Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Parents of Biracial children...Please learn hair care!

Black people call it kinks, naps, beedebees. But all hair is beautiful. What Annoys me is seing a kid at the grocery store who is mixed and has hair different of there parent, and for some reason its not combed and out all Willy nilly. maybe its because their parent simply can't manage cause they never dealt with the hair texture before or they just don't know what to do with it. Whatever the case may be. Over the years I’ve read, seen, and experienced unbelievable acts of ignorance regarding ethnic hair care. It is my attempt to provide a few basic tips and tricks so you will avoid common pitfalls.

Naturally curly hair is extremely fragile. A gentle touch is required to avoid unnecessary breakage and hair loss. Therefore, always use a wide tooth comb or pick when combing the hair. Avoid fine tooth combs as they snag and pull out curly/kinky hair. Invest in a quality brush; natural boar brushes are the best for the hair. Curly hair needs moisture, moisture, and more moisture! Consider this when purchasing hair care products. Avoid drying products such as hair spray, mousse, holding gels, etc. Opt for moisturizers, leave in conditioners, and styling lotions. All products are not created equal. Just because a product claims to be created for “curly hair” doesn’t guarantee that it will be suitable for ethnic curly hair. Products created for Nicole Kidman’s curly hair may not work for Angela Bassett’s. Caucasian hair tends to produce more sebum (oily secretion created by the sebaceous gland) than Black textured hair; therefore, curly hair requires more oil. Look for natural oils and quality ingredients. Remember, the ingredients are listed in order.

- Chlorine and curly hair just don't mix! Chlorine wrecks havoc on curly hair...it dries, discolors and damages curly hair

If you think throwing a relaxer in it is going to make it more manageable, your tripping.... in fact, properly caring for chemically altered hair will require even more work then her natural curls.

Over shampooing is a common mistake.

Look for a conditioner that provides MAXIMUM moisture and softness for your angel's dry curly hair. 

Proper conditioning is one of the most important steps for healthy hair. Unfortunately, most do not take the time to adequately do so. I recommend giving your daughter a deep conditioning (with heat) once a month, especially during the winter season.

Curly hair should not be shampooed every day, or every other day for that matter. Instead, shampoo your child’s hair every 5-7 days

To avoid pain, tears, and massive hair loss when combing out kinky hair, part the hair into four sections. Get a tight grip on the hair (not to hurt your child) and start detangling the hair at the bottom and work your way up to the top, section by section. If her hair is extremely thick and coarse, secure the combed out section with a pony tail holder to avoid further tangling. You should always use a moisturizer when detangling her hair, doing so will help to soften the hair and ease comb-ability. NEVER USE WATER TO “WET” THE HAIR. If your wondering what hair products to use curly q's has a whole line of moisturizers, conditioners and shampoos for your kids naturally beautiful hair. I hope I've helped a little.

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