Biracial children, including black-white mixed, black-Latin mixed and black-Asian mixed, tend to have curly hair that can be difficult to style or keep from tangling or being in your child's way. You want to find a hairstyle that fits your child's face, lifestyle and personality.
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Natural Curly Hair
Allowing biracial children to wear their spiralling curls in a natural loose style is the easiest and most natural way for them to sport their hair. But their curls must be cared for correctly, otherwise they will become tangled and frizzy and will get in the child's face. It is imperative that the hair not be washed more than once or twice per week. Instead, rinse hair every night before bed to prevent a build-up of hair products. Biracial hair tends to be dryer than other hair types, causing washing to deplete the hair of its natural oils. If the curls are left to hang down naturally, a detangler or leave-in conditioner should be applied every day before combing through the curls. Do not comb dry curls, as this will cause breakage. Once you've detangled and combed the hair, use a gel or oil hair product to scrunch the curls. Allow the product to air dry.
Braided and Twisted Styles
For a braided style that pulls the hair out of your child's face but does not pull back all of the hair, first part your child's hair down the middle and separate the hair in the front into two parts. Braid each part, pull them toward the back of her head, and fasten them together with an elastic hair band -- allowing the rest of her hair in the back to remain loose and curly. Apply the same detangling and combing methods as described in Section 1.
To keep a girl's hair all the way back when she's doing sports or other activities where she needs it out of the way, ponytails will work for curly hair -- but take cautions, as biracial curly hair is often quite fragile. Only use fabric-covered elastics and do not pull the hair too tightly to avoid breakage of curly hair. Elastic hair bands that have metal on them can cause breakage or tangling and should be avoided. Ponytails should not be worn to bed, as it will result in a tangled mess in the morning.
Braiding biracial kids' hair loosely allows them to show off their pretty curls. It also makes the braids more comfortable for your child because they won't pull tightly on her scalp. Before braiding, put leave-in conditioner in her hair to prevent frizziness. To make a loose braid, divide hair into three parts as usual and braid without pulling much. Add some extra product to her hair when you're done if desired. Scrunch the hair hanging at the end of the braid to create the effect of spiralling ringlets.
Biracial hair can also be straightened. Begin by applying a natural oil such as avocado, coconut or jojoba to the hair. Then, blow dry on low or no heat. Heat adds to the dryness of biracial hair and should be avoided. The least-damaging type of blow dryer is a bonnet style blow dryer. Use a ceramic flat iron and make sure it has variable heat settings, and use the lowest heat setting. Separate the hair into inch-wide sections and pin them up. Take down one section at a time and straighten it, beginning with the lower sections of hair closer to the neck. When using the flat iron, move from the scalp to the tips of the hair.
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