As we go through this natural hair journey we often try to remember that our growth and acceptance of our hair is just as difficult for our little girls as well.
As much as we see them daily and talk with them and hope that our good values rub off on them they are faced with so much on their own, whether at school or at church or any social setting they might be in.
It is important as moms to find creative ways to give our girls the tools they need to be confident and strong and ‘ok’ with who they are as individuals.
I do not know if you heard the story of a 27yr old mom of two who created a gorgeous brown doll whose hair was so versatile and natural, it could do twist outs, braid outs, wash and go’s and any other style she would create in her own daughters hair.
Angelica Sweeting said she wanted to create the doll when she realized that the market for dolls in the stores did not look like her girls.
To be fair we have seen some growth in the market where small businesses are starting to create dolls that look like little brown girls but still in the big box stores they just aren’t available.
Ms. Sweeting admitted that her girls had a collection of dolls all of which were fair skinned with glossy long hair and by age 3 her eldest child little Sophia wanted to know why her hair was not long and straight like the dolls she had.
‘My daughter Sophia was not happy with her kinks and curls because of the doll I was putting in her hands every day,’ Ms Sweeting told Buzzfeed.
‘Sophia wanted long straight hair, and she even started expressing a strong dislike for her facial features and skin tone.
‘At first, my husband and I considered burning every doll [Sophia] ever owned. But that wasn’t the answer and we didn’t want to shut her out from the world.’
So what do you do when you see your daughter getting the wrong idea about who she is and realizing she does not have something she can relate to? Well you make something; you create something that she can love, appreciate and identify with.
And just like that the Angelica doll was born: