Biracial Hair Care Tips: Conditioners

Conditioning biracial hair is definitely a must! Some would say it is more important than shampooing because it keeps the hair moisturized and healthy. Many parents and guardians detangle the hair while it’s soaked with conditioner. However, like shampoo, conditioners have a no-no list of ingredients. Here are some to avoid…

• Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) – May strip natural moisture, leaving the immune system vulnerable. Possibly carcinogenic.
• Propylene Glycol (PG) – possible brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.
• Dioxin – reproductive and developmental problems, immune system damage, disrupt hormones and may cause cancer.
• Isopropyl Alcohol – dries hair out and breaks it off.
• Parabens – disrupt hormones, may cause breast cancer, skin irritation.
• Silicones (names ending in cone, col, conol or zane) – cause build up on hair and scalp that is difficult to remove.
• Mineral oil and petrolatum – hinders normal skin respiration and ability to absorb moisture by sitting on top of the hair/ skin like plastic wrap.
• Diethanolamine, momoethnanolamine and triethanolamine – disrupt hormones, form cancer causing nitrates and nitrosamines.
• Imidazolidinyl and DMDM hydantoin – preservatives that release formaldehyde which can cause a slew of problems in the body. Too many to list. It’s just bad!

Whenever you pick up a conditioner for your child’s natural hair, it’s always a good idea to take a look at the ingredients to make sure they don’t have harmful chemicals in them. Some good and relatively inexpensive brands are Cantu, Shea Moisture, As I Am, Eden Body Works, Giovanni, and Bee Mine to name a few. Feel free to comment your favorite natural conditioner. Like shampooing, condition in sections especially if they have thick and long hair.
It’s also important to use a deep conditioner a few times a month, especially after a shampoo. There are tons of DIY (do it yourself) recipes online to make your own. We do this to save a little money and to ensure that the ingredients are all natural. Hair masks and hair treatments are very similar to a deep conditioner and will suffice. Some people leave them on overnight but I have read that is not necessary and also could get messy. I usually cover their head with a shower cap or even a plastic bag for 20 or 30 minutes before rinsing. Using cool water to rinse will help minimize frizz and help close the pores in the scalp. Next week, I will be covering the topic of skin tone and how to explain these differences to your children. Thank you for reading.

-Sherry Ulvick

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