Mixed Race Hair

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KatieMac Sun 31-Oct-04 15:57:15

If I start it here they can move it to the right place (If they decide to start a topic (& ever decide what to call it))

where do I start......

GreenMouse Thu 09-Jul-15 01:17:23

Bumping this thread for the few posters that were asking questions about caring for mixed race hair smile

GreenMouse Thu 22-Jan-15 13:50:37

Sheila, if you advertise you need to post in the small business ads section.

sheila1234 Sat 03-Jan-15 18:44:03

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GreenMouse Mon 15-Sep-14 09:10:28

Looks interesting bumble but not cheap! How does it compare with shampoo + conditioner + leave in conditioner in terms of cost? And do you really not need leave in conditioner when you use it?

bumbleandbumble Thu 04-Sep-14 13:36:07

Just thought I would post my new absolute favourite product...

Wen- cleansing conditioner. Transformed both my girls hair, even though they have different levels of curl and dryness.

Best stuff ever, never using anything else now in shower.

TreasureTress Sat 02-Aug-14 12:58:31

Try ordering your products online, there are a lot of good online stores for naturally curly/afro hair e.g. www.britishcurlies.co.uk

HeeHiles Tue 29-Jul-14 23:49:14

I've just tried Dark and Lovely Au natural Conditioner, No harsh chemicals, my DD2 has very dry, tight corkscrew curls and it it has been nice on her hair, going to try the rest of the range now. It's quite oily which is what my DD needs and smells gorgeous.

Have been using the Naked range which is fine and always a good fall back but she needs a richer conditioner and like this one so thought I would let you all know - I bought it in Boots, has anyone else tried it?

educationrocks1 Tue 29-Jul-14 23:43:31

Stunning girl, and beautiful eyes smile

KatyMac Tue 29-Jul-14 23:39:34

Thank you - Not layers exactly but sort of shaped so she doesn't get too much of a wedge

GreenMouse Tue 29-Jul-14 22:39:58

wow Katy your dd is really pretty! and her hair looks very similar to my dd's, really tight ringlets and lots and lots of it.

Not going bad actually, she's started looking after it herself more but still likes me to detangle and then either smooth the curls or blow dry the lot after a shampoo. I do find, like you, that the first day after a wash is the best.

What do you do about getting it cut? Layers or not layers?

KatyMac Mon 21-Jul-14 20:26:53

As you can see, we have really good days (shown); but we also have really bad days (not shown)

Between washes is a nightmare - the first day is the only really good day

I'm sure there is more we could be doing & I have re-visited this thread to see if there is anything we could be doing better

How is everyone else doing?

GreenMouse Tue 24-Jun-14 00:17:15

Monotone, I melt it in a bowl set over a pan of boiling water, together with olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, depending on what I've got. Any kind of oil really! I looked up some recipes online, there are quite a few around. Some call for a lot of different ingredients but all you need is shea butter and oil to soften it really. I do it by trial and error: melt the shea butter with some oil, let it cool down, if the consistency is not right, add more oil and melt it again, etc, until I'm happy with it. Hope that helps! smile

monotone Mon 23-Jun-14 08:49:41

GreenMouse, how do you turn shea butter into hair butter? My DH brings it back from Togo and it's really lovely as it is for the skin, but useless for hair. My DD is 13 and has the same kind of hair as yours - likes to straighten it but would really prefer to keep it curly if only we could find the right products to keep it from 'puffing up' and getting all tangled and standy-outy... I'd love to try home made shea hair butter on it. Too many chemicals in most ready made stuff.

Serendipity30 Sun 27-Apr-14 21:13:37

My daughter is not mixed, however I would never straighten or use chemicals on her hair, please watch the documentary by Chris Rock called 'Good Hair'. Those chemicals are so dangerous to young children brain development and hair growth and yet people still do this because they think it will make their children hair 'easier to manage' with the right products Afro hair is not any more harder to manger than any other type of hair

blendkids Sun 27-Apr-14 15:27:01

Good to see all these comments. I have started a blog dedicated to just this at www.aidanandellie.com.
Hopefully, we can all share information on how best to look after our kids hair....
so far, the response to the blog has been overwhelming.

HappyHair Wed 29-Jan-14 15:40:58

We are a group of hairdressers, braiders & barbers who would like to offer a hair care service (tips/advice) to children (using natural products) who are of black/mixed heritage and do not have access to this service where they live. We are targeting children in foster/adoptive care or children of mixed parentage. If this applies to you or someone who you know please could you to fill out this survey. Thanking you in advance. P.S Please LIKE our page.

GreenMouse Tue 03-Dec-13 22:18:35

I love that this thread is periodically resurrected smile I've been on it since the beginning but have name-changed a few times since smile

My dd (who is a bit younger than yours Katy if I remember correctly) now prefer her hair straight now sad

She has lovely tight corkscrew curls on extremely thick and abundant hair, and we were getting somewhere with it using a combination of Naked Smooth shampoo and conditioner, Tresemme naturals conditioner and shampoo and home-made hair butters (her Nana brings back lovely shea butter from Ghana, which I turn into body and hair butters). I find that afro hair products tend to be very heavily perfumed and smell artificially sweet, IYSWIM. I can't stand that! I didn't like the Mixed Chicks products I tried, can't remember why but never bought again. Smell issue again I'm almost certain!

She would really like to have it chemically straightened but I have categorically vetoed that! Too risky IMO. Instead I've looked into Brazilian blow dry. In salons it's prohibitively expensive, but I have found the products on Amazon for under £30! It took about 6 hours to do the treatment though which explains the high price if done professionally: shampoo, then blow dry, then apply product, wait 20minutes, blow dry again, then straighten. I have to say the results are amazing, we've done it a couple of weeks ago and she's washed her hair a couple of times since (have to use salt-free shampoo, luckily Tresseme naturals fits the bill), the curls are much looser, the detangling is much easier, and the blow drying lasts much longer. The packaging says it should last for 3 months, we'll see...

KatyMac Thu 24-Oct-13 21:17:20

I think Mixed Chicks made it crispy

The morrocanoil is a brand the actual argen oil is too heavy

Herbal essences without salt & sodium hydroxide seems to be the way to go but you have to read every bottle as they keep changing the recipe; I've just found some in an old fashioned type bottle which looks very good (how long it'll be available tho')

We get it right sometimes & we get it wrong sometimes - but it's never easy

Tametangles Thu 24-Oct-13 21:11:43

Hi Katy, there are some fab products for mixed race hair. I work in this industry. Mixed race hair is hard work but the right products can make it a little bit easier.I have twin daughters with beautiful bum length mixed race curly hair. Olive oil mixed with water is a great detangler,natural and virtually free. Afro products are not suitable for mixed hair types...too greasy. Thankfully there are now products coming onto the market specifically for mixed hair. Mixed Chicks is a favourite of mine. What products have you tried? I do also use Moroccan Argan oil. It's nourishing and healing for mixed race hair. It's benefits are second to none. Hope that helps smile

KatyMac Thu 10-Oct-13 23:48:07

9 years on & the struggle with DD's hair continues

Despite it being a Zombie thread I thought it deserved reanimating

17 threads about DD & her hair!! But we are getting somewhere Herbal essences, Aussie & MorroccanOil products and she does look lovely (IMO)

Anything new going on with Mixed race hair?

BirdStrike Sat 30-Mar-13 00:44:06

Hi robdan, if you read through the thread you'll see lots of different suggestions. I think you're going to have to try a few things and see what works best with your dd's hair.

Personally I like Naked products because they are mostly natural and I don't like heavily scented products. They are also not very expensive and easy to find (Boots stock them and they can be ordered online).

I don't tend to use products from Afro hairdressers because the are often very artificially scented, especially the kids stuff (bubble gum type perfume, OK if you like it but I don't!).

Anita Grant has also nice products but they are a bit pricier. The babassu shampoo bar in particular is fantastic.

robdan Thu 28-Mar-13 11:22:20

my dd is 18 months and still doesnt look like she has much hair lol
the back where it wore off when she was a baby is still a bit bald but when i wash it its about an inch long the it dries and its tight curls lol
its really really dry and course and the back so just looking for advice on whats best to use?

anee90 Fri 08-Mar-13 13:13:25

Palmers Cocoa Butter for skin! Especially in winter! Try using afro product for hair as the usual stuff will definitely dry out hair. Dont wash hair too much, once a week or twice a week is fine. Brands such as Organic Root Stimulator, SoftnFree, Pink, Motions. Or try a products which have black people on the package this generally a good indicator.

Ask some black mothers at your children's school or partners family!!

Cover their hair at night time time this will reduce the matted look. Don't Straighten hair till at least 14 upwards as completely ruins hair structure for ever. When introducing straightening make sure to use hair protection serum/ heat protector (again an afro hair care one will work best).

Wilkinson also sell black hair care products!

other tips: Wide tooth combs for, Cream everyday!!! It is the saddest thing to see dry skinned children. also try to moisturise hair using a pink hair lotion or other curly hair lotions.
The key to afro hair is moisture, it get dry its dead. so after washing and drying add a lotion. If cant get any product can use some olive oil or e-oil, not too much though.

Hope this is helpful.

SkaffenAmtiskaw Wed 09-Jan-13 16:20:20

Shrimp, I'd say washing three times a week is too often! Does it really get that smelly? My DD's hair only gets washed once a week at most, most of the time it's every other week, and it doesn't get smelly. If it's washed more often it gets incredibly dry and frizzy.

shrimponastick Wed 09-Jan-13 09:01:43

Ooh, just seen this thread.

DS (15) has a father of jamaican descent, and i am white.

From the age of 1 he has had a no.1 all over. Which is easy to keep up, and suits his face shape.

However as he has got older he has decided he wants to grow it - and he hasn't had it cut since the end of last summer.

Am a bit stuck on what products to use. He does need to wash it at least three times a week, or else it smells.

After reading through the most recent posts on here I think I will check out the Naked range in Boots as a first port of call.

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