TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF MULTICULTURAL KIDS HAIR CARE
After our biracial (African-American and Indian-American) daughter was born I presumed that taking care of her hair would be a breeze. No it’s not the notion that because she is “mixed” that her hair would be easy to comb and style etc. One of the labor and delivery nurse’s entered into our room with our new baby girl bundled in her arms. She headed towards the sink and said, “okay now I’m going to show you how to wash her hair.” The nurse grabbed a soft paddle brush and infant comb that was nestled in a cabinet and said, “Mom and Dad you are going to need to lightly dampen her hair with water and then gently brush it.” Somewhat in disbelief, I questioned her because I knew that a baby’s hair can change in texture as they grow in age. I remembered my mom telling me that as a baby my hair was softer in texture than it is now and that the change happened months after I was born. However, I watched and emulated what the nurse did to our daughter’s hair and it worked. Still with some lingering hesitation I thought, ok, maybe I won’t have to agonize over the right moisturizing hair care products for her biracial hair. Maybe her hair will be much easier to take care of than my own because her texture is not as dry or coily as mine. Additionally there are a lot more multicultural kids products available in the U.S. now.
The infant brush and comb set.
LEARNING ABOUT MULTICULTURAL HAIR TEXTURE
At first, our daughter’s hair was shiny, soft, and straight when dried, and had a gentle wave in it when wet. Her hair looked more like her Indian Father’s hair (when he had hair) than it did mine. Still her hair was not a breeze like the nurse made me believe it would be with the use of a soft paddle brush and water. At around six months of age, I noticed that our daughter has three textures of hair in her head. Her hairline is stick straight, the top and middle portions are soft, silky, and curly in texture. And finally there is a back bottom portion/quadrant of her hair that is curly and dry/more textured like my own. It is a section of hair that easily breaks and frizzes when it doesn’t have enough moisture added to it. Stunned at the differences of hair on her head I spoke with her pediatrician about using my hair care products on her hair. She told me that would be fine; she in fact has children that are Caucasian and Indian. Feeling empowered as a Mom, I did as she instructed and our daughter’s hair turned out an oily mess because my hair care products are a lot heavier/more moisturizing than her hair needs.
Now disempowered, I decided to take matters into my own hands for our daughter’s hair care needs. I researched multicultural and biracial hair care online and “hung out “in the hair care aisle of multiple stores. Following an array of trials: just using leave in conditioners and water, shampoo and leave-in conditioners etc, I decided to get broader advice from my own hair stylist. My hairstylist asked me what I had used on her hair and I told her the results. She asked me to hold on a minute and she jolted over to another hairstylist with biracial children. She came back with a laundry list of some great products for me to try and after using them we finally had a “that’s it” moment where our daughter’s hair was frizz free, moisturized (without looking flat and oily), and beautifully coifed.
MULTICULTURAL HAIR CARE PRODUCTS THAT WORKED!
Mixed Kids Quad Pack-These products worked on our daughter’s hair early on (6months -1 years old) but they didn’t provide enough moisture to maintain our daughter’s hair style throughout the day as she got older.
Ouidad these products are amazing, worth the investment, and last a long time! These are the products we still use today.
Dark and Lovely AU Naturale Moisture L O C Super Quench-Leave in Spray, 8.5 Fluid Ounce. This is another leave-end conditioner/detangler that I found via another mom with biracial kids. This product is fantastic and I switch between it and the leave in conditioner/detangler for Ouidad. Why? I have found that they are comparable, we use this daily, it is easier to find, and less expensive.
Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner ! This is somewhat of a holy grail product for our daughter’s hair. She loves to swim and be in the pool which can be horrible for the hair. This product effortlessly detangles her hair without the use of a comb and moisturizes the back bottom portion of her hair that is more like my own.
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