Curly Mixed Hair: Infant Natural Hair Care Routine

Curly Mixed Hair: Infant Natural Hair Care Routine
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This is the second post of a curly mixed hair series. The first post deals with curly mixed hair, personal identity and why the issue of healthy, natural hair is so important to me. I want nothing more than for Alina to grow into a strong, self assured womanhood. I know that issues of hair are causes for low self esteem in many women of color, including me. Therefore, ensuring Alina grows up with healthy, natural hair and is affirmed in its beauty is crucial to our parenting values.

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Alina was born with a full head of hair. Straight hair, which was a shock. Over the last 16 months, her texture continues to change. But, at this point in time, I am going to say that her hair is remarkably similar to mine at her age. Maybe slightly more curly. But not by much, if at all. The texture itself is also extremely similar to mine, perhaps slightly more coarse. But again, not by much. The picture above is of me {tucked in my Grandmother’s bed} with my brushed out cone head. In the first post of this mixed hair series, you’ll read how my mom used to brush out my curly hair. Please, do not ever dry brush curly hair. Below is Alina, at 16 months old in her Great Grandmother’s bed, with beautiful defined curls.

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One of the most inspirational resources I came across is Tightly Curly. Teri is a biracial woman who has struggled with her hair for years. She finally threw out everything she had been taught and told from her straight haired family, and began to learn what works best for her textured hair. The before and after pictures of Teri’s hair are amazing. AMAZING. Teri provides a list of commonly available biracial hair care products that she recommends, detailed instructions of her mixed hair care methods, and tips for little kids with mixed, curly hair. I learned so much from her site, and feel its a great starting point for anyone interested in learning about curly mixed hair care.

How to care for infant biracial curly hair

First of all, dismiss anything you might think you know about curly hair. Most products and product advertisement for hair care management is not appropriate for curly/textured hair. If you have straight hair and are caring for someone with curly hair, realize that nothing is the same about the two hair care regimes. Curls need vastly more moisture than straight hair does {the curlier, the more moisture required} in order to look its best. Appropriate products have a big impact on how much moisture you retain.

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I started my hunt for the best hair care products for mixed/curly hair for babies when I was still pregnant. I wanted to be prepared for when my infant needed more than just a simple shampoo/body wash treatment. And although there are some great children’s biracial hair care lines out there, I could only find one specifically for infants {AND its organic!} suitable for my needs.

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From about 6 months to 14 months of age, I used Curls’ It’s A Curl For Babies for Alina’s biracial curly hair . I used all four products in the line, and loved them all. The shampoo is tear free, the conditioner is easy to comb through, the moisturizer did its job, and the leave in cre’me gave just the perfect amount of hold without being greasy. The site also has a great resource guide to help you classify your type of curl, recommends products accordingly, and a forum to discuss curly hair.

Once every 3 days, Alina’s hair is shampooed and conditioned {the days in between we use water and conditioner, sparingly}. Once out of the tub, leave in conditioner is applied and combed through with a fine toothed comb. The next morning I use a spray bottle to wet her hair down, apply the leave in cre’me and style loose curls with my fingers.

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At about 14 months, I ordered Curls’ kids line and have been pleased with it thus far. We use the shampoo, conditioner and the Curly Q Milkshake leave in conditioner for fine hair that is pictured above. The Curly Q Milkshake, although described as not providing any hold, helps to define Alina’s curls without weighing them down.

I carry a small spray bottle in our diaper bag to help form her curls after car rides {when her hair gets all squished in the back}, but other than that, her hair care regime has stayed the same as when she was younger. As her hair gets longer/fuller, I will start pinning segments down at night, to retain the curl and avoid frizz {as instructed on Tightly Curly’s tips for little ones}. I will also have to look into a product that contains holding properties for styling. Sleeping on satin pillow cases {or covering your hair at night} will help avoid morning frizz as well.

Be sure to check out the other posts on this Curly Mixed Hair Series:

Curly Mixed Hair: Personal Identity

Curly Mixed Hair: Toddler Hair Care

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Hi Vanessa,

    First and foremost, I want to thank you for providing this information. It’s been so helpful to me! I have a 6-month old daughter that has curls similar to your daughter’s pictured above. Do you know of any specific stores that carry “It’s a Curl”? I’ve looked online at their website, but couldnt not find any information. So, since I could not find the product. I bought Shea Moisture. Have you heard, and/or tried this line of products?

    • I have only found the Curls infant products online, unfortunately. But, for babies, the bottles do last a long time. It’s totally worth the hassle! I am working on a post on our favorite haircare products, including Shea. Hopefully I’ll get that up soon!

  2. Khaleemah says:

    This is very helpful…Thnkyou….as for the shea moisture it was ….ok for my childs hair..but not wat i wz expecting for the price!

  3. What did u use on ur daughter before the 6 months ? Or what would u recommend

  4. HI Vanessa. Thank you very much for this information, this is very helpful. I do wash my daughter’s hair everyday and brush out the curls and it all gets frizzy, now i know better, thanks…

  5. Danielle says:

    Hello! Great blog! I have a question for you? My daughter just turned two and also biracial and I notice you said something about clipping segments down at night! What do you use to do this? My daughters hair is very cult and thick but still not long enough to pull all back at night so for now trying to find another way because once morning comes it is quite crazy!thanks so much! Danielle

    • Hi Danielle, Do she sleep on a satin pillowcase? Also, try a leave-in conditioner with a bit of hold (we love Mixed Chick’s Leave-In). Otherwise, I wouldn’t try to tie/clip her hair down if it’s not long enough to do so. She’s still an itty bitty baby. You’ll have a head of hair to tie up at night before you know it! Just try to keep it well moisturized and spray down with water in the morning for styling.

  6. Siobhan Dacres says:

    Hi Vanessa,

    I feel so blessed to come across your blog.

    My daughter also have several textures, with her curls really tight at the back, and lovely and loose at the front. The back gets very dry whereas the front stays silky.

    She is 16 months now. I shall definitely be taking on your advice.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Vanessa,

    I wanted to take a moment to thank you for these tips. My daughter is not biracial, but she has been blessed with the same curls as your daughter. She just turned 16 months, and I have been struggling with figuring out how to care for her hair.

    I had the same curls as a child, but my mother has passed away, so I can’t ask her how she cared for mine. I’m still curly, but I don’t mind the tugging and patience it takes to comb the knots out of my hair.

    This blog has been a lifesaver! I just can’t tell you how much I appreciate you taking the time to share all of this with the rest of us. I will definitely be checking in as Meara grows to get more tips and ideas on how to help her love her hair.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  8. You’re brilliant!! Loves everything about your blog! I feel super prepared to handle my daughters hair. We have similar hair textures (except hers is extremely softer than mine) and multiple of my blacks friends continue to tell me what to do with her hair. And time and time again I ignore them and inform them she doesn’t have that kinky africanamerocan

  9. Christene says:

    Hi I have a biracial daughter and I have always brushed the front of her hair straight but now when I do it goes all over the place. Am I brushing it wrong or is it naturally straight? The back used to go straight when I brush it but now it is way curly and I cant brush it.

  10. Christene says:

    Hi I have a biracial daughter and I have always brushed the front of her hair straight but now when I do it goes all over the place. Am I brushing it wrong or is it naturally straight? The back used to go straight when I brush it but now it is way curly and I cant brush it. I have naturally wavy hair.

  11. Christene says:

    Also her hair in the back looks just like your daughters in the picture that shows the back of her hair but not as thick she is almost 15 months. I just want to make sure I don’t mess up her curls if she has curly hair.

  12. Thank you thank you thank you.
    Finally I have found a blog which tells me simply what to do with my daughters’s curls. I am mixed myself but my hair was relaxed from an early age on and never known differently. My daughter has very lose curls but it is still frizzy. I will definitely check for these products online as we live in Ireland, and unfortunately the mixed population is not that large yet over here. Will keep on reading your blog with much enjoyment from now on. Thanks again :)

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