Having multi racial children is nothing new, as a matter of fact the diversity of our world especially one that is moving towards unification actually encourages the mix of races.
We often get a lot of emails about hair care from white women specifically who are caring for mixed race girls who typically have a mix of textures much different from their own.
If your background is mostly European your hair care is a lot different from your daughter who is mixed with African heritage. With that said we saw a need to fill the gap and give you everything you need to take of your child’s hair like a boss.
Before we jump into an awesome regimen for your child, it is imperative that you understand just what you are working with so here are four things you must always consider when caring for her hair.
1. She might be tender headed
I want to make this point first because many of the queries we receive often start with “she wont let me touch her hair”. The thing is we have to be sensitive to children with curly hair because it is prone to tangles and raking normal tools, like a brush of comb might cause snagging and will cause pain.
We all know how children are, especially toddlers, the first sign of pain will be the last time you ever get to “do that” again, so be mindful.
2. Curly hair is fragile
If you grab a strand of hair from your hair brush and a strand of hair from your daughter’s hair brush you will notice that along her hair strand are curls and bends which are multiple opportunities for her hair to break.
Your hair strand is straight and will probably be only susceptible to breakage at the ends based on normal wear and tear. This means that handling her hair with the utmost care is imperative if you want to keep the hair healthy.
3. Her hair is naturally ‘poofy’
It is hard for little girls of color to understand the differences between your hair which is naturally straight in comparison to hers which is naturally big and poofy as she might describe it. This is why you have to understand her hair first so that you can help her to be comfortable with her hair and in her own skin.
Curly hair is bigger because, well its curly! The strands are naturally attract to each other causing massive clumps all over the head. Frizz comes with the territory at times and the more you learn to love her frizz and not see it as a problem the more she will love it too.
4. Her hair is naturally dry
This is probably one of the biggest issues we hear from everyone with curly hair and moms caring for African American kids are no different.
It is like a never ending battle with the dryness and you often feel as if you are either doing something wrong or that something is wrong with her hair.
We are here to tell you, there is nothing wrong with her hair and with the right techniques you will combat the dryness she is having.