I went natural when I decided become a parent. I felt it was important to know how to care for my hair before trying to care for my child’s. I knew with my genes and those of my husband, our child’s hair type could be anywhere from very straight to very coarse. Having more than one child increases the probability that each hair type could be different. Hair is bound to be an issue in a mixed race family. I’ve been natural for five years and within that time I’ve had two children, one boy one girl. They have different hair textures and hair needs. This is my children’s hairstory and what I’ve learnt about caring for the curly hair of mixed race children.
My husband is biracial. He’s of Mauritian Chinese and Italian descent but due to his upbringing he identifies more with his Chinese heritage. Thus, it is based on how my husband and I see ourselves that I came adopt the term Blasian to define our children. Although, strictly speaking they are actually multiracial. As you can imagine in family like ours hair will become an ‘issue’.
Unlike myself, my daughter may never know what its like to have her hair washed and combed outdoors in the sunshine. Additionally she will not know the embarrassment/funny side of breaking a hair comb or ring comb. She will also be spared from being rapped on her knuckles for touching her hair to find out what crazy hair style her mother creating.
I went natural when I decided to have children, because I felt it was important to know how to care for my hair before trying to care for my child’s. I’ve been natural for five years and I have two children, one boy one girl. Both of my children are under the age of five and they have different hair textures.
God has a sense of humour I always say. My first born was a born. He had a full head of thick jet black straight hair. He had his first shampoo when he was ten days old. For the first few months I washed his hair almost every day. He his was oily and the smell drove me nuts. One per week, I’d pre-treat his hair with organic coconut oil for ten minutes before shampooing his hair to ensure that not stripped of its natural oils but also to give it nice shine and fullness. As his grew it developed a soft curl and it was less oily, then, I washed his hair once per week.I kept that regime he was sixteen months.
My daughter was also born with thick straight jet black hair but her hair began to go curly sooner. She has developed slightly tighter curls in comparison to her brother’s but it was still a loose curl compared to mine. Additionally unlike her brother, she never did and still doesn’t like having her hair washed and combed. So I only washed her hair once per week. By the time her hair was past her shoulders I’d reduced her hair wash to only when needed. Every wash day is a trauma for us both, granted not as bad as it used to be.
Mixed Textured Hair Care
Being mixed race doesn’t mean that a child will have loose bouncy voluminous curls. Therefore I think no matter what the curl pattern simplicity is best when caring for young tender scalp and hair. My five tips for caring for mixed race hair that’s curly to coarse are:
- Use products that are an natural and organic as you find and afford, if not then go for no paraben and no sulphate shampoo’
- Never detangle hair when it’s totally dry, use a detangler or a little conditioner mixed with water and start for the ends
- Keep hair styling as quick and easy as possible
- Remember to check scalp from time to time during the week if its prone to getting dry apply a little light organic oil and gently and lightly massage the oil in scalp, this can be done before the styling process. Avoid a nut oil if the child is likely to have a nut allergy
- If hair begins to snag, trim it a bit. Depending on the age of the child you snip a little off of every plait or take him/her to a professional.