Passing the "Naturalista Torch" onto My Daughters

Yolanda Renee and her daughters, Taylor and Sylar - @etcblogmag


TEACHING MY DAUGHTERS HOW TO CARE FOR THEIR NATURAL HAIR

When you see a beautiful, smart, brown girl rocking her unique natural hair, what comes to mind? Most people would admire the craftsmanship and wonder, “How did her Mommy create that style?” Right? When styling my girls’ hair I ask myself pretty much the same question- “How can I create my vision?” My thought process goes even a step further as I want the styling process to become a learning lesson for my girls. They can subconsciously learn about caring for their hair if I keep them involved.

 

My top advice for Mamas who are struggling with wash days + styling is,

ALWAYS SET TIME ASIDE TO PATIENTLY CARE FOR YOUR CHILDREN’S HAIR. " 
-Yolanda Renee

When you do not have strict time constraints you have more patience. PATIENCE is extremely important to make your child comfortable, less fussy, and willing to participate. And of course you have to make this learning process FUN!


Fun for Skylar is having the honor of spritzing her own strands with the water. Not only is she having fun with water but she also knows the importance of adding the purest form of moisture to her hair before layering on products.




Here are a few more ways you can include your little ones in the styling process:

 

 

ALLOW HER TO TWIST HER HAIR.

Taylor is really good at twists. I normally let her do a few to help Mommy out. She knows how to layer the products too. We used EDEN BodyWorks’ Hibiscus Honey collection for their twist out. The HAIR TONIC (LIQUID VITAMIN) and HYDRATION CUSTARD are a match made in natural hair heaven.

 

GIVE HER FREEDOM TO PICK OUT THE STYLE AND/OR ACCESSORIES.

Skylar is very particular about her hair. She normally likes to pick out the hairstyle and accessories she wants. For her look today she decided to wear this big white bow! You may think her style is just a twist out pulled into a puff but…


...we added flat twists in the back! We styled her hair using both the hair tonic and hydration custard by EDEN BodyWorks (Hibiscus Honey).

 

ASSIST WITH TAKEDOWN.

Every morning before school (when we have time) I allow my girls to assist with unraveling their twists and grooming their “baby hairs” aka “edges”. This also benefits us when I’m away from the home (traveling). I’m pretty sure their Dad appreciates this too!

As a Mother, it’s our duty to prepare our children to be amazing adults; and self-care is very important. It’s often overlooked because it seems so simple and we assume they will learn with time. Which is partially true; but in our ‘new naturalista world’ it’s not always so simple. As Mothers we are still learning the basics. So let’s give our daughters a head start and school them early! Remember...set time aside, have patience, get your daughter/son involved. And SLAY the styling process like you’re filming the next viral natural hair tutorial.

 

Keep up with Yolanda and her daughters on Instagram at @etcblogmag
Until next time!

2 comments

  • Yolanda, I am so glad you are teaching your girls how to care for their hair. My daughters are 10 and 13 and it is very important for me to make them independent in the care of their hair. A lot of kidswho watch our YouTube channel DiscoveringNatural look up to them as role model so proper education in terms of natural hair is important. So that when they go off to college, they will know what to do.

    DiscoveringNatural
  • Good job ladies

    Mary Brown

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