Mixed-Race Hair Help

Written By michels Ella on Wednesday, 18 April 2012 | 20:33

Mix-Race Hair Help
This post is dedicated to my friend Jacob and my little sister

Recently my friend Jacob contacted me and it turns out he's now the proud father of a beautiful little girl. Jacob is white and his daughter (2yrs old) is mixed race, so he was wondering if there were any products I'd recommend for her hair. It gave me a boost when he said that he checks out my blog, it makes me happy to know that the info here is connecting to everyone regardless of race or gender - its good to know the KinKdom is uniting!
It gave me an even bigger boost when he wrote he'd "like to take care of [her hair] as best [he] possibly can." With that sort of mentality I know he's making a fantastic father and Im proud to call him a friend.

Because I have Afro hair, I've got no first hand experience of what products work well on Mixed-Race hair, but my little sister is Mixed-Race and I've been planning to help her find what works best for her. (At the moment our Dad just gives her stuff for Afro hair which is WAY too heavy and just leaves her hair greasy.) As her big sister it's about time I do my research to help her out too.


Products
Products for children tend to be less harsh as standard, but may still contain chemicals or ingredients such as sulphates, albeit in milder forms or smaller amounts. Some parents prefer to use only organic products. The most commonly recommended products that I came across were:

Curly Q's
The Curly Q's website >>Click Here<< has a list of stockists, so as well as being available online you can find their product in a shop near you. They also have a range specifically for babies.


Blended Cutie
Blended Cutie is the children's range from Blended Beauty. If you check out >>This Link<< it should take you to their official web page with a list of various hair types (from Afro curls to Curls & Waves) and the best products for each. Have a look and see which type most closely resembles your child's hair. At the moment I think this brand is only available online so visit any of the 3 stores listed below.


Shea Moisture Baby
I remember Felicia Leatherwood talking about the Shea Moisture Baby range at the Multi-Textures Workshop. Again, this is not yet available in the shops over here but you can find it on some of the online stores below.


Mixed Chicks Kids Haircare
I dont think the Mixed Chicks products are organic, but I have heard a lot of great reports from people. The good thing about the Mixed Chicks For Kids products is their availability in most Black hair shops in London.




Haircare - Detangling
Curly hair does have a tendency to tangle a lot easier than straight hair, so detangling is an essential part of looking after curly hair. I have a couple of posts on Detangling (click here) but a couple of top tips include:

1.) Avoid detangling hair when dry!
It's VERY important to apply moisture to curly hair before attempting to detangle.
By applying moisture, you reduce the amount of friction on the shaft of the hair, thus making it more slippery, so the tangled hairs slides apart more easily.
By reducing friction you also reduce the amount of potential damage caused by combing and general manipulation of the hair. And of course reducing tangles also reduces hair breakage.
Root-2-Tip's Honey Rain Juice (pictured) is available in a growing number of Black hair shops and is great to use before detangling. A non-organic alternative is L'oreal Detangling Spray.

2.) Use a Wide-tooth comb
The younger the child the less this will apply, but depending on the amount of hair your child has, using a wide-tooth comb is a lot more appropriate for thicker or curlier hair types.


3.) Section the hair
Curly hair is a lot easier to manage when handled in sections. How many sections is up to you, but 4 is usually a good number to start with. You may find it easier to divide it into more or less.


Shopping
There are 3 brilliant UK-based online shops, that stock hair products for children including various organic product lines.
Click here for British Curlies Online
Click here for Gidore Online
Click here for Natures Parlour online



For More Info on Mixed-Race Hair Check Out:

Also Root-2-Tip have their second Hairducation Event coming up on April 28th where you can get top tips on caring for curly hair.


Hope that helps! xx
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