How To Manage Mixed Race Hair

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Many people mixed with the Caucasian and African American race tend to have thick, bushy hair that can be difficult to manage. Growing up as a mixed race child was tough, especially when I was teased daily at school for sporting bushy afros or unattractive hair styles that wasn’t up to my peers’ satisfaction. Majority of mixed race people have more characteristics of African American hair versus Caucasian hair, so it needs to be maintained accordingly. However, mixed race hair does not generally require the amount of attention or all of the products that African American hair needs.

When I became mature enough to do my own hair, I experimented with numerous hair styling devices and hair products. Trust me I had many hair disasters and now reflecting back, I can admit that hairstyles I thought was “Hot” or “The bomb” was indeed a hot mess. Those experiences taught me to distinguish what works and now as an adult, I have mastered the skill of how to manage my mixed race hair.

 It wasn’t till I was in my twenties when styling my mixed sister’s and other birachel people’s hair inspired me to find what products work with other grades of mixed raced hair. Just like there are different grades of white hair and black hair, it is just the same in mixed raced hair.

Following my tips for mixed race hair will allow you to discover methods and products that do wonders that you believed were never possible for you or your child’s hair. Another benefit is once you learn these tips, styling your hair will be a lot less time consuming.

Taming the wild beast

Use a flat iron

Selecting the right flat iron is key to getting the desired results. Some flat irons will leave an unpleasant burning smell on your hair or make your hair still look thick and greasy even though you used a minimal amount of oil. Ceramic irons have proven positive results for my hair and other people’s I have styled. I vowed to never use a regular metal flat iron again.

I suggest that Sedu, Solia and Conair flat irons are the best brands to buy.

Use a Relaxer

You may have been told many times just like I have been told “Girl your half white, you don’t need no relaxer!” You may need one to thin your hair and make it manageable. Getting my first relaxer was a God sin and I had no regrets despite the many people saying, not to. I prefer using Optimum relaxers or Olive oil No-Lye relaxers. It is recommended if you have never had a relaxer before that go to a professional hair dresser.  If you want to continue doing your own hair then you should investigate what type of relaxer you should be using on your hair. There are different relaxers for different textures so you need to determine what strength and type of relaxer you need.

Use a flat blow dryer with the comb attachment

I absolutely love using my flat blower dryer when I am pressed for time. This type of blower does not poof your air out like the traditional blow dryer. It instantly straightens as it dries your hair after washing. I suggest buying the flat blower dryer made by Vidal Sassoon you can find it at Meijer’s, Wal-Mart and Target. This blower dryer are very reasonably priced between $19.99 and $25.99.

A good wrapping

Wrapping your hair is a task that requires lots of time and practice when first learning how to do it. Learning to wrap your air in a circlular motion till it lays flat with no lumps, kinks and separations is a tough skill to master. Your hair needs to be wet and you need a good setting lotion or hair mousse.

It was a common practice of mines and my peers to slap a ton of “Ampro” gel on our heads to wrap our heads to get the desired straight hairstyle. I discovered you do not even need hair gel if you have a good setting lotion or hair mousse. Using hair gel makes your hair dry and leaves a flaky residue.

There are several products I recommend wrapping your hair with

Best setting lotions



Dr. Miracle

Best hair mousses


TCB hair mousse

Aussie Hair mouse

Shine hair mousse

What to use for dry hair or scalp

Mixed race hair is naturally dry and needs oiled lightly. I do not recommend hair grease because it has a tendency to weigh the hair down and leave a heavy feeling on your head.  Grease also does not do well when you are using a flat iron or a blow dryer; it leaves a nasty residue on your styling device and in your hair.

Hair dress cream or hair oil is my suggestion. “Optimum“has several different hair dress creams that I have used which works very well. Oils I prefer are “Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil” and “African Royale Hot Six Oil”.

Whether you are of mixed race or a Caucasian parent of a mixed race child, you may end up trying dozens of products or devices in an effort to get your hair under control or into a desired style.  Some products or styling devices will cause damage the texture of your hair, so it is imperative that you know what to use. There are several websites that will inform you about chemicals in hair products, the difference in relaxers and give you tips on how to do your hair. Thirsty Roots at is a website about hair that feature celebrities and have numerous informative hair articles, guides and tips for you to read. You can also go to and to find out more on hair care.


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