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Friday Frazzle: I Love My Hair! A Book Review of a Melanin Inspired Birthday Gift

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Hi everyone. Today’s Friday Frazzle is a book review for an amazing birthday gift Honeybee received on her 4th birthday. So, I am ALL about teaching my daughter to be comfortable in her skin and to embrace every beautiful part of her including her beautiful 4c hair. She knows that Mommy has a huge bag filled with wide tooth combs, leave in conditioner, shampoos, hair bands, etc. all for her hair. She sometimes asks me “Mommy, is my hair pretty” and even on the days it absolutely wants to be diva and not play, I assure her that her hair is indeed pretty.

That’s why I was so excited about the “Hair Training” episode from Sesame Street and the reason I was that much more excited at the book my cousin (Honeybee’s sitter) chose for Honeybee’s birthday. I Love My Hair! authored by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and illustrated by E. B. Lewis.

The book discusses how every evening a little girl names Keyana sits between her mother’s legs while her mother combs her hair and oils her scalp with coconut oil.  My Honeybee related immediately, especially the part where sometimes it may hurt when there is a snag or tangle.  (Incidentally, I love Shea Moisture Kids Extra-Moisturizer Detangler, Coconut & Hibiscus,)

 Keyana continues discussing all the ways she can wear her hair and how empowered and special she feels wearing it whether corn rowed or Afro flowing.  Her hair blends into this mystical world as she embraces her beauty and confident while her mother combs her hair.

I am so in love with this book and will continue to add it to my list of affirmations for my Honeybee.  My Honeybee loved it as well.  When she heard the little girl’s mother was combing her hair in the way I so often do hers, she would interrupt to compare her own experiences.  I highly recommend this book especially for little girls and boys with those beautiful coifs of heritage that can be so easily dismissed by others.

Have a great evening, guys!  I’ll be talking with you soon!


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