Being A Hair Role Model for Young African Girls

16 May 2011

Who's your hair role model? My hair role model is my mother. In a hundred pictures of her, you won't see her with the same hairstyle twice. She inspired me to be daring with my hair almost 20 years ago and I haven't looked back since.

I've had long hair and short hair, been straight and curly, been redhead and blonde (sometimes at the same time). Most recently, I had (dread) locs. Somewhere along the line, I decided that I wanted to have locs when my first child was born. You could say it was on my bucket list. Check! Done! Kids' born and I've taken down my locs. On to the next best hair thing; except this time it's different. This time I have two beautiful african american little girls who will be looking at me as their hair role model (at least until they start watching nickelodon or MTv).

I'm tempted to get a relaxer perm, but I don't want my daughters looking at me and wondering why their kinky hair is different from everybody else's straight tresses including their mom. I'm strongly tempted to go back to my locs, but I don't want them wanting to have locs like mommy until they're old enough to handle the social reparcussions. I could also leave my hair in its current natural state, but it lacks a neat, finished look and I don't want them to think it's ok to sport untidy looking hair.

So what to do? I don't know All I know is that my hair issues are no longer about me. I am now a hair role model and that's a hat I've never worn before - pun intended.

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