I haven't dressed up for Halloween since I was a little girl. My youngest son came up with this bright idea to dress up like Mr. Brown and that I accompany him as Madea. I must say it was fun!
Meet Mari, she is a very vibrant beautiful little girl. Mari is bi-racial with a head full of gorgeous curls! Mari’s mother cares for her hair by keeping it in protective styles and moisturized. This proves to be very helpful from the constant struggles of washing and de-tangling which could lead to dry hair and breakage. Here are some other helpful tips for parents caring for bi-racial kids hair.
Washing can be a very tumultuous experience for children with curly, coily or kinky textured hair. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The first thing is to decide if you really need to use shampoo every wash. Many naturals are finding their hair much easier to manage when skipping the shampoo step by substituting conditioner also known as the co-wash. Try shampooing 1-2 times for any build-up or dirt that accrues. If your little one doesn’t roll around in dirt, co-washing a couple times a month may deem helpful during the washing process.
If washing and detangling your child’s hair is a traumatic experience, try this detangling routine:
Styling your child’s hair should be a considered a great experience and not a chore. This is time where you are involved in building her self-esteem and confidence. Find styles that will work for both you and your child; styles to fit her character and most importantly convenient for you. Braids, cornrows, twist and pony puff are all great hairstyles for kids. Braids and Twist tend to last 1-3 weeks depending on the maintenance method. It’s important to put a bonnet or hair scarf on your child’s head every night to increase longevity of the hairstyle.
Understanding Bi-Racial Hair
Your child hair is curly not dirty. Caucasian hair may need to be washed every day but ethnic hair doesn't, washing once a week is normal. Try using a co-wash instead of shampoo, see how your child hair reacts to the co-wash before adding it to a regimen.
Ethnic hair is fragile, so always use a wide tooth comb and natural hair brushes.
Moisturize! Use creamy products such as Curly Q Milkshake or Taliah Waajid Natural Herb and Shine Cream . Try to stay away from using holding gels, mousse, and hair spray.
To avoid the tears and traumatic experiences reread the section on detangling :)
Bi-Racial hair issues may seem difficult whether you are a black or white mother. Try the suggestions above and be creative! Use the hair regimen as a time to bond with your daughter. She'll enjoy the effort and attention!
Here are a few suggested products that can be found online or at your local Sally’s, Walmart, Target and/or CVS:
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There was a time when I didn't use shampoos and would only co-wash my hair. I couldn't find a good shampoo during the first few years of being natural. Most of the shampoos resulted in my hair being SUPER dry and brittle, thus the reason for co-washing. In the past year I began to notice the Natural Hair Care industry was growing with new shampoos specifically for natural hair, so I decided to give it a try again. I started using Shea Moisture Retention Shampoo and instantly knew I found a staple product!
I love Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo for several reasons: it’s inexpensive, costing me $9.99 at Walgreens or Target (I stock up when its BOGO) . Also the ingredients do not completely strip my hair of its natural oils and moisture.
This shampoo works wonders for my hair. The product has a thick moisturizing lather that seemed to be a mix of shampoo and conditioner. When I apply the shampoo to my hair I noticed that it doesn't cause my hair to tangle, it actually helps soften and semi detangle my strands. After application of this product, my hair feels soft, moisturized, and clean, something I have never experienced from a shampoo in the past. I am a big fan of this shampoo and I highly recommend it!
Decyl glucoside- is a delicate cleanser derived from sugar beets and it is the 2nd ingredient in this shampoo.
Ingredients: De-ionized water, Decyl Glucoside (sugar beets), African Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter), aloe vera leaf juice, Argan Oil, Panthenol (pro-vitamin B-5, rosemary extract, sea kelp extract, vitamin E, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) flower extract.
I’m not sure if this shampoo clarifies natural hair or not, so I still use an apple cider vinegar rinse once a month.
Hey Natural Divas!!! I know it has been a long time since my last post! I have been SUPER busy! I'm in the planning stages of my next natural hair event!!! So mark those Calenders for November 16th, 2013, more information to come soon!!!!
So I had a few moments to search youtube while we were driving back from a trip over the weekend. I found this video by one of my favorite Vloggers CharyJay. She does a braid out using Oyin Handmade Boing. However, her second day hair turns out super cute!!!
Hola Chicas!!!! I'm back in the states after enjoying 6 days of pure bliss in Mexico. Unfortunately, the internet service was HORRIBLE! There is no such thing as high speed internet in Cancun, making it very time consuming and difficult to post a blog everyday. So, I'm sure some of you would like to know the continued story of my "hair situation" in Cancun.........
On Friday night after having a nice dinner and attending the White Foam Party, I decided to put my hair on rods using some Dax Pomade. The next morning I took the rods out and sported my hair in a rod set all day.....To my surprise the Dax Pomade helped with decreasing frizziness in the humid weather, my curls lasted all day! I was able to rock a pin-up style later that evening.
I wasn't so lucky on Sunday and Monday. After spending time at the beach on a super humid day my hair was frizzled! Dinner and Entertainment required after 5 attire. REWIND: before I left for Cancun, I made a quick decision to buy some "Marley" hair (a recommendation from my curly friend K.B). I couldn't bring myself to wearing that darn draw string ponytail. Anywho, I pulled out my bobby pins and went to work, within 15 minutes I had whipped up a nice bun......So thankful for my curlfriends and youtube!!! Take a look at my nose in the bottom picture....I'm a believer...Black people get sun burned! My nose was a burnt mess along with my shoulders!!
For the remainder of the trip, my hairstyles consisted of Wash N Go's and pony puff's. I had a variety of styles and was sooooo glad I choose to wear my own hair instead of braids/weave, the versatility was awesome!!! Overall, I had an amazing time with my husband and enjoyed this much needed vacation!! I'm gonna miss paradise!