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All About the Hair

Hair is a big deal.

We talk about it a lot at Adoption Mosaic, behind the scenes, on the blog, in The Adoption Constellation magazine, and in our workshop African American Hair Care. Whether we like it or not, hair matters.

Here is an interesting perspective from Workshop for Beginners blog, the author is a white adoptive mother of an Ethiopian boy. Here is a quote, but go read the entire post. It’s worth it.

From the post:

“…the truth is, the kids I see who happen to have loose, big hair tend to have mothers like me.  Moms who aren’t Black.

And that, well, that just didn’t sit so well with me.  That general ignoring of culture.  Of ethnicity.

I mean- who am I, the one who happens to be begging for ideas on how to make sure my son grows up knowing how to be Black, if I happen to kick aside words such as those quoted above?  To be ignoring the words of the woman in the merkato?  To be shoving aside the opinions of African American women and Ethiopian American women who happen to live all around me?  Who am I if I ignore these women because I, the European American, want my kid to have big, wild hair… because I think it looks cute and it’s so awesome and isn’t it incredible and so deserving of celebration?”


African American Hair Care Videos

Here are a couple videos of an adoptive mother caring for her African American daughter’s hair. “Katelynylyn” has her own channel on YouTube with several step by step videos on hair care and styles. Twists, cornrows, criss-cross cornrows, box braids, yarn extensions, piggy back braids, hair care products and more are included.

The following is a video on how to do cornrows:

On box braids: