Inside: The best biracial hair products for babies with curly hair.
One of the questions I get asked a lot is what products are appropriate for biracial baby hair.
Taking care of your baby’s biracial hair can be tricky because they’re a baby, so you don’t need to do too much to their hair cause they’ll just end up rolling around on it anyway!
But you should have a biracial hair care routine for babies and use products that’ll encourage their curl pattern to come in.
When you’re caring for biracial baby curls, you want to make sure you’re keeping the curls moisturized, but not overloading them with product.
Usually baby mixed hair is fine textured and there’s less of it so if you use too much product or too heavy of a product, it’ll get goopy or create build up on their scalp.
Build up on a baby’s scalp will hinder their hair growth and on top of that if your baby has cradle cap, that’s just a lot of extra flaky scalp you want to avoid!
Keep in mind that the hair texture your baby comes out with will probably change as they get older and so the products you use over time will change too.
If your child’s hair is changing or you’re finding their hair isn’t responding well to the products you’re using anymore, check out the best products for biracial curly hair. These can be used from toddlerhood and up.
These are the best biracial hair products for babies
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Whichever haircare line you choose, (or if you choose to mix and match) you should start by cleansing the scalp.
It’s up to you if you want to use shampoo for biracial baby hair. I did when my kids were babies, but stopped once they were toddlers because it was drying out their hair.
Here you can read more about how to care for mixed hair, which is our hair care routine for toddlers and older.
You can use a shampoo without sulfates or a co-wash, which is much gentler and won’t dry out mixed hair.
Condition & detangle
Then you’ll want to condition and detangle. When you’re detangling you’ll want to use a wide tooth comb if your baby has enough hair.
I get asked all the time why you shouldn’t use a brush because I DON’T recommend using a brush. They ruin any curl pattern in the hair and can end up damaging the hair.
A wide tooth comb will keep the curls shape without damaging the hair.
After detangling, you’ll put in a leave in conditioner, (or moisturizer of your choice).
Leave in conditioner
The leave in conditioner I used for awhile when my kids were babies was Mixed Chicks and it actually defined their curls along with moisturizing them so it was a 2 in 1.
Although this wasn’t a baby product, I found it worked well on my kids hair.
When applying leave in conditioner, start with less because you can always add more later if you aren’t getting the desired result.
While there’s nothing cuter than a baby with defined curls, trying to keep their curls defined all the time, (by constantly putting in more product) will lead to build up and the dreaded limp, goopy hair.
Remember, your baby’s hair isn’t going to stay defined for the entire day, because they’re rolling around and sleeping on it all the time.
If you want your baby’s hair to be defined for an event or a picture, (like a family photo, a holiday party, birthday party, etc.) my advice would be to do their hair as close to when that event takes place as you can.
What I would do when my kids were babies and we had to drive somewhere and I didn’t want the dreaded flattened car seat hair, I brought the leave in product with me and refreshed their hair when we got to where we were going.
When you’re trying to refresh your baby’s curls without the whole bath time routine, wet your baby’s hair first, then apply product to your baby’s hair. That way you’re adding that first layer of moisture and sealing it in with your leave in moisturizing product. Wet hair will also help define your baby’s curls.
Which products should you use?
Some babies and toddlers have more coarse hair so they can handle the products geared for older kids or adults.
If you aren’t sure if you should be using biracial hair products for kids or adults, something to consider is the kids products are typically tear free, which may play a role in what products you choose.
If your baby freaks over getting shampoo in their eyes, (which most babies would!) you may want to stick with the kids line until they’re older.
While mixed baby hair care isn’t difficult, it’s necessary to begin taking care of their hair right away and part of that is choosing good products to use.
Again, the key to choosing the best biracial hair products for babies, is making sure they’re hydrating. Keeping your baby’s hair hydrated will keep it healthy, and healthy hair will grow to its potential!