Healthy hair for children takes gentle products and patient parents, with extra measures in biracial hair care for toddlers. The hair care industry compartmentalizes products based on ethnicity. This has only recently started to change.
In the meantime, parents and stylists of biracial toddlers must determine hair type and needs to customize unique care plans. This journey can actually be quite interesting and fun with a little understanding.
Determine Toddler Hair Type
The toddler years are a good time to lay the groundwork for lifelong healthy hair.
In the early years, baby hair changes quickly and often. These years also set a good relationship to hair care. Always use wide-toothed combs and tear-free shampoos for stress-free experiences.
Expect to see a new infant hair type emerge around six months. A more long-term childhood type should appear around age two. This toddler-stage hair is the one to develop a regimen on and expect to last to the teen years or beyond.
1. Curl Pattern
Curl pattern is the most important factor for optimal biracial hair care for toddlers. What many call “texture” is “curl pattern.” It is the level of winding and twisting a single strand of hair does as it grows out of the scalp. Tightly-curled hair clings to the scalp. Loosely-curled hair hangs. Detangle with water and segment braid styles to keep tightly-curled hair out of knots. Loosely-curled hair requires trims and flyaway support such as brushing or ponytails.
2. Moisture and Porosity
High-porosity hair sucks up water and products, while low-porosity hair takes a long time to dry and absorb products. As a rule, tight curls require more moisture than loose curls which are weighed down easily. Determine how often a toddler's hair feels dry. If it is daily or shortly after washing, use hydrating cream every day. Simply use a conditioning shampoo and moisturizing conditioner for loose curls.
3. Thick Hair vs. Thin Hair.
Thick hair features a high density of pores on the scalp. Thin hair tends to have more space between pores. Parents and stylists must budget more time to address all the strands. But they must not rush through thin hair, which requires gentle handling so its lesser strands do not fall easily.
See the Opportunity When it Comes to Biracial Hair Care for Toddlers
All ethnicities and cultures have particular hair types, rituals and products. Biracial children have the advantage to experience multiple traditions and worlds through their hair. It is a special benefit to embrace and appreciate.
Hair care lines and salons pitch to target markets like most businesses do. They market to attract the people their products are tested to work best on and their stylists know how to serve. This does not mean these are the only people for the products or salons can not serve all people. This does not mean anything is wrong with biracial hair.
It means parents of biracial toddlers must be vigilant about reading ingredients, checking reviews and visiting salons to ask questions. Parents should also be proactive on all sides of their children's families. Relatives are a valuable resource to learn best practices and proven insider secrets.
For all toddlers, gentle treatment is an absolute must. Never braid or pull hair tightly. This keeps hair care to fun, bonding times.