By Zoe London

When it comes to styling biracial kids' hair, parents who have naturally straight hair may find themselves at a complete loss. Just because you've never dealt with such curly locks doesn't mean you can't learn. Once you discover the right tools, accessories and products to use on this type of hair, styling will be easier on you and on the kids.

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Two girls sit on a couch together.

Best Cuts

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A boy and two girls make art at a table.

For boys, it's easy to keep their hair cut short. Depending on the level of his curly texture, his hair may appear straight or wavy in a short style. He can wear longer hair, but it will require more upkeep and grooming time.

For biracial girls, it's best to keep the hair ear length or longer. Curls shrink up quite a bit, so if you want her hair to reach her ears when it's dry, it should reach her shoulders when wet. Whether you or a stylist cuts her hair, it's important to take the shrinkage factor into consideration if you don't want her hair to end up being shorter than you want.

A long, blunt cut or long layers cut into curly hair will weigh the curls down, allowing them to hang instead of sticking out.

Simple Styles

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A girl plays on a swing in the yard.

Letting a girl or boy wear their natural curls in a loose style is the easiest way for them to sport them, but it can be difficult to maintain this look every day as curly hair tangles easily. Add headbands or barrettes to keep curls out of a girl's face.

You can also pull her hair back into a ponytail, but don't pull too tightly. Use covered elastics to secure the hair instead of rubber bands, which can break off curly hair.

Braided and Twisted Styles

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A woman hugs two children at the beach.

Add variety to your biracial child's hair by incorporating braids and twists into her look. You don't have to do anything elaborate. Two braids or large two-strand twists on either side of the head is an easy style to do.

Another simple style is a braid and curl combination: Section her hair in the front into two parts. Braid these sections, pull them back and secure with an elastic, leaving the back to hang loose and curly.

Best Products and Tools

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A boy looks in the bathroom mirror and combs his hair.

Biracial children often have hair that shares a common characteristic with black hair: It's naturally dry. Use shampoos and conditioners made for dry hair to add moisture. Don't shampoo this hair type every day; doing so will dry it out even more. Instead, shampoo once to twice a week.

To make combing through easier on nonwash days, use a spray bottle filled with water or a water/leave-in conditioner mix. You can also conditioner wash the hair, which is simply wetting it and combing a moisturizing conditioner through and then rinsing. This will sufficiently remove dirt and oil from the hair without drying it out.

Use a wide tooth comb, plastic bristle brush and soft bristle brush for daily grooming. Spritz with water to make combing through easier and less painful for your child.