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What are Protective Styles for Mixed Kids? PLUS TOP TIPS for Getting it Right

What are Protective Styles for Mixed Kids?

If you’re here, you may have heard a lot about protective hairstyles for mixed kids and the importance of protecting your daughter/son’s hair from sun damage or breaking.

And while you may have a vague idea, like me you probably didn’t know exactly why it’s so important. Why is it necessary and what exactly does it do?. Well here it is…

protective style is simply a hairstyle that protects the ends of your hair, helping to decrease tangling, shedding and breakage.

Putting your biracial child’s curly hair into protective styles is necessary for growth, to maintain length, and often necessary to for time management. Trying to wash and style our children’s hair every day is not only practically impossible but perhaps not so great for their hair. 

So you’ve read through the basics on taking care of your mixed or biracial children’s hair. Now you need some more detail about putting it into styles that will help it to grow, prevent breakage and reduce daily damage caused by the elements. Protecting hair is beneficial to all types of curly hair textures, afro, natural and even relaxed hair.

I read somewhere that protective styles are to curly hair as washing daily and combing are to straight hair. It’s a must. The benefits of such styles help the hair to grow healthier and reduce split ends and tangling. 

What are Protective Styles for Mixed Race Kids?

I have three daughters and the time saved by putting their hair into protective styles cannot be overestimated. Washing, detangling and moisturising daily not only takes time but it also takes its toll on the hair. Protective styles can be left in for days, sometimes (depending on the hair) more than a week. 

Nowadays there are lots of ideas for putting your child’s curly locks into protective styles. 

What are some examples of protective styles for mixed race hair?

  • Buns
  • Braids
  • cornrows
  • box braids
  • Extensions
  • Sew-in Weaves

A true protective hairstyle hides the ends of the hair from exposure but should leave them in a detangled state. For example, once you have properly detangled your hair and pulled it into a ponytail, you can then twist down your ponytail and pin it into a bun. This helps to promote hair growth as the idea is to actually retain your length rather than the very ineffective idea of speeding up hair growth.

Sometimes braids or ponytails and buns that are pulled too tight can actually do more damage than leaving the hair out . Parents should be careful about the amount of tension placed on the hairline as it can actually be counterintuitive to what you are actually trying to achieve.

So that said, there are loads of hairstyles that protect the hair, some more exciting and elaborate than others. Here are a few examples that I’ve tried over the years but remember, the style must protect all aspects of the hair- the ends, sure but ensuring strong follicles at the root to promote hair retention and growth.

How often should I be putting my biracial children’s hair into protective styles?

Protective styles can be interchanged with styles that showcase their curls. Obviously, they’ll want to have their hair out at different times and that’s great that they want to let their hair breathe. Click here for some curly hairstyle ideas for both boys and girls.

A good idea is to incorporate styling your mixed kids’ hair into your routine. Try setting some time aside every Sunday evening to wash, comb, moisturise and style your child’s hair.

I know a lot of biracial kids who have grown up and look fondly on that time with their Mum (or Dad) as– okay, yes painful I won’t lie, the detangling can be an effort– but also a time that they looked forward to, when they had their Mum’s full attention and just knew it was part of their routine. (Giving them full access to screen time doesn’t hurt either).

If that doesn’t work for you, try finding a salon nearby that can braid your child’s hair. They’ll often be more skilled at it so the braids can be smaller and stay in longer. It doesn’t need to be fancy, just one that you feel comfortable in and that doesn’t charge an arm or a leg.

When is it Ideal to use Protective Styles?

A lot of naturally curly hair enthusiasts would advise to use protective styles a lot in the winter especially because of how dry the air can get. Saying that, if you live in an especially sunny climate and you expose your hair a lot, the damage from the sun can take its toll.

Take advantage of protective styles when going on holiday or when school is out and you don’t have the time, tools or routine to manage their hair properly. This is when I get creative. They appreciate not having to sit down every morning when they’re eager to get to the beach and so do I.

Top 10 Tips for Protective Styles:

  1. Always make sure your child’s hair is clean, deep-conditioned, and moisturised before styling. This will ensure the hair can actually go the distance last longer without breakage. How you prep your protective style is just as important as which style you choose.
  2. My favorite protective style is two strand twists! They’re gentle, easy, and quick to install.
  3. Leaving protective styles in too long can also perpetrate these crimes, ultimately, because of the lack of moisture.
  4. Never add too much product because it can actually cause product buildup. Keep it simple and use water and oil to maintain.
  5. Don’t overdo it and think you need to have an elaborate hairdo to keep it protected. All you really need is for the hair to be moisturised and oiled with the ends tucked away. A simple bun is a great style to choose.
  6. Keeping your child’s hair moisturised and their scalp clean during the protective style phase. Not just before and after.
  7. Make sure that the style you choose protects all of their hair—the ends included.
  8. Avoid going for hairstyles that put tension on the scalp and can cause more damage than it needs.
  9. Make protective styles part of your weekly routine. Make it intimate, put music or the tele on and allow your child to sit in between your knees and fall asleep if they want to.
  10. Allow your child to have their hair out once in a while. Spend the time when it’s something special and they want to showcase their curls. Loving their curls is just as important, if not more important, than protecting them.

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Best Online Shops To Buy Your Curly Biracial Hair Care Products

Your first job in styling your little curlies is finding the right biracial hair care products. Once you’ve done that, you need to know where you can buy them!

And although mainstream outlets such as Boots and Amazon are starting to stock more products, it’s always nice to know there are independent retailers dedicated exclusively to your curly hair needs. That’s why we’ve brought you a complete list of UK curly hair retailers committed to finding you the perfect biracial hair care products.

Best Online Retailers to Buy Curly Mixed Race Hair Products

Mixed Kids Hair Care

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Mixed Kids Hair Care

Offering a selection of natural and organic products quality biracial hair care products, this shop stocks all the big brands that cater for little curlies. Each of their biracial hair care products comes with a complete list of all ingredients so you can be sure that each one is vetted before it’s added to the Mixed Kids inventory.

CurlyEllie

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Curly Ellie

Boasting multiple awards and a pure natural ingredient list, Curly Ellie is perhaps my favourite curly biracial hair care products line for kids. An independent shop that was started by a UK parent herself, her products sell in most Whole Food shops as well as online. With just five products including leave in, shampoo, conditioner, intensive mask and detangler, it’s all you’ll need to style your childs’ curly biracial hair care products needs. And the best part is you’re supporting a fellow mixed race parent. Find a review of Curly Ellie products here or get your discount by for Curly Ellie by clicking here.

British Curlies 

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British Curlies

Perhaps the most comprehensive online shop for buying curly biracial hair care products, this site is both easy to navigate and reasonably priced. They usually have sales on (including the above in the photo at time of writing). You can shop by price point, kids products, brand, travel size, vegan hair products, skin care and accessories. They carry most well known brands and even show a list of ingredients in each product. As a bonus, they even sell kids curly books and dolls!

Only Curls London

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Only Curls London

Although this shop also sells its own line of biracial hair care products, the site is probably best for buying your entire list of biracial hair care products accessories. From silk pillow cases to combs, silk scrunchies and towels, you’re bound to find what you need here. Don’t forget to purchase your “Curly Girl” badge which your curly kids will love!

My Hair and Beauty

Best Online Shops to Buy Curly Biracial Hair Products
My Hair and Beauty

They’ve got products for hair care, skin care, men’s grooming products, makeup, fragrances and more. They’re the online version of Europe’s largest black hair shop Pak (in Finsbury Park). Selling most well known brands of black or curly biracial hair care products, you’re likely to find what you need here. Sometimes I find it hard to navigate the site but it does allow you to search by brand or by popular product.

Mixed Streets

Best Online Shops to Buy Curly Biracial Hair Products
Mixed Streets

These guys are a small shop with an inventory that includes skin care, hair care, toys and books chosen exclusively for mixed kids. I love that there is a specialised shop devoted to serving multiracial families. Their hair care lines include Mixed Chicks, Curly Q, It’s a Curl and Shea Moisture- all the big names in curly biracial hair care products- and you can even pick out a book or two.

Antidote Street

Best Online Shops to Buy Curly Biracial Hair Products
Antidote Street

Perhaps for the more grown up curlies, (there isn’t a function to search by kids’ care products), this shop sells a lot of the all-natural brands plus many more high end salon products. With video tutorials and blog posts to help your styling needs, this shop is great to buy your go-to product that you can’t afford to be without. Free shipping over £30 and kits put together to meet all your styling needs are added bonuses to shopping online here.

My Curls UK

Best Online Shops to Buy Curly Biracial Hair Products
My Curls UK

I’d never heard of this brand before I started researching but in the interest of representing all things local, I thought what better brand than hair care products exclusively for UK curls. Although they sell their own brand, the prices are all in pounds and you can even bag yourself a whole detangling set for under £100.

Afrocenchix

Best Online Shops to Buy Curly Biracial Hair products
Afrocenchix

If you care about what goes in your hair and want to support a Black British business this is the one. Afrocenchix was started by two British women who were on the natural hair journey and who were concerned about the chemicals they were putting in their hair. Watch their video to find out just how sustainable, fair trade and all natural their biracial hair care products are. With video tutorials, style ideas and a blog, they’re definitely my go-to for Afro hair.

To find your curly hair salon, click here for a complete list…

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Curly Hair Biracial Boys Haircuts & Styles **UPDATED 2019***

There are loads of new ideas for curly hair biracial boys haircuts to inspire new and creative hairstyles . With a full gallery of easy hairstyles for curly mixed race girls, we wanted curly biracial boys’ to have the same choice and inspiration. So we’re featuring it all right here.

Curly Biracial Boy Haircuts and Styles

And while everyone loves a little boy with a big beautiful head full of curls on his head, trimming those curls can be a big deal. I get it.

Haircuts, especially for biracial hair can dramatically change the look of your little one if not taken seriously.

First, talk to your hairstylist about how he/she will cut the curls. Do you want him to use clippers? Is your child old enough to sit still for cornrows? How long will the cut take? Do you want natural edges or hard, clean edges at his hairline? All the answers to these questions will depend on your biracial child’s age, his ability to sit still and the length and curl pattern of his curly hair.

Discuss with your barber how much he intends to take off and how much, if any, curls you’d like left at the top.

Make sure you go in fully armed with inspiration for what you think will look good on your biracial boy.  Here, you’ll find fades, cornrows, afros, top knots, fades, shaves and more for inspiration.

Men and boys are now growing their curly biracial hair longer than ever.  So it makes sense that they can choose from a variety of different looks instead of just the one close shave that so many were encouraged to sport for ease of maintenance. Take care of his curls and make sure you condition, moisturise, moisturise and moisturise. (Read more about taking care of curly biracial hair here).

It’s a new era for curly biracial boys haircuts so don’t let those boys & toddlers go out without a cool hairstyle! Get some inspiration from the gallery below and send us your favourite biracial boys haircuts for your mixed kids. Get styling!

For more where this came from, visit the Mixed.Up.Mama pinterest page featuring more curly biracial boy haircuts & styles.


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