Mixed Hair Care: Tips for Toddler’s Ringlet Curls

Mixed Hair Care: Tips for Toddler’s Ringlet Curls
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Curly Mixed Hair – a Toddler’s Routine

After many requests, I am finally updating the mixed hair posts with Alina’s curly, mixed hair care routine now that she is a toddler. I wanted to give a few tips on how to get those adorable ringlet curls that adorn her head in most of the photos here on De Su Mama. Hair has a lot to do with personal identity for women. Having curly hair myself, I believe strongly in reinforcing the beauty of curly mixed hair in my positive parenting values. And that starts with healthy and proper hair care routines.

Alina’s hair has changed tremendously since I first wrote her infant mixed hair routine. It’s so much thicker! Her hair is also more coarse, although the way her hair looks and feels rests largely on how well its been cared for. The hair itself is still very fine. Alina has about three different textures, ranging from very soft to a few kinky strands in the front. The curls at the back of her head are very tight, with the curls on the top of her head being loose and soft. In every facet, Alina’s hair is very mixed!

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By no means am I a hair expert, but I do take great effort in making my toddler’s hair look and feel its best. I listed a few resource links in previous posts; I relied on them heavily when I was a new mom. Now, I feel more confident.

To start, and most importantly, please do not ever dry brush curly hair. You most certainly will not achieve ringlet curls that way. Using a brush (as opposed to a comb) when curly hair is completely dry only promotes breakage and frizz. So, unless you are going for an 80′s afro, don’t brush curly hair. I’ll get more into that during an upcoming styling post, and I know not everyone will agree, but I absolutely never use a brush on my or Alina’s hair.

Hopefully Alina doesn’t kill me one day for posting this “before” photo. Needless to say, I think she is absolutely beautiful all the time. But, in the picture below, you will see how dry her hair looks before we start our hair care routine.

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Toddler Hair Care Routine

Moisture is the name of the game with curly mixed hair. Every Sunday night begins the start of our weekly hair care routine. It includes a shampoo, comb through condition and then a deep condition. We do this every single Sunday. Yes it takes awhile, but the three step routine is not done every day. By the time Sunday rolls around, Alina’s hair is very dry and in need of serious hydration (like the photo above). This is also when I thoroughly cleanse her hair with a shampoo that won’t dry out her hair (I got this one from Whole Foods). Yes, her hair is shampooed once a week. Curly hair does not get oily like straight hair does, nor does my toddler sweat or get very dirty, so cleansing this often is fine for us. Her scalp is healthy and her hair is not breaking. Tip: no need to be rough with the hair when shampooing. Scrub the scalp, but be gentle with the hair.

By Sunday, Alina’s fine hair is tethered in tiny little knots. Mine does the exact same thing. I use a huge glop of conditioner that is easily combed through. I use any number of products, and switched it up quite often. Tip: Curly people, the labels on hair care packaging are flat out lies – we need MUCH MUCH more conditioner than a dime size. Lather, slather and put on some more, then use a wide toothed comb (the wider the better!) to comb the conditioner out, making sure to work the conditioner to the ends of the hair and removing all the tiny knots. To avoid hurting your baby, hold the hair with one hand at the base of the scalp while pulling the hair through the comb with the other. Start at the bottom and work your way up the hair shaft.

I spend the most amount of time combing through, to be sure all the knots are out and the curls become defined. Tip: since you are not brushing curly hair, you will have a lot more shedding in the bath than straight hair people will. This is normal.

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After you’ve used the wide toothed comb to remove knots and tangles, it’s time to get to work on defining each curl. I rinse the comb through conditioner out. Tip: And maybe for some this won’t be a tip, but I don’t rinse all of the conditioner out. She is left with decent amount of conditioner still in her hair as I move onto deep conditioning.

Right now we are using Eden Body Works JoJobia All Natural Deep Conditioner. I really do love that it’s all natural and extremely hydrating foe mixed hair. It is not easy to comb through, so be sure to have used an easier product to work with to remove tangles. The best tool I’ve found to use this deep condition are your hands, and its actually really simple. I start at the bottom of her head, where the curls are tightest, and make sure the condition is well incorporated into every strand and curl. Between my fingertips, I run the hair shaft down, from the nape of the neck to the end of the curl. I’ve read somewhere that this helps close the hair cuticle and promote definition. I also am sure to pull the curl in the direction that I want it to fall. So, at the back, I pull down, elongating the curl as I work. Again, moisture is key. Be sure to have plenty of conditioner and water on hand. Tip: try to follow the natural curl pattern and flow. Look at how your curl is shaped, and define them naturally.

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After I have gone through the majority of her hair, closing the hair cuticles (which should follow the natural curls), I go through and twist larger segments. The above pictures shows that process. I’ve always done this with with my own hair, so it is hard to explain, but you want to twist and curl with the curl pattern, but making larger curls as you go. This is where the ringlet curls are set. There is still a ton of conditioner and make sure you are getting the ends of the hair as well.

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I always make sure to give extra moisture love to the hair at the front of Alina’s gorgeous face. I slather and smooth and twist until I feel like the hair has adsorbed all the conditioner it can.

At this point, any given toddler will be bored. Be sure to keep bath toys in the tub. I keep her favorite rubber duckies separate from her regular bath toys for these deep condition days. She loves to play momma, wrapping them in their blankets (wash cloth). We also sing songs, talk about our day, play 20 questions. In the end, Alina knows our routine and anticipates the length of time it takes to do her hair. She is absolutely amazing and happy during the process. In no way do I think you or your child should suffer for hair. My kid is fairly mild tempered, and this routine has been going on forever. Start your routine with patience. And work fast!!

This post started as simply a way to appease my beloved readers; they’ve been aching for Alina’s hair care routine. But, while writing this, it also occurred to me that Alina will want to know this information one day too. I wish I would have known how to care for my own curly hair when I was young!

My beautiful daughter, your curly hair is PERFECT. Don’t ever think straight hair is the only way to be beautiful, because it isn’t. I wish I would have loved my curls for all the years they were healthy, because now they are pretty much gone and I feel like a piece of my identity is gone with them. Take care of your curls, your heart and your identity. Love you, Alina!

EDITED 6/2014: After more emails than I ever thought possible, I published a post on the 15 FAQ of Biracial Hair Care Tips. My opinion on hair is as much about self esteem and cultural identity as it is about creating a defined curl pattern, but there are a few pointers in there for those looking for tips. Hope they help!

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All the best,

Vanessa

 

 

 

Comments

  1. This is off topic, but at one point you blogged about one of my favorites, From Marriage to Motherhood-Jessica. I haven’t been able to read her blog because it’s only to invited readers. I’ve e-mailed her, but haven’t received a reply. Do you know how I can be an invited reader?

    • Jess is a dear (and personal) friend of mine, and I don’t even have access to it. I totally get why you would want to reach out to her! She’s amazing! She is taking a break from blogging and is trying to figure out what to do with almost four years of content. I’m sure she will see your comment and appreciates your support! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Hi Vanessa. Thank you for sharing this info. My wife and I are expecting (we’re due in July), she is mexicana and I am African American. She wondered aloud not long ago as to if we have a girl, what on earth do we do with her hair? This is very helpful and I will share this site with her. I also didn’t realize you were in Las Vegas also. We’re neighbors. I look forward to learning more about you and your husband and reading about your tips & strategies on raising your bicultural family, from raising them bilingually to keeping them culturally-grained.

  3. Your daughter’s hair sounds JUST like mine. With me being biracial myself,german/french mother & african-american father, my white mother with straight hair had NO idea how to care for my hair when I was Alina’s age. In fact it wasn’t until late high school when I learned how to care for it. By that time I had straightened my hair so much the curls actually loosend a bit. I would def. be interested in what you do with her hair at night as I’m always looking for better ways to care for my curls.

  4. Muchas gracias! I will be eagerly awaiting your post on how you manage Alina’s hair while she sleeps. I have no idea what to do with my beautiful girl’s hair at night. She is a wild sleeper so it always ends up in knots and matted in the morning. Thanks again for helping us moms with mixed babies :)

  5. Thanks for the tips. Working on a vlog for how I maintain Princess’s curls. You mention that you didn’t embrace your curls. You lost them? How? Great post!

  6. Love how you explained it so throughly! You have t have so much patience! I’m sad my kids didn’t get curly hair but then I think of doing all that things I need to do to my curly hair and I’m ok with it. BEautiful photos como siempre! Besos amiga!

  7. Christine says:

    When did your daughter’s curls start to drop? My little one’s (17 months old) hair is thick and very long when stretched out but the curls are very tight and we have a curly-fro going on. Just wondering …

  8. Thank you for this information! My 2 1/2 year old daughter is biracial with very curly hair and I am struggling because I have no idea how to care for her hair. She has gergous curls similar to you daughters so I am eager to try your routine. Thanks again and I’m glad I came across your page!

    • Thanks for coming by, Rene!

      • Thank you so much for sharing your routine. My daughter has the same curls. I had a few questions though… During the Sunday routine do you rinse out the deep conditioner and put in leavin prior to twisting the sections of curls? In reference to weekly maintenance, do you put leave in conditioner every night before the ponytail? Thanks for loving the curls, I wish I would have embraced my curls as a child. Creating a routine at a young age will help them to love and care for the natural curls. Curly girls ROCK!

  9. Your daughter is so lucky to have you to care for her hair so lovingly and painstakinly! I’d love to have someone pamper me like that! :) She is beautiful!

  10. So glad I found this! I’m a mama to 3 year old mixed twin boys. (My husband is Nigerian, I’m German/Irish.) I have naturally wavy/curly hair so I know about how I do my own hair, but theirs is so much curlier than mine. I’ve developed somewhat of a system for them over the past couple years but as their hair gets longer and changes, I’ve found myself needing a new system! I’m definitely going to try this. My mother in law was here visiting for the past week while my husband and I went on a much needed vacation and she did their hair a lot like this, their ringlets looked much more defined than when I do it (for some reason, they hang down more and look longer when she does it, when I do it their curls stay tighter and closer to their head). ANYWAYS. Just super excited I found this and am excited to give it a try- there isn’t much advice out there for mamas of mixed kids so thank you!

  11. Thank you so much Vanessa this is incredibly helpful. I have no clue what to do with my daughter’s hair, and now i can try this routine on her! Thank you so much I have been doing the wrong thing for four years! and my Sofia has beautiful curls, but i have been brushing them not knowing.
    I do want to hear about styling her hair and caring for it at night. Please write soon!!
    thank you.

  12. Thank you for sharing this hair tip! Did wonders for my daughters hair

  13. Violeta says:

    Vanessa,
    I would like to thank you soooo much for your Internet presence! Lol. One day I was dumbfounded about what to do with my daughters hair. Her father made a few less than desirable comments, including the need to take a “black hair” class… Which he laughingly joked off but struck me so painfully! That day I googled the heck out of mixed hair and came across you. Thank you, thank you, thank you! My hair is similar to yours and my daughters is almost identical to Alina’s! Finding you pointed me in the direction I needed for tips/products and gave me the confidence I needed to tackle my beautiful brown baby’s poof :)

  14. Hi Vanessa,

    This information is SOOOO wonderful! You have no idea how helpful this is for me! My daughter is Bi-racial; I’m white and my husband is from Ghana. My Susanna’s hair is EXACTLY the color, texture, length and curliness as your beautiful Alina’s. I have struggled with how to care for it, but I think I’ve done OK up til now. We wash once a week, and wet & condition daily. During the day, she usually wears it tied up in three scrunchies, much the way you do Alina’s hair at night. And we use an alcohol-free gel to keep the frizz down. I haven’t had a night-tme routine, but I will try yours. Susanna is 12 and now wants to wear her natural curls, but her hair dries out so badly, by the end of the day she is a “frizz-head” (her words). I will do your Sunday night routine once a week, along woth your night-time routine. But my question is, what should I do for a morning routine that will leave her hair with the “wet” curly look all day long?

    Please help, I’m not sure how to get that look. Her hair is, as Alinas, so beautiful when the curls are wet and conditioned. Also, if you could suggest any products that I could buy locally (online products can be so expensive)that would be great.

    Thanks for your help.

    • Hi Susan,
      So sorry for the delayed response (your comment was stuck in Spam- darn it!). Alina’s hair will dry into a “fuzz head” if I don’t keep it super conditioned. I use water and more conditioner when styling her hair in the morning as well. Protective styling would also help. Have you tried styling agents that have just a bit of hold, but are really conditioning? Don’t get stuck on labels or proposed purposes, just experiment. So, Mixed Chicks leave in condition has a bit of hold, so I add it in the morning. Some products I use are Mixed Chicks, Curls and Shea… all products I buy at Target. I don’t buy online because of the inconvenience, but do try to stay with these specialized products because they offer me the best result. I am working on a detailed post soon (promise!).
      Thanks again for reading and your sweet words!
      Vanessa

      • Hi Vanessa,
        Thanks for getting back to me. I hace been very impressedwith o=how Susanna’s hair has responded to all the moisturizing weve been doing. I wash & deep condition once a week, and in the morning she rinses with water, then we use Eden bodyworks Leave-in conditioner, and Eden defining curl cream for touch up. I used a little spray gel for hold (no alcohol) and it looks fantastic!!! She is so happy with the results, and she wore her curls down the entire day last Sunday! Everyone telling her how beautiful her hair is is also a big help…God bless you so much for creating your blog. It has really blessed us! And I love your family stories, too…
        Susan

      • Hi Vanessa,
        Thanks for getting back to me. I hace been very impressed with how Susanna’s hair has responded to all the moisturizing we’ve been doing. I wash & deep condition once a week, and in the morning she rinses with water, then we use Eden bodyworks Leave-in conditioner, and Eden defining curl cream for touch up. I used a little spray gel for hold (no alcohol) and it looks fantastic!!! She is so happy with the results, and she wore her curls down the entire day last Sunday! Everyone telling her how beautiful her hair is is also a big help…God bless you so much for creating your blog. It has really blessed us! And I love your family stories, too…
        Susan

  15. Nice post. You don’t need to be an expert to have beautiful hair. Thanks for posting.

  16. Do you leave the deep conditioner in at the end? Or do you wash it out?

    • Hi Samantha, I do leave conditioner in pretty much every time we wash or co-wash. Generally the conditioners I leave in are natural or plant based, so they don’t cake the scalp like other products would. I haven’t had issues with flaky scalp or anything like that. I’m working on a few updated posts that will help, I hope. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  17. Thank you for the post. My 3 year old has just about the same type of hair and I know I have not been doing it justice. We have a not so enjoyable once a week washing of hair. What conditioner do you use for comb through? Thanks!!!!!

  18. THis is an amazing post! And whats crazy is that my daughter is also a mixed toddler, black and hispanic, and her name is Alinnaj! almost like yours. My daughters hair is curly but not as tight as i wish it were.. her hair is soft and straight at her scalp, then mid as it gets down to her neck it gets wavy and then curly at the end.. I moisturize her hair everyday with a leave in conditioner and shampoo once a week and i have tried every method to give her those ringlet curls but by the end of the day they get loose and lose shape.. any ideas on any products (natural) that will hold her curl throughout the day?

  19. Hello…after you deep condition do you wash all of the conditioner out or leave it in? I am Indian and hubby is African American…one of my toddlers has very tight thick curls and I’m at my wits end trying to figure out a way to manage it!

    • Yes! Leave that conditioner in! It was a shock to many, but I leave a TON of condition in Alina’s hair at night and let it dry overnight in a banded ponytail or braids. Focus on the strands and end of the hair, and not so much on the scalp. Your baby’s tresses need moisture. Let me know if that works for you!

      • thank you!!! We actually live in Dubai so couldn’t find the products you mentioned but we got Avalon Organics shampoo, conditioner, and deep conditioner! Also for a leave-in conditioner we use Shea Moisture Hair Milk. It was been less dry lately for both girls so i truly appreciate your post!!! I’ll be making a similar one for blindians (black+indian) because a lot of people ask me how I manage it! Now that I know, I can share :D

  20. Another mom of biracial children here! My two year old has such beautiful curls and I found your blog looking for posts on banding ringlet curls. I generally have been keeping her hair “done” because there is so much of it and it is so curly and gets SO tangled. We have been doing piggyback braids, flat twists, five braids/twists, etc, but I want to be able to keep it down more frequently because it is so beautiful down. I’m going to try banding and see how it goes! :)

  21. I fell upon your post after googling the Eden Works product you use. My daughter is also biracial (I’m black, her dad is white). She’s 18 months, and I’m just starting to put product on it. We just tried the Eden Works Curl Defining Creme today. It really defined her curls, so I was curious to see what other mom’s thought about it (I don’t want to irritate her skin). Anyway, I think your daughter’s hair is gorgeous. Even in the before pic. In my opinion it’s equally as beautiful there, just a different look. I hope you let her know her hair is beautiful even in the “before” state. It might look more like that as she gets older and her texture changes, so it’s important she embraces both looks…just my opinion as a black woman with similar texture to the before pic. It took years to make “peace” with my hair, and now I absolutely love it.

    • You are absolutely right, Ina. Thank you so much for your beautiful reminder. The before pic was after a few days of not caring for her hair, but even so, I will absolutely reinforce that healthy is beautiful and not a specific look. Thank you again! I sincerely appreciate it!

  22. After you’ve shampoo and deep conditioned her hair, do you put anything else in it while it air dries?

  23. Tara Seward says:

    Thank you for sharing! I have been trying to find a routine for my African-American daughter, who has blue eyes, from the combination of my hazel and my husband’s hazel eyes. She also has hair identical to your daughters before picture and is very fair. Many people think she is “mixed,” but she is not. This posting is really a help for any little girl, or boy for that matter, with tight curly hair. Normally, we can manage her hair when it is wet, but it shrinks up so tight and dries out once it air dries, especially when she sleeps on it. Getting it to look nice without wetting it completely is where we are struggling. Thanks for suggesting some products. We are always in the market for anything that helps make things easier.

  24. Thank you so much for posting this. My daughter is mixed and has the same type of hair your daughter has. I have been trying product after product because my daughter has very dry scalp and her hair is frizzy and when combed out its an afro. I never thought about a deep conditioner. Thanks for the information

    • Hey Nicole, thanks for the comment! Mixed hair is super dry, by nature, so conditioning is a must! Email me if you want to know our favorites, but I’ll be posting a list on the blog very soon.

  25. Hi, this is very helpful for me. My daughter too has this kind of hair and i drive myself crazy trying to deal with it, but my question to you is what hair products do you use for her hair? I would really love to try something that actually works!

  26. Hi Jessica, this is the first time I am visiting your website and I love the information about how to take care of curly hair. My daughter is 2yrs old and has curly hair and I still feel like I don’t know what I am doing. I am going to start trying this routine with her on Sundays when I wash her hair, once question do you leave the deep conditioner on after you form the ringlets, or do you first wash out the deep conditioner and use a leave in conditioner to form the ringlets. Also, the one issue that I have is when my daughter wakes up in the morning, her hair is all over the place and usually a tangles mess, she won’t keep on a scarf so any suggesstions to bringing the curls back to life without water which I keep thinking has to be drying her hair out.

    • Hi Erika, thanks for the comment! At our girls’ young age, I choose not to use a head scarf or cap. Fabric so close to her face, and the risk of suffocation just kind of freaks me out, so I choose to tie in banded pony tails and have her sleep on a satin pillow case. Did you see my night time routine post? As for the conditioner, I keep lots in there. I wash out the comb-through conditioner, but leave in deep condition when I use it. I often use leave-in conditioner to style the next day after wetting it down a bit. Hope that helps!

  27. Hi, Vanessa,

    I love your photos in this post. This is super helpful and so clearly written. Thanks for writing it.
    I have a 6 year old adopted Latina daughter with nearly waist length, curly hair. As a baby, it formed shiny ringlets with minimal care and it has always been so beautiful, but as she gets older, it is getting coarser and wants to form dreadlocks. I only wash it every 7 to 10 days and use a fairly heavy conditioner when I wash. But I find that her hair dries out so fast and products for African-American hair are way too heavy for her hair between washes and totally flatten out her curls. Products seem to either be too light and drying or too heavy and oily. The day after wash day, she has such beautiful ringlets.
    What do you do between washings to keep her hair looking nice? Thanks

  28. hey – i have a 6 year old son and i let his hair grow out, i’m white (blonde, straight hair) and his dad was jamaican/puerto rican and so dj’s hair is curly but smooth, i had a lot of trial and error trying to figure it out when he decided he wanted to grow his hair long. now that he’s not cutting it short anymore i’ve learned that if he bathes at night and i do his hair it looks WILD the next day – i figured he’s six so whatever as long as he’s happy – until his teachers and other students (all white or hispanic school) started talking about how CURLY his hair is and giving him a lot of slack. i’m glad your daughter has you as her mom to help her be proud of her hair and show her what to do with it (i was totally lost when i started to try to figure it all out). you get a high-five!! i use luster’s pink or argan oil or any number of other moisturizing styling stuff, but i love the idea of having a weekly ritual!! i just let him build legos while i’m doing it (takes fooooreeevverrr as i’m sure you already know!!)

    i know this is long – but i’ve spent his whole life feeling like an alien trying to learn about earth, so i’m kinda psyched to find someone who has a shared experience. sorry.

    • Girl, you rock! Thanks so much for the comment! I’m working on a post on when to cut my little man’s hair… so cool that you’ve let your son’s grow out. Not cool that he’s getting teased.

  29. My son is 9, I’m white and his dad is black. He started out with soft silky straight hair when he was born which slowly turned into soft curls & kinks over time. I went through all kinds of trial & errors as well. For awhile I used to use Johnson &Johnson shampoo, conditioner, detangle spray & leave in cream FOR CURLY hair. It used to work great. Then somewhere between him getting older & barbers using clippers on his hair, it has gotten much more coarse & kinky &frizzy over time. His softer “curlier”curls are also at the back of his head with the driest parts toward the front. I started googling ways to care for his hair because I’m tired of it always being just a big afro puff ball instead of these cool curly looks I see on other mixed kids. I actually like his hair long, but I always get to a point I can’t take it anymore & get it cut.

  30. My daughter is very tender headed and HATES getting her hair done. What I did was cut her hair short. She likes it alot better and as it grows out again I am praying it wont be as bad at it has been. Family members are upset with me about cutting her hair but it makes doing her hair so much easier. Instead of 1.5 hrs now its only 35 min.

  31. My daughter is 5, she is biracial and seems to have gotten more of the white texture. She has loose curls but I want to try and give her more curls I.e spiral, ringlet. I have to be careful of the type and amount of conditioner I use on her hair because sometimes it’s too heavy. Any suggestions on now I can maximize her loose curls?

  32. Hi Vanessa,
    My daughter is 20 months old and i am so stressed out about her hair. She is mixed with Caucasion and african american. I am having an issue with the back of her hair looking like it had bald spots. I have been told to use baby oil and that didnt work, then i was told to use pink lotion and that did not work as well. I dont know what else to do. Her hair has tight curls and it looks really short but its not. I dont know what else to do. Could you please help me?

  33. Michelle says:

    Vanessa I am so GRATEFUL for your tips & advice. I am currently careing for both my nieces ages 8 and 6 both Mexican and Black and BEAUTIFULLY BLENDED….And being mixed comes with it’s challenges of how to properly care and treat a head full of hair and curls. YOU ARE AMAZING!!! THANK YOU FOR THE STEP BY STEP DIRECTIONS…

  34. Amanda Kessens says:

    I found your blog via Sixsistersstuff blog when I googled ground turkey recipes. I clicked on the ground turkey rolled tacos and it directed me to this blog. OMG!! I am so glad it did. The first thing I noticed was the beautiful picture of your family. The second thing I noticed was your daughter’s amazing hair! I immediatly thought, I wonder what she uses in her hair :). I have two bi-racial daughters with very curly hair. I was so happy to see that you talk about her hair on this blog. I have looked around and I am just in love with your blog :). Hope you are still working on a styling and products post.

  35. Amanda says:

    Do u leave he conditioner in her hair??

    • Hi Amanda, yup. I leave the leave-in condition in her hair, but also often leave in the deep conditioner as well. I’m working on an update to this post. This week! Fingers crossed :)

  36. is that lsat photowhat 3 photos combined a pic of natural define hair wow wet

  37. i mean the last photo of alina is that her natural define curls

    • HI Nyjal, Yup.. those are her naturally defined curls after a deep condition and gentle handling of the curls. I do my best to not break the curl pattern when styling and never ever brush her hair.

  38. Hey Vanessa I love the fact that you put so much time and effort into your daughters hair. I am also mixed like your daughter.My family didn’t really know how to care for my hair, because no one had hair like me.As you say I wish someone taught us these things about our curly hair when we were younger..I hated my curly hair and was ashamed of it and never Imbraced it.mostly because I could never style it properly.I’m pregnant now with my first baby and luckily still have time and some curls left,to treat my hair with care.I’m going to use these tips on me and my little girl when her hair is long enough. Thank you for your lovely in detIl blog.

  39. so the last 3 photos combined together are the pics of her her defined curls while wet

  40. do you mind doing a page of your natural curls i love your hair and your daughters please when you have time do a page on your hair with pic of your curls an a update on your texture

  41. thanks

  42. when will u be able to post the page

  43. when will u post page

  44. is is going to be this week im leaving to california to take my family and i would really love to see it this week but if not i can wait a while no pressure

  45. I’ve been trying to find something that holds my daughter curls when her hair I completely wet her curls are long n perfect. But after her hair Drys quick n fro up. Wat would be best to use.

    • Curls are going to shrink up when dry. That’s just going to happen naturally. But if the hair seems dry to you, make sure it is properly moisturized. Use leave-in conditioners that offer some hold. We love Mixed Chick’s. Hope that helps!

  46. are you working on it

  47. I luv u!..u jos saved my baby’s hair. Tanks a lot.

  48. Karen Niang says:

    Hi thank you for this post, my son and daughter both have mixed hair, hubby is African and I am English. I have super fine straight hair and have absolutely no idea how to care for curls. Mayan (my daughter) is 2 & a half, has gorgeous soft curls but her hair is quite fine for curly hair and does dry out. It is now just about long enough to plait which I do at night otherwise her hair is matted in the morning and looks like it could easily go into dreadlocks. Unfortunately by doing a plait her curls are then flattened. I scrunch water through to bring the curls back but she doesn’t like it any suggestions? Would you do anything differently in your routine for fine curls? Thanks again Karen

    • Hi Karen, Alina’s hair texture has changed considerably since the age of 2.5 years. It was very fine at that age, too. I found that by braiding her hair at night, I was creating an unnatural curl platter. That’s why I started to simply band the hair, or even kept in a bun, instead of braiding. I didn’t want to separate her natural curl pattern. Hope that helps.

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