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My mother relaxed my hair at a very young age. When I found out I was having a girl, I knew that I would never do the same to her hair. Growing up I was not taught much about my natural hair at all. I honestly didn’t know that I could return my hair to its natural state.
Over the years, I have learned so much about how to care for my natural hair. Learning to love my natural hair though all the changes that I have experienced has been a journey. Being the mother of a daughter with curly hair, I can say that I am very excited to help teach her all about her natural hair. Here are a few ways I teach my daughter Riley to love her natural hair.
How I Teach My Daughter To Love Her Natural Hair
Reinforcing Her Beauty
Riley loves to watch me as I do my hair. When I do Riley’s hair, I always make sure to tell her how pretty her hair is and how much I love it just the way it is. She loves showing off her curly puff just like mommy and says “my hair is pretty like yours mommy.” Hearing her say this makes me feel so good because I want to set an example for her to love her hair no matter what.
Setting an Example
My daughter looks up to me, and I know that I have a major influence on her life. I make sure to stay positive around her and always tell her that is beautiful and that her hair is beautiful. If you externalize negativity in any way around children, your child will begin to absorb that energy. Remember to always speak positively around your kids, they are watching and listening to our every move.
Representation in Her Books & Toys
It brings me joy when I find books and toys that help to show and teach Riley that her curly hair is beautiful. Every time I run across a curly doll I buy it for her.
Kids sometimes associate beauty with their dolls and toys. If they don’t see girls like them represented they may start to think that their beauty does not matter. I love reading books with curly characters. I wrote an article on NaturallyCurly.com all about curly characters.
Involving Her In Wash Day
Allowing Riley to participate in her wash day makes it fun. It also helps her learn how to take care of her natural hair properly. Wash day does not have to be a dreaded time for your little one. Make it fun!