Biracial Hair Care - Taking Care of Biracial or Multiracial Child Hair

Biracial hair care - learning to care for your biracial or multiracial child's hair can be challenging if you are are unfamiliar with the fragile, yet coarse texture that often characterizes black or African American hair. Once you understand how to care for it, you'll be able to teach your child to be proud of his or her hair.

The key is to try different biracial hair products until you find one that you both like. Just because a hair product says it is for curly hair, doesn't mean it will work well on your child's hair. Today, there are many products that are formulated specifically for ethnic hair. As the mother of biracial children and grandmother of children with coarse, kinky hair, these are the biracial hair care products I recommend. This company is owned by a woman who has experimented long and hard to develop products that work specifically for African American and biracial hair.

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My granddaughter, Kiana and I. Kiana is black
and Native American. Her mother who has shiny, straight
dark hair has learned to create biracial hair styles that
complement Kiana's natural beauty.

Biracial Hair Care "Do's"

  • Do be gentle with biracial hair. Black, kinky, coarse hair is fragile and must be styled gently. No pulling or yanking or rough brushing or you'll just be splitting hairs.

  • Always use a wide tooth comb for gently working tangles out of wet hair. If you must use a brush (please, only on dry hair!), make sure it is a high-quality, natural boar bristle brush. Always use a wide tooth comb first to get out the snarls first—never use a brush for this.

  • Curly, coarse or kinky hair is dry. The key to working with it is to keep it moist. Stay away from gels and hair spray because they contain ingredients that dry out the hair. Think moisture. Replenish the hair with moisture. Use products like leave-in moisturizers and styling lotions, but always check the ingredients list.

  • Since biracial hair does not produce the oil that caucasian hair does, it needs oil, but not just any kind of oil. Products that use light, natural oils will tame biracial hair just enough to give it control and shine.

  • For the best possible look, use a hydrating shampoo, moisturizing conditioner and a leave-in moisturizer

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Kiana with her brother, Kobe

Biracial Hair Care "Don'ts"

  • Use moisturizer on your child's hair daily. Think of it as you do sun screen. Hydrating thirsty hair is the best thing you can do to keep it strong, shiny and healthy and to prevent excessive breakage.

  • Don't shampoo your child's hair daily. As mentioned above, black or biracial hair does not produce as much oil as caucasian hair, so shampooing twice (or at most, three times) per week is plenty. Make sure to use a gentle shampoo that does not strip the hair of natural oils.

  • When creating a biracial hair style, don't try to work on the whole head of hair all at once. Use clips to divide it into sections, so you can work on one area at a time.

    Following these tips will bring out the natural beauty of biracial hair and help your child feel good about his or her looks.


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