Only 4 in 10 curly haired girls think their hair is beautiful. I grew up as one of the 6 who did not. This is my hair story.
As a kid, my mother didn’t know what to do with my hair. Dark brown with a hint of red in the sun, my hair was curly, tempermental and prone to changing with the weather and humidity. I knew my mothers definition of beauty was a more “polished” or finished appearance and my unruly locks never fit that description.
Like both my kids, I was a peach-fuzz haired baby but when I started elementary school and all my friends had pig tails, braids and hair down their backs – my mom chopped mine off. And by chopped, I really mean – chopped. I grew up hating my hair, hating seeing photos of myself, just being generally unhappy with my appearance because of it.
My mom was a great mom and loved me, but she didn’t know how to care for my curly hair, what to do with it, how to make it work. So I grew up with a long line of bad hair cuts and a mild phobia of the hair dresser. There are very few photos of me from this time period.
Once I had my kids, I vowed I would not let my personal style and appearance preferences take hold like they did for my mother. I also keep a strict eye on when my mom takes my daughter to the hairdresser and enforce a “trims only” rule and thankfully all is well on that front! I also learned to embrace my curls, to love them!
My daughter has lighter hair that is thin and has gentle waves. My son has my same curls but with the same lighter hue like his sister. I not only love their hair, but I celebrate it for what it is. Today, in my world, I no longer crave that pin straight hair and bangs that my childhood friends had. I’ve found that my hair the way it is represents me for who I am and I love it!
Do you have a child with curly hair? The best way to show them to love their curls is to love your own! If you have straight hair, don’t focus on one being “better” or preferred but show your child that their uniqueness is an asset, and not a negative! Dove has launched their new “Love Your Curls” campaign to do just that- to teach girls to love their curls and to inspire women to embrace them!
A great way to celebrate curly hair is to accentuate it and to care for it. Finding the right hair products can make the world of a difference, especially when so many products on the market are made for straight hair!
I am in love with the new Dove Quench Absolute line of hair care products. My bathroom rotation of hair care products has been constantly changing as I searched for a product that fit my lifestyle and embraced my hair type. Smelling of warm brown sugar with hints of cocoa butter, the new Dove Absolute Quench is an island oasis for my curly hair!
Dove Quench Absolute provides 4 times more defined natural curls which are perfect for the 1 in 3 women that have curly hair today! The formulas, infused with protein, nutrients and Buriti Oil, provide a nourished, smooth finish.
Included in the line are Dove Quench Absolute Ultra Nourishing Shampoo (gently cleanses and nourishes curly hair, leaving it stronger and feeling soft and smooth), Dove Quench Absolute Ultra Nourishing Conditioner ( increases manageability of curls for a smooth finish while reviving and strengthening hair), Dove Quench Absolute Intensive Restoration Mask ( a rich, creamy formula that envelopes each curl to deliver intense nourishment for ultimate smoothness and hydration), and Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum. The Supreme Creme Serum is the first curl leave-in nourishing treatment made by Dove. I love how fast absorbing and lightweight it is! Containing high levels of glycerine to penetrate and nourish hair, you can use it on wet or dry hair and the results are fabulous! My curls looked more defined and my hair had more shine!
After using the new Dove Quench line for a few days, my 8 year old daughter came up to me, ran her little fingers through my hair and around a spiral ringlet.
“Mommy, your hair looks so nice! It’s so smooth and pretty!”
Hearing those words, getting that affirmation, knowing that she knows that curls or waves are beautiful too – that is what it is all about!
Want to learn to love your curls more? Or share the love with a friend that could use the encouragement? The new Love Your Curls book is a poetic tribute to those with curly locks and tells stories of real women like you and me. You can download this free e-book from Dove here. I love how you can personalize it before sending so that it is even more heart felt.
Love yourself and love your looks and show your daughters by example on how to love theirs. Loving your curls will teach young girls and your kids to love theirs. And having a positive self-confidence and sense of self is what it’s all about. I’m so happy to finally be comfortable with my own locks, and encourage you to be happy and proud of your curls too!
Disclosure: This post is a part of a sponsored campaign with The Motherhood and Dove. All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.