Some of you guys may be wondering who I am and how I got here! Well that is a long story so I’ll skip to the good parts.
I have always been a lover of hair. From a little girl till now, I’ve always experimented with hairstyles and methods to find my own. Growing up in a time where hair products for biracial hair were no existent, experimenting was all you could do. Anyhow, It’s 2018, and we are in a world where hair care products are making huge leaps and bounds to accommodate mixed race people and our wondrously different hair needs.
Being Multiracial isn’t just black and white, we have other cultures and ethnicities of all mixes and we need to make sure EVERYONE’s hair needs are met! We are here on this blog to focus on our diverse cultural backgrounds and finessing the curly hair we have been bestowed.
So enough with my intro, let’s get to the meat and bones here of My Biracial Hair Care Journey. Well to understand my hair you need to understand my roots; My mother is Hawaiian and Egyptian and my father was Black and White (rest his soul). I was born in 91 in California, to a loving and blended family.
Growing up my mother and father worked a lot. Usually my dad would care for my hair and I would often go to school with matted roots and braided pig tails. (Bless my poor fathers soul) That was until my mom would catch a break and spend the entire day washing my hair, putting in product and combing through the matts. Every time my mom would fix my hair the next day at school my classmates would ooo and awww at how flat my roots were. Luckily for me my mother understood our multiethnic hair and the attention it requires. Back then, in the 90’s, us ethnic hair care seekers only really had minimal options. I began using Pink Hair Lotion and Mane ‘n Tail Shampoo and conditioner to attend to my hair needs of my youth.
Flash forward to my early teen years, early 2000’s, flat straight hair was all the rage, and wanting to fit in with my peers I began to straighten my hair almost every day.
Now reading this you may cringe hardcore, as we all know what consistent high heat does to our hair. I would pick up my straightener and want the flattest pin straight roots possible, I had no clue about heat protectant, moisturizing my ends, and oiling my scalp, despite my moms protests and constantly telling me to stop with the heat. Nevertheless, I was a teen and I knew what was best for me (duh!), that was until a classmate opened my eyes to what I was really doing.
One day I was walking down the hallway and my friend stopped me to say “Reanda, I think you have really pretty long hair, but it looks so fried!” I felt my heart drop right then and there. Was I really walking around with fried ends and dry brittle hair? Was I setting my hair up for failure with excessive heat damage? YUP! I went home and told my mom the whole story and we began using reparative masks and oils to revitalize my dead heat damaged mane. Back in the early 2000’s we didn’t have Miss Jessies Pillow Soft or Carols Daughter, I had Vitapointe and kitchen Olive oil. Disclaimer: Kitchen Olive Oil is not supposed to be used on the hair duh to chemical coatings in the oil. If you want Oil Olive go to the beauty supply store and get an Olive Oil made specifically for hair.
Come with me into College, I was beginning to accept my natural biracial hair more and more. I didn’t know any other multiethnic people coming from a small town, and all I had was my mom and her knowledge of hair products to assist me. At this time I left from home sporting buns and high ponies off to a campus where I was surrounded by a mix of individuals who were just as lost as me when it came to hair care needs. At that time I met several biracial peers all with different hair textures, curl patterns, care regimes, styling opinions, and product favs. This is when I began to realize that no one would ever have the answers for MY specific hair pattern and texture. I was going to have to find this out on my own!
I began to experiment with products, styling agents, care regimes, and cuts! I began to embrace my curls and accept the hair I was born with. This was the year of the late 2000’s and the early 2010’s. At this point we were introduced to Garnier Frutis Curling products, Shea Moisture, Cantu, and Tresemmes early curling products. Oh what a time to have curls!
Bringing us to NOW 2018 the best year, product wise, to have multiracial, multiethnic, curly hair! Can you see me doing a little dance for the shelves and shelves of hair care products specifically made for our hair care needs??
Now at 27 years old, I have cracked the secret to my best curls and my best hair health. I have helped and educated mothers of multiracial daughters, concerning their curly hair care needs with grand success. If we are unfamiliar with our curly hair pattern it is our job to educate ourselves in the proper care and nourishment of these springy babies!
This is where I come in, after reading the Misadventures of Reanda’s Curls you can see that I have had many ups and downs on my Biracial Curly Hair Journey, and I know I’m not alone! This community has a huge array of textures, curl patterns, densities, and porosities. Learning about another cultures’ hair and what works and what doesn’t will help you along with your journey, no matter what your multiethnic culture or your curl. Take it from your new friend and guide, Reanda Curl stylist of Finesse Your Tress.