Biracial Hair Care: Straightening Via Flat Iron

My oldest daughter, Briyana, has been begging me to straighten her hair for at least a year now. I have resisted as I insist that we are a chemical and heat FREE family. I wanted my girls to embrace the beauty in their biracial hair. They have beautiful curls and very healthy hair. For Briyana’s 10th birthday, however, I decided to give in and buy her a ceramic, ion infused flat iron. I took her to WalMart and finally decided on the Remington Wet2Straight flat iron with steam. It has 30 heat settings, an on-off switch for the steam, and heats in under 30 seconds. Here are a few before and after photos of my girls, ages 7 and 10:

Briyana is 10. She has shorter hair which is very thick and very kinky.
Her hair is by far the frizziest/curliest in our house.

I parted off her hair and straightened it in about 2″ sections on medium-high heat.
{The brown part is actually the sun shining on her head through the window…}

This is what we have in the end – VERY soft and manageable.
I spray their hair with oil sheen once it is straightened
and maintaining it is as simple as brushing it out.

Talia is 7. Her hair is VERY long with tight curls and she is extremely tender-headed.
Her hair is difficult to comb through and tangles easily.

It is best to comb through each section prior to straightening it.
Guiding the flat iron with a fine-tooth comb pulling the hair straight
helps prevent “crushing” which can further damage hair.

Steam helps straighten the hair more quickly without having to do
a lot of heavy pressing between the hot plates.

This is her hair in the end… a drastic transformation!! :) It’s very silky and smooth.

I will be researching products designed for use on heat-treated hair in the coming days. Stay tuned for my opinion on which ones are best for biracial hair!


  1. says

    It created a dramatic change indeed. I just wonder if they don’t really burn the hair and makes them brittle and will result to heavy hair fall. Thanks for sharing some cool fashion stuff here. By the way, it might interest you too to have your own free and easy to manage fashion forum. Good luck.

  2. says

    Wow that is a big difference!! Their hair is beautiful. I’ve been considering a flat iron for my daughter and myself. Her hair is broken a bit so my concern would be it showing up more after it’s straightened.

  3. nicole says

    check out the CHI Silk Infusion Serum.

    I have thick curly hair and I use it before I flat iron my hair and a touch after and have had ZERO problems with the flat ironing harming my hair- it protects superbly and gives super soft silky feel to hair~

  4. says

    Hello pumpikin pie,
    I saw bi-racial hair and had to stop by {wink}
    My little ones are 4.5 with bi-racial hair. As you know I’m sure bi-racial hair comes in all different textures. My little guy has hair just like mama {me} thick and course with a little bit of curl..descent texture. Little Mama…has silky locks but very thin and cannot hold allot of oils {which here doesn’t really need}. I pray the day doesn’t come to soon that she wants her hair purposely straightened. I have done the heat thing all my life and no doubts about…looks great right off the bat but long term any heat will have a negative affect. I do straighten it once a year to clip the ends and keep it even…and healthy. Such a controversial topic…I love it. Keep em comin!!

    Oh BTW – my favorite product for my daughter is Mixed Chicks. I’ve used them for years. A bit pricey but worth it. They have a little sampler pack online for $.99 that will give you a chance to test it out.
    .-= Daisy´s last blog ..Target *HOT* deal finds =-.

  5. Lorina says

    My friend told me about this article since I have 2 mixed girls. After I read it I decided to go get the same flat iron. I went to Wal-Mart and paid 25.00 (before tax) for the flat iron. My 10 year old could not wait to get home and try it out. When we arrived home I washed her hair and then let it dry to a damp state. I tried the iron and it was not doing so well. I decided to let her hair dry completely and try again. I had to go over each little section (which each was very little hair) 3 to 4 times. I started to think “this flat iron is no better then the one I paid 15.00 for!” When I came back to the article again I realized that I had not paid attention to the fact that your girls hair is more white then black. My 10 year old has serious black hair. I think this iron will work well on “white or whiter” hair but as for “black” hair I think you get what you pay for. For this hair you need a good expensive flat iron.

    • says

      Yes, my girls’ hair is just about as “in the middle” as you can get. It is the most typical biracial hair which holds not enough Caucasian characteristics to be able to just brush and go nor enough African American characteristics to have the need for extremely high heat or perms.

      Thank you for commenting and for letting me know what your experience has been with the product we chose. I appreciate it and will take into consideration the fact that I need to fully emphasize the texture of my daughters’ hair in my subsequent articles. Sorry for the inconvenience.

      By any chance, would you mind telling me the brand and model of a flat iron you have found to be effective on your children’s hair as well as affordable so that I can share that with my readers? Also, do you use any particular products that you’ve found you can’t live without in your home?


  6. says

    My mom told me the same thing as a kid and I hated it. The pink Paul Mitchell flat iron work best on our hair. It costs a lot but it last for like 5 years. It get the hair so straight that I can make it last for 5 days. If she wants it done more make sure you moisture the ends really well as I learned a lesson with that. I can get my hair so straight now that it looks like caucasian hair but mine is relaxed too. Its also a lot easier to take care of since getting it relaxed those curls are hard work as we get older.

    Anyway Im rambling. She is a cutie and her hair is beautiful both ways. Seeing those curls brings back lots of memories. Since relaxing and flatironing my hair Ive never gone back.

  7. says

    I tried using the “ceramic” flat iron sold by Walmart and after one use took that thing back to the store. My hair kept getting caught and pulled in between the crevices of the plates and the ends still looked frizzy. It was the worst flat ironing experience EVER (and I’ve been flat ironing my hair– which is natural– for years)! Nevertheless, I went back to using Belson’s Golden Hot ceramic flat irons. For the price, you can’t beat the root to ends, silky results.

    The more expensive brands sold in the malls work, but I feel get unnecessarily hot.

  8. Sasha says

    I have mixed hair, and I’ve been straightening it myself for 20 years. It’s great to see these kinds if resources for younger girls since there weren’t people to help me with my hair when I was learning! My hair is probably more ethnic since neither of my patents have straight hair (I’m mixed with black and Hispanic), and I’ve found that the very best way to straighten my hair is setting it with rollers and doing my sentence under the dryer! It takes a long time (3-4 hrs) and is not easy to set, but I prefer the indirect heat, and it comes out shinier than with a flat iron. If I don’t have the time or energy to set it, the key with a flat iron is to curl under slightly as you go. The first go over a section, I straighten with the flat iron and conair brush clamp together. Then I run the flat iron over curling under without the brush. A little curl looks more natural and helps it to look less frizzy. My other secret trick is to do my air the night before and sleep with it in a high bun (holding with bobby pins, not a tight hair tie!). This also gives the hair a nice natural texture. I had to learn the hard way how to handle (and love) my hair. Hope these tidbits help!


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