Parent of a multiracial / mixed / biracial kid and have no clue what you are doing? That’s ok. We have all been there. Summer time and swimming have been a big topic of discussion that I’ve seen in multiple groups I’m in. This post here will help give you all the basics of keeping your children’s hair in check this summer.
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There are a few basics of hair care in the summertime for mixed kids. They are very simple so don’t feel overwhelmed. I will break them down for you in a few bullet points:
- Wet your kids hair before swimming, and if you are allowed to, put a leave-in conditioner in their hair. This will help prevent the hair from absorbing the pool / chlorine water. Dry hair WANTS moisture so if they go in the pool with dry hair, it will absorb the swimming water. But if you moisturize it prior it will absorb less of the yucky stuff. We have been using the Tresemme Perfectly (Un)done Conditioner ourselves (not technically a leave-in and you can probably get it cheaper at Walmart or Target if you can find it).
- Put their hair into a protective style. This will prevent knots from forming and you and your kid hating you after. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. A simple pony and braid will do. If you would like to learn a few cute examples you can check out some of my tutorials: Braids & Beads, Buns & Braids, Simple & Easy Braid, and Super Simple Braid. I also have a Tutorial Tuesday series you can look out for.
- If required, or just because you want to, you can put their hair in a swim cap designed specifically for long / curly / braided / thick / dreaded hair. The Lahtak Extra Large Swim Cap is a great option because it is made specifically for bigger hair, has kid (and adult) sizes, and it has great ratings on Amazon.
- Not hair related… but PLEASE put sunscreen on your kids. Multiracial children need sunblock just as much as white people. Even African American / Black people need sunscreen. We can call get skin cancer even though people with more melanin are more protected against the sun… its never a bad idea to be safer. We use a spray sunscreen that is waterproof and has a SPF 50 or higher. Its super easy to put on kids who are wriggly and excited about going swimming. Also don’t forget to spray on the tops of their heads if they have parted styles. Burns up there HURT!
That’s all you need to know for swimming and having mixed kids: Wet their hair before, put into protective style, put on sunscreen, and use a large swim cap (optional).
Please let me know down below if you have any questions or comments on summertime / swimming care for mixed / multiracial / biracial children.
Thanks for reading!
Check out my previous post –> Braids & Beads – Tutorial.