Over on Mixed Family Life, I have a Do’s and Don’t’s of Mixed Kids Hair Care and a Cheat Sheet for Mixed Kid Hair Care, but lately I’ve received a few questions that I wanted to address specifically. Hopefully they will be helpful to you. I am open to doing more Q & A’s in the future so please let me know if you have any other questions that haven’t been answered.
Multiracial Kids Hair Care – Q & A
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- Q – Can I follow these routines on my baby/young toddler? A – Yes, but I would look for tear-free and gentle options since kids are so wiggly! One that we like is the Cantu Care for Kids Tear Free Shampoo, Conditioner, and Detangler.
- Q – What should we do after swimming? A – First make sure you follow my recommendations for how to care for hair before swimming. Then for after I would recommend rinsing the hair out the best you can. Hopefully you put the hair into a protective style before hand, but if you didn’t then I would recommend braiding the hair up to try to minimize knots. Later at home I would then minimally co-wash the hair so you can detangle. Coat in a ton of conditioner to make it as easy as possible. I would then recommend doing a deep conditioning on the weekend.
- Q – How do you keep hair from getting frizzy when braiding/styling? A – I’ve learned that multiracial kids hair just gets more frizzy than kids that are only/majority AA. Its just their hair type. But to minimize it I use edge control while braiding and or putting into buns/styles. We’ve used a few different kinds but right now we have – Creme of Nature Argan Oil Edge Control. I’ve also heard the Eco Style one is amazing. When I’m doing buns I also smooth done the hair on the head with a boar bristle brush. This is the only time a brush touches my kids hair.
- Q – When do I use an oil when doing my kids hair? A – There are two methods (that are basically one and the same) that are popular and work. The LOC and/or LCO method. L-Liquid, O-Oil, C-Crème. We personally do the LCO Method because it works better for us. So how this looks is, you wash/co-wash the hair. Detangle the hair with tons of whatever conditioner you use. Rinse. Apply a Water Based Leave-In Conditioner (the ‘L’), then you add a thicker Crème Conditioner (the ‘C’) that helps seal in the moisture, and finally you add a hair oil (the ‘O’) to seal all of it in. Some people switch up the O and the C. Between each step I would comb through with a wide tooth comb to help distribute the product.
- Q – What can I do about Protective Styles if my kids hair is too short to put in Dutch/French/cornrow braids? A – You can always section the hair up into squares and braid that section away from the head and secure them. Then they would have a bunch of cute braids (‘box braids’) all over. Or put then into 4 (or more?) puffs. Pinterest can be your best friend when it comes to ideas!
- Q – Should I let the hair dry naturally or defuse it? A – I personally would recommend letting it dry naturally for kids. To help remove as much moisture as you can, you can take an old t-shirt and scrunch some more of the water out. You can even take a shirt and tie it up and over their curls to hold them up and out of the way while they dry up some. A t-shirt is more gentle on the curls and will cause less frizz. Don’t rub! Just squeeze.
- Q – My kid is young and I don’t know if she/he will keep a satin bonnet on. What should I do? A – Few options. You can (and should) also get a satin/silky pillow case (this one has a ton of color options and it zips!). There are also smaller bonnets for kids, and this company Natural Hair Shop makes SUPER cute ones with kids characters. That might help your kid want to wear it. I also reminded my daughter that wearing it will help keep the knots away and make combing her hair easier when it comes to it. That usually helped!
- Q – How often can I co-wash my kids hair? A – Technically every time you bath them if you want. So up to 7 times a week (or more if you have an extra messy kid… lol). I personally wouldn’t do it that much just because my kids hair doesn’t need it that much and I also don’t want to have to re-do my daughters hair that much. Play around with your frequency and see what works for you.
Well that is it for now for my Multiracial Kids Hair Care – Q & A. I hope this helped some of you. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to ask. I love helping. Speaking of – above I linked the products we use and/or recommend to try to make it easier for you. Feel free to find your own versions that you prefer.
Thanks for reading.