How to Care For Your Half Black Half White Baby’s Hair: 8 Easy Steps You Need To Try
If you are new parent to a half black half white baby, I am sure you must have many questions regarding the best products you can use on your baby, especially when it comes to hair. Since Caucasians and African Americans differ in hair types, you may find it a little bit difficult to get the best products for your bi-racial baby.
I myself remember helping a friend out with her bi-racial baby because she has no idea which hair products she should use. My friend is a Caucasian woman that has created a wonderful family with an African American man. They both had a daughter that was born with soft black hair.
Since my friend was born and raised in a Caucasian family, she had no idea what works best with ethnic hair.To avoid damaging her daughter’s hair, she sought for my help and I did my own research.
If you too have no clue whatsoever when it comes to caring for a bi-racial baby’s hair, you have come to the right place. In this article, I will share with you a bunch of information on bi-racial baby hair care including which products to choose and how to use them.
Why you should not Just Use Any Product on a Bi-Racial Baby’s Hair
Bi-Racial babies are often born with ethnic hair. Though newborns usually come into the world with soft black streaks of hair, their straight black hair will soon turn into curly locks.
The locks associated with ethnic hair are quite a handful to care for. Unlike straight hair types, curly and thick ethnic hair require a lot more moisturizing.
The reason why you should not use just any baby hair product on your bi-racial baby is that some were created for Caucasian hair types that do not require much moisture. If you use a normal baby shampoo on your bi-racial baby’s hair, you may risk damaging your baby’s hair and drying it out. This can lead to itchy scalps and lots of discomfort.
Since most baby hair products available in the supermarket are ideal for Caucasian hair types, using it on your baby’s hair may not be enough to keep it moist, frizz free, and tangle free.
Best Hair Products for Bi-Racial Babies
As I have mentioned before, parents of bi-racial babies often find it difficult to find the right products for their child.
Lucky for you, you no longer have to struggle with researching what’s the best product for your baby’s hair. Here are a couple of hair products including shampoos, conditioners, hair moisturizers, and brushes ideal for bi-racial baby hair care.
Curly Q has a great lineup of bi-racial hair products for kids. These products work great with the thickest and curliest hairs. Perhaps the only downside to Curly Q’s hair products is their rather hefty price tags.
It's A Curl
It’s A Curl is a great choice because it’s completely tear free and is made with purely organic ingredients. Plus, it’s not as expensive as other brands.
Mixed Chicks Conditioner
This baby conditioner is ideal for detangling, anti-frizz, and making soft curly hair. It’s also made with organic ingredients, which is a big plus when it comes to baby care.
Denman Hair Brush
This hair brush is one of the best in the market today when it comes to baby care.
It comes with soft nylon teeth that will help you define your baby’s thick curls.
Bi-Racial Baby Hair Care Tips
Knowing which product you should use on your baby’s hair is one thing, application and practice is another. If you want to effectively care for your baby’s hair, try to follow these simple tips:
Use Conditioner Sparingly
Even though ethnic hair requires frequent moisturizing, this doesn’t mean that you should use a lot of hair conditioner. Try to use baby conditioner by diluting it in water first before applying it to your baby’s hair.
Do Not Wash Everyday
Keeping your baby’s hair clean at all times may seem like an appropriate choice, but doing so can leave your baby with dry and brittle hair. Try to wash your baby’s hair at least 3 times a week, no more no less.
Thick and curly ethnic hair can easily get frizzy throughout the day, especially when it’s humid out. To keep avoid the frizz, try to bring a small spray bottle with hair oils to keep your baby’s hair moisturized throughout the day.
Never Brush Or Comb Dry Hair
Brushing your baby’s curly locks while it’s dry can be a painful experience for your baby. It can also exacerbate tangled locks. When you want to brush your baby’s hair, try to put on some leave-in conditioner first for easy detangling.
How To Care For Bi-Racial Baby Hair
Now that you are well aware of which products you should use and a couple of hair care tips you can try, you should now start preparing these following materials to start washing and caring for your baby’s hair.
What You’ll Need
- Try to choose one of the shampoos I have mentioned above. Do not try to use any other kind of shampoo on your baby’s hair to avoid drying it out. But if you have to, try to select shampoo that are tear-free and are made with completely organic ingredients.
- Do try to get the conditioner I have mentioned above if you can. But if you can’t, you may want to try using coconut oil infused conditioners since those will be easier on your baby’s scalp. Also remember to dilute your conditioner in water before you apply it to your baby’s scalp.
#Brush or Wide Tooth Comb
- Prepare a soft baby brush or a wide tooth comb for detangling your baby’s curls. Try to choose one with nylon or rubber teeth for added safety. After all, your baby’s scalp is very soft and sensitive, which is why you should keep away from brushes and combs with metal teeth.
- If your baby is a couple months or a year old and has hair that’s about 3 or 4 inches long, you ought to prepare a set of small clamps for neatly parting your baby’s hair while detangling locks of curls.
#Satin Pillow Case
- Since a baby’s bath time is often done before bed time, it would be best to get a satin pillow case that will lessen the friction between the pillow and your baby’s curls. You can easily get a sheet of satin from your local sewing shop or tailor and turn it into a small pillow case.
- You will need a handy baby hair moisturizer to finish up your baby’s bath. Try to select one that comes in a spray on bottle for easier dispersion. You may also choose creams, however do know that it takes a lot more effort to spread evenly.
#A Clean Towel
- You will need a soft clean towel to dry out your baby’s hair. You can actually use a face towel for this if your baby’s hair is only a couple inches long. Before you use your towel on your baby, make sure that it’s completely clean and free of any contaminants that can scratch your baby’s skin.
- You will need a small tub of warm water to wash your baby’s hair. Make sure that the water you are using will not exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
- If you don’t have a thermometer to measure your bath water’s temperature, you can check if it’s okay for your baby by applying a couple of drops to the skin in your inner wrist.
#A Warm Room
- Washing your baby’s hair can be a chilly experience since water is involved. Before you start washing your baby’s hair, make sure that you are in a warm room.
- Try to turn off the air conditioning or close all the windows before you start to avoid giving your baby the chills.
What You Should Do
Once you have prepared all the stuff you need, here’s what you need to do:
Step 1: Wet Your Baby’s Hair
Start washing your baby’s hair by pouring some warm water over his head. Make sure that you get most of his hair wet. Try to gently crunch your baby’s hair as you pour the water to ensure that every lock gets wet.
Step 2: Apply The Shampoo
Start to dilute a small amount of shampoo in water and then gently pour it over your baby’s hair. After applying the shampoo, gently lather your baby’s hair until bubbles appear.
Once you feel like you’ve thoroughly applied the shampoo to your baby’s hair, you can start rinsing it out with water until your baby’s hair is completely free of suds.
Step 3: Apply The Conditioner
To start applying conditioner to your baby’s hair, dilute a small amount of conditioner in some water first. And just like what you did with the shampoo, gently crunch your baby’s hair as you apply the conditioner thoroughly.
Step 4: Part and Detangle
After thoroughly applying the conditioner to your baby’s hair, start detangling his curls by parting his hair with your clamps. Try to do one section at a time for more effectivity. Detangle your baby’s curls by gently running your fingers through his hair.
Step 5: Rinse Out The Conditioner
Once your baby’s hair has been completely detangled, you should now rinse out the conditioner with warm water. Take note that you don’t have to put in much effort in removing the conditioner thoroughly.
A little bit of conditioner left can actually help your baby retain more moisture in his hair.
Step 6: Dry Your Baby’s Hair
After you rinse your baby’s hair, you may now start drying it out with a soft towel. Lightly damp the towel against your baby’s hair until it’s almost dry. Avoid scrubbing the towel against your baby’s scalp. Doing so can irritate your baby’s scalp.
Step 7: Apply Moisturizer
Once your baby’s hair is almost dry, spray on some hair moisturizer to ensure that it won’t get frizzy for the rest of the day. If your baby’s hair is long enough, you may even try to style it or define the curls by using a brush or a wide tooth comb.
Do remember that when it comes to combing your baby’s scalp, you should use a very light hand to avoid scratching or irritating your baby’s skin.
Step 8: Let Your Baby Rest On A Satin Pillow (Optional)
If you’ve given your baby his bath just before bed time, make sure that he sleeps on a satin fabric covered pillow for added comfort and for less frizz in the morning.
A Quick Recap
Caring for a bi-racial baby can be quite a struggle especially if you haven’t had any experience with caring for a baby from another race before. Remember that you can’t just use any type of product that you see on the supermarket since ethnic hair tends to require more moisturizing. Just be careful with the kind of products you use on your baby’s hair to avoid drying it out or damaging it in any way.
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