Note: For the purpose of this article I am talking about half black biracial children with curly hair. Biracial children’s hair can also range in texture even among siblings, just as with any other children.
I am lucky in that although I am white, my hair is very thick, coarse and curly so I have a lot of personal experience that got me on my way to learning to care properly for my children’s hair. My oldest has very coarse, coily curls that are only slightly softer than her dad’s hair. My youngest has very soft, slightly looser curls. All the tips I share below work well for both of them.
Do you have a biracial child and don’t know what to do with those curls? Taking care of your biracial child’s curly hair can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have the same type of hair. Fortunately, it’s not impossible.
If you have the right tools and products, you can easily take care of your child’s curly hair so they always look their best and grow up loving their gorgeous curls!
How to Care for Your Biracial Child’s Curly Hair
Develop a Washing Routine
In order to care for your biracial child’s curly hair, you’ll need to develop a washing routine that works for your child’s hair! Every person has different hair and skin needs, and your child is no different. If you’re not sure how often to wash your child’s hair, you can start by washing it once or twice a week. You can always adjust this number based on how your child’s hair responds to this. Once you find a washing routine that works for your child’s hair, then stick to it! Just keep in mind that curly hair dries easily if it is over-washed and you may end up giving them frizzy, dry, damaged looking hair and dry flaky scalp by washing too often.
Keep It Soft
You’ll also want to focus on keeping your biracial child’s hair soft. You can do this by keeping it moisturized with a good conditioner every time you wash your child’s hair. Not only will this help keep your child’s hair soft, it will also help transform frizzy curls into smooth ones. I’ve found that working in a little argan oil while their hair is still damp works wonders!
Curly hair tends to tangle so don’t forget to brush your biracial child’s hair on a regular basis (daily). You can control those curls and tangles by gently pulling a comb through their hair while holding the roots with your other hand. Be sure to do this when their hair is damp or with detangler or you will cause massive damage to their hair. Be gentle when doing this because you don’t want to cause breakage or damage. If you’re having trouble pulling a comb through your child’s hair, try using a wide-tooth comb first. After successfully pulling this style of comb through your child’s curly hair, you can then switch to a closer tooth comb to get even the smallest of tangles out.
Find the Right Products
Finding the right hair products can also help you care for your biracial child’s curly hair. Products that straighten their hair can do damage so just don’t go there on a child. There are many different products available that help you detangle, smooth out, and defrizz any hair and will keep your child’s hair looking it’s best. In order to find the right products for your child, ask friends and family for recommendations. Test these recommendations out until you find a product that works for your child’s hair.
Caring for your biracial child’s curly hair can be easy when you have the right tools and products. What are your best tips for caring for curly hair?
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!