This post is sponsored by Dove and brought to you by The Motherhood so I could share the Love Your Hair campaign with you. All opinions in this blog are my own.
I remember the early days of my hair relationship. Those silly, early days spent eschewing my natural curls while swooning over The Wonder Years‘ Winnie Cooper’s super-straight strands. There was no end to the straightening-iron torture to which I’d subject my locks. Sadly, so sadly, I carried this sleek-straight style obsession too far into my adult years until…until I grew up a bit, had my own daughter with curly ringlets, saw how gorgeous she was, and finally realized: curly hair is an AWESOME thing!
Friends, after I finally put my hot iron down and gave my straightening serum a rest, my eyes were opened to the wild, very crazy, idea that maybe, just maybe, curls were meant to be embraced vs. tamed into submission.
That’s where Dove Hair comes into play. With the Love Your Hair campaign at LoveYourHair.Dove.com, Dove Hair is committed to broadening the definition of beautiful hair and ensuring that hair is a source of confidence, not anxiety for both women and girls. As in, instead of agonizing over non-sleek locks, we curly gals should enjoy our natural curliness and (get this!) enjoy it!
To nurture this healthy attitude with my own daughter, I’ve been careful to firmly voice positive appreciation for her gorgeous curls. As of yet, she fully agrees that her naturally curly hair is beautiful (score!), and I’ll work hard to keep it exactly this way. And thanks to resources such as Dove Hair’s LoveYourHair.Dove.com website, I’ll have help celebrating our natural curliness. The site is designed to create a conversation with mothers on the hows and whys of sharing hair positivity with their daughters. Visitors can also share and personalize their own mother/daughter #LoveYourHair photos with fun texts and images.
While we’re on this “Love Your Hair” mission, what is important to know?
- The depiction of what “beautiful hair” is traditionally thought to look like is so very limited. Earlier this year, Dove Hair found that 8 in 10 women feel pressure to wear their hair a certain way. And these pressures? Sadly begin at an early age.
- As Dove Hair believes, a positive role model can have a huge impact on a girl’s confidence. In fact, a recent Dove study found that 82% of girls learn to care about themselves from their mother. Time to step up to the plate, moms!
- So what is our role as moms? As a mother, you have a powerful influence to make a difference and help ensure your daughter grows up with confidence. Take time to enjoy and compliment your daughter’s hair now–so she’ll love her hair in the future.
So what do I want to say to my daughter?
The thing is, we have a small slice of time with our young daughters. Let’s embrace it (while tossing our flatirons in the trash!) and give them a hefty dose of self-confidence with the uber-important message: love your hair!!
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