Since having a daughter, I’ve given a lot of thought to how we as a society define beauty. Traditionally, beauty is related to being a certain size or having certain features, but those aren’t the lessons or the definitions of beauty that I want to teach my daughter, Layla. So when I read about the Dove™ #LoveYourHair campaign, it struck a chord with me. I wanted to partner with them to share their message about how being unique, real, and authentic to oneself is true beauty!
Now I’ve struggled with my own insecurities, believe me. I’ve overanalyzed my nose in the mirror. (Shouldn’t it be skinnier and more dainty-like?!) I’ve struggled with my weight and size. (If I juuuust lost 10 pounds…) I’ve changed my hair color about a million times, and I’ve even wished for curls or naturally straight hair. (My waves can be such a pain! Never straight and never pretty curls!) Yep, I’ve thought these negative thoughts countless times. But I don’t want to pass on my insecurities to my daughter.
A study completed by Dove™ found that 82% of girls learn to care about themselves from their mother. Being a positive role model is one of my greatest, most-important tasks as a mom! I’m responsible for modeling confidence and positivity so that hopefully she’ll have it as well.
I want Layla to embrace her uniqueness. She is Hispanic, African American, and Caucasian. She has her mother’s big brown eyes and her father’s curly hair. She is sensitive, sweet, and kind. And I want her to love all of those things about herself!
People constantly stop us to compliment Layla’s hair, and I hope sees and owns that beauty as she ages. One of the ways that I’m trying to encourage that is by telling her positive things about her hair. I also don’t pressure her to style it in any particular way. Dove™ Hair found that 8 in 10 women feel pressured to wear their hair a certain way, many beginning at a young age. Isn’t that crazy?
I try to focus on embracing her natural curl and texture, letting her curls shine. Often times, she doesn’t want to wear her hair up, so I don’t fight it. Our goal is to celebrate her beautiful hair now so that she will embrace it and love it in the future.
As a mom, I want my daughter to feel confident about her hair and her beauty. I don’t want for it to be a source of anxiety, and I love that Dove™ is spreading that message as well. Let’s join together to expand the definition of beauty. We can all be role models to inspire hair and beauty confidence!
If you have a daughter, tell her why you love her hair and inspire her to do the same by creating and sharing a custom #LoveYourHair animated message with @Dove: http://bit.ly/2hpIjL1
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dove™.