“Hair brings one's self-image into focus; it is vanity's proving ground. Hair is terribly personal, a tangle of mysterious prejudices.” ~Shana Alexander
As if managing straight hair of children was not enough for parents, now parents of mixed-race children need to manage all types of hair. Actually mixed-race children can have different types of hair from straight and soft to coarse and tangled. If you thought that getting your child to have a bath is difficult then ask the parents of mixed-race children; managing their hair is like an extended horror movie – a living nightmare!
The most important aspect of managing mixed-race children hair is to do it without taking away the child’s sense of identity or lowering their self-esteem. Children need to look good and feel good too. Hence, it is very important that their hair is well cared for and is regularly groomed. This stands true for mixed-race children more because of the social scrutiny they go through in a so called “equal” society.
Children are very intelligent as well as sensitive, and when it comes to hair they would want to look their best. So here are 4 tips from a specialist that can help manage the hair of mixed-race children in a better way:
Products:This is an important aspect of hair care for mixed-race children. You need to use only those products that have been specifically developed for their hair. If you are living in Sweden then you might not be able to find hair care products of African children that easily. In fact, it has been seen that Afro products are normally quite oily vis-à-vis European products, which are too dry. So maybe you can try purchasing specific mixed-race children hair care products online. One very good online store is Afro-Care that offers everything from shampoos to conditioners, natural hair relaxers, and hair pomades. Use the urbanlife Business Directory to find everything from hair styling products to accessories, supplements, and treatments.
Curly Hair:Most mixed-race children have curly hair and the curlier their hair, the less often you will need to wash them. Since Afro hair is quite dry in nature, care should be taken not to wash them as frequently as you wash straight hair. Depending on the curls, you can wash your child’s hair once every fortnight.
Combing:Always ensure that you comb you child’s hair when the conditioner is still in the hair. The first thing to do is apply conditioner to your child’s hair just after the shampoo wash. This will help their hair to become moist and slick so that you can use a wide-tooth comb to untie any knots in their hair.
Moisturizing cream:Using a moisturizing cream or spray on their wet hair will keep the hair damp and this will discourage breakage of hair.
Last but not the least, it not easy to be a mother and it’s almost impossible to manage the hair of mixed-race children, so what you need is practice and more practice. You can take your children to a hair specialist in case you are feeling uncomfortable or are not mentally prepared to handle it.
Once you know how to do it, you can make their hair look as good as it can be – after your mother did the same for you too!