Styling a Biracial Child’s Hair in the Summertime!

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It’s unofficially summertime and if your child has curly hair, it’s a trying time! While our hair (Type 3 and Type 4) is rather resilient, it can also be rather problematic at times.

Here are some tips to keep your (and your child’s!)  hair looking fresh this summer, no matter what your hair type is:

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep your child’s hair moisturized. I have seen one too many biracial children with bird’s nest on top of their heads to realize it’s not a child’s hair issue but a parent’s timing issue.

There are a ton (and I do mean a ton) of products out there to keep your child’s hair moisturized. I have to recommend (of course), Shea Moisture’s Curl Milk. Another great choice is Mielle’s Curling Milk as well.

For a biracial child, you don’t want to use any oils for it will bog down the child’s hair. Oil is great for Type 4, but I would not recommend it for Type 3.

Co-washing is your best friend.

Ever since I discovered co-washing when I went natural, my hair wondered what took me so long to do it. I try to co-wash every other day or every two days. With Bear, I try to co-wash his hair every other day. He’s a lot more active than I am so he will get into a bit more mess than I do.

If you want to splurge, you can’t get any better than Bumble and Bumble co-wash. Not only is it a conditioner, but it also detangles the ever-loving fack out of your child’s curly hair. It’s also great for all hair types.

If you’re on a budget, I highly recommend As I Am co-wash or Pantene’s co-wash. Another great choice that is not readily available in stores is Head & Shoulders.

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Stick it in the fridge.

It’s hot outside, yo! And your scalp is going to need something cool for it. Put your products in the fridge to cool them down. It won’t harm them and your scalp will appreciate it.

Heat is NOT your best friend.

If you normally straighten your child’s hair, lay off the heat this summer. There is no point of using heat only for the humidity to make your child’s hair poof like a mushroom cloud. For Bear, I usually have his hair air dry.

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Ain’t Nothing Wrong with DIY.

Some of the best products I’ve made were just going into my kitchen or bathroom and see what works. In another post, I’ll share a few recipes, but there is nothing wrong in saving money (and most importantly, saving your child’s hair) by making your own. Heck, some of your products might turn out better than the store bought ones!

Finally, experiment!

I recommended some great products but there are a ton more on the market and they are catered specifically to curly hair. Some of them are very cheap and do just as a great job as the premium ones.

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Shea Moisture Curly Hair Demo!

Hey Fam,

I know it’s been about a minute since Bear and I have done one of these videos but hey, this was super fun to do! In this video, we used the vast majority of Shea Moisture products (as we are Shea Moisture brand ambassadors 2018).

We used the Coconut & Hibiscus Detangler, and the Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Cream. I washed Bear’s hair with the Fragrance-Free Shampoo & Body Wash and used Curly Kids (Not Shea Moisture) for a deep conditioning.

I like doing this videos not only to show how to care for your child’s curly hair but also if you have curly hair, it might help!

So, check out the video! Let me know what you think!

We’re Shea Moisture Ambassadors!

It’s no secret for my love of Shea Moisture on this site. I’ve been reviewing their products for years now and I’ve even scolded them when they made a boo-boo. So, I’m super, SUPER jazzed that Bear and I are a part of the 2018 Shea Moisture Ambassador class!

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Pretty much like that.

Here’s our unboxing video. Please excuse the mess of our home. We’re still in the process of unpacking and I think we will be for a while. I promise you the next several videos will be…ahem…neater.

DevaCurl No-Poo Product Review!

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I recently tried the DevaCurl No-Poo cleansing conditioner on Bear. I tried it on my hair before (for a refresher, click here), so it was time to do it on Bear’s hair.

Pros:

  • It cleans very well.
  • DevaCurl is a strong brand.
  • It has a lot of slip.
  • It is heaven for those with Type 3 hair.

Cons:

  • It’s super expensive! My little 3 oz bottle cost $10.
  • If you have a sensitive nose, you probably won’t like this. The smell annoyed me.
  • I didn’t think it had any impact on my Type 4 hair.

If you have Type 3 hair, I highly recommend this. If you have Type 4 hair, buyer beware. Again, it had no impact on my hair but you might have different results.

 

So You Want More Bounce In Your Curls?

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A question I get a lot (and from adults, surprisingly!) is how I manage Bear’s curls. I would love to say it’s just a magical thing and he naturally wakes up like that every morning, but no. I have to work at it.

Here is what I use and the various tips that could help you. I’ve also included my Bear’s curly hair playlist for you to check out!

Know thy hair type.

This is something I’ve explained numerous times. You need to know if you’re a Type 2, Type 3, or Type 4. Curly hair is generally between Type 2C and Type 3A. Sometimes, you might be a combination of two or more. Don’t worry if you’re not exact. If you know the general idea of what you are, that makes a huge difference.

To find out what your hair type is, click here.

Use products for your hair type.

Products for kinky-curly hair (like moi) isn’t going to do the same for Bear’s springy curls. A lot of my products are oil- and cream-based, which is way too heavy for Bear’s hair. I tend to look for products that give him curl definition without breaking the bank.

In fact, unless you have the money to splurge on $20 or more products, you can find most things either online, in Target/Wal-Mart, or at your local beauty supply.

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Be patient with your hair and experiment with different products. 

I’m constantly trying something new on Bear’s hair. While a lot of the products I use are generally for adults, if it works for his hair, it works. The first few times I’ve experimented with Bear’s hair weren’t anything to write home about but eventually I got the hang of it.

Set a time limit.

I have this motto for everything really. Something you do all of the time shouldn’t take more than it should. I usually have a time limit of 10 minutes for Bear’s hair.

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My favorites:

The products I use for Bear’s hair:

click on the pics to purchase!

I can’t say enough great things about the L’Oreal EverCurl Hair System. While they have an entire line of products, I generally use the shampoo and conditioner for Bear’s hair. 

If I don’t feel like shampooing Bear’s hair, I generally use a co-wash. My favorites are As I Am, and Aunt Jackie’s Soft & Sassy.

For a leave-in (which is a must! You have to use some sort of detangling spray for the curls), I favor Cantu’s leave-in Conditioning Foam and Garnier Fructis’ Curl Renew.

And I couldn’t leave this without my absolutely favorite hair product:

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This will even detangle your mama’s hair. I should know because I used it on mine. To purchase, click here.

And that is all! Here is our Bear hair care playlist for your viewing enjoyment!