It’s funny how people tend to want what they don’t have. I’ve always been envious of those with curly hair. It seemed so versatile and I loved the natural volume that was lacking in my bone straight hair. However, aside from a few perms in the late 80s and early 90s, curly hair and me were just not meant to be.
The Journey of Curly Hair Begins
When we had our daughter, I was so hoping she’d get some curls from Frans’ side. Munchkin came out with straight hair that would only get a slight wave when wet. It stayed that way until just recently. As soon as she hit puberty, her hair suddenly started to grow in curly! We noticed this about 1-1/2 years ago.
So, now, my daughter only has about 4-5 inches of curl and the rest is straight. When her hair is wet, she even gets a few ringlets here and there. When we were in Florida, the humidity made the curls go wild!
However, dealing with curly hair is not as easy as I had originally imagined it would be. Air-drying makes her hair frizz out like crazy, she often gets knots, and having various textures throughout has made it tough to figure out nice hairstyles. I really want her to like her curls but it’s been such a challenge since it’s all new to me too.
Dove Hair’s “Love Your Curls”
Apparently, the struggle to embrace curly hair is one that many face. Studies have found that only 4 out of 10 little girls think their curly hair beautiful and only 10% of women in the U.S. feel proud of their curls. That’s so sad! To encourage all women and girls to love their curls, Dove Hair has started a new “Love Your Curls” campaign. The aim is to help women to love their curly hair and pass that on that confidence to their daughters.
The Love Your Curls book is tribute to those with curly hair. Dove Hair was inspired by thousands of stories of real women and, together with author Taiye Selasi and illustrator Annick Poirier, created this lovely collection of poems. The intention is to “represent and inspire curly girls of all ages.” You can get the hard copy of Love Your Curls on Dove’s site, Amazon, or iTunes. Or, download the free e-book at http://promo.dove.us/loveyourcurls/. Online there is the option to personalize the story with your daughter’s name, photo, and other small details.
Dove Hair also offers a line specifically for curly hair. We only received the Dove Quench Absolute shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, and serum a couple of days ago but already my daughter’s hair looks better. She even feels comfortable enough to wear her hair down and curly versus just pulling it back in a braid like she usually does. Maybe with a little encouragement, we can help all little girls and women love their curls.
Do you and/or your daughter(s) love your/their curls?
Disclosure: Partnered post brought you by Dove Hair and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.