Today’s post has been sponsored by Dove. My expressed opinions for the love you hair campaign are my own.
When I first found out that the baby growing inside my belly was going to be a girl, I was beyond excited. Especially since she would be my fourth and last child. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my three boys to pieces but having a little girl, I just knew that my life would change.
Before my daughter Autumn was born, I use to envy other moms who had daughters. In the back of my mind, I wanted a little girl so bad. I couldn’t wait to put little bows and pigtails in her hair and to dress her up in fancy pink or purple dresses with sparkly shoes. I guess you can say after having three boys, I was ready for all the glitz and glamor a little princess brings. Throughout my pregnancy, I often wondered what would she look like. Would she look like me or her dad? I especially wondered about her hair. If she would have hair like mine or inherit curly hair from her father’s side of the family. Either way, I would love her endlessly.
Being a mother of four children and two of them being twin boys, I bet that you can only imagine how spoiled and loved she is. For being the youngest child and our only daughter, my husband and I absolutely adore her. She truly makes me a proud mum.
As for Autumn, she brightens up my day with her infectious smile and confidence that she shows. For only being 7 years old, she already displays an interest in beauty by taking care of her hair.
I’ve given it much thought on how society recognizes beauty. -And for the most part, I would have to disagree.
For me, beauty comes within. It begins with having confidence in yourself. -And without a doubt, don’t compare yourself to others no matter how you look or what size you are. It doesn’t matter if your hair is curly, straight, brown or blonde, we’re all unique.
-And, that’s actually how I want to raise my daughter in thinking. So when I heard about the Dove™ Love Your Hair campaign, I couldn’t wait to share their message how being unique and true to yourself, is the real definition of beauty.
For myself, I struggle with my own insecurities. Between those ugly wrinkles under my eyes to my now visible gray hairs. Is it not easy getting older is it? Now don’t get me wrong, I love my super long semi-straight dark brown hair but it can also be a pain to take care of since I have these curly waves that never seem to go straight when I want them too. -And even with my own flaws now, I still don’t want my daughter to see that I have less confidence in my appearance.
Did you know that during a case study, Dove™ found that 82% of girls have learned about taking care of themselves from their mother? I strongly believe that it’s true because as being a mother to Autumn, is one of my best gifts in my life that I can give to her. Being the best, positive role model to my daughter. When it comes down to it, I wouldn’t want it any other way.
As Autumn gets older, I want her to embrace her imperfections and to know that her beauty is her own! Being that she is African-American and Caucasian makes her unique. She is smart, cheerful, and has a beauty soul inside and out. -And those are some the things that I want her to embrace about herself.
Autumn has hair that I absolutely love and wish I had. In the summer, her golden blonde highlights come shining through those loose soft curls. Others have said that her hair resembles “Brazilian hair”. Her beautiful locks of curls are admired by those who greet her.
She always gets creative when it comes to doing her own hair. Even although I don’t pressure her to style her hair every day, she still loves to look in the mirror after she has finished. Did you know that Dove™ found that 8 in every 10 women feel pressured to wear their hair a certain way or style it like others do? Some, have even started feeling this way since they were young. Can you believe that? I sure do.
Usually, Autumn will brush her hair before school and place a barrette or hair clip in her hair. Trust me at her age, I don’t fight it. She’s independent and knows actually how she likes her hair. But, there are those days that I still need to remind her about the importance of taking care of her hair too.
As her mom, I want her to feel beautiful and confident about her hair. One of the things that I don’t want to see happen is having her worry or become anxious about it. I love that Dove™ is spreading this message as well. Join me with expanding this heartfelt message about beauty and hair.
If you have a daughter or know someone who does, tell her why that you love her hair. Embark on this beauty journey and inspire her to do the same by creating and sharing a custom #LoveYourHair animated message with Dove (LoveYourHair.Dove.com).
So tell me, what do you love about your daughter’s hair?