Inside: This overnight biracial hair care routine will protect your child’s curly hair while they’re sleeping to keep it moisturized and healthy!
Here’s the scene…(perhaps this sounds familiar to you too)
I just gave my daughter a bath, (did the whole cleanse and detangle hair care routine for mixed hair) and her curls were defined and moisturized.
I put her to bed and in the morning, her curls had all separated and they got frizzy and tangled. This happened all the time…Which meant having to either give her baths more frequently, (to make sure her hair wasn’t getting tangled to the point of becoming matted) or figuring out what to do with her mixed hair at night.
Biracial hair especially needs to be protected at night when your child is sleeping.
In fact, if you don’t take care to keep mixed hair protected overnight, it’ll eventually become dry, tangled, and damaged. All that hard work you do to keep it moisturized and healthy during the day is gone!
I realized I needed to figure out what to do with her curly hair at night, so in the morning it wouldn’t be so frizzy and tangled. And I most definitely wanted to avoid any damage from happening!
Over time I discovered these overnight biracial hair care tips and after implementing them, they made such a huge difference!
Her hair was less tangled in the morning and it wasn’t as dry and frizzy, (it still looked defined from the night before).
Even now there are occasions, (although very infrequent) when she falls asleep without her satin bonnet and in the morning, I always have to do some damage control. Just one night of slacking on biracial hair care makes a difference in their hair the next morning.
These overnight biracial hair care tips will help protect your child’s hair while they’re sleeping!
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Get a satin bonnet or pillowcase/sheets to protect curly mixed hair
When your kid is sleeping on cotton pillowcases or sheets, that will suck all the moisture right out of their hair and leave it dry, frizzy, and susceptible to breakage.
If your child is too young for a satin bonnet, definitely get some satin sheets and pillowcases. The satin won’t suck the moisture out and it’s smoother so when your child moves around at night, the hair will glide over the material rather than rubbing against it, becoming dry and damaged.
Put biracial hair in a protective hairstyle
French braids, regular braids, and pineapples are good hairstyles for nighttime, especially if you give your kids a bath at night. These protective hairstyles can set your child’s hair for the next morning. You can either leave the protective hairstyle in, or take it out and have frizz-free curls that are ready to go!
If you do give your child a bath before bed, you’ll want to put the product you use in their hair, and gently scrunch with a t-shirt to get the excess water out of their hair. Then put it in a protective nighttime hairstyle and either put the satin bonnet on, or have them sleep on their satin sheets.
This braided hairstyle for mixed hair will keep moisture in and prevent breakage.
You’ll also want to make sure you’re using these hair ties for curly hair because they won’t damage your child’s hair when you have to take them out, (like the ones with the metal pieces do) and they won’t dent your child’s hair as much as a normal hair tie would.
If your child is already wearing a protective hairstyle during the day, all you’d have to do is send them to bed in their satin sheets or put on their satin bonnet.
If your child’s hair is down, you can put it in a pineapple.
This is what I do for my daughter when her hair is down, (because we don’t do baths at night and I’m not about to try to braid all that hair before bed!). I’ll have her throw her hair forward, I collect it all as close to the top of the hairline as I can, and put a scrunchie in.
I don’t twist the scrunchie around at all because I want it to be as loose as possible while still holding her hair in place. Then I’ll put the satin bonnet over the pineapple.
The pineapple helps protect the curls by keeping them from getting slept on and crushed and the hair tie isn’t too tight that it’s causing issues with the hairline being pulled or causing the hair to dent in the morning.
If your child has very tight curls, putting their hair in a protective hairstyle is a great way to stretch the curl and set it overnight. The next morning their curls will be elongated!
If you don’t want to leave your kids hair down, but you don’t want to braid it, you can always do a banded ponytail or banded pigtails, it doesn’t come much easier than that!
Add some moisture before bed
If your child’s hair is down, you can spritz it with water and add a leave in conditioner, oil, or styling cream. This will add moisture before bed and it can soak into your child’s hair all night. If you use a styling cream this will help define your mixed girls hair in the morning.
If your child’s hair is in a protective hairstyle, you can add moisture to the ends of the hair, (since that’s the driest part) before bed and that way the ends will soak up that moisture all night.
These are my favorite products for biracial curly hair.
The ultimate goal with this overnight biracial hair care routine, is to prevent frizz and damage while keeping the hair moisturized. If you’ve never had a nighttime routine for your child’s hair, it’s definitely more work than doing nothing at all and going right to sleep.
But the payoff is huge because your child’s hair will be healthier, more moisturized, and you’re teaching them while they’re young, how to care for their mixed hair!