Curly HairCare for Biracial Girls: How To Condition And Care For Natural Hair
Alright lets face it, children with biracial hair cannot be simply defined and hair care can be quite difficult. You may ask why is that? Well simple, you are blending two very different hair textures and the outcome can range from very thin and very curly to very thick with looser curls and everything in between. Also, it is becoming increasingly difficult to identify what is meant by biracial hair. For this particular article I will refer biracial hair as the mixture of a densely textured hair type, commonly African American with another type of hair texture that is not so course.
So what I am saying there is much more to multiracial hair and often hair care products found in both the African American aisle or in other hair care sections are not sufficient. Many times it takes a combination of products to treat this type of hair. More frequently it takes trying out several things to find something that works. Even having children with the same parents may have different textures and require different products. If difficulties continue it may be sufficient to seek the help of a professional who works with multiracial hair.
So in order to care for your hair properly you must first define your hair texture. Both the density of the hair and the curl pattern of hair define texture. That can complicate the situation when deciding the proper products to use. Look at the graph below and find essential products for your hair type.
The density of the hair is based on the amount of cuticle that is protecting the hair from the environment. This can be good and bad. Good because the hair can sustain more wear and tear from the environment and styling products and appliances. Though, thicker textured hair may have difficulties sustaining appropriate moisture due to the heavier cuticle layer as moisture is locked outside of that barrier.
Now lets consider the natural hair curl pattern. As the curls become tighter additional products may be required to afford for combing and styling. The importance of the curl pattern is finding products and styles that work with your curl pattern and not against it.
Always be cautious when using very inexpensive products as they commonly have waxes and ingredients that build up on the hair.
Keeping hair clean is essential but more importantly avoid over cleansing with this type of hair. Biracial hair that is at least normal density with some curl should be shampooed no more than once per week. If wearing hair curly and desire to refresh curls then wet hair in the shower and co-wash.
How to Co-wash
Co-washing is the technique used by wetting hair and adding conditioner so that the hair can be combed out followed by a final rinse to remove conditioner. So basically a co-wash skips the shampoo phase. Hair will not appear oily but rather soft. Co-washing can also spruce up the smell of the hair and remove surface dirt from the hair shaft. While changing the regimen of frequent shampooing the hair may appear a little oily or limp. That will eventually pass once the scalp become accustomed to this process and reduces the amount of natural oils that are secreted.
The most essential step with biracial hair. Many times this hair can look dry or over processed despite one’s best attempt to care for hair. Always condition after shampooing – never skip this step. Also deep conditioning is essential. It is recommended to deep condition the hair every week to two weeks in order to replace lost moisture. Finding products that are moisture based or having humectants will serve you best. Adding heat to the deep conditioner is an added plus. Place a shower cap over conditioned hair and put on a bonnet attachment to your blow dryer and sit for about 20 minutes.
Best Heat Protection
If using heated appliances such as blow dryers, curling irons or flat irons it is critical to protect your hair from damage. Also limiting the amount of heat that is applied to the hair limits the damage. So once you apply the heat protectant and process the hair, do not apply heat again until your next wash.
Night Time Regimen
If wearing hair in a straight style the last thing you want is to fall asleep and sweat leaving the hair to revert to your natural curl pattern. Well avoid all that by wearing protection on your hair. This preserves your style plus it protects the hair from further damage. Wrapping the hair and placing a sleep cap on will help to maintain your style. If you do not wish to wear a silk night scarf then look into a silk pillowcase. Specific techniques to wrapping hair ensure that in the morning hair will just fall into place with no fuss.
Fight The Frizz
Unruly, I mean frizzy hair is commonly linked with dry or damaged hair. Often the frizz is also connected to improperly used products. If you find that your hair is frizzy then this is a sign to try new products. Before trying new products it would be a good idea to use a clarifying shampoo. Many times the frizz is fostered by product buildup. Also, clarifying hair before changing products will allow you to judge if the new product is helpful. It is recommended to use the new product for about 30 days to consider if it is working for you or not. If hair is properly cleansed, conditioned and sealed then the frizz is bound to diminish.
This hair is the least difficult to manage and many times no special products are needed beyond normal shampoo, conditioner and heat protectant. But certainly don’t skip the deep conditioner.
Now this is where hair may make you question what to do. This hair type may appear dry at times depending on the curl pattern. Gloss drops can help to reduce the appearance of dryness. Also the deep conditioner will help to eliminate dryness. Essential oils help to maintain moisture between shampoos and locks down the cuticle, which helps to keep out dirt and elements of the environment.
This hair is usually hard to comb, style and may leave you feeling frustrated. If you have broken many hair ties then you may have course hair. If you have felt like that you are not alone but one thing is for sure if you use the right products the frustration will diminish. Conditioner will help to comb through this hair type. It is recommended to comb through in sections. Once a section is combed it can be helpful to put a quick braid in it so that it will stay detangled until you are ready to style the entire head. If wearing curly look for products that promise to smooth the hair or that are made for curly hair such as curling puddings or gels. Those will help to fight frizz and dryness as they often have oils in them. Do not fear the oil. This hair type will respond well to oils, however, avoid products that have petroleum oil it coats the hair and does nothing positive for it. If wearing straight, using essential oils can help with maintenance of the style, plus they smell good.
A great oil for any hair type. I love this stuff. When put on wet hair is helps to soften the hair assisting with combining. Placed on dry hair will help to seal and protect the hair from environmental damage. Plus it is a natural sunscreen so it wards off those harmful rays. Also, it can be used in your deep conditioner. Lastly, coconut oil
Great for dry hair and has the ability to soothe the scalp. The medicinal properties permits this oil to protect the scalp from dandruff. Also it is a key ingredient lice shampoos.
Great for weak hair. This oil is included in many hair treatment used in hair loss products. When applied to the scalp hair growth in known to improve. This oil also helps to prevent itching and dandruff.
Best used with oily hair. Has great health implications, though for hair is known to help prevent scalp dryness, dandruff and kills lice.
Tea Tree Oil
Great for dull hair and flaky scalps. The cool feel when placed on the scalp, tea tree oil has a soothing quality. Helps to stimulate blood flow and moisturizes the scalp.
Most of the oils are intended to use with each other or with carrier oils. Popular carrier choices include jojoba, olive, coconut, castor, vitamin E, and avocado oils. The carrier oils serve as a penetrator and distributor of the essential oils. Often only a few drops of the essential oils are recommended, hence the purpose of the carrier oils.
Biracial hair is known for its difficulty to care for but usually due to improper care and products. By changing your daily regimen and trying products for your hair type you can hopefully land on something that really works for you. Finding your hair type, texture and curl pattern will assist in the hair care journey.