Biracial hair care is an cold sport. Some things work for some people, and some things don’t! It can seem like one product is working fine, and then one day it just stops!
There is a wealth of information about routines and regimes for parents and care givers all over the internet. Sometimes the most important information such as things as simple as weather change and product ingredients are the simplest and often forgotten.
So in this post we will go over 5 tips that are not often talked about in order to understand and do better biracial hair .
1 . Understand Texture, Density, and Porosity
This tip is the most important and most often misunderstood. Only by understanding the hair you are dealing with will you be able to develop routines, regimes, and pick the right products.
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A lot of the time we get hung up on what we think our hair is ‘supposed’ to look like instead of accepting what it is like. When we begin to understand the biracial hair we are working with we need to have realist expectations. Not every biracial person will have loose spiral ringlets or soft wavy hair.
We also can not take what other people are doing as a routine as gospel with a lack of understanding on our part. Understanding the kinks and coils we have is the best way to find a solution and start a powerful regime.
2 . Check Your Products Before You Buy
More often than not we stick to products and routines that work for a while, and then one day it doesn’t do the same taming, detangling, and styling that it used to. What has happened?
Products account for the biggest determiner of how our hair and style will turn out. We all heard about EcoStyler gel and Cantu getting ‘Cancelled’ due to the addition of some very questionable ingredients! Ingredients make or break our hair’s health, checking our products for unnecessary additives will safe our strands from the negative effects that come along with them.
Since water is the best moisturizer for hair, when choosing products look for water as the main ingredient of moisturizing conditioners and styling creams. Low porosity hair has a very hard time soaking in moisture and needs more moisture than high porosity hair. Monthly deep conditions with steam treatments should be preformed on low porosity hair to prevent dry hair.
Avoid protein treatments on low porosity hair as it tends to need moisture not protein. Adding protein when not necessary can lead to problems in your hair’s chemistry. Protein products are used for damaged chemically treated hair that is highly porous and needs strength and structure to heal the hair cuticle.
Don’t just buy a product because it is cheap or convenient. When you invest in your hair care and your products you achieve successful results.
3 . Create and Stick To a Curly Hair Routine
There are many routines out there, plopping, splunking, L.O.C.ing, my head could spin. But there is one sure fire routine that will ensure hair is moisturized and sealed and that is variations of the L.O.C.S method.
The L.O.C.S method is something that I talk about a lot, and that is because it moisturizes, seals, and styles the hair no matter the porosity, texture, or density.
Liquid is used to base the hair strands and activate the hair’s hydrogen bonds. The hair’s hydrogen bonds are responsible for making the hair curly when straightened or straight when curly. The hydrogen bond is receptive to water and aids in styling and penetration of moisture into the hair’s cuticle.
My tip: As my liquid I prefer to use a spray bottle containing a mixture of 1/2 Aloe Vera Juice and 1/2 Water. I spray my scalp and hair with the mixture in order to condition and moisturize the scalp and prevent dryness.
Oil to added after the Liquid and sometimes after Cream, a protective barrier for the scalp and hair strands to prevent moisture loss, dryness, dandruff, and itching. There are many varieties of oils out there for any scalp issue or concern. Make sure oils are applied on the scalp and smoothed to the ends of the hair. A little oil goes a long way as too much will cause a greasy scalp and product build up!
My tip: I like to use oils that stimulate and deeply penetrate my scalp, with peppermint oil and Jamaican black castor being my favorite. I have thick hair so thicker oils work best for me. For finer hair use thinner oils like Vitamin E or Rosehip.
Cream and Sealant references a thicker styling agent that is not your leave in conditioner. It is important to have a cream styling agent or butter as these products set your style and curl pattern into place. Curly hair is the most fragile of the hair types and its bends (aka curls) are more susceptible to breakage than any other hair type. Creams and Sealants allow for a solid hold for the curl and barrier to environmental elements.
My Tip: I prefer a cream and sealing agent that will nourish my hair and give me a couple days hold. Sealants like Shea Nut butter give a great styling hold while nourishing and supporting my curls.
4 . Wash Hair Once a Week
The importance of the Scalp Skin is something that many don’t necessarily know about. The scalp contains large oil glands, called Sebacious Glands, that produce a natural oil called Sebum. Sebum’s main job is to condition the scalp skin and act as an internal barrier for moisture loss.
Dependent on your hair care regime or porosity Sebum production can either be in tune or out of wack. Much of scalp dryness is related to a lack of Sebum production due to product build up. Curly hair has an especially hard time spreading Sebum from the scalp down to the ends due to the natural texture and it’s kinks and bends. This leads to dryness at the hair shaft.
Infrequent washing is a major contributor to product build up and clogged scalp pores. No matter the curl type and texture, wash hair ONCE a week. A clean healthy scalp will grow better healthy hair. Though some people think that natural or curly hair can last without wash days, it actually inhibits growth, manageability, and hair quality. Sticking to a wash day schedule and routine can be the thing that takes your curls to the next level.
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5 . Satin or Silk Scarves/Pillow Cases
Before head touches down to pillow at night, you need to make sure you either have curly biracial hair in a satin headscarf or on a satin pillow. When it is time to go to sleep hair should be put into a pineapple or top knot to be wrapped in a satin or silk scarf, or left free if using a satin pillow.
Satin scarves and pillows are used to prevent the rubbing and breakage of the hairline. When your hairline is rubbed against cotton, flannel, or an other bedding material the friction causes hairs around the hairline to break off and split. Satin and Silk are fabrics that slide along with the hair and cushion the coils, enabling them to remain elastic through the toughest of sleepers.
Satin bonnets, scarves, pillows, headbands can be purchased very inexpensively at your local beauty stores and dollar stores.
When you combine these tips into a solid routine and you stick to it, great results will follow. None of these tips will fix anything over night, but they will provide lasting results and healthier hair. Maintaining curly hair can be difficult, but the more you learn and experiment with product, styles, and routines the easier it gets.