Caring for your child’s ethnic hair can be an intimidating experience, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to be. With proper hair education, the right methods, and, most importantly, the right hair care products; you can become an expert at caring for ethnic hair.
In our modern world, it is no longer just black mom’s that need to understand ethnic hair care. There are numerous scenarios where this is applicable:
- White mothers that have biological bi-racial children
- Bi-racial mothers whose children have a different texture than they do
- Black mothers with relaxed hair, but their child is following the natural trend
- Caucasians and other non-blacks that have adopted black children
No matter the ethnicity of the parent, many have struggled with their child’s hair texture and have had a difficult time managing their hair overall. Bottom line, all of these parents need to be educated.
As an example, taking care of a black child’s ethnic hair isn’t something you readily think about during the adoption process. This is an issue that normally manifests once the child begins to grow up. Pretty soon, you learn that you simply can’t practice your own hair care routine and do the same for your adopted kid.
Plenty of parents with adopted black daughters face the same issue, and they remain unaware of basic hair care techniques. Not long ago, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were roasted online because their adopted daughter Zahara hair always appeared to some as uncombed, unconditioned, and unbrushed.
Will this type of behavior cause her to grow and wonder, “Why does my hair look this way?” Well, these days Zahara’s ethnic hair looks much more stylish and healthy. It is clear Brad and Angie decided to get some education on black hair care.
Whether you have an adopted black child or child that fits one of the scenarios above, the following tips should help you keep your child’s hair healthy and stylish at the same time without learning the hard way like this super rich, super famous couple did.
In addition, as parents learning now the best way to care for your child’s hair will enable them to grow up with lots of self-esteem.
Understanding Ethnic Hair
The first thing you have to remember is that black hair is very curly. On top of this, it can get really dry. If the hair isn’t properly moisturized, the shed hair can attach to healthy strands and create knots. These are often referred to as “tangles”. It’s important for these tangles to be removed; otherwise, you risk further damage to your their hair, particularly in the fragile parts of the hair strands.
Prepare The Necessary Tools
Before you even wash and style the hair of your child, you should first ensure that all knots are gently taken out with a wide-tooth comb. This process is called detangling.
You can’t simply comb through your child’s hair in an attempt to remove the tangles, as this can be extremely painful. The only way to detangle is to make sure that the healthy strands can slip through the knots, so they don’t get damaged.
To achieve this, you should have the following tools:
- A detangling comb
- Hair conditioner
- Spray bottle
- Olive oil or coconut oil
- Hair clips
Keep in mind that you shouldn’t wash your child’s hair before the detangling process. Doing so will only make the hair strands tighten around the knots, making it nearly impossible to remove the knots. What you should do first is to divide the hair into several sections. Fill a spray bottle with a mixture of olive oil and water. You can also use coconut oil.
Take one section and spray it with the mixture. Apply conditioner to the area afterward.
What you’re doing here is moisturizing the hair as much as possible. This allows the healthy strands to slip out of the knots. Use your fingers and work through your child’s hair to feel the tangles. Do the same for the rest of the sections.
Proper Washing and Styling Of Ethnic Hair
Now that the tangles are all out, it’s time to wash your child’s hair. Using a conditioner instead of shampoo is highly recommended. The reason for this is that shampoo tends to strip the moisture out of the hair, making black hair even drier. Even if you don’t get suds by using a conditioner, it does the job just fine.
Please note: It is recommended that your hair be shampooed, when it is needed only and with the proper shampoo. If someone never shampoos their hair, the oil and product build-up can clog the hair follicle and cause it to be inactive, resulting in hair loss.
After washing, apply a leave-in conditioner and spray ethnic hair with the olive oil and water mixture. The leave-in conditioner further moisturizes the hair, while the mixture ensures that the moisture remains locked in.
For styling, it’s recommended to use hair butter or a styling product with moisturizing ingredients.
A lot of stylist advise there clients they can use olive oil or coconut oil at home; however, at the salon this what you can usually expect from a top-notch master stylist:
They take the client and apply a generous amount of conditioner (they chose the one that reflects the hair’s needs) with a wide tooth comb. Next, they gently comb, taking small sections of the hair at a time.
The conditioner acts as a lubricant and gives the hair a conditioning treatment. Once the hair is combed and detangled, they will rinse or shampoo followed by another conditioner, depending on the client needs. Next, the stylist will proceed to styling products, which a master stylist will educate their clients on during the service.
Caring for your child’s hair can prove to be a challenge, but it shouldn’t be too much of an issue now that you know the proper steps of detangling, washing and styling.
Now that you know the basics, if you want to bring your little princess into the salon for other hair care treatments and hairstyles, call and make an appointment with hair care experts in your city.