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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