Some mother’s of daughters between the ages of 3-12 years old are concerned about the rate their hair is growing. Most of them are frustrated because they wasted money the perfect product (s). Some have tried natural products. Others used hair extensions. All of their options usually yielded the same result, NO CHANGE or the hair was in worse shape than they started out with.
There are many variables to consider when thinking about hair growth. Three are 3 key variables to note when you are thinking about children.
1. Genetics - the science of genes, heredity, and variation of living organisms.
2. Diet – the guidelines that we follow to ensure that we are taking in the proper amounts of nutrients to support our bodily functions.
3. Growth Spurts – short periods of time when children and adolescents grow at faster rates then they normally would.
Before you can recognize a hair issue you have to know the history of the hair. Think about your family history and your hair as a child compared to your hair now. Then evaluate your child’s diet and health regimen. If you can’t find similarities in your family history, your diet is well-balanced, and you haven’t seen sudden growth changes in your child seek a hair care professional (Hair Under Construction) for advice.
To ensure a positive self-image in your daughter make sure to choose your words carefully when you are discussing her hair with your hair care professional Stay away from words like nappy, bald, and bad hair. Only make positive comparisons when referring to her hair. Girls this age are very impressionable. They want to believe that you believe in their beauty. The wrong choice of words here can cause major emotional problems for her. It is your job at this stage in her awareness of self to make her feel secure and acceptable exactly the way she is.
If your child is experiencing an issue with her hair, act quickly to reverse the issue. Seek professional advice and remember to keep consistency in regards to diet and product use. This will ensure complete restoration in her hair.
Most children are actively involved in everything from sports to national competitions in academics and the arts. Also present, are their peers. If you’re like me, the peers your child has don’t resemble your child. This is a time where children are learning who they are and imagining what they can be. As a hairstylist, I see so many young ladies who don’t love how they look. Not because they're pretty, but because they don’t see other young ladies with crazy, puffy, nappy, and short hair. If I may suggest that as a team we rebuild our daughters’ self-image so that they can use their full potential.
How? By explaining that DIVERSITY is a difference from what is normal or acceptable. Diversity is beautiful in that it allows you to open a door to your creativity. It provides you with a variety of options in life. For instance, straight hair lays flat. It can be curled but it won’t stay without extreme effort. But, that crazy, puffy, nappy, and short hair can be pulled, tucked, waved, curled, straightened, twisted, braided and on and on.
I think together we can enhance our young ladies' self-image by continually enforcing their individual beauty. Replace the magazine images with images of your beauty, Mom. Remember, that your daughter’s view of herself are largely based on the images you have exposed her to and how she feels you view her. She needs to understand that her hair type and skin complexion don’t define who she is now or who she will be.
I charge you Moms to get to know your own hair and evaluate your self-image because of it. Experiment with it. Wear different styles daily. Expose your daughter to her options. Allow her to ask questions regarding her hair and yours. Be the diversity in her life when there is none.
Let’s give our beautiful young ladies a reason to shine their influence on the world by making them aware that a positive self-image is just the beginning to having VALUE and STANDING for SOMETHING!
How do you promote your daughter’s self- image? Please share.
PI am just a girl who loves her job (owning and styling at HUC!) and is pretty good at explaining hair to other people.
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