How to Maintain Your Child's Multiracial/Biracial, African American, And or Naturally Curly Hair

Introduction

Fine hair is easier to manage by far. The complaint that is made by those with fine hair is the desire to create more volume, or thicker hair.

Fly away hairstyles takes extra holding spray, yet fine hair is easy to manage once it is cut in manageable style as shown by the little girl on the right.

The style of choice for young girls who have fine hair is a stylish bob hairstyle for kids.

Multiracial/Biracial, African American, And or Naturally Curly Hair, needs constant attention. A simple haircut does not solve the problem.

This article will show you how to maintain your child's unruly hair, and the Do's & Don'ts involving Hair Care for thick hair.

What Are We Going To Do With All Of This Hair?

Pictures of A young girl with different hairstyles which help maintain her thick locks.
Pictures of A young girl with different hairstyles which help maintain her thick locks. | Source

Fine Hair Is Easier To Manage

Cute little girl with fine hair.
Cute little girl with fine hair. | Source

How To Maintain Your Child's Unruly Thick Hair

/ Maintian Your Child's Hair. Hairstyle by Clara. Features a little girl with her hair in a braided style.
/ Maintian Your Child's Hair. Hairstyle by Clara. Features a little girl with her hair in a braided style. | Source

How Do I Prevent Tangled Hair after Washing

Many mothers and some fathers complain that after washing their child's hair tangles occur, making it extremely uncomfortable for the child to withstand the drying and combing process.

Investing in a good detangling spray is highly suggested. Detangling sprays help prevent breakage, it also replenishes the hair by adding moisture and conditioning the natural curl or wave, enhances a healthy look for your child.

Detangling spray helped to keep the knots out my girls’ hair, afterwards I would keep their hair in braids to lock in moisture. We live in a dry climate. In Drier climates thick hair can become dehydrated and brittle.

Keep Your Child's Thick Hair Tangle Free

Little girl getting her hair braided.
Little girl getting her hair braided. | Source

Combing Gently Through The Hair With A Wide Tooth Comb Is A Wise Choice

Little girl with her hair flowing in the first picture. Little girl with her hair braided and wearing a hat in the second picture.
Little girl with her hair flowing in the first picture. Little girl with her hair braided and wearing a hat in the second picture. | Source

Detangle Spray For Kids

Detangle spray for kids
Detangle spray for kids | Source

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Kids Extra-Moisturizing

Detangling spray helped to keep the knots out my girls’ hair, afterwards I would keep their hair in braids to lock in moisture. We live in a dry climate. In Drier climates thick hair can become dehydrated and brittle.

  • Made with natural and certified organic ingredients.
  • Coconut Oil hydrates and protects while adding curl definition.
  • Hibiscus Flower adds shine while maintaining volume.
  • Slippery Elm Extract is a smoothing and soothing emollient.

Detangling sprays such as the one seen on the right provide great results, adding curl and definition to your child's hair. Many hair product companies are looking into being "green", by using organic hair care products,

Do's & Don'ts When combing Curly Hair


Using a wide tooth sandalwood comb for detangling is a very wise choice, some combs have an aromatic smell that helps comfort the child while you comb through their hair.

Use A Wide Tooth Comb

Wide Tooth Comb.
Wide Tooth Comb. | Source

Do Not Use Tiny Combs or Brushes

Tiny combs and brushes will pull out your child's hair. It is also painful. Gently combing through your child's hair is soothing and prevents the hair from breaking off into the comb or brush.

Should I Blow Dry It Straight?

If you decide to blow dry your child's hair straight use a Professional Tourmaline Ionic Ceramic 1600 Watts Hair Dryer, using the comb attachment gently comb through your child's hair. After the hair is dry you can use a flat iron. Before using the dryer use a serum to protect the hair from heat damage.

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Use The Comb Attachment To Blow Dry Your Child's Hair Straight, Then Use The Flat Iron Afterwards

Professional Tourmaline Ionic Ceramic 1600 Watts Hair Dryer
Professional Tourmaline Ionic Ceramic 1600 Watts Hair Dryer | Source

This Is A Great Hair Dryer For Thick Hair I Use Mine All The Time! Works Great!

Protect Your Child's Hair Before You Flat Iron

Chi Serum to help maintain and protect hair.
Chi Serum to help maintain and protect hair.

Do Not Perm Your Child's Hair!

Parents are constantly looking for an easier way to control their child's wild mane, however store perms and even perms provided by a professional stylist could damage your child's hair.

My advice stems from my mother who is a licensed beautician, she would caution parents not use perms on their child's hair. Perming the hair at a young age is not an easy way out. A Child's hair is not mature enough to endure chemical products and store purchased perms tend to dry the child's hair out.

If you’re looking for a break braids is the best route to go. Braids will give you and your child a break, and keep the moisture locked in, which allows your child's hair to grow. Braiding the hair also allows your child’s hair to recover from heat damage and excessive combing.

Straighting Tightly Curly Hair

Little Girls With a Lot Of Hair Become Young Women With a Lot of Hair

Sohisticate's Black Hair Style And Care Guide
Sohisticate's Black Hair Style And Care Guide | Source

In Order to Keep Natural Hair From Breaking Off Try To Avoid Perms And Try Braiding Your Child's Hair Every So Often

I would consult your hairstylist to find out the appropriate age for your child to perm your child's hair. I personally would wait until the child reaches her teen years before applying a perm. 13 years old is when I began to perm my daughter's hair.

Give Yourself A Break by Braiding Your Child's Hair

Braiding Hair
Braiding Hair | Source

How Do I Braid My Daughter's Hair?

Braiding takes a lot of practice however it can be achieved. You can also take your daughter in to get it braided. Some kids are tender headed. So you must be careful. Tender headed children have problems in which their scalp may bleed if the braids are too tight. Make sure that the braids are comfortable and do not cause discomfort to the child.

The Advantages of Braiding the Hair

1. Braiding the hair gives the child's hair time to rest.

2. Braided hair helps the hair to grow and maintain its natural curl

3. You can enjoy the summer months swimming without being concerned over brittle damaged hair.

Crochet Needle

Crochet Needle
Crochet Needle

I Use a Technique Called Crochet Braiding

Crochet braiding protects the hair. By braiding the hair up first, then adding in crochet extensions by using a crochet needle you can create a nice style which protects the hair. Your child can go swimming without drying their hair. The braids last for a month, in which you can wash clean them with braid friendly shampoo. Braid shampoo can be found at Sally's Beauty Supply or any other store that sales diverse hair care products.

Wash Hair, Braid Hair, Using A Crochet Needle Insert Extensions To Protect The Hair.

Photo by Emunah Crochet Braids.
Photo by Emunah Crochet Braids. | Source
Crochet Braids
Crochet Braids | Source

Braiding Hair Is For Everyone Give Your Thick Hair A Break Check Out The Mleballard Family

Before we went to California, Rachel and Lucy both got their hair braided in cornrows. (More on that trip later.) Shundra is the fastest and most professional hair braider in town:
Before we went to California, Rachel and Lucy both got their hair braided in cornrows. (More on that trip later.) Shundra is the fastest and most professional hair braider in town: | Source
Here's Rachel's hair:
Here's Rachel's hair:
Lucy's hair:
Lucy's hair: | Source
This is what Rachel's hair looked like after we took out the braids.
This is what Rachel's hair looked like after we took out the braids. | Source

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Which Products Work Best? (Do Your Research)

Products you should us on your child's Multiracial/Biracial, African American, And or Naturally Curly Hair

Carol's Daughter: I was informed by my stylist that this product is not helpful for children who live in hot climates such as Arizona, I noticed when I used this product on my daughter her hair became brittle, due to the brutally hot environment. This product does well for kids who live in places such as New York, or children who live in climates that have diverse weather. Overall Carol's Daughter is a great organic product which has received rave reviews among high profile clients.

Products that have shea butter or olive oil are also great products to help maintain thick hair, and cholesterol helps to lock in moister and helps to maintain the natural curl.


It's Also A Great To Teach Your Little One How To Maintain Their Own Hair As Well

Positive and Insightful Feedback Is Welcomed!

Teach Your Child How To Love Their Hair

Some children can get mesmerized by popular Disney characters which showcase fine flowing hair. This is not a reality for many young girls. However the Disney character Merida from the movie Brave embraced Her thick curly locks. Inspiring the full hairdo as popular style among young girls.

Do You Have A Favorite Regimen for Multiracial/Biracial, African American, And or Naturally Curly Hair, that you live by? Please Tell me about it.

If you have a regimen that is helpful please leave your comment.

Thanks for stopping by!

Emunah!

Emunah La-Paz (I'm Always Seeking Knowledge About All Types Of Hair)

Photo of Emunah La-Paz.
Photo of Emunah La-Paz. | Source

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janshares 2 years ago from Washington, DC

Excellent article, swilliams. Very well done. This is needed very much to help parents take care of their daughter's natural hair. I've heard of parents who are putting weaves in the little one's hair! Oh no! That will damage it and also affect their self-esteem. I treat my own hair as you've outlined here about washing, detangling with a big-tooth comb, blow drying, and then using heat to straighten. I hope lots of moms and dads find this article in their search for help. Great job, voted up and useful.


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swilliams 2 years ago from Arizona Author

Thanks Jan! I love your hair by the way! It hold such shine, I've noticed in a couple pictures, once where you were at the Maya Angelou, event with the powder blue ensemble, very classy. Thanks for your feedback!


Shawanda 19 months ago

Your articles are fabulous. You are spot on with the products and some don't work everyone. I have tons under the sink! For my biracial daughter, I use Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose shampoo and conditioner. After her shower, I use Giovanni leave in hair conditioner. You can find the products at Whole Foods or at a store like it. I do brush with a large tooth comb and spray with water and add leave in conditioner when she is not braided. That would be a single or a double braid. I'm not that good----yet!

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