Help with dry hair

Heather - posted on 05/20/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )




I am raising my great nephew he is 15 months and his mom is african american and his dad is white. I just read i am washing his hair too much but i have been trying mixed chicks and its not workin out. His hair has some tight curls but can also look really dry and i havent cut it so hes got a small afro. i don't have the first clue what to put in his hair. Please help!!


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Jelecia - posted on 06/03/2012




Use coconut oil. It will give his hair shine and nutrients to grow healthy. You should wash his hair every couple days. He needs the natural oils to remain in his hair so his hair won't get so dry so fast and his scalp won't get dry and itchy.

Samantha - posted on 05/26/2012




I am African-American with 3 b/c hair (curly) and I have three bi-racial children.

I would not wash his hair everyday but let his individual needs determine how much you wash his hair. One of my children gets a lot of oil buildup and I wash his twice a week. My other children can usually go 2 weeks. I wash mine once a week and co-wash as needed. We only use non-sulfate shampoo as it is less drying and avoid products with mineral oil, silicones, parabens and pthalates. Adding mineral oil to the hair makes it necessary to use a drying sulfate shampoo which is why I avoid mineral oil and non-water soluable silicones.

My hair does not do well with glycerine but that ingredient does fine on my daughter and sons. I also find that coconut oil is a great pre-poo treatment when my sons have dry hair.

Products I like

Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Wash/Shampoo

As I Am Cleansing Pudding ( great for co-wash in between shampoos)

Darcy's Botanicals Sweet Cocoa Bean Curl Smoothing Cream (great on my son with dry hair)

Curls It's A Curl For Babies Line, Curly Q's for Kids Line

One product in the Curls woman's line that is similar to Curl Smoothing cream and very moisturizing is Curls Whipped Cream Heavy Curl Styling Cream (great for dry hair in the winter).

If you want to read reviews of products or learn about managing curly hair. I suggest

A lot of people that post on naturally curly and curly nikki also post their own hair care recipes so if you are interested in making your own products at home you may find inspiration there.

The products I mentioned are available online.

Shea Moisture is available at

Curls including their Babies line and Curly Q children's line are available at

Darcy's Botanicals, As I am and other products are available at

Curlmart and Walgreens web sites have a lot of honest customer product reviews. Curls monitors and deletes reviews they dislike so for objective reviews of their products I would suggest reading reviews on Amazon can be expensive compared to the sites listed above so compare prices. Curlmart tends to have the largest selection of products for curly hair and it is easy to find coupon codes for Curlmart online. I have also found coupon codes for the Curls site too.

Good luck I hope you can find products that work for you.

Carol - posted on 05/26/2012




His hair dosent need to be washed every week, or even every 2 weeks, seriously i'd wash it every 3 - 4 weeks with baby shampoo, and but an oil based product in his hair. Every week i would spray it with water. At this age, his hair dosen't have the same componts adult hair dose. He dosen't sweat like adults do. I wash my kids hair once a month. Chidlrens heads done have the oils our does, so over washing will harm it. I only wash my kids hair more than once a month if they get into something and put it in their hair, or they play out side and it very hot and humid, they will normall sweat, and its only in their hair. A majority of baby care sites state not to over wash your children as well as it dries their skin out. My daughter dosen't have the curly black hair, her hair is 'white hair' but it is thick and her hair will dry out. You can use an oil and water spray on his hair, such as water mixed with an essential oil. For my daughters hair i use the Herbal oil which can be found at family dollar,/ dollar general or walmart, and mix it with lavender. Its all natural and you dont need to use much. You can also water it down, i also use this in my hair and im mixed and i have the curly black hair and white hair mixed and if my hair dries out its a mess.

Alesha - posted on 05/25/2012




curls has a mimosa oil for i think $8, i use it on my daughters hair to help give some moisture and shine. she has 3c/4a type hair. his hair will change alot within the next year tho so just keep trying different things, and with hair changing so will the products u use. good luck!

Zeora - posted on 05/21/2012




My 10 month daughter is black/spanish/white and as her african american mother i know that our hair tends to be dry because it lacks the natural oils that white hair naturally has.So instead of washing their hair everyday once or twice a week will do since over washing dry out the hair even more.You may want to use conditioners and leave-in conditioners that lock in the moisture.Keeping the hair moisturized is the name of the game..... and because every one has different hair types you may have to figure out what products work best for your child

Candace - posted on 05/21/2012




I think a lot of people feel that because their hair is a different texture that they need african hair care products. I thought that to. My daughters hair stayed dryed out and scalp was worse. Come to find out it was the oil, sheen, lotion or whatever i used at the time. It was all black hair care products. I found a website, (so sorry but can't remember the name) where a hair sylist, who is afican american herself, has a biracial child with long curly curly hair. She said they only way her childs hair would hold moisture is if she used a water based conditioner. I couldn't order one online so she said just use the conditioner you already have and use 1/2 water and 1/2 conditioner in a spray bottle. WORKS AMAZING!!! I'am like, wow, wish i would have known this 9 years ago!!! Never have problems at all now. I can even brush her hair out in 10 minutes where as b4 it took an hour. Her hair stays moisturized until the following week for her next washing!. Good luck, what works for some doesnt always work for others. I would try switching to a different product like you would use on your hair. Most ethnic products contain ton's of alcohol drying out the scalp and hair.

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