Mix-d: Hair Care

Tips for taking care of mixed curls. 

This section is a work in progress, to add your own tips on care for mixed-hair or give feedback please …

Teach your child to love their hair. The first thing to do with your curly, silky, fine, kinky, long, short, multi-textured hair is to love it.

Your child's hair is part of what makes them unique. Since everyone has a different hair and hair texture, experiment and try new styles. 

Stick with what works. Teach your child to embrace their own differences and the things that make them unique.

Find out what works for them and you. Try to use hair accessories that are gentle. Never use plain rubber bands , they pull out the hair.

1. Washing routine

Your mixed-race child’s hair does not need to be washed and shampooed daily.

Daily washing can strip the hair of natural oils and cause frizz. Unlike straighter or thinner hair that requires a daily wash to remove the oil build up.

Washing the hair every five to seven days is usual practice. 

2. Co-wash and Moisturise

You do not need to shampoo mixed-race hair daily. When it comes to washing hair try and stay away from products that strip the hair and leave it frizzy.

It is recommended to use products that do not contain sulphates.

Washing the hair with conditioner only is called co-washing and a popular method.

Also, people try to mix 25% shampoo and 75% conditioner and wash the hair with that formula.

Moisture is essential to the hair and while the hair is not washed daily, a moisturiser, de-tangler or milk can be part of a daily routine to style and keep hair moist.

3. Tool box

When it comes to your mixed-race child’s hair some tools are essential.

A wide tooth comb is a great tool for detangling hair when wet. You can also use a wide tooth comb to help you to put in conditioner and moisturising lotion and hair milk.

4. Brush that hair

Two options:

A natural bristle brush and or wig brush? The wig brush can help with detangling. As you brush through the hair always remember to start from the bottom up.

Start slowly at the end of the hair and work your way up. Use this method that works best. Use this tip for your wide tooth comb as well.

Remember, you can also use your fingers to gently work your way through tangles. Always, make sure the hair is moist with de-tangler, conditioner or moisturiser when detangling.

Detangling dry hair is not fun.

4. The power of four

Four is a great number when it comes to your child's hair care. It is a great way to divide the head into manageable sections to accomplish your objective.

Start at the middle of the forehead and part a line all the way to the back of the bottom of the scalp and beginning of the neck. Now start at the tip of the ear and part the hair across to the other side. You now have four parts!!

When putting in moisturiser and conditioners you can work a section at a time. When you are brushing it is also easy to work a section at a time.

You can use the four sections to style the hair in four braids / twists or two in the front and one in the back (combining two back sections) or leave the back out.

It is also a helpful way to relax the hair at night, use the four sections by braiding the hair or using the sections to put in double strand twists before bedtime.

5. Ask someone

There is a Jamaican saying, “a closed mouth does not get fed”. In the journey of caring for your child's hair we need to open our mouths and ask questions.

If you see a style you like on a child then ask the parent or child. You will be surprised how helpful people can be.

6. Inside out, eat right

We all know that you are what you eat. So with that being said eat foods that promote healthy hair and scalp.

Look for foods that are high in Omega 3, fatty acids, biotin, zinc, vitamin A, Vitamin B12, iron and the like.

You are in charge of your child’s diet. Here are some foods that contain all those healthy building blocks. Dark green leafy vegetables, eggs, nuts, carrots, beans, whole grains, salmon, flaxseed oil and lets not forget good old H2O water.

7. Fav list

Get a favourites list.

Stick with the things that work the best. Experiment and find out what works exactly for your child.

Some things are easy to use and very simple in their pure form. Aloe vera gel, organic shea butter, rose water and virgin coconut oil are some natural favourites.

Stay away from heavy oils like petroleum and mineral oils that clog the pores of the scalp.

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