July 20, 2006,
N. asks from Wylie, TX on July 19, 2006
I Need Hair Help for My 8 Month Old Little Girl!
I have an 8 month old daughter. Her father is black and I am white. I am having trouble figuring out a good way to fix her hair. We just got back from New York, and I didn't have to do anything to her hair while we were there because it looked so cute and curly. Then we got home and it went crazy. I don't want to have to put anything greasy or oily in her hair. I would like to put something in it to simply tame it. I want her curls to stay soft. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks.
D.G. answers from Dallas on July 20, 2006
I'm a hairstylist but I really don't deal with ethnic hair so much but I would suggest maybe a leave in conditioner, more of a creamy one than a spray on. It may weigh the hair down a little more but not leave it as greasy as putting oil in it. Although, have you tried something like biosilk silk therapy? It's an oil but if you use it sparingly, the hair absorbs it and tames it. I will ask some of the lady's at work if they have any suggestions.Good luck!
A.H. answers from Dallas on July 20, 2006
My son has curly hair, i usually dab a little of the baby oil gel. It's really oily looking at first but after a while it will soak up in the hair.
As she gets older, you can start using a mild form of shampoo/conditioner (all in one) that will help to tame her curls.
O.W. answers from Dallas on July 19, 2006
I had the same situation (I'm white and my husband is black). my doughter now is 2 years old but I have always used the "just for me" products and you can only use the detangular when you brush it and the curl will stay soft. I used conditioner and cream also so that her curls won't dry out.......but let me know if you find a better product..
B. answers from Dallas on July 20, 2006
Hi N. ,
My sister has the same problem with my niece. Her husband is white and she is black. She uses a detangling spray on her hair, it makes it really soft and not oily or greasy. It also conditions her hair. My niece is 11 now , and her hair is so long it touches her lower back. I hope this helps.
D.W. answers from Dallas on July 19, 2006
My sister is biracial and so is my niece. The Just for Kids hair dress is a light cream to give hair moisture and keep the curls healthy. It's at target in the ethnic hair care section. Also Carols Daughter makes great hair car products. I think the healthy hair butter is safe for babies, but you may want to ask b/4 buying it. http://www.carolsdaughter.com/departments.asp?dept=1002
Once her hair is longer, simple pony tails are best for day to day. This let's you keep it moisturized and untangled. Wear the curls for church, pictures, special occasions.
I'm sure she is beautiful. Good luck!
R.T. answers from Dallas on July 20, 2006
My daughter does not have any african american in her, but she has REALLY curly hair. I unfortunately do not, so this is a new experience for me too. What I do is just brush her hair like normal (and as gently as possible) to get all the tangles out, and then spray it with plain water from a plastic spray bottle. That seem to tame the frizz down and make the ringlets stay in for most of the day. I hope this helps!
P.L. answers from Dallas on July 20, 2006
Hi N., unless you put ponytails all over her head, you are going to have to break down and apply some cream, oil, gel what ever you decide. I am a licensed cosmotologist as a hobbie and help run my husband cable mfg business during the days. My suggestion to you is only put a little hair product on her hair, you would be amazed that a little of oil or gel goes a long way. Yes if you use to much it will become greasy, even try a little baby oil. My hair has the same issues out here especially when it is humid, frizzzzzz, frizzzz, frizzzz. Stop at any beauty supply shop, most of them serve the ethnic type of hair. Don't worry you will find something. Remember just a little dab will do you.
Take care of that little beauty you have, when she becomes older there are permanent formulas the will calm, relax, or completely straighten her hair if that is what you wish.