The ultimate Fro Butter guide to get you styling and caring for your child’s biracial hair. Complete with helpful curly tips and the best curly biracial hair products for your curly kids hair care routine.
One of the first things you should know is that curly hair gets dry. Dry and then frizzy. Curly hair needs moisture. And lots of it if you want to achieve the shiny, defined curls that most will crave.
That means following a 3 step routine where you detangle soaking wet hair (don’t apply moisturiser to dry or just damp hair) and allow to air dry.
The amount of oil will depend on the hair. If the hair is fine and looser curls, a lighter oil may be better to just control the frizziness. If the hair is thicker and tighter curls, she may need more oil to achieve the shine and really hydrate the curls so they are defined and healthy.
Do NOT wash everyday. Washing the hair strips curly hair of its natural oils and it will end up looking dry, dull, frizzy and unhealthy. This is the most common mistake most Mums and Dads do with their mixed kids’ curly hair.
Start with washing once a week and increase or decrease as neccessary. Ie. in winter, you may wish to wash less frequently, in summer, more frequently because of sweating etc.
Choose a shampoo that does not contain alchohol, and that is suitable for curly hair (as these often contain more oil based agents to moisturize as it cleanses without stripping the hair of its natural oils).
Use a microfibre hair towel (or an old t-shirt) to blot dry, never rub the hair. It will result in tangles and frizz. Then allow it to air dry if possible. Using a lot of heat on the hair, such as a hair dryer can also cause heat damage and dries out the hair. You will need to apply a heat protectant product to provide extra moisture if you need to blowdry the hair.
Get a good satin bonnet
Before your kids go to sleep, take out their tight hair bands and styles. Plait the hair but try not to use any hair bands or braid it too tightly. Tie the hair into a pineapple on top of the head and use a satin pillowcase or a satin nylon sleep cap to keep moisture in their hair. Or to reduce friction if they do have a protective style. These can have amazing results for preventing tangles and frizz in the hair.
Bound hairstyles like ponytails, braids and twists are great and are a go-to for most curly kids’ Mums. They usually keep for more than a day or two and can protect the hair from tangles saving you time detangling everyday.
Be careful that you don’t pull too tight or do the same style repetitively as it can cause strain on the hair follicles and cause hair loss of the hairline over time. Check the hair line in front as well as the back of her hair to see if you notice any bumps which is a sign of pulling too hard. Also, try not to use rubber bands or even hair bands that have metal on them. Use a cloth hair band ideally or a scrunchie if it holds it in place.
Embrace my kids curls through praise and curly hair education. It is important to teach your child to love their hair. Make it a point to teach them about the products you use and why you use them, so they will be better equipped to manage their hair as they get older.
We hope this helps, let us know below if you have found other get tips and tricks for maintaining biracial curly hair.
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