My Biracial Hair Care Routine

by Mixed Up Mama

There’s a lot written about biracial hair care and how to take care of it. But I find there’s nothing more real than seeing what curly biracial hair care routine the average Jo Mum does with her kid’s curly hair.

I have 3 mixed race daughters (mixed Iranian, Nigerian and English) and they all have different types of curls, length, texture and thickness.

So we use a myriad of different hair care products- some that change with the season, some that I use on one girls’ hair and not on the other, and some that are absolute staples in our house.


Here is a look at what we do as part of our daily mixed race biracial hair care routine. 

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My oldest daughter has the longest, perhaps loosest curls and her hair grows down as opposed to up. 

Because her hair is made up of looser curls, I find I don’t need to apply thick gel or creme. I can get away with this Argan oil styling mousse which makes her hair both shiny and slippery to comb my fingers through. I do need to get her hair quite wet to be able to comb through though.

And the thicker the hair, the more oil you’ll need to really penetrate all of the hair. My daughter’s curly hair care routine (for reference) takes me about 7-10 minutes to brush through and put into a protective style.


This is my middle daughter. She has the shortest, most afro type biracial hair. Her hair grows in tight curls and gets dry the easiest. I usually wet it (a lot) before applying a generous amount of leave in conditioning cream.

I use a one or the other of these products to allow my fingers to comb through her hair easily. The wetness combined with the moisture from the products allows me to finger comb it easily but her hair is also quite fine so you may need to separate thicker hair into sections to get the same effect.

After this, I spray a generous amount of macadamia oil to give it shine and to keep it moisturised all day. **Note: always apply oil to wet hair or it won’t be absorbed into the hair. Her biracial hair care routine seems shorter somehow but still takes about 5-7 minutes.

My youngest daughter has a combination of both types of hair. It grows fast and down but it still has an afro-type texture in the front and in parts of the back.

Her biracial hair care requires a lot more moisturising as it’s also the thickest of all my daughters’ hair and gets the most tangled. I can’t usually finger comb through it after wetting it so I use a specialist curly detangling hair brush with lots of Cantu conditioning creme. (You can also use a wide tooth comb to detangle by starting from the ends of the hair and working your way up.

Because she’s the youngest and has the thickest hair, I usually spend about 10-15 minutes on her curly hair care routine , combing through (without too much pain) and putting it into a protective style.

Here is the result after combing it through and moisturising it.

I will soon post about my weekly wash day biracial hair care routine as I know this can be a bit trickier. For insight, I generally use the Curly Ellie products as these are very gentle on the hair.

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Daryl Elliott October 22, 2018 - 6:20 pm

Hi, I am a white woman with wavy hair and my husband is Ghanaian. My daughter is 14 months old and has tight curly hair. In some sections the curls are looser and in others they are very tight and can get very dry. I’ve found your website really helpful with knowing how to care for her hair. We wash just once a week and I use a mousturiser/oil to hydrate it after washing. However, as it is so short and still very delicate, she always has it out at the moment and so it gets very knotty whenever she sleeps on it or just from her general play. What should I be doing each day/night at this stage to keep it hydrated? Should I be wetting and moisturising it each night before bed or in the morning or should I leave it between washes? Thank you!

mixedupmama October 23, 2018 - 9:16 am

Hi Daryl, Thanks for your comment. It’s natural for your child to have multiple hair textures just in one head of curls. I visited a curly hair specialist recently and she confirmed this was the case for my littlest. You’re doing all the right things by washing once a week and hydrating it with some curl moisturising cream, then oil to lock in the moisture. Some people also try to co-wash instead of using shampoo every time. Co-washing is washing with conditioner instead of shampoo to cleanse the hair without stripping it of its moisture completely. When she sleeps, I would recommend making her sleep in a satin hair bonnet (bonnet instead of scarf as a scarf can fall off at her age) to avoid it getting too tangly and frizzy. You shouldn’t need to wet it before sleeping. If it’s long enough, you could put it into a protective hairstyle such as braids or twists before bed but it sounds like her hair might be too short. Waking up and wetting it, moisturising it and brushing it out should do the trick for the day then repeat at night.

Daryl Elliott October 24, 2018 - 5:44 pm

Thank you for replying! I’ve had a look online for a silk hair bonnet for babies but struggling to find any in this country. Do you know where I might be able to get one? Thanks!

Lizzie Tschornow March 14, 2021 - 9:43 am

Hello – thanks for all of the information, it’s very usual. My daughter is 5 and hates having her hair done – she has mixed hair… it’s very fine and gets very matted. Should it be wet down and combed through every day? What do you use to wet it down before combing through? Thank you

mixedupmama March 24, 2021 - 10:17 pm

Hi Lizzie, I just tend to use a spray bottle and then some leave in conditioner to soften the knots. Comb it with either your hands or a wide tooth comb from the bottom up.

mixedupmama June 2, 2021 - 9:59 pm

Yes you should wet it before combing. I just use a water spray bottle but you can also pour some detangling solution or leave in in the spray bottle for better results

Lmhmama July 29, 2021 - 3:09 pm

What is the curl pattern of your DD1?

mixedupmama July 30, 2021 - 6:46 pm

Think she’s a 3b

Amanda October 22, 2022 - 3:54 pm

I think my daughter is 3b or 3a hair type and her hair very dry how do I fix it. And how many times should I wash it being its very dry

AD July 25, 2023 - 10:05 am

This is all very helpful. What do you from a drying perspective? My son is the closest to your middle daughter (not sure what the official hair type is). After I wash his hair, moisturize, and oil, he sleeps (refuses a satin hat), and it’s much worse off the next morning. Other than satin pillowcases, do you have suggestions on how it should be dryed before bed? Thanks!

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