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post #41 of 59
I'm curious as to why noone has mentioned Mixed Chicks products. We use their whole hair line- shampoo once a week, deep conditioner that rinses out, then a leave-in conditioner on both of my daughters. For everyday fixing, I get their hair damp, then spray with Soft&Precious detangling spray. I comb it, then put in the Mixed Chicks leave-in, then fix it. We get so many compliments on their hair. Also, on weeks where we have a lot going on, I will braid my oldest dd's hair and leave it all week so we don't have to fix it every morning. DD1's hair is coarser, with a tighter curl. It holds braids and everything really nicely. DD2's hair is super fine with big, fat ringlets. Her hair was actually straight until she was 1. DS's hair is very close to my oldest.

Just thought I would mention these products, since I haven't seen them mentioned. Also, when my children were younger, and for my son we used the Soft&Precious hairdress.
post #42 of 59
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Originally Posted by momof3ejs View Post
I'm curious as to why noone has mentioned Mixed Chicks products.
I just tried googling it but their website didn't work. Where do you buy it? What are the ingredients like?
post #43 of 59
not sure if I can help because dd's hair is very fine (like her dad's who is white) and I'm multiracial (so my hair's texture is thick, curly, soft) BUT our hair get tangled really easily.

What has worked for us is putting olive oil before we wash our hair. Then in the shower, I use shampoo plus conditioner and brush it out with a wide toothed comb.

I don't like leaving oil in either of our hair because I like the dry, non-greasy look.
post #44 of 59
mixed checks is mixedchicks.net I think. I haven't tried it on dd yet b/c I didn't see on their site a list of exact ingrediants.
post #45 of 59
I use the Curly Q conditioner and milkshake on DD's hair and really love it. Another one I've thought about getting (but haven't yet, kind of if it's not broken don't fix it philosophy) is the Blended Cutie line. I think they're a bit more "organic" than Curly Q, but still, it seems like that's not saying much.

And yeah, it's interesting how different hair types take to different products. The stuff from Curly Q is great for DD, but doesn't do anything for DS. Her hair is fine and spiral curly on top, and very frizzy and tangly on the bottom. DS's hair is thicker and overall a bit coarser, but we've never had tangles and he gets big curls that people can't keep their hands out of, but when cut short it looks straight. On DD, I can apply LIBERAL amounts of olive oil--like fill the palm of my hand amounts, if wash it and don't apply anything else. With DS, if I just rub some on my hands and rub my hands through his hair, he looks like a little greaseball. Sooo, other than some gel now and then for him, that's it. DD gets ALL the hair attention--good thing she's a girl!
post #46 of 59
The fomula is basic but essential...

Condition, condition, condition.

Shampoo only once per week, but condition every day.

It's really too bad that they don't make Unicure Conditioner anymore. That stuff was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
post #47 of 59
Just to let anyone know that may be interested, I got an email from Curls.biz and you can get 30% off with promo code "curlsbday" now through 4/11/08 at midnight.

Remember if you order through them you can type in 3 free samples you would like to try in the comments section!
post #48 of 59
Oooh, thanks! I think I will try some now!
post #49 of 59
Hi, Mamas-
There's a good website (that has a forum) called Naturally Curly that you can go to.
I believe they have a section just for children's hair.
: )
post #50 of 59

Carol's Daughter

Hi there,
As an AA mom with loose kinky curls, try Carol's Daughter products. They're for AA/Bi-racial hair, all natural and work great. Don't worry about braids at this age, she'll never have patience. Just use the products, let it dry naturally or put it in a loose ponytail and go. HTH.
post #51 of 59
I just happened onto this thread and wanted to add that as a multi-ethnic person with long curly hair, I've found that Dominican stylists/hair products work wonders on my hair. The stylists are adept at straightening even super-thick hair without chemicals (not that you'd want to straighten your little girl's hair at this age) and the products keep my hair moisturized better than anything else. When I was in the DR & then NY I used Sedal products, and now that I am in VA I have my family in NY bring it down when they come and use Just for me in between. (like, a jar every other day---my hair just sucks it up.) HTH!!!! Btw, sedal stuff is available online also....I just don't want to pay that much for it lol. (about $7 a bottle)
post #52 of 59
I'm just bumping this since someone else recently had hair questions for their DC.
post #53 of 59
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Originally Posted by BigMama2008 View Post
Hi there,
As an AA mom with loose kinky curls, try Carol's Daughter products. They're for AA/Bi-racial hair, all natural and work great. Don't worry about braids at this age, she'll never have patience. Just use the products, let it dry naturally or put it in a loose ponytail and go. HTH.
I second Carol's Daughter. I use her Hair Milk on my biracial dd and it makes her curls shine w/out leaving her hair greasy or heavy.

FYI - they have free shipping right now for Mother's Day!
post #54 of 59
What exact products would you recommend from Carol's Daughter?

My dd is biracial, her curls are very loose though, similar to this little girl (a random pic I found while googling hair stuff):
http://www.biracialhaircaretips.com/...re-manageable/
post #55 of 59
I'm biracial and after relaxing for a while in my teens (social pressure to look "normal"! ) I went back to natural a few years years ago and never looked back!
I use pure (sometimes organic) Shea butter on my hair after no-poo washing and sometimes a vitamin/protein rinse. The shea butter is AMAZING and smells so wonderful. It is not greasy or oily and leaves my hair soft and shiny. You can find shea butter at lots of natural food stores, and if you get the pure stuff you can use it on your skin, baby's skin and it's great.
Africans have been using shea butter forever on their hair, and I figure they must know what they're doing!
I also spritz my hair with water (this helps with any dryness, African/bi-racial hair NEEDS moisture and loves water). Every now and then, I will do a hot organic olive oil treatment (hot oil on hair and scalp, with shower cap on for a few minutes) and then rinse out very well with conditioner.

My biracial hair loves water, shea butter, no-poo, and being chemical free the way it's meant to be!
post #56 of 59
Love it! Thanks for sharing!
post #57 of 59
We've also had good luck with this:
http://oyinhandmade.com/oyin/index.p...&products_id=3
which is mostly shea butter and smells amazing.
post #58 of 59
My mexican/AA DSC are in town and I'm really interested in making DSD-6's hair look awesome (because it really is). DSS-8's hair is short enough where it's really no muss, no fuss, but lately, DSD-6's been saying her hair is like a "buffalo." Where else to come but here. I'm also hoping to learn the techniques to make me good at DD's (Caucasian/AA) hair once I have to start doing it regularly. I used to do DSD-6's hair regularly, but was never very good at it. I'm white with stickstraight hair and no hairabilities... I'm glad to have found this thread. DP knows alot about hair, but his methods seems to be a little too much for his mixed daughters' hair. (he tried many methods of hair doing on DSD-17's hair). There are some pictures of them in my siggy.

I'm just going no-poo myself and hoping to find a similar method for the girls. For them, I'm hoping to go conditioner only, with an occassional bs/conditioner wash thrown in. But would I only do the conditioner a few times a week? Do it everyday? Do the bs/conditioner once a week/every few weeks?


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Originally Posted by ajv View Post
i dont mean to be critical but i think the triracial mom with the beautiful daughter is trying to control her daughters head/hair ALL AT ONCE. really you have to partition her head. so if you can section off (not even with straight parts) one fifth of her hair, then then pin the rest back, comb and moisturize the 1/5 only. put hte one fifth only in a braid--no rubber bands, dont worry if it comes apart at nite. then move to the next 1/5, then the next 1/5. okay i kno her hair dries quick, but do all of this while it is wet even if you have to squirt her hair with a water bottle. do this on a weekend, while she is watching her favorite dvd (something she has seen before so she can put her head down if necessary).

having thick curly hair is very high maintenance, but such a blessing, make sure you are communicating the latter, she will be stronger if you love her hair.

hope this makes sense.
Ahh divide the work into pieces. Funny how something so common sense seems so elusive in real practice.




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Originally Posted by Kajira View Post
very good advice has been given in this thread

here are my tips, moisture, moisture, moisture!!
After washing oil will lock in the moisture it's soo important to do that, to get that product on the hair asap while damp, section and comb while damp also.

Oyin, Carol's Daughter and a bunch of others all make great products (I should know I try everything I'm a product junkie) but some of the best products can be found in your kitchen/bathroom castor oil, olive oil, apple cider vinegar etc

Be willing to change products!! if you try something and it's not working move on.

Also it's important to use clarifying shampoos to get rid of the product off of the hair so it's able to accept the moisture, not everytime you wash but it needs to be added to the rotation during the month.

NO rubber bands!! Add something like these barretts are better, there are much smaller ones that you can use at the ends of hair, I find them generally at the flea market and latino markets

Cotton strips moisture out of hair, using an old play silk or a satin pillow case/bonnet for older kids will help

Oh yeah accept the frizz, it's normal after a couple of days the best you can do is refresh it with a bit of moisturizer of your choice and covering at night will help.

hope that helps
A satin pillow case sounds like a great idea. Except, DSD-6 always ends up far from her pillow!

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Originally Posted by expat-mama View Post
I'm biracial and after relaxing for a while in my teens (social pressure to look "normal"! ) I went back to natural a few years years ago and never looked back!
I use pure (sometimes organic) Shea butter on my hair after no-poo washing and sometimes a vitamin/protein rinse. The shea butter is AMAZING and smells so wonderful. It is not greasy or oily and leaves my hair soft and shiny. You can find shea butter at lots of natural food stores, and if you get the pure stuff you can use it on your skin, baby's skin and it's great.
Africans have been using shea butter forever on their hair, and I figure they must know what they're doing!
I also spritz my hair with water (this helps with any dryness, African/bi-racial hair NEEDS moisture and loves water). Every now and then, I will do a hot organic olive oil treatment (hot oil on hair and scalp, with shower cap on for a few minutes) and then rinse out very well with conditioner.

My biracial hair loves water, shea butter, no-poo, and being chemical free the way it's meant to be!
DO you mind sharing your no-poo shea butter routine?

Thanks so much mommas! Looking forward to learning more!
post #59 of 59
hi ladies!

as a hopeful future adoptive mama i really love reading all these hair tips! they're so helpful so someone with no experience with black hair. i'm white and have typical relatively straight tangle free white hair, well now anyway. as a kid it was very wavy and would knot up like crazy...well for a white kid anyway, it certainly didn't dread, much to my annoyance. i really wanted dreads as a teenager. in any case i recently learned how to cornrow, and i've wanted cornrows myself for quite some time. i'll got get it done eventually, but since all you mamas are experienced with this stuff i wanted to ask you if any of you have ever cornrowed your own hair? is that even possible? i've done little braids all over my head before (the ones you typically see white people with when they come back from a Caribbean vacation) and didn't find that hard to do myself, but cornrows are obviously more difficult. is this an impossible task, especially with my slippery hair?

by the way, i also wanted to say that i get immensely jealous every time i see a black woman with amazing cornrows and braids. i know it's a lot of work and can be a source of anxiety (among other things) in the black community, but your hair is just so gorgeous, and something to be proud of.
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