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Biracial Baby Hair Care Guide

Updated on March 3, 2014

Hair Products for African American and Biracial Babies

Babies with curly ethnic hair that are born to interracial couples have special textured hair.

The curl pattern is usually a combination of type 3 and type 2 hair.

Hair care experts have come up with what is called a curly hair type system chart that compares hair textures, which makes it easier to know how much moisture or products will be needed to maintain the curls.

Find beauty companies that specialize in ethnic hair types

Products for ethnic curly haircare usually sold by private brand companies because most commercial hair products are drying to the hair and have harmful chemicals in the ingredients.

It is especially crucial to pay attention to the delicate strands of your babies hair.

If you come from a family of straight hairs it may be a challenge to learn how to manage thick, curly and coily hair.

The good news is that this can be learned and even if you are the parent who is unfamiliar with black hair due to marriage, adoption or babysitting do not worry too much.

Most African American and multi-ethnic women as well as men are also learning the best ways to take care of their naturally curly hair.

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How to pick the best products for textured baby hair

Searching black hair forums online is a good idea because you will get first hand information from parents in your same situation.

No question is a dumb question and you will get practical tips that you can use and share with others.

Frizzy, course and dry hair on your baby is such a frustrating situation especially when they are young and do not want to have their hair done.

Believe me they will rather play in their cribs or with interactive toys than sit still to have their hair brushed or combed out.

Some popular biracial baby hair care products include ones by the brand such as: its a curl.

Many brands have a selection of organic shampoo, conditioner and leave in creams.

These hair products can be easily used by spritzing the hair before detangling, to help rehydrate and soften the curls.

Nahla Aubrey Halle Berry Biracial Baby
Nahla Aubrey Halle Berry Biracial Baby

Treatment for Baby Cradle Cap

Newborns with cradle cap experience flaking similar to dandruff which can be associated with a hormonal imbalance passed on at birth.

The babies oil glands also known as seborrheic glands are overstimulated causing a skin condition of dry flakes that can be treated with cradle cap shampoo.

It is especially important to know how to handle this skin condition if your baby has ethnic hair that is dry.

Most sites that recommend frequent shampooing with a mild shampoo are painting a broad picture and are not covering every special circumstance.

Consult your doctor

It is best to get the medical advice from a licensed practicing physician if your baby has symptoms that you are not familiar with.

Its best not to try to diagnose conditions on your own. Get help and expert advice before trying any products made for baby hair care.

Multi Ethnic Hair Baby Curl

To help with easy styling use a wide tooth comb to separate the curls while wet.

This is also a good time to add a leave in conditioner to set the curls in place.

It may be a surprise but curly hair will frizz up if you brush it, especially when the hair is dry.

Try to avoid brushing your babies wavy coily hair. If you do use a brush do so while the hair is wet with a natural bristle baby brush.

Section hair into at least 4 to 6 parts and moisturize, detangling and style each piece separately for better manageability.

It has been recommended to use satin pillow cases to help with reducing tangles.

Black Baby hair

It is important to recognize that black hair does not need to be washed everyday.

If you wash the hair to often it will strip away the natural hair oils and it is best to keep the hair moisturized as often as possible with products made especially for African American hair.

Hair breakage is common and it is best to protect the ends of the hair with braids or twists.

Avoid putting oils on the scalp and castor oil with aloe vera can keep the hair soft and manageable.

Set a hair care routine that will allow you time and patience to work with your babies hair, it can be difficult if you are not aware of the many products, techniques and methods available to you.

Get informed:

Seek advice from other mothers and fathers or from hair care professionals, read books, magazines and use only reputable baby care forums.

You may have noticed that it is best to avoid using heavy oils or hair grease on biracial hair.

Many times the wrong oils can cause more problems and clog the pores while weighing the hair down.

Natural Hair Ideas for Toddlers

Mixed Hair Care Tips

If your baby is half black and half white the hair texture may be very different from your own.

In this case you may be unsure of how to take care of your precious babies hair type.

Standard baby products are usually very drying for ethnic hair it is best to look for products especially formulated for biracial and black babies.

You can rinse and condition the hair and use products from brands such as:

  • Mixed Chicks
  • Carols Daughter
  • Miss Jessie's
  • Johnson and Johnson baby oil

Babies mixed with Cherokee Indian or Spanish hair can range from silky wavy texture to tightly curled. How you style and maintain the hair will be varied.

It is best to try different products, methods and techniques and pick the one that will work best for you.

Applying olive oil on the tips and ends of the babies hair will help in softening it before you comb or braid it.

Taking care of biracial curly hair

Using certified organic Jojoba oil will help the hair while the scalp starts to produce natural oils.

Most experienced parents of biracial or multi ethnic children will recommend that you not wash the hair too often, usually once a week is best to avoid drying out the hairs curls.

As the baby starts to get bigger the needs of their hair will change. It may be necessary to adjust accordingly with baby hair care routines.

Comb the hair from the bottom first and work your way up to the scalp to eliminate the pulling of the natural curl pattern.

Keeping hair in braids or twists may help to protect the hair while you tend to your busy schedule.

African American Curly Hair

The hair texture is thicker and fuller but it is not stronger. One mistake individuals make is that they assume because ethnic hair can be course, frizzy and dry that it can handle rougher treatment but this is not true.

Actually African American hair is one of the most delicate and fragile hair types and needs to be handled with tender loving care.

Main reason is because the hair is prone to breakage very easily and if the hair does not get the proper products it can lead to hair loss or damage.

Biracial Kids Hair Style Ideas

Children with naturally curly hair need special care and products that will keep the hair soft and manageable.

Frizzy dry hair can be eliminated and with these style tips you will be able to create nice beautiful hair styles for your biracial childs hair.

As your young angels curly hair grows it is best to keep it from tangling by using moisture often and putting the hair in ponytails.

Use ouchless hair clips or ponytail holders also known as elastic covered bands, as an alternative to rubber bands which can damage the hair.

Multi-racial Hair Care

Because the hair is fragile it is important to use a wide tooth comb when styling, if braids are used keep the cornrows loose and take them down before putting your child to bed to avoid tangles.

Ethnic curly hair needs oil and too much shampooing can dry the scalp and the hair making the hair brittle causing damage. Try low maintenance hair styles and use hair accessories for a fashionable look.


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  • Research Analyst profile imageAUTHOR

    Research Analyst 

    7 years ago

    @smcopywrite - I agree with you, I have noticed more big box stores carrying hair products specifically for biracial hair which is great.

    @carolyn2008 - wow thanks so much for the facebook love, I greatly appreciate it. Your right about it being a topic that many need to know more about.

    @sincerelyT - It is something I have noticed and with so many mixed-race families, proper hair care options are finally becoming available on the market.

  • SincerelyT profile image


    7 years ago from Canada

    This article is definitely long overdue. Many people are not sure on how to care for a biracial baby's hair, so good job on this one :)

  • Carolyn2008 profile image

    Carolyn Gibson 

    7 years ago from Boston

    This is a great article, and long overdue. I voted up, useful and interesting. I am also facebooking this article because a lot of people don't know how to treat bi-racial hair, and this detailed hub has a lot of answers. Great!

  • smcopywrite profile image


    7 years ago from all over the web

    this is a hub that provides some great information. one thing i would like to add is that there are different variations of biracial hair. depending on what texture, thickness and other variables determines what products work best. some of it is definitely trial and error. however, the line of beauty products is definitely expanding as is the amount and availability of beauticians and barbers that can correctly, cut, style, color, perm and nearly every other need or want you would like to see in the marketplace for biracial hair.

    terrific hub and definitely voted up

  • Research Analyst profile imageAUTHOR

    Research Analyst 

    7 years ago

    Jo - I agree some of the most beautiful people in the world are a mixture of many nationalities.

    Nell- Good thing is that now there is more products to choose from thanks to the internet.

  • Nell Rose profile image

    Nell Rose 

    7 years ago from England

    Hi, my friend is bi-racial and she used to moan about the lack of products, this is great I will tell her to take a look, thanks nell

  • Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image


    7 years ago

    I have two nieces that are bi-racial. These are great tips. I love how God brings so much beauty in this world. And we sometimes need to remember this and stop to thank him. God bless! :-)

  • Research Analyst profile imageAUTHOR

    Research Analyst 

    7 years ago

    Nan - thanks for sharing your experience I have heard similar stories before, it is great you are taking care of your foster daughters hair, because with tender loving care it will grow back beautifully.

    EarthAngel - I always enjoy your comments, I agree that Nahla will most likely be a stunner maybe even a supermodel when she grows up.

    Ocbilll - This is good to hear because I know where I live it is hard to find quality hair products for ethnic textured hair I usually have to order everything online.

    Also I wanted to mention that your right about the 2nd generation of children that are born to biracial parents will also need education on proper care of curls.

  • ocbill profile image


    7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

    Good hub. With the melting pot populations growing worldwide, more hair products in countries like Ecuador, Brazil, Turkey and others I missed cater towards that population too as does the US. It is nice to see multiple blends of hair types. 2nd generation (from bi-racial parents) bi-racial kids have similar needs. Helpful info.

  • Earth Angel profile image

    Earth Angel 

    7 years ago

    Good Morning RA!

    GREAT Hub! Yours are getting better and better all the time!

    I LOVE the photos of little Nahla; with such gorgeous parents she is sure to be a stunner herself! Remember too, that Halle Barry herself has biracial hair!

    GREAT Hub! Thank you for sharing!

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!

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    Nan Mynatt 

    7 years ago

    Excellent article. I have a foster daughter and other foster parents have ruined her hair. She is African American and has very course hair and very dry. They gave her permanents and broke off her hair. I am trying to recover her hair. upmark on hub.


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