Monday, November 22, 2010

Childrens Hair Care - Part 1

I have been making some very pointed statements in chats recently in regards to childrens hair care. A couple of people misunderstood my stance, I should begin by saying I am a teacher. I have spent years viewing many tiny heads of hair. Teachers like social workers and doctors sometimes see the worst of what society has to offer.

I have seen many happy, healthy heads of hair atop well-adjusted minds. I believe that this is a result of their upbringing, the example set by their mother, the language used in reference to them and their hair.

I have also seen the opposite:

-bald/thinning hair in girls under 5
-weave/braids attached to bald/thinning hair
-hair broken off to TWA length at age 4
-all manner of negative comments made within ear shot of the child (her hair is just so nappy..)
-comparison made to other children hair in front of child ( I wish she had hair like that girls.)
-relaxing hair as soon as possible after scalp trauma ( like rash or skin infection)
-hair pulled with extreme tension
-extreme dryness
-relaxed children insulting natural children
-long hair children insulting short hair children

I know some of this is done in ignorance and some in neglect but it doesn't make me ( or the child) feel any better. So if you catch me on a chat sounding a little preach-y about caring for children's hair please remember I probably saw some ignorant perversion of hair care that week.


Daree said...

Children's attitudes about their heads start with us. If there's any doubt they should either follow you around in schools, or check out an eye-opening episode of Tyra I saw last year: Grown women of Black and bi-racial children went toe-to-toe with audience members trying to defend why they relax their 3 y.o.'s hair and why the girls wear Hannah Montana wigs (not just for fun either).

TheSistahChick said...

Excellent post! We have years of history to erase from our minds and we have got to start redefining our beauty for ourselves and for our girls. Thank you for bringing light to it and PREACH!


TNelly said...

great post and preach - folks need to hear it!

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