“Your little girl is an angel most of the time… until you sit her down between your knees to comb her hair. Then it’s tears and squeals and tantrum time.
I don’t have kids myself (yet), but trust me – I know. I was once that little girl. And I can tell you from experience, there’s a right way and a wrong way to care for your child’s hair.
Warning, clicking on the link might make you upset if you’re a child lover.
I first learned about this story via The Root, in Teresa Wiltz’s essay Beauty, The Brush, and Black Girl Pain. I can barely stand to watch this now-infamous YouTube video, that raises more questions than it answers.”
I know this is a topic close to Afrobella readers’ hearts, so I wanted to crosspost a part of what I wrote over at AOL Black Voices. It’s a long post, be forewarned… but I hope it helps more people there than it would here. I imagine many Afrobella readers know the importance of reinforcing their child’s positive self image, regardless of the texture of their hair. On BV, I’ve gotten so many e mails from readers who have put a relaxer in their child’s hair at age 3, 4, 5… it’s heartbreaking.
Please feel free to comment and share your knowledge. Spread the natural hair love, bellas!
Sites That Link to this Post
- Link Cariño | Hissip | August 1, 2009
- Links of Great Interest 8/7/09 | the Hathor Legacy | August 7, 2009