Building a Confident Girl with Tamara South

Being a girl in this world can be difficult. There is so much influence telling you that you don’t look right the way you are. While confidence-building begins at home, the world around us has influence on the way we think about ourselves. I can attest to feeling like a fish out of water. I wanted to stand out but the risk of being made fun of by my peers led me to opt for blending in with the crowd instead.

I had a low self-esteem not because of what was going on at home, but because of my peers. With a 4c hair type, wearing it out was not the “in-thing”. I wore a perm which helped stripped me of my identity. It actually wasn’t until I stopped getting perms that my confidence started to come back.

Growing up, I dreaded wash days. My hair was full of tangles and my grandmother would use a brush to get through my wet 4c hair( a natural hair disaster). Fast forwarding to the present, I’m so grateful for the natural hair community of women who have taught me how to love and not just live with my natural hair.

 

 

When I look at my daughter I see a girl full of confidence and potential and I want her to keep that confidence as she grows up. I believe it starts with how she feels about herself. I felt I had to mask my hair when I was younger, but I want my daughter to know she doesn’t have to.

There were few companies when I was growing up that were for young naturals, but companies like EDEN BodyWorks has been helping to make kids feel confident about their hair. They help them discover that their hair can be soft, manageable and tangle-free when given the right tools and nutrients. What I love about #EDENKids is that the products are free of petroleum, sodium sulfate and mineral oils. I also love that my daughter now looks at her hair and says, "I AM BEAUTIFUL."

 

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To keep up with Tamara, follow her on Instagram at @simply_t_nicole  and check out her personal blog simplytnicole.com
See you next week!

 


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