Oh, I know—every mother thinks this of her child. I don’t have a problem saying it out loud, though. I think we should be telling our babies—particularly our girls—that they’re beautiful. On the inside and the out. I have my reasons. The consistent and constant attack on black girl beauty being one of them. That’s the deeper meaning behind this post. The more simple one? My daughter, Mari, took two awesome self-portraits of herself on her iTouch and I couldn’t resist sharing my favorite. It’s so pretty. She’s so pretty. And she makes me happy. So there it is.
Aaaaand, in case you haven’t noticed, I have a new profile picture on the MyBrownBaby “About” page, of me with my (kinda) new hair. About two months ago, I chopped it all the way off. Just took the scissors to it and cut it from shoulder length down to a teeny weenie afro, about 3 inches long. See, last year, I made the mistake of getting my hair pressed by someone who didn’t know what the hell she was doing, and her over-processing made my kinky hair, which has been natural for more than a decade, bone straight. Like just-got-out-the-chair-with-a-Dr.-Miracle-relaxer straight. And after trying to hang on to the length and the natural for upwards of eight months, I got tired of seeing about 50 eleven textures and strangs laying all over my head and looking like I was rocking a nest that had been attacked by a bunch of angry birds.
So off it came.
And I couldn’t be happier.
Shout-out to CurlyNikki.com for being an AWESOME resource for natural girls; I spent, literally, an entire weekend on her site learning how to care for, style and be inspired by my new short ‘do, and learning, too, how to care for my little ladies’ locs and twists. Hands down, CurlyNikki.com is the best site EVER for natural hair care.
In the words of the incredible Heavy D: Be inspired!
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