Inside: These cute protective hairstyles for biracial hair are great for keeping moisture in your mixed girl’s hair. They also make detangling much easier!
Before I started doing protective hairstyles on my daughter’s hair, I left it down most of the time. I absolutely love her curls and I think they’re gorgeous.
Plus I also didn’t know how to do hair, (as in I barely know how to do my own) and thought a basic ponytail would suffice.
But as she got older and more active, her hair tangled and dried out much faster. I realized that while I knew how to cleanse and detangle her mixed hair, and I knew what products worked best, I needed to go beyond that to properly care for her hair.
I needed to face the challenge I’d been dreading, which is actually learning how to do hairstyles on her biracial hair.
Protective hairstyles are an excellent way of keeping moisture in the hair and reducing tangles, (which makes for a much quicker bath time!).
Biracial curly hair is fragile and will become damaged if not properly taken care of. It can become damaged if your child is active, (like mine who’s doing somersaults everywhere, hiding under blankets, rolling around on the floor, etc.) from the weather, (like the frigid winter air) and from swimming.
It was once my daughter started swimming lessons I realized I needed to up my game so her hair didn’t become straw-like from all the chlorine!
It does take time to learn how to do mixed kids hairstyles if you’re totally new to doing hair, (like I was) but you CAN learn!
It took me a few tries with most styles before I started getting quicker at them.
A suggestion for you: If your kid doesn’t like getting their hair done, (like mine) find something to distract them while you’re doing their hair!
I found that if I tried to just get my daughter to sit there with nothing to do, she would get agitated really quickly and every perceived pull on her hair would elicit screams or whines.
Now she happily plays her PBS kids games on the iPad and I can style away with no problems!
Now that I’ve gotten comfortable doing my daughter’s hair, I do experiment from time to time as I broaden my hair skills, but most of the time I stick to the styles I know best to save time.
These styles are great if you’re looking for something new to try with your child’s hair or if you’re totally new and still learning.
7 Protective Hairstyles For Biracial Hair
Double Top Knot Buns
Another really cute hairstyle for mixed race hair is the double buns.
Essentially you’d follow the tutorial for a top knot, but instead of one bun, you’d part the hair down the middle and have two.
My daughter is a huge fan of this one, and it was really quick and easy to do!
Keep in mind while you want the hairstyle to be tight enough to stay in for several days or longer, make sure they’re not too tight. When the hair is constantly pulled tight in the same spot, it can cause pain, headaches, and hair loss.
Also if your child’s hair is in a tight protective style, make sure to give their scalp and hairline some time to recover.
What I usually do after my daughter’s hair has been in a tight style, is leave it down for a couple days and then put it in a looser protective style, (like the French braid pigtails).
These protective hairstyles for biracial hair are another step in the process of keeping your child’s hair healthy. So if you aren’t good at mixed girl hairstyles, don’t let that stop you from trying until you become a master at it! That way once your child gets old enough, you can teach them how to style their hair and they can continue to keep it soft and gorgeous!