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A friend recently asked this simple question on her Facebook page, “You know that feeling when you’re in love, and you catch a glimpse of the object of your affection and you think, “Wow, that face is pure BEAUTY, and I’m so moved”? Have you ever looked into a mirror, gazed at your own face, and thought those thoughts?”
Confidence, self-acceptance, and self-love don’t come easily to a lot of women. I totally get it. It’s me. It’s me on a daily basis. I really try and around my kids I try even harder. So when’s the last time you told yourself that you were beautiful?
What about when it comes to your hair? Do you love it? Do you accept it? A recent study by Dove shows that 8 in 10 women feel pressure to wear their hair a certain way. For many, this is a pressure that comes at an early age. This is why I feel that it’s so important to remind my girls (and my son) how beautiful they are and their hair.
My 6-year-old LOVES her hair but she has had an important person in her life tell her she always had to wear her hair up in a ponytail. This is because her hair is very curly and “to prevent tangles, it should be up.” This baffled me and honestly, upset me. My young daughter started to only love her hair if it was in a ponytail. She would say she liked her hair if it was up, simply because this other person said that’s the way it had to be. It took me so long to make my daughter realize her hair is gorgeous in EVERY hair style and she can love her hair even if it was down.
My 12-year-old has opposite hair. Her hair is straight as a board and thin. She only feels confident when her hair is down. I’m not sure where this came from with her really but I can only remind her how beautiful she is even with her hair up, if that’s the way she wants to wear it.
Dove wants us all to inspire the girls in our lives to love their hair. I was excited to be on board with this campaign so I can spread this message and let you know how important it is for our girls to love every part of them, especially their hair. Dove 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
I encourage you to take a #LoveYourHair selfie with your daughter/niece/granddaughter/loved one!!! I think we all know that a positive role model can greatly impact one’s confidence. Dove found that 82% of girls learn to care about themselves from their mother. Celebrate the beauty of your daughter’s hair today–so she loves her hair tomorrow. Tell her why you love her hair and inspire her to do the same by creating and sharing a custom #LoveYourHair animated message with @Dove.