“In the year 2050 due to all the biracial babies that will be born and the multi-ethnic families that will continue to flourish. A report from the Census Bureau in 2012 that stated whites will be the minority in the U.S. by 2043.”- National Geographic
It's 2018 and America is more diverse than ever. Any racial barriers that kept people away from each other are slowly diminishing, so now there is a multi-ethnic tapestry in America. Now, more than ever, you're seeing children of two or more ethnicities. The beauty of blending two ethnicities comes with some struggles, one being what to do with their hair. It leaves moms who don't have similar hair textures as their daughters scratching their head and scrambling for a solution to make sure that their little ones look presentable in public.
The days when there wasn't a community of people to help mothers navigate these murky waters are long gone. The internet has many resources where you can learn how to manage your baby's coils and kinks. However, there are a few sources that stand out from the crowd and a few products inspired by multi-ethnic people.
For example, Mixed Chicks. The founders Kim Etheredge and Wendy Levy came together because there was no product available that cater to their hair texture. One of the beautiful yet challenging things about being biracial is having a hair texture that is in-between the textures we see often. When your hair is not kinky-curly but is not silky straight or wavy, it leaves you in hair limbo. Every person's hair texture and needs are different and react to different products.
To begin your product search, stop by and Indique to get an Indique ID test, which provides tailored results for your hair type. This test goes in depth by providing details on your problem areas and giving a list of products that will benefit your hair type. Once you find the perfect products to use, you must determine how to properly use the products to achieve optimal results.
As mentioned before, everyone is different, but there are a few blogs that help moms of multi-ethnic children style and manage their kid's hair. A well-known method to use is the LOC technique. L stands for leave in conditioner, O stands for oil and, C stands for cream. Implementing this method is one of the most effective ways to style curly hair.
Other tips to consider on how to layer your hair products are the following:
When shampooing and conditioning your hair, thoroughly saturate your hair with water. If you're using a salon approved product, which we recommend, all you need is a quarter size amount of shampoo. Although it is a small amount, it will lather completely throughout your hair. When shampooing your hair, focus on your scalp using the tips of your fingers, not your nails, to massage the scalp. Brush away the oil and dirt, then rub the shampoo into your roots.
Another tip, to get your hair squeaky clean, is to allow your shampoo to sit on your hair for a minute then rinse. Two washes it's not necessary for curly hair unless you have a lot of product buildup.
When using conditioner, start applying the product at your ends and work your way up to roots. During this step, your hair should be damp. The most effective way to add conditioner is by separating your hair into four sections and using a wide-tooth comb or wet brush to detangle your hair.
After a good wash and condition, apply your product in the LOC order starting from the ends working towards the roots using a wide-tooth comb or a wet brush. To get rid of excess moisture use a t-shirt or a jersey towel. Cotton towels effects all curls, kinks, and waves by taking away their moisture.
The final act is diffusing your hair with a blow dryer. Heat is distributed evenly through the hair to make it dry, but it adds shine and locks in the product by further opening the cuticle and allowing the products to penetrate.
The virtual community is vital for a lot of moms of biracial children. One of Fluff's favorite websites is www.desumama.com. This site has a wealth of knowledge about biracial hair and other biracial struggles such as navigating in the world as a mom of a child with a different skin completion.
The second website that we love is motherinthemix.com. Not only are there hair tips, but there are also books available for your children and tips on how to help your children build a strong identity. Amy, the owner of Mother In The Mix, is very frank about her struggles of being a white mom of two brown daughters. She gives advice on the things people who do not have experience with this can do to be more inclusive and understanding, which is a breath of fresh air!
The lovely thing about these websites is that they offer a glimpse into a lifestyle that some of us may never experience. Even though this may be the case, it educates us to become m