Hello my daughter is mixed, i'm black and my hubby is white. She has natural curly hair. I have been using Johnson&Johnson 2 in 1 shampoo for curly and thick hair. And afterwards I use baby oil in her hair. What hair care products to any of you guys use?

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Nikki - posted on 11/15/2011

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I am very happy to read that there are tons of nonblack mothers that either know, or have educated themselves on the care of the hair of kids of African descent. Our hair is wonderful but can be complicated, and it does require love, care and respect. In the past our hair texture was seen as a negative, even by Black people, but now, we are starting to embrace it and learn about the treatment and products available that can assist us in this. You guys are awesome!

Serree - posted on 11/10/2011

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I have boy/girl twins, I am black and husband is white. My little girl has big barrel curls with some frizz in the back, son has full on afro. I use blended cutie (online) products on both of them and love it. We are in CO and it is dry out here and they really need the moisture. We have used what you are using and it just didn't seem to work.

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Alyssa - posted on 04/10/2012

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I tend to let my step-daughter choose her own shampoo and conditioner and she loves having the chance to make a "grown up"choice

Nikki - posted on 04/05/2012

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Hi Jane,



Your son's hair is not nappy. I'm pretty sure of it....nappy hair is not common, even among 100% black people.

It's dry, and frizzy and just needs a lot of water and a sealant(like butters or oils)....

Here's what you have to do/stop doing immediately....

1. Throw away his comb. You do not want to ever run a comb through his hair. Use your fingers on wet, oiled hair to comb it....

2. Get a spray bottle and keep filtered water in it(you can use the water that comes out of your refrig)...if that's too much trouble, just use tap water.

3. Use a basic oil. Extra virgin Olive oil from your pantry works great. Get it from the grocer's. The Store brand is ok.

4. Don't use shampoo on his hair. Period. Use conditioner only. You can clean his scalp once a week with it, and run a cheapie conditioner on it everyday if you can. V05 is fine...

5. I know he's a boy, but commit to using a good leave in conditioner on his hair daily.



So here's your routine.

Spray his hair with water pretty well.....then use a quarter size(or more if needed) of olive oil...rub it in and pull it through with your fingers(fingernails)....then use a quarter size of leave in conditioner(it can be a very very light regular conditioner if need be-but I use Giovanni leave in on my hair and I recommend it, you can find it at target or vitacost.com)....again, rub it in, and run it through...YES, it will look white and thick, but as his hair dries, the white residue will go away.

For styling, Suave makes a curly foam/mousse called "captivating curls" that might work good as the last step....



This might sounds like a lot, but I'll bet it'll take you 2-3minutes a day!

Don't worry if you have to lightly mist his hair throughout the day with the water bottle...the dry hair NEEDS moisture.....



And whatever you do...keep the energy positive...kids pick up on this and will start to hate their hair and will want to cut it off and/or not take care of it....



And here's a secret that I will share....and I know that it will sound goofy...but come closer grasshopper...:

Use shower caps on his hair when he's at home during the day, and at night as he sleeps if possible....this keeps his hair and scalp moisturized and beautiful!



p.s. This is the routine for girls too! Minus the finger styling to get cute curls!



Ask me anything!

Ellie Richardson - posted on 04/05/2012

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Miss Jessie hair care prouducts are specifically for mixed hair and as a matter a fact the owners are Half black and half asian.They have wonderful products and u can check them on line.Great stuff

Jane - posted on 12/15/2011

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Both my kids are biracial (black/white).

My son has nappy hair so we use a tea tree shampoo and moisturizer, and when it gets dry, a tiny dab of Liv worked into his hair and scalp. Pink Oil made him itch.

My daughter has curly hair and uses a variety of products. Oil-based products are too heavy for her very fine hair, so no Pink Oil or baby oil or anything like that. Generally she uses a moisturizing shampoo such as Dove, a moisturizing conditioner, and a leave-in frizz-control product such as Jean Louis David Anti-frizz Taming Action Serum. She has used the Garnier products and also the Pantene Bronze line but prefers Dove. She also makes a point of wearing her hair in a braid, a bun or a pony tail much of the time just to avoid the knots and tangles.

Tia - posted on 12/15/2011

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I'm mixed black and white and I use mixed chicks products. They have a line for children too. I would give that a try. Mixed people hair is a lot of trial and error! lol..It took me years to figure out what would work for my hair. But, they didn't have "mixed" products when I was a child. Good luck!

Nicole - posted on 12/02/2011

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Oh and agadair oil is wonderful Love all these products. i have mixed kids as well as many of my friends. Several of my friends work for the professional beauty supply company two different states and have recommended these products. There are even newer ones out there, but I haven't tried them. Deva curl has a wonderful website that explains their product and how to use it. It shampoo is call no-poo as it does not contain harsh stripping chemicals. The Mizani line is similar as I use the between washes wash only on my kids as it is very conditioning.

Nicole - posted on 12/02/2011

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deva curl is awesome! contact your local beauty supply store and get samples, or mizani (not sure exact spelling) works really well too

Kyrie - posted on 11/22/2011

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It's nothing specific, I'm biracial and my kids have hair like me being 75% white so I just try to use african american conditioners when styling (braids, etc) and extra moisturizing, anti frizz, extra heat protecting etc (avoiding alcohol ingredients) products when wearing our hair down or straight because african american products are too heavy for it to feel right down and with that stuff. As for shampoo and conditioner, extra moisturizing and anti damage is what we go for. My son and I have hair like http://images49.fotki.com/v1556/photos/8... and my daughter has jewish, afro, caucasian curls so they are a tad looser, but just as frizzy and much thicker. It's funny that my son's hair is like mine with his curls from his dad's side being greek. I have used mixed chicks on us and only use it when wearing my hair down and in curls.

Sara - posted on 11/17/2011

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That sounds like disaster. J and j is full of formaldahide. Urghhh. Not on my child. And baby oil will make build up on baby' s scalp. And cause clogged pores and les hair froth. Please . Find something new like kinky curly

Anne - posted on 11/17/2011

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We use the Pantene shampoo / conditioner and then the Hawaiian Silky from Sally's beauty supply. That combination works great. My 7-year old is biracial.

Kayra - posted on 11/15/2011

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I use no tear shampoo for my daughter, she is mixed as well.. I also use Hawaiian Silky. I get it from Sally's beauty Supply. It has made her grow very well. What ever you do do not use the pink moisturizer on her hair. I also do not use any children's detangling spritzes. Once in a while I will buy that olive tree stuff that comes in the small pouch. He makes her smell likes oranges and help keeps it moisturize. I only use maybe once every few weeks, and I never use the whole pouch on her hair. I hope this helps.

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For my biracial 5 year old daughter I use mixed chicks shampoo and leave in conditioner. I only "wash" her hair once a week or so but she wets it everytime she showers and every morning when we style it. When she was a baby I used baby oil and baby lotion. There is another product called Curlz and I am pretty sure it has a baby line. Good luck

Gerrilynn - posted on 11/14/2011

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Johnson & Johnson dries out ethnic hair and ethnic hair needs moisture and natural oils locked in. My (Black)babies(ages 1 & 2) have very curly, soft and thick hair that people would refer to as 'good' hair. I've been using Soft & Precious baby shampoo (has a pic of Black baby on front) and as an everyday moisturizer, I use a light creamy olive oil by Organic Root Stimulator. I never put OIL(grease) in their hair. It weighs the hair down and it accumulates dirt, lint etc. After trying other products, I've found Organic Root Stimulator products really nice. GOOD LUCK!! (:

Lori - posted on 11/14/2011

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I have a 13 year old daughter and wished I had started when she was an infant putting moisturizer in her hair. I'm white, her dad is black. Now, her hair is so damaged that it's a struggle to comb through. I have been using Pantene conditioner (medium to thick/ frizzy to smooth) for a couple months now, but a few weeks ago on our way to dance class, discovered a privately own (by a black couple) store open to the public that sells a plethora of items for black people. What a Gods send! I (we) are on a very limited budget living on less than $750.00 a month. If I'd started when she was an infant, I would have more suggestions for you. Best of luck to you!

Amy - posted on 11/13/2011

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Maybe you should swap to a conditioning shampoo such as dove. I know it's not designed for children but it's gentle and is thick enough to not run in her eyes. I'm white as is my husband but my sons hair is quite fine and wiry. He's used my shampoo since about 8 months with no worries.

Kelly - posted on 11/13/2011

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Mixed Chicks makes really great products! I only wash our bi-racial daughter's hair once a week and use the deep and leave-in conditioner afterwards and in between if necessary. She is old enough that I twist her hair and I use a tiny but of another product called Liv from Sally's for the ends

Cherie - posted on 11/13/2011

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Well, I am a white momma with two brown babies (a girl who is 4 and a boy who is 3 mos. old) and I will tell you what we do. I am very concerned about what goes on my kids hair and skin. They are fully African American and we make sure we use almost exclusively organic products. I am positive that most "chain brands' of conditioner have sulfates in them and we try to stay away from that. I wash or "co-wash" my kids' hair with organic conditioner... usually a lemon based one because I like it for the cleansing properties of lemons. Most people don't know that conditioner alone has enough cleansing agent to wash your hair with it. This way you are not really stripping the natural oils from their curls. After washing, we liberally apply conditioner and comb out tangles and let dry. On a daily basis, I will dampen hair and apply Kinky Curly Organic "Knot Today" moisturizer to hair if it is loose and comb out tangles/style. If her hair is in a style such as braids,etc., we have a mixture of water and moisturizer that gets sprayed on her style and especially on her scalp. I also use the Shea Moisture Organic line of baby products (body wash, lotion, ointment) on my little ones to take care of their beautiful skin. You have seen that J & J has cancer causing ingredients in it, right? It has been all over the news lately. Makes me glad I am an organic momma already!

Kristin - posted on 11/13/2011

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You can also use sodium bicarbonate as shampoo, and vinegar apparently makes great conditioner!!! Haven't tried them myself, but they are natural options that don't strip the moisture out of your hair.

Jessica - posted on 11/13/2011

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Thanks Serree :) I will try that. Yes we r in Missouri and the waether has been changing a lot so it affects her hair big time

Nikki - posted on 11/12/2011

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Jessica....stop shampooing her hair....since she's 8.5 months, it will be ok....Use conditioner only...I know that this might sounds funny to you, but people with (especially of African descent) curly dry hair needs moisture and shampoo strips it.

This is what I suggest: V05 conditioner...Yes, V05! Get the SUPER moisturizing kind...! They have one that actually lathers up a little....There are also conditioners made by Herbal Essence(hello hydration) and Garnier...when you find those on sale(and have a coupon) stock up on those...but as you know, conditioner goes a LONG way.....

Moisture is key for her hair. So get a spray bottle, and mix in some detangler and/or olive oil with water....spray in the morning before you style her hair....You could probably just spray her hair....use one those gels for curly hair made by garnier..something very light...use like a pea size and lightly run through her hair....let it airdry(or use a diffuser if you have one) and put in a bow and you're done!

At night, I use "proline comb thru softner" on my kids hair after their shower....it smells great and adds moisture...just comb it thru(no pun intended...lol)....As she gets older, keep using only conditioner....every now and then(like once every 3 months) use a sulfate free shampoo that is SUPER conditioning, if you must...You also don't have to wash her hair everyday(if you didn't use a hair product that day)...



I think that you are going to have fun with her hair...! Can wait until she's older! There are tons of videos on youtube about twists that will look good on her hair(leave them in twists).....good luck!

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for my son, when his hair was more like my hair i used dove 2-in-1 body wash and shampoo. since we';ve been cutting it and it's now more textured i use Kids Organics Shea Butter Conditioning Shampoo

Jessica - posted on 11/06/2011

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O and I forgot to say that my daughter is 8.5 months old. What should I do with her hair? It seems that the ends of her hair are getting tuff. Any suggestions?

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