Three different types of hair for one little head: how to care for it?

Deb - posted on 05/12/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi,

I am a first-time mother of an almost 7 month-old mixed baby (I am black and her daddy is white). My daughter was born with a head full of straight, black hair. She lost them around the age of three months.

Now the sides, and back of her head is very straight, the front/fringe part is curly, but the top is extra-long and funny-looking.

I am just wondering what it is going to look like as there is no part of her head looking the same.

She has had cradle cap and I have been using a special product to wash her but I wonder when/and whether she should be getting a special mixed or black babies shampoo.

I don't want to damage her hair with regular shampoo as I know I can't use it.

Thank you in advance for your help !

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Danielle - posted on 05/20/2012

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Hi - Just wanted to say that I found this great site that carries hair and skin products for Black and biracial kids (And Mom's too!) www.nandikids.com. They have sourced a great selection and it's nice to find things in one place!

Safiyyah - posted on 05/20/2012

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Your so very welcome....you could start now, Mixed Chicks has a a kiddie line, it may even be better for her hair...the products are a bit pricey, but you will be using it just for your daughter so it will last longer. Johnson and Johnson, uses Formaldehyde in some of their baby shampoo's, so just because they are geared towards babies, doesn't always mean they are good for them....I have switch to use more natural products for my little ones along with the rest of the family, Youtube has a wealth of information (video's to help guide you).

My 2 yr. old has very straight hair but we usually keep it cut low and with a shape up, he looks so handsome...and my 16 mos. old has very soft curly hair, but in the back of her head, at the crown, it's frizzy and dry, I wash and condition it with the sulfate free shampoo and conditioner and use Shea Moisture Organic Curl & Style Hair Milk, her hair really loves it. Since she has turned 1, her hair has grown a lot, so I usually do curly ponytails, 2 or 3, 2 in the front and 1 in the back, This works for her while she is at daycare, I also just use the small scrunchies, they come in many colors, I never use rubber bands, they tend to pull the hair out. I also sometime just leave it out so it's curly all over and put a headband on her to match her outfit of the day....One suggestion is you putting her hair in a ponytail and adding a cute clip at the base of the ponytail and just smooth the sides down, that was our go to style before her hair grew long enough for ponytails, play around with it and see what works. You can find so many cute clips, bows and headbands online, one of my favorite sites is etsy.com this is a link to one of my favorite sellers, she makes headbands http://www.etsy.com/people/iheartcurls?r... know this is a lot...lol But, like I mentioned before, I am on this journey of hair care right now oh yea and fashion...lol

Deb - posted on 05/20/2012

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Thank you so much Safiyyah!

Wondering at what age it is ok to start using proper shampoo on a baby...?



LoL Michelle! My daughter is not far from that either! Very long on the top and short on the sides...it is growing though! ;)

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My son had a what I called a fro-hawk for several months after his hair started to curl. It didn't figure out what it wanted to do until he was almost a year.

Safiyyah - posted on 05/19/2012

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Try using a sulfate free shampoo and there are many product lines (natural) for her hair textures. You just have to find out which product her hair will love. Some products you can try:

http://www.mixedchicks.net/ (sold at your local Target store)

http://beemineproducts.com/

http://www.sheamoisture.com/ (sold at Target and walgreens)

Also check out this blog, it may help you as your daughters hair texture goes through its changes http://beadsbraidsbeyond.blogspot.com/ it should link you to other blogs for hair care for mixed children and hair care.

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