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CHEAT SHEET- Mixed Kid Hair Care – The Basics

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So this post is for those parents I see out in the world with their mixed / multiracial / biracial and even interracially adopted kids with their hair looking a hot mess and are struggling to figure out how to take care of their hair. (Don’t get me wrong.. I’ve been there too!) Please take the time to learn some basic Mixed Kid hair care so your kids can walk around with decent, healthy, well taken care of hair.

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Do you need to learn how to do all the braiding and hair styles ? No … but I HIGHLY recommend you do. If you would like some basic tutorials you can check out some of my other posts Simple & Easy Braid Hairstyle or Super Simple Braid Hairstyle.  If you need ideas of what kind of products to get then check out my post Top 10 Products for Mixed Kids Hair .



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But this post is meant to be the absolute BASIC of BASICS. A CHEAT SHEET if you will.

(Disclaimer- I am not a professional… this is just what I’ve learned through research and trial & error)

Cheat Sheet for Mixed Kids Hair Care - The Basics

So lets get started with the basics all parents need to know and learn to take care of their mixed children’s hair:

  1. Start with soaking wet hair in the bath/shower. I prefer to work in sections. 20161010_202431
  2. Shampoo the roots. We only shampoo once a week and with a nourishing shampoo. Some people don’t even use shampoo! Too much shampooing can dry out a mixed kids hair and they need the moisture! Lately we have been using Cantu Care for Kids Tear-Free Nourishing Shampoo that is specifically designed for curly kid hair.  Cantu Care for Kids Tear Free Nourishing Shampoo
  3. After you rinse out the shampoo you want to SOAK the hair in conditioner. This step you have more wiggle room as to what kind you use, but whichever you use make sure it is a moisturizing one, and you use A LOT. We have been loving Mane n’ Tail, Suave Coconut, and Tresemme Perfectly Undone. The last 2 are actually CG Method Friendly.
  4. While the hair is COATED in conditioner this is when you comb with a wide tooth comb starting at the bottom and detangling as you move up towards the roots. HOLD THE HAIR ABOVE WHERE YOU ARE COMBING. This will help prevent pain by the comb pulling at your hand instead of the scalp. I love using the Conair Shower Comb because it has a handle on it that makes it easier to hold onto and also hang up when not using so it stays in the bath/shower at all times. I like to again work in sections to make it easier. .
  5. After you have successfully detangled the entire head… Rinse out most of the conditioner. Its actually ok to leave some in.
  6. Coat the hair in some sort of conditioning crème. This step unfortunately is going to take some trial and error to figure out what works best for your kids hair. The idea is to put as much moisture back into the hair shaft. Curly, multiracial/biracial hair tends to get dry easily and following the LOC/LCO method helps combat that. This is the C in the LOC/LCO method (I prefer the LCO method).  I personally have found the CurlyKids Mixed Kids Curly Creme Conditioner and the Cantu Care for Kids Curling Crème to be great.   FYI – L = liquid/leave in, O = Oil, C = Crème/Conditioner.
  7. Comb the product through again with a wide tooth comb. Make sure the product is spread throughout the hair and the hair is evenly coated.20161023_204555
  8. Put an oil on the hair to lock in the moisture. Concentrate on the ends and work your way up towards the roots. Run your fingers through the hair to distribute and again comb through to coat evenly. I recommend starting with less and seeing what your kids hair can handle. Too much can weigh the curls down. This again… is another step where you will have to see what works for your kids hair best but some that we have used and loved are basic coconut oil, Righteous Roots, and various Garnier Hair Oils. (The Viva Coconut Oil is actually on our recent popular post of the 10 Top Rated Hair Oils )


    THATS IT!!! This basic routine will lead to softer, moisturized, and healthier curls.

    Now obviously there is more that you can learn but these are the basic steps that all parents NEED to know to properly take care of their biracial/mixed/multiracial kids curly hair.

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BONUS TIP: Get a satin sleep cap for your kids hair at night time or a satin pillow case. Also… put it into braids before bed.

 BONUS BONUS TIP:  Before Step 3 you can spray the hair with a detangling spray to assist with combing. We personally use the CurlyKids Mixed Hair Care Detangling Spray.

CurlyKids Super Detangling Spray

Thanks for reading and good luck!nicholette-the-mixed-mama-signature

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20 Comments

  1. Love it! My mom could’ve used this back in the day, she was able to handle my hair right, but it was a different procedure than I use now.

    • Glad you love it! I keep getting people asking me to help out “so and so” with their kids hair so I thought I would put together a super simple guide to help even the most clueless! Lol. Glad your mom was able to handle your hair right… thats so important. You seem to have a good routine because your hair looks beautiful in your pic! ♡ #embracethecurl

  2. A very useful guide to mixed kids hair care.Hair care us a fine balance of great diet and good products

  3. A very helpful post as my younger one has very curely and heavy hair. These are some great tips and great products. I am going to try these as her hair have become very dry due to shampoo and less conditioning.

    Kreativemommy

    • Great! Glad it was helpful. Hope it works out. I’d love to see an after pic. If you are on instagram or twitter tag me @themixedmama

  4. Great tips and products. I’ll probably try them out myself. Thanks for sharing

    • Thats great! These recommendations could truly be applied to any curly beauty no matter if they are a kid or adult. Let me know if you do and how it works out? Tag me @themixedmama on insta or twitter. ♡

  5. Loving the step by step instructions and pictures. She’s absolutely adorable! I’ll have to keep this in mind when friends ask me to help out.

    • Thanks! Yes please share. So many parents unfortunately don’t realize they aren’t taking care of their curly and/or biracial/multiracial kids hair.

      And thanks for the compliment. Shes my ♡

  6. Great tips and very thorough guide 🙂 You daughter is so pretty.

  7. Wow, thats an awesome guide! I love the outcome. Your daughter looked more beautiful after curlying her hair. Job well done!

  8. Deimarys

    I have a boy and even though he is a guy, i always look for ways to make his hair look healthy. This post is really good.

  9. Kristin

    My daughter is 14 months old, and her hair is a hot mess! 🙁 I am thankful to have found your page for this information! Is this something that I should start with her already? I don’t want to put a bunch of product in her hair now if it is not good to start so early. However, if it is best to start now, then I have my Amazon cart up, open, and ready to place an order! 🙂 Thanks!!!

    • Hi!! I’m glad you found me too! ♡ I wanted to let you know I saw your comment but I will respond with a few recommendations when I get to my computer. Its not too early to start though!

    • Ok so there are a couple options. If you want to email me or tag me on a pic on instagram of your daughter I can give you a more specific recommendation (themixedmamablog@gmail.com or @themixedmama).

      But what we’ve used and had great results with is the Curly Kids Line. This set has all the basics you need to start simple – http://amzn.to/2pgPWq6 . We just shampoo my daughter roots because that’s where her oil is and I don’t want to over dry her hair. Then use the conditioner and comb her hair while it is coated in that. Use a wide tooth comb – http://amzn.to/2qqfvCT <– that's the one we use because the handle makes it easy to keep hold of while wet, plus you can hang it up in the shower so you never lose it (or have to try to find it in the bubbles!). Detangle starting at the bottom working your way towards the roots. Once you get all the knots out then rinse most, not all, the conditioner out. Spray the detangler spray in. Comb again. While her hair is still wet, either right before getting out or right after… put a generous amount of the crème throughout her hair and comb through again to ensure its evenly coated. That alone should help improve her hair tons!! If you want to take it a step further you can get their Gel Moisturizer – http://amzn.to/2qqoHr4 and add that as the last step. That will help add some more definition and smoothness. Once you get this process down I can give you more recommendations to step up your hair game even more! (Various hair oils help lock in moisture too… etc).

      Keep it mind, what worked for my daughter may not work for yours, especially with mixed kids. But I've heard from a bunch of other moms that the CurlyKids line worked for them as well. We recently have been trying out the Cantu Kids line too, but only their Nourishing Shampoo (http://amzn.to/2qqjLCB) and the Curly Crème (http://amzn.to/2oT3tkm). I 've used the CurlyKids one longer though so that's why I'm recommending that one… but the Cantu Kids Shampoo is tear-free if that's something you need.

      Hope that helps! Let me know if you give them a try and how it works?
      – Nicholette <3

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