By Julie Omoyeni
she can be proud of. You do not have to be constantly unhappy about your biracial
kid’s hair. Whether the texture of the hair is kinky, coily or curly, every
hair can be effectively managed if the proper guidelines are followed.
Define the hair texture
The first step is to define your child’s hair texture in order to determine the most
appropriate treatment. Caucasian hair is usually long and feels slippery when touched.
It should be washed every two or three days to keep the grease out. African hair is often
kinky, coarse and dry and should be washed less often. This is because water has the
ability to dry the hair and this prevents the natural oils from moisturizing. It is
advisable to wash once a week and keep it regularly oiled to keep the hair from breaking.
Washing and combing
You need to be mindful of the type of water that is used to wash curly hair. Hard water contains uneven
particles such as calcium which are similar to pebbles or molecular stones. These particles remain in the
hair, making it difficult to comb and increasing the possibility of breakage. Use a water softener to
remove these particles when you wish to style the hair. Caring for curly hair requires being conscious of
the molecular level. Curly hair fare better with natural oils than synthetic oil because it contains organic
The hair should be combed, brushed and styled on a daily basis. Many mothers of children with kinky hair see
this as harrowing task. Kinky hair is hard to comb and a number of children feel pain when it is being done.
If you do not do this often, your child’s hair will become matted after a period of time and this will worsen
the combing process. The best way to avoid this is to get the hair plaited. Nowadays, there are several
styles such as braiding, threading, cornrowing or twisting that effectively accommodates the African American hair.
Combs and brushes
Get an assortment of combs and brushes made of bone or plastic materials with varying tooth widths and lengths.
Tangles should be gently brushed out from the hair tips to minimize the pain and avoid breakage. You can also use
your fingers for curly hair.
Curly hair requires a pick or wide tooth combs to remove its tangles. Only use a brush after the tangles have been
removed to straighten it out. To comb curly hair, begin from the ends, and then work your down. Do not comb from
the roots if there are knots in the hair. You can divide the hair into sections before combing to make it easier
especially when conditioner has been applied.
The use of chemicals such as relaxers to straighten the hair is an expensive, time consuming and risky procedure.
You must think through this option carefully because it may destroy the cranial tissue of a young child’s hair
after prolonged usage. Consult a professional before you make this decision. A professional can help you to choose
a mild relaxer that will be suitable for your child and let you know the frequency of repetition.