Straight Hair

Tara - posted on 07/06/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My daughter is over 15 months and hasn't got a curl on her head. After her bath she starts to curl up but once it dries , it dries straight. She's got a lot of hair and her dad thinks she'll have wavy hair. She's got one litte area on the back of her head which feels a little different than the rest. I'm sure it will change eventually.

I just wondering since my daughter's hair is straight do I need to do anything too it? I mean I know I shouldn't wash it too much . I do it like two to three times a week. Her dad told me to put baby oil on her scalp but I hate how greasy it makes her hair look.

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Laurie - posted on 10/08/2010

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Not every child that is biracial with a black parent has black hair. I am white and my children's father is black. My girls have beautiful, thick ringlet curls and the texture kinda meets in the middle. I used pink lotion on their hair when they were little. My son has more coarser hair and I keep it cut short and we do grease his hair. She may have taken after your side and you may not have to use lotions and grease. Its a trial and error at what you think works best in your daughter's hair.

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TINA - posted on 07/21/2012

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You can wash her hair everyother day and add a little grease, i use an organic coconut oil that you can buy at a grocery store(works great as lotion too). Since its organic people seem to no reaction to it.

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What is she mixed with? My daughter is 1 and mixed with Asian Pacific Islander/Asian/European. She has just now started to have curls at the end of her hair.

Nicole - posted on 10/13/2010

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i wouldn't put baby oil on her. Too much moisture will also make her scalp flaky just has much as if it were dry. Her hair might curl and it might not. My hair didnt curl until puberty. (im black and white) my daughter (once she actually got hair) its nice and curlier, my son started out with nice soft curls now its rough and thick and straight. My newest son is like that. Soft straight hair but i only wash his hair once a week. too much washing just removes the natural oils they produce themselves. but good luck. once you get it down her hair texture will probably change and you will need a whole new routine after that :)

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Katie - posted on 10/12/2010

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My daughter used to have mild cradle cap, and I would put olive oil moisturizing hair lotion of her head. I just figured that it was a lotion made for her head. You can find it in the ethnic hair section. That's what my sister-in-law used on her kids who's also mixed. It just makes her hair look shiny, but healthy.

Tara - posted on 10/08/2010

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Thanks everyone I really appreciate the responses. My daughter is 18 mo old now and still has thick strainght hair but it curls up stlightly after her bath and then kind of just flops straight. I think it's going to be wavy. She has a lot of hair already and doesn't mind me doing her hair so I am hoping that will remain the same in the future. I hope all your children are well and healthy.

Amanda - posted on 10/08/2010

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If your daughter is half white then chances are she will have hair the texture of white ppl. I have 4 bi-racial children and all have different hair. My oldest had bone strait light brown hair when he was a baby. We cut it and its been coarse and curly ever since. My 2nd had dark fine curly hair as a baby. We cut his beautiful locks when he was 2 and it has been bone strait ever since. PPl swear he is Mexican. My 5 year old had thick dark hair down to her shoulders when she was born and we never cut it of course. It is down to her butt. Its texture is like a white persons with thick hair. Its not coarse its wavey unless I put things in it then it is somewhat curly. And finally my baby. She has blonde fine hair. Not a clue towards her african american herritage. So, chances are it will stay strait. It may be disappointing now but ask any black woman.... wait till you have to do her hair for school every morning! You will be counting your blessings..lol Dont do anything to it you wouldnt do to your hair unless her texture starts to change which could be years from now or never. Good luck!

Tara - posted on 10/07/2010

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From one Tara to another...lol! I have 2 daughters and the older daughter had a head full of straight hair all the way up till she was 18 mos old he god mother used to laugh because she had one little curl right by her ear from birth just one...lol Now she is 6yrs old and has a head full of beautiful tight curls. Everybody always tells me they would kill to have hair like hers. Her younger sister was born with thick wavy hair and it has remained that way and she is 5 now. All I use in their hair is Just for me detangler and conditioner in one it works great it makes the curls look heathy and its easy to comb it as well.

Jennifer - posted on 10/07/2010

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Hi Tara, Manige is right just use a good baby shampoo and a hypoallergenic conditioner if her scalp or hair tends to be dry. If she shows any signs of curling or frizzing just juse a gentle leave in conditioner as Manige says and it should be just fine. By the way, it's quite OK to wash her hair every day if you use baby shampoo, it won't dry her hair. I used to wash my daughters hair every day and she now has a thick beautiful head of hair!

Victorya - posted on 10/07/2010

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If her scalp is not dry you do not have to put anything on it. I put baby oil on my sons head because it is very dry.

Tara - posted on 07/20/2010

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Thanks Jennifer and Brandi.Your right all babies go through transistions and it's been fun seeing my daughter go through them. I'll keep you posted. At the moment it seems like her hair won't curl. It's bone straight like mine. I can't even curl mine bc withing 10 minutes mine just falls straight. Thanks for all the advice.

Brandi - posted on 07/19/2010

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Hi my name is Brandi I am half white and half indian and I am married to a black man and he is very dark skinned and our son is 6 years old now when he was born his hair was very straight also it stayed that way until he was about 2 there is really nothing too do but wait and see how it turns out all mixed babies hair are different but all still beautiful let me know how it turns out lol lol.....

Jennifer - posted on 07/19/2010

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Hi Tara, your daughters may very well curl later on, a babies hair tends to change as they grow into toddler/childhood. Please don't put baby oil on her scalp just use baby shampoo and a very mild hypoallergenic conditioner if her hair or scalp seems a little dry. As far as washing it is concerned, you can quite safely wash it every day if you so wish, just remember to shampoo just once, condition and rinse thoroughly. If her hair still seems dry, check on her diet/vitamins, she needs to have a well balanced diet to have healthy hair. If you take care of her hair now she should grow up with a beautiful head of hair. Good luck!

Shawn - posted on 07/08/2010

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When my kids were that age I was still using the baby shampoos which are gentle. If her hair is straight then I wouldn't put anything in it unless you need to.

Manige - posted on 07/08/2010

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Your husband is black, isn't he? Just because she is 1/2 black doesn't mean you need to treat her hair like it's straight off of his head. If her hair isn't dry and frizzy drop the oil routine. Even if it is, there are better and safer ways to go about it. It sounds like she got the genes from your side of the family (so did my girl) and I treat her hair only slightly different than her dad's (whose white) She uses his shampoo and conditioner and I just put a little leave in conditioner when it's still wet.
If by the time she is 3 her hair is still straight, then that's what she's gonna have until puberty. At that point it could change drastically!

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If her scalp isn't dry and her hair isn't dry don't worry about it. I put vaseline on my son's head every other night but only because he used to have really bad cradle cap and he still has ezcema so we don't want it to come back.I also hate how it looks

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