s head because she’d just take it off. Plus, I don’t want to torture her so early in life with it. I even hate to sleep in a hair cap myself so, yolo, lol!
Even though I’ve mentioned this separately, use the same techniques as detangling. If it is too bad, you might want to take your kid to a hairdresser so they can give them a professional cut.
Bookmark this blog of course! We’re in this together and I want you to use this site as a resource for your own baby’s hair care.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, leave comments or recommendations, and add more information to the comments area. I’m always open to learning and trying new things just the same as I hope you are too!
Bookmark this page as your go-to resource. I’ll be continuously updating and adding information to share with you also as I learn more.