April 18, 2012
This blog post is dedicated to all the little girls with curly hair. As mom to a young girl of African descent I have had many discussions about hair. When she first went to school, my daughter soon began asking questions about blonde and straight hair. We talked at length about the differences between her best friends hair (blonde, straight , unbraided) and her hair ( curly, black and braided). I have always taught her that hair comes in many, many varieties. This fact means that there are many different ways people will style their hair. My daughter can now admire many different styles without any envy that her hair is not exactly the same. This makes me happy.
Last year I came across a great article about creating an Afro for Barbie. I was pleasantly surprised because I have never seen a fashion doll with really curly hair. Even way back when in the ’60s when Afros where high fashion in the African-American community. (Yes I was the little girl way back then LOL)
The “hair prep” steps needed for this Afro creation were pretty simple….twirl the hair, curl it up on pipe cleaners and dip in really hot water.
When I posed this project to my fashion doll lovin’ daughter she jumped for joy -” Yes” she squealed to my delight. So together we worked to twist up the doll’s hair and curled it on pipe cleaners. It was a very bonding experience to teach my daughter to get the twists nice and smooth. “Girl stuff” my husband noted — To which my dear daughter smiled and said Yes it is!! ( Gotta love the Girl Power there)
We were able to complete the style but we did not get a true Afro – maybe because her hair was so long. My daughter loves the increased texture so all is well in the land of “lil Duafe” which makes me smile and oh soooo happy to be in the mommy “hood”.
How have you explained hair differences to the little girls in your life? Have you received questions or statements of envy for another childs hair or styles?
Here is a link to the tutorial for how give fashion dolls an Afro