Biracial Hair Care 101: The hair journey that started it all……..
I wish I could tell you that my girls came into my arms with instruction manuals on biracial (African American and Caucasian) hair care. But nope! I realized I needed a biracial hair care plan … and fast … because I have the blessing of 3 girls!!!
Strangers began instantly telling me how to care for my children’s hair. Do this. Don’t do that. Straighten this. Apply that. Pull this. Relax that.
WAIT a minute!!!
I really believe that the hair that grows out of my child’s head is a masterpiece. How in the world can I teach my 3 kids that they are absolutely beautiful and to love their bodies if I complain every time I need to brush hair or if I raise them committed to daily use of a chemical product specifically geared to “change” their hair?
I did not feel comfortable to begin putting chemicals on their hair as children to change what God specifically made for them. AND nearly ALL the products I researched were so loaded full of chemicals that I would not put them on my skin let alone my children. You may Watch this Movie Trailer for more Information and social implications on hair (this is a brief adult trailer, adults can view the entire movie on Netflix).
It became my passion, my joyful obsession to learn everything I could about my 3 daughters beautiful, unique, magnificent biracial hair AND how to care for their hair naturally with more joy. What a gift of self love I could pass on to my children. What a gift of self love I had to learn to give to myself in the process.
I know that the process is not easy. That is why I had to make the choice for joy. When it comes to biracial hair – I believe in joy! No matter how many days in a row you and your child have cried because you could not comb through his / her hair but you don’t know what to do – I believe in joy. No matter how many months you dreamed of your child’s adoption and are now paralyzed with hair care fears – I believe in joy. And if you have taken the time to read this far into my post, then I believe in YOU! (insert your photo here 🙂
I have been there. I have cried in frustration and desperation too. Nearly 10 years later, now I am the one who meets a parent on the brink of tears – and they look at one of my daughter’s 12 inch long biracial curls or dozens of braids and ask me, “What do you do?!” Countless times in my day I have dropped everything and written down a home-made natural DIY Biracial Detangling Spray formula for strangers on the back of their paper grocery bag, event ticket or receipt. Eventually, we started sharing our journey online – it is a lot easier than writing on a crumpled receipt and we can reach way more families with joy!
If you want to join the natural and joyful hair journey, you can find help with these free resources:
Let’s smile, and embrace the joyful natural hair care journey, together!