Nikolette - posted on 06/28/2013
I have a son 16 and daughter 14 who are from Africa and have very tightly curled coarse hair. The "just for me" products are great for children and readily available (wal mart carries it). The advice I got from my African sister in law was to coat them in Vaseline head to toe. This saved me a lot of money on fancy products when they were young. With my daughter we use a straightener/relaxer in her hair because it is the only way to get a brush through it. They make them for children and it doesn't damage their hair. When she was little I would divide it in sections and braid it, but now that she's older she pulls it into a pony tail and wears extensions...
Claudia - posted on 02/25/2012
Here are a few of hair blogs.
They are blogs all about black hair. All are good sources for product reviews, detangling and moisturizing tips and hair styles along with numerous photos, and some videos.
Sharon - posted on 02/14/2012
My daughter is mixed and has hair down to her back... I purchased a babyliss heated hair brush. Whenever i wash her hair i use it to soften and dry the hair. It keeps it soft and manageable.. Also use baby love hair products...Hair creme if the hair has loose curls and hair oil if tight curls...Apply it to the wet hair before drying.... Keepin the hair plaited keeps it manageable also... Good luck.x.
Aicha - posted on 08/08/2011
my daughter has mixed hair what I found works to brush it damp I use a spray bottle with water and I use hair cholesterol and leave it in , I wash it once a week and condition it whenever she takes a bath , oiling it overnight also helps work wonders
Karen - posted on 08/03/2011
Keratin conditioners and shampoos and products will help to fill the holes in the cuticle of the hair and therefore smooth it/reduce the curl and make it MUCH more manageable. Some salons offer Brazilian Keratin Treatments but they are very pricey. Along with the keratin shampoos, etc., find a daily leave in conditioner that works well. If she likes twists, they are pretty fast and easy to do. Dress them up by parting the hair into triangular sections. You'll get quicker and better with practice. This style lets them be active but have that "long" feeling that girls like. Very few tangles when you take them out too. I take one of my daughters to the local beauty school for cornrows once a month and it's less than $20.
Also, keep in mind that the products you find that work in one season, may not work in another. It's frustrating when you finally find something that works well then the weather changes and you're back to square one! lol Persistence and patience are key! Good luck!
Jenni - posted on 10/31/2010
I have a little boy with really course, tight curls. I have found that putting a bit of baby oil in his bathwater when I wash his hair is wonderful. I use the bathwater to rinse his hair. Also a spray conditioner and never ever ever wash without conditioning. Good luck :)
Christine - posted on 08/24/2010
Check out natural hair websites. They will lead you to processes for ethnic hair that don't use harsh chemicals. In our adoption group, we just had a hair party to pool ideas, techniques, and styling tips. Have any friends that you might be able to do that with? The most important thing is moisture. Spray water on it daily even when you don't wash it and use a moisturizing cream/lotion daily to loosen up and restore the curls to the hair. I like Kinky Curly. Curly Q is another kids line and Carol's Daughter is also well received. Sometimes companies will send you samples too if you request them. Most of these products are more expensive, but most are also chemical free. Good luck.
Anne - posted on 06/15/2010
I have a biracial daughter and the hair issue is definitely a nightmare. She is 6 and loves her hair long. When I comb it it's below the shoulders, when it's dry and curled up it goes to her ears. We use Pantene Curls to Straight. On bad days, we do two rounds of conditioner. After the washing of the hair, I found a leave in conditioner called Hawaiian Silky at Sally's Beauty Supply. That stuff is awesome! I have tried many different conditioners, but this one is definitely the best.
I wash her hair only once per week and usually keep it in pig tails or a big pony tail. If I let her run around with a fro (which she loves btw), she will end up the dreadlocks the next day.
Sarah - posted on 05/30/2010
Trial and error, and the advice of African-American friends, have saved me. A lot of what my friends told me doesn't work with our daughter's multiracial hair. Our daughter is 18-months old and has long hair that is somewhat ethnic (she is 1/2 black, a quarter hispanic and a quarter white). We alternate doing pigtails and just putting it back in a stretchy headband but only wash it once a week. We use only a widetoothed comb.
Nanette - posted on 05/22/2010
All suggestions listed look good. My daughter's hair is very textured and I have found that the Pantene shampoo and conditioner for women of color works very well. Using a good deal of hair oil when styling helps too.
best oc luck
MaryBeth - posted on 02/07/2010
I do a combination of book info and have sought out help from professional African American stylists. One of the books I especially found helpful because of the pictures along with the directions is "It's All Good Hair". Recently my daughter has bonded with and is being mentored by a wonderful young black woman at her elementary school, who is helping Danielle with her hair and skin care. She was a stylist before she started working at the school. We just spent some time with her together so she could braid my daughters hair and help teach me some care tips. What a blessing!!
Ashante - posted on 01/30/2010
Blended Roots is an active support group that is specialized in dealing with hair that is grown from two different ethnic backgrounds, and also to help you understand how to beautify tress that are not from your background.
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Kelly - posted on 01/22/2010
Sorry I really don't have any ideas that would be useful for a girl. I have a boy and I just take the clippers to him. Depending on where you live you could take her to a salon specializing in black hair and do a consultaion. It may cost but the info could prove to be very helpful.
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