Baristaville is diverse and some towns are chock full of interracial couples and their biracial kids. As a white mom to two biracial girls (my husband is Black), I know the importance of learning how to take care of their hair. I’ll admit to having some stress when I found out I was having girls, fearing that I was going to be the white mom of black girls with hair that’s a mess.
After asking for advice from friends and family, I tried many products available and found the perfect routine for my girls’ hair. They have a texture similiar to mine, but with curly ringlets. Multiracial and African-American hair has such a diverse range of textures, so products and care need to be chosen correctly.
I asked Baristaville parents of Black, biracial and multi-ethnic children their favorite products, salons, barber shops and all thing hair care and came up with this guide:
Stylists, Salons and Barbers:
Ahava Felicidad Hair & Body
Ahava Felicidad calls herself a “Hair Healer” and uses a holistic approach specializing in kinky, curly, wavy and multi-textured hair care for all ethnicities and ethnic mixes and hair types that are natural. She serves children ages 3 and up, women and men at Styles With Grace Salon on Orange Road in Montclair. Ahava Felicidad also offers classes for girls ages 8 -12 where she teaches girls with naturally kinky, curly and wavy hair of any texture, density and length to care for their own hair in weekly haircare classes. Straight naturals also welcome. Get details here.
Kelly Strother works out of her home in Montclair and offers natural hair care for children. She offers simple braiding, twists, locks and recommends Carol’s Daughter asnd Kinky Curly products.
It’s Just A Look Hair Design
A full-service salon: perms, twists, blowouts, and natural.
2 Midland Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042
Lucky 7 Expression
Unisex hair studio for men, women and children.
10 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
A unisex barber shop specializing in natural hair care.
1843 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Mom of two African-American girls:
“We use Carol’s Daughter Tui Shampoo and Tui Hair Smoothie Conditioner. My favorite new discovery is coconut oil for moisturizing and it’s great on their hair and skin! I am looking for a leave-in conditioner that I like – I haven’t been happy with the Carol’s Daughter leave ins.”
Biracial mom of multiracial son:
“I have used Mixed Chicks leave-in, which I loved when my hair was long. And now I’m back to Jane Carter products. Aveda Dry Remedy Shampoo, Damage Remedy Conditioner, and Be Curly Leave in, when I can splurge. OrganixCoconut Milk line when I need a drugstore find. Curly hair is a journey, there is no “one size fits all” solution when it comes to hair products, because there is so much variety of texture.”
Mom of three biracial girls:
“The never ending hair battle…. I really like and use Deva Curl product on the girls. In fact, since they have been swimming every day, I use the the conditioner on them every morning–wet hair a little and mix it in. It keeps their hair hydrated, which is the big thing with girls. I even use it too! Also love the Kinky Curly line which you can find at Whole Foods. The spiral spritz works wonders, especially on my younger girls’ hair. Mizani has a new line for curls too called True Textures. I use the Conditioner Curl Replenisher on my oldest daughter’s hair, which is a little more course then the other two. It works beautifully. I also use the Rose H2O conditioning hairdress on her for shine and moisture. The other two get the Bumble and Bumble defrizz for shine.”
Mom of two biracial girls:
I really like Kinky Curly. I buy it at Whole Foods. It keeps the girls’ hair moist and holds their curl. I used to use the J&J detangler, but it’s too drying for their hair. As far as tips, I find it best to braid their hair at night when they wear their hair long. Braiding their hair at night in one or two braids keeps it from tangling and makes it much easier to comb in the morning.”
Let us know of your favorite products, salons and tips for biracial / African-American kids’ hair.