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celebrating curly girls {slide-up braid tut}

When my daughter, Savannah, was 2ish, her curls started to form and I was thrilled.  She has enviable ringlets that receive compliments daily, but even still, at 8 she often wishes her hair was straight.  A recent survey found only 4 in 10 little girls with curly hair think their hair is beautiful, which is pretty staggering.  In a modern society that already has our girls second guessing their looks and bodies, celebrating curls is an easy and necessary way to boost confidence.

#LoveYourCurls curly hair girls

Curly hair tends to be more difficult to take care of, which is my daughters biggest complaint.  She absolutely has to wash it every day because she wakes up with a bird’s nest every morning.  Skip one day and she starts to develop dreadlocks, which in turn create need for a painful detangling process.  Brushing is almost always a struggle – sometimes to the point of tears for both of us.  Post shower rituals require leave-in creams, curl enhancers and scrunching… long, curly hair is work!

#LoveYourCurls curly hair little girls

High maintenance as it sounds, curly hair is quite the opposite when it comes to styling.  Straight out of the shower my daughter’s hair is beautiful and ready for the day.  Curls are a built in style and don’t even require fancy braids and updos – though they are totally still feasible.  I love this part of being a mom of a curly girl! Curls are a morning time-saver.

#LoveYourCurls curly hair girls

My daughter doesn’t like her hair messed with much so we tend to keep the hairstyles simple.  I don’t think she knows how lucky she is yet with this mane of beautiful ready-to-go curls! The one detail she does like added is the scrunched braid or the slide-up braid, which is super easy and I have a photo tutorial for you guys! Simply braid, hold onto the middle piece and slide up the other two pieces, clip.  That’s it!

#LoveYourCurls slide braid tutorial

Using the right products is important with curly hair as it needs lightweight yet rich moisture to keep curls springy and soft.  For everyday, my daughter has been using the new Dove Hair Quench Absolute products that claim to produce 4x more defined curls.  The shampoo cleanses and strengthens hair gently as to not get in the way of the curl, and the conditioner absorbs easily, leaving behind soft, manageable curls.  Conditioner is so key.  A conditioner that doesn’t thoroughly moisturize hair leads to painful tangles, so I’m really loving this Dove Quench Absolute Ultra Nourishing Conditioner right now.

#LoveYourCurls

After every shower, Savannah puts in the Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum, a leave-in conditioner that helps with detangling and nourishment.  Use it on wet or dry hair, though we haven’t it tried it on dry yet, for the softest, bounciest curls.  Once a week, I have her deep conditioner her hair with the Absolute Intensive Restoration Mask, which delivers intense hydration.  Curls are well maintained with these new Dove products which are infused with protein, nutrients and Buriti Oil for a silky smooth finish.

#LoveYourCurls

Only 10% of women in the U.S. with curly hair feel proud of their hair yet 1 in 3 women in the U.S. have curly hair.  That is a lot of women who are not confident with their natural hair! The Dove Hair Love Your Curls campaign is addressing this issue and encouraging us all to love our own hair and pass that onto newer generations.  Written by best-selling author, Taiye Selasi, the Love Your Curls book of poems is based on real women and their relationship with their curly hair.  Totally inspirational, if you have curly kids, you have to download the free e-book.  You can even have it personalized in word and in watercolor photo!  See mine here for Savannah!

 

 

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14 Comments

  1. D'Lauren KITE
    September 1, 2015 at 5:55 pm — Reply

    EVERGREEN RESIDENCE
    225 NO EVERGREEN ST,”
    MAY I TELL YOU A SHORT STORY: Thank You….my hair has
    been straight–perfectly straight, for 80 years…..wearing my hair
    short–gradually a light wave appeared — suddenly, ever so softly,
    curls happen. I would like to use Dove products.
    Hardly a day goes by without someone (older men/women)
    compliment me on my hair. I am 85 years old now and loving
    my hair. D’Lauren Kite
    mtnkite3@gmail.com

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