Bi-racial hair

April - posted on 07/15/2009 ( 80 moms have responded )

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My daughter is half black, half white her hair has more of the white texture to it. As her grandma says she has good hair. But the problem is her hair isn't black or white. The black hair products leaves her hair to greasy, and the white hair products don't put enough moisture in her hair. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Jennifer - posted on 07/16/2009

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okay girlie i know what your going though!!! not only is my daughter have the same texture of hair you are talking about but i also do to, so ive gone through the same stuggle for years. lately ive been using Redken product on both my daughter and my hair. ive been using the redken crystal curl for a styling product and it is a very nice lite gel that keeps the curls nice without being crunchy, or if you dont wanna use a gel use redken ringlet, its a cream texture that defines her curls without making them crunchy. as far as shampoo and conditioner wise ive been using the redken Fresh curls its amazing for curly hair!!! i use all kinds of redken products in the salon i work at and on my clients [i'm a liesenced hairstylist] and these are gonna be the best for her texture of hair. good luck and let me know if you have any questions :)

Melissa - posted on 06/21/2013

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Both of my girls are mixed and have very different hair. My oldest has very thick wavy long hair. My youngest has thick curly hair and when its not "taken care" of it fizzes out. Every day we have to put OLIVE OIL LOTION/Pudding in her hair, detangler, and gel. When she was younger her hair was fine with just the olive oil lotion. As she got older we had to introduce the detangler and gel. I do not wash her hair every day I wash it every 3 days. The days she does not wash her hair we put leave in conditioner. Her hair is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Everyone comments on it. It does take a lot of time to maintain and to keep nice but its worth it. She is 9 and can't fully do her hair herself, but she is learning. My oldest hair is a lot easier to maintain however if she uses the lotion it looks oily. Best thing to do is test different products on their hair try different combinations. I live by leave in conditioner and detangler!! Good luck and never be shy to ask what people use.

Karma - posted on 03/09/2011

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I totally disagree with whoever saying you have to put "grease" in your child's hair just because she is part black!
that is old school and ignorant! Alot of "grease" is pore clogging mineral oil or petroleum, not good for anybody!
You should check the website tightlycurly.com- Terri is biracial and now has beautiful hair down to her waist and puts in a moisturizing conidtioner like humectress and leaves it in- no grease at all and her hair is lovely. She also does "conditioner washes" instead of using shampoo. if you are going to try oil -use something natural like coconut or grape seed and apply it to damp hair because remember water moisturizes- not oil. The oil can just be used to kind of seal in the water longer. Hope this helps!
Karla mom of 1 beautiful biracial girl

Dym0ndangel - posted on 02/23/2012

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bi-racial hair should only be washed once a week unless it gets really dirty, because excessive washing will cause the hair to dry out more.

Conditioning is a must, leave in conditioners are really good. I use the one by "Shea Moisture" for my kids hair, it's organic and they sell it at walgreens and target. You can also use a small amount of coconut oil to moisturize as well.

Purityseven - posted on 01/02/2013

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I love on-line product called Atomy. It is a natural herbal shampoo that works wonders leaving hair soft not like the other chemically treated shampoos. I actually do not shed any hair in the shower!!! Hair will be managable for all types of hair and helps with damaged hair and split ends.
All of my friends and family use it. Product is very reasonable.
Only thing is someone has to sponsor you for membership.

Official website www.atomy-usa.com

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Hope - posted on 09/20/2014

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April I had this exact situation. I found Mixtina they have products for all types of curls. My daughter has very fair skin and I am Black. Nothing worked until I tried Mixtina which their products are made for mixed hair. The conditioner is great I highly recommend. Go to www.mixtina.com

Margaret - posted on 06/29/2014

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this works good in my Daughters hair but i change a lot of also use Hair milk by Just for me!! on and off and i found this product called Knot on my watch its a leave in conditioner just love that also there is somthing thats new called Curly Kids Mixed Hair care it was Developed for curly kinky frizzy and wavey hair it has ultra conditioning formoula in it that works wonders on mixed and multi textured hair .... it has Maximum mosture without the sticky Taky greasy feel.. and its leave in conditioner.. hope this was helpful

Habak - posted on 03/21/2014

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Habak - posted on 03/21/2014

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Michelle - posted on 03/09/2014

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My daughter is 3 she is half black half white her hair is more of a white texture but is a tangled dry mess everyday and she crys when we comb it out. I have used mixed chicks leave in conditioner andvthe spray in detangler it don't help her hair. I have tried pink oil but its too greasy. She has long beautiful curls when her hair is wet then when it drys its a mess. Will thinning her hair help? What other products would anyone suggest?

Kimernst - posted on 08/04/2013

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Hi I have two children that are black and white. They both have tight curls and tangle just putting their heads on pillows. My daughter is 8years old and we had her relaxed because the tangles were so bad. And my son is 7 years and he has long hair. My husband calls it his afro. But I need help with products for their hair it's so tangled allthe time. IIt's like big knots. Please help me make brushing hair in our house easier and less tears. You can also email me at kimernst@ymail.com

Lynn - posted on 06/10/2013

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My daughter is half black and half white. She has georgeous hair. her hair is waist length and she is only 3 years old. I have not noticed any children that age with hair that long. it's not thick and not really thin either. Is it unusual for a child of this age to have that length of hair? her hair is straight to the nap of her neck and the rest of the hair has spiral curls

Lindsey - posted on 01/01/2013

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@Flora - I never really post but I had to let you know that your rant is a little misplaced! Most, if not all, of these moms are on this thread trying to find solutions for their curly haired child. I am sorry If you had issues when younger but this is not the place. Racist people who do not take pride in the way their children look would not be on this thread looking for insight. I am not sure why you felt the need to turn this into something negative. I agree with you that society is too visual and superficial, but it is the world we live in. However, I refuse to let my child run around with a mess on his head to prove that point because I, myself, think it looks a hot mess and, when he is old enough to understand, I will tell him so. I am white as white gets and I have straight fine thin greasy hair that requires me to do things to keep from looking like a swim coach! Hair care has no color; everyone should "brush" and "fix" their hair just like they brush their teeth and pick out clothes to suit what they think looks good. You should understand that we are becoming a mixed world and would be stupid not to "discover" what new issues come of that whether it be how to tame kinky curls or what box to check on a form under "What race are you?"

Flora - posted on 01/01/2013

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I'm half-black and half-asian, and I want all of you moms to be very careful about your attitudes toward hair, and that your kids are being indocrinated into the "good" hair vs. bad hair debate. I hated it when people judged me because of what I looked like. Dumb, mean girls were treated like Queens while darker skinned girls who were as talented and as gifted as anyone could be, were picked on (often from darker skinned girls and boys). Your terror at the idea that your kids hair could be anything but curly or straight quite frankly, is disgusting and continues the racist attitudes that pervade our communities. I was not raised in an environment where "good" hair is discussed. My parents taught me that I was beautiful and that kinky hair is just as beautiful as wavy or straight. I have family members who look white, west african, asian and the whole human genetic combinations, so it was never an issue for us. I'm not saying it is not ok to press, weave or do anything to your hair, I'm saying it's the impression you give your children that is terrible. When the hair issue came up outside of our family, I was appalled. By the way, my kids all have different textures of hair. But we have talked about ignorant people who think they and their children are better because of their hair. People, if you feel one ounce of shame when your bi-racial kids hair starts to kink, then you are teaching your children that people with kinky hair are inferior. Now, for your non-white mothers, you must realize that you entered into a relationship with a dark skinned man, If you love the man, you love the child. Screw what society thinks because mom,s you are the warrior for your kids. If your friends are racists GET YOUR KIDS AWAY FROM THEM. The hand that rocks the cradle makes the world what it is. And if it is a prejudiced place, then look no further than your mirror and how it reflects into your home and to the outer world. Many women have bi-racial children. It is one thing to look at caring for your child's hair, it is another to promote racism,

Carol - posted on 05/26/2012

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Try natural products. I don't know how many times i can stress this! Chemicals in normal products can dry out hair, most products for white hair even dries that hair out! Black hair products can be very oily even for black people each persons hair is diffrent. I'm goign to post a link to my SIL blog. She is white, she dosen't have a mixed child, but her hair, unlike so many white womens hair, its naturally curly, she gets fuzzy hair just like i do! She switched from chemical based hair products to just using baking soda and vinager, and to keep her daughters hair from not getting fuzzy and tangled she uses water and essential lavender oil. Her hair is healthy, and very long and she has been doign this for a year and says her hair feels better than ever! I even tried it for a month with the baking soda shampoo mix and my hair was a lot softer. http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com... I only used a small amount of oil and water in my daughters hair and her hair isn't over oily to the point my husband gets pissed and its not to the point of dryness where brushing her hair out is painful.

Meredith - posted on 04/11/2012

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Try Shea moisture. My daughters hair is like that too. So far I really like it. Ps I am white. A friend of mine recommended it to me. I found it at target.

Monica - posted on 04/09/2012

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Yes, I have to cowash and apply product daily. I have discovered the Shea Moisture line at Walgreens/Target and the curling smoothie is a great non greasy product!

Lindsey - posted on 04/09/2012

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Hey All! I only read through page one so forgive me if this is repetitive...



My son is 18 months and has CURLY CURLY HAIR!!! I have tried so many things but what I have found seems to work. I get complimented on his curls all the time! Its a product line called CURLS.



They make a line for Target (you can find it with the African - American hair products). Or, what I do, is order off their website. http://www.curls.biz/



My favorite part is that they have several different products for several different hair types. I agree with those of you that say it is so different than "white" hair and so different from "black" hair ; problem is, all bi-racial hair is somewhere in-between!!!!!

Jess - posted on 03/30/2012

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I need help bad with my daughters hair. Her dad is full blood African snd I'm full white our child is beautiful but has the most nightmarish hair. The bottom half is straight yes straight then the top half is corse and curly and dry. It is so hard to get it to look nice. She's only 3 and we're in australia where its hard to find african hair dressers to help us. please help. Jessicasjobemail@hotmail.com

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Okay, my daughters are also half black/white, I use many different products in their hair to try to see if it gives their hair the moisture its lacking. I've recently started using Carol's Daughter and Mixed Chicks, works like magic! Their hair is very fine and one has curly and the other has sort of curly/wavy so you never know what might work, think outside the box, what you think might not work is the one that actually does, I've learn this from experience. Hope this helps :)

Monica - posted on 03/08/2011

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If you are not wanting to spend $20/bottle. Try the L'oreal Nature's Therapy - Mega Moisture line at Sallys Beauty. Lots of good natural things in it and really retains moisture. I also use the conditioner as a leave in when I wet and finger curl my daughters hair each day. A little goes a long way! Trust me, I've tried the pricey stuff - Bumble & Bumble, Aveda etc..

Connie - posted on 08/05/2009

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I've had the same problem with my daughter's hair. The best I have found is Infusium 23 moisturizing leave in treatment...it gives the curls some shape & hold, isn't sticky or greasy, smells nice & also gives much needed moisture. I put it on her hair while its damp usually & she dries to ringlets...gorgeous :)

Joey - posted on 08/05/2009

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i'm pregnate with mixed-race twins. Can i use the johnsons and johnsons baby wash? My fiancee says we will have to use the pink stuff? Will I have to use more lotion on the babies than I did on my all white child?

Nicole - posted on 08/05/2009

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Hi my name is Nicole Riley.I'm hairstylist in Carson,California.Give me a chance I can take care of your daughters hair.I see this all the time where the kids have brushy ,thick and dry hair. Most of the time the kids just need their hair to to be straighten/press out ,no perms or relaxer. Just call me at 323.273.6220

Kara - posted on 08/04/2009

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shampoo is not good for biracial hair!!! only wash it with shampoo as little as posible. condition wash the rest of times. im biracial with more black hair. i do my 1 1/2 yr old dd hair the same way. use a thick conditioner as a leave in conditioner. deep condition after a shampoo wash and a little olive oil on the scalp and your good to go. to much product is bad for hair! my baby sister has the same hair your are talking about and she does the same thing i do to mine and we have no problems. even though we have different hair and we are both black&white. the scalp cant get the air it needs.

Carla - posted on 08/02/2009

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i am bi-racial myself and im thirty years old and still dont know what works best for my hair and it drives me crazy.

Ashleigh - posted on 08/01/2009

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Im black/white too and so is my son... and we both have more "white" hair. there is a product called babylove, it comes in a little white jar. i used it as a teenager and it worked wonders and doesnt make the hair greasy. that is what im going to be using for my sons hair

Denise - posted on 07/28/2009

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My eight year old daughter has extremly THICK AND CURLY hair. Her father is black and I'm full Italian. (I have thick coarse semi-wavy hair) Thru trial and error and with the help of my in laws on her father's side I finally got it! lol. One nice thing is we don't wash her hair very often...about every 3 weeks or so. So I LOVE THAT PART. lol. But when it is time to do it's pretty much a 3 hour job. Whether it's braiding or straightening and the sad thing is I don't do it all the time because she has SO MUCH hair so either a family member or a salon will do it. It's beautiful and she looks gorgeous when it's done. Anway..when washing it...I definently use good conditioning shampoo ( I go to Sally's Salon) and I also LOVE Pink lotion product, specially the thicker lotion one as she has really thick hair and it gets every part of her hair. You really just have to do alittle "trial and error" as I'm sure most people do and you'll find something that works best for you. Good luck!

Angela - posted on 07/27/2009

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My daughter has used ALOT of products before finally finding one that works for her. It's Pantene for women of color. (Shampoo, condition and after-care products) It's done an amazing job on her hair because she too had the same hair as your daughter. How old is your daughter? I never put "grease" in Kelsi's (my daughter) hair when she was little. I didn't "know" I was supposed to, but when someone taught me that it might not be such a bad idea, we tried it and it was TO MUCH. Pantene is fairly light as it comes in different "levels" of what type to use.

Amy - posted on 07/27/2009

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Oh wow! this is such a popular topic! I have 3 bi-racial children and they all three have very diffrent hair. My daughter has tight curls and I have to use a concoction I came up with at home, after using 100 different store bought products to no avail. I use up half a bottle of conditioner, then mix the remaining with water to lighten up the texture. I apply this to her hair every morning when I am styling it and it makes her hair soft and shiny. My son's hair is like you daughters though, where it is textured like mine, I am white. I use a light leave in conditioner, Great CLips brand is great, not too greasy, and brush. I leave his hair a little long b/c I noticed with my daughter the more I cut her hair the thicker and curlier it got. Hope this helps Good Luck.!!

Jacqui - posted on 07/26/2009

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I tried Pink in my daughters hair but I didn't like how it felt the next day. I don't wash her hair every day and found the Curly Girl Book to be very helpful. Now I NEVER shampoo her hair. I only use conditioner and leave it in even though it's not the "leave in" kind. It softens her hair perfectly. I also use coconut oil in between baths. It's not perfect ... the top of her head straightens out and the back of her head curls up tight.

http://www.curlmart.com/Curly-Girl-by-Lo...

Syndi - posted on 07/25/2009

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I am bi racial and my 11 year old daughter was not exactly blessed with the hair that I have...LOL. Her curls are tighter and her hair is EXTREMELY thick! I wash and conditioner her hair with Pantene (in the brown bottle), then I apply a hot oil treatment (usually tea oil), I leave that in for about an hour with her hair covered and rinse it out. Then I blow dry her hair out and it lasts for a whole week! I do the same with my hair except I do flat iron my own after. If our hair dries out too much during the week, I use oil sheen on it. Just make sure at night, you wrap her hair with a silk scarf or buy a silk pillowcase (they sell them in the beauty supply stores) so that it will hold the moisture throughout the week.

Allison - posted on 07/25/2009

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i am mixed my hais is pretty much a split down the mid not one or the other but white products dont help me mich the pink moisturizer has a spray that is not as heavy as the lotion type one if her hair is curly suave has in a orange tube like toothpaste some curl cream that is lite too that i use on my hair and my goddaughter. let me kno if that helps

Lisa - posted on 07/24/2009

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I use Bumble & Bumble. It sells for about $13 at Target now, or you can get it at any salon. There is a shampoo and conditioner for to soften curly hair and a spray that tames the curl so it lays naturally. I have 4 nieces that are mixed, each with a different texture of hair. Works for 'em all. Hope it helps.

Tara - posted on 07/24/2009

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Oh & whatever you do, do not use products with mineral oil in them because it clogs the pores & will prevent hair growth. You really have to be careful because it's in so many products targeted toward african americans & no sulfites in the shampoo as they are too drying. Ideally you should only shampoo once every 7-10 days & conditioner every other day but add moisture every day in the form of a leave in spray. Make sure you read the ingredients on the back before you buy! I hope this helps :)

Tara - posted on 07/24/2009

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Absolutely! I did some researching on hair care because I wanted to do the best I could for my daughter's hair so it stays as beautiful as it is now. I found a website called www.curls.biz that sells amazing products for biracial hair! Check it out, I have been using all of the products for children for about six months & my daughter's hair is fantastic! I can even leave it down & we live in florida! I am in love with the shampoo, conditioner & curly q milkshake...you can even purchase a sample size kit but trust me you'll want the full sizes! Good luck!

M. Rose - posted on 07/24/2009

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All I want to add is to NOT use grease on your mixed or black child's scalp. It may work for some but if they have sensitive skin & scalp or dandruff it will only clog their pores (that's what petroluem does and almost all "greases" consist of it primarily). Use oils, like olive oil and shea butter is great (if you can afford it). Wash 3-4x's a week (under 2 probably 1-2x's/week), but everyday washing probably too drying.

My problem right now is keeping his hair organized! It's super curly on top and won't lay flat.

Jacque - posted on 07/24/2009

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I am looking for products that aren't too expensive. I am white with one daughter that has long curly more on the coarse whiter side hair and one daughter with definilty the dry britle "straight black people hair" as her daddy tells me. I have to find something that is on the cheaper side since I have to buy products for 3 hair types. I love my oldest curls but if I leave it curly it frizzes and even if I control that she wakes up with a rats nest. I try to wrap her head but she sleeps wild. any suggestions?

Sandra - posted on 07/24/2009

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Trial and error, my daughter is african american and puerto rican with a mix of hair closer to my hair the african american but still a little softer with tiny curls. I use Nexxus Theraphy shampoo and Nexxus Humectress conditioner. Look in the hair care section for light oil mositurizers. Also go on-line seach black hair care for informational books which will help you take care of your daughters hair. I personally like the Dove mositurizer and Soft Sheen Carson Roots of Nature Shea Butter Green Tea Mositurizer. I do not put grease in my hair or my daughters hair, it blocks the hair shaft if applied to the roots and stops the hair from growning.

Amber - posted on 07/23/2009

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I am currently 7 mos preggers with my first child (girl)! My hubbs is mixed and im white! Hubbs has blk hair and I have white! my main concern is that if her hair is of black ethc. that i will not now how to properly take care of it! any suggestions please!?

Kim - posted on 07/23/2009

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Luster's Pink is the best thing out there for young ones. If your daughter is older, you might consider taking her to the salon for a "perm." Post-"perm," the best products we've found are SleekLook.

Angela - posted on 07/23/2009

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my daughter is mixed but she is only 1/3 black and she has that hard to deal with hair not really coarse or fine. i tried it all and even pink lotion was too heavy for her hair i did find that Silk Drops were heaven sent just a small amount in your palm and rub in. i use it when i press her out. i was turned to this by a hairdresser that specializes in byracial hair. it works you can get them at any beauty or even walmart. i have been using the ones by frutreese garnier. ( sorry for Spelling) and the best part is i can even use it on my hair too. so it cuts down on cost. i have pics of her on my facebook you can view her hair there. good luck honey

In - posted on 07/23/2009

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Your daughter probably only needs a a very lite moisturizer and/or leave in conditioner. You may want to skip the grease as it will make her greasy.Although they are both relatively expensive Carol's Daughter and Kink-Curly both have light moisturizers. Carol's daughter even has a line just for children.

Jennifer - posted on 07/22/2009

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My son is mixed too, but I am puerto rican and white, and his dad is black. So he has some crazy hair too. Good stuff to use is Carol's Daughter. It's a lady who makes hair care products especially for mixed race children. Her website is www.carolsdaughter.com. I buy the stuff religiously - it is really good. If you have questions about certain products I can help with that too.

Amanda - posted on 07/22/2009

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Use a moisturizing shampoo for dry hair, and while it's still wet use a TINY amount of hair oil and apply to the ends. Oh, and don't lather up her hair a lot. Shampoo bubbles are lethal for dry hair.

Cassandra - posted on 07/22/2009

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Kisha,
My daughter was born with curly hair and then after her first bath in the hospital it went straight. after the first few days her hair was curly again.....and boy is it curly now. Ok back to hair care products. I use Indian hemp moisturizer by softees. I only put it in my daughters hair every other day along with shampoo every other day unless it needs to be shampooed again. Works great for her hair. Mixed chicks works great too.....not a fan of Pink.....makes hers and my hair fall out!

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