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brown heroes

As you have read in the previous blog of Anna and me, I have started to look at the phenomenon of 'hair' very differently since I have two South African children. Especially because of my daughter, Anna, a whole new world has opened up for me. I saw and felt what it is like to be continuously addressed about your skin color.

Anne with Frizzy hair

As you have read in Anna and me's previous blog, I have started to look at the phenomenon of 'hair' very differently since we have two South African children. Especially because of my daughter, Anna, a whole new world has opened up for me. I see and feel what it is like to be constantly addressed about your skin color. Partly through our travels to South Africa, through Mireille's company and through documentaries such as Chris Rock's ('Good hair'), I discovered how important hair can be for self-image and identity formation. Anna is vain, so that certainly applies to her. So work to do for me. Because I'm white. I have thin, blond, curly hair with which only 1 hairstyle is possible.. So much for my creative hair experience...

But with a few nice hairstyles you are not there yet, I have now discovered. Because our children both have their moments that they want to be 'white too'. Because we are white, because white seems to be the norm, and because classmates sometimes say they don't like brown. It's no surprise that white seems to be the norm. With all the white, blond examples in Dutch children's books, films and magazines. Few positive examples are available to them. That may sound silly, but I never really thought about it. Until I had two brown children, who are not always proud of their origin and appearance. My husband and I have started to look at the world more from their perspective. That perspective isn't always fun. But at the same time it has been an important eye-opener. And eye-openers are always good. I am grateful for that.

So we are always looking for Dutch children's books and children's films with brown children and brown heroes in the lead. It's not easy to find. So if you have any other tips, please let me know!

Here we at least share our harvest with you:
Abbie (TV series available on DVD)
Max and his suitcase, Glynis Terborg
Princess Arabella, Mylo Freeman
Your color, my color, Mylo Freeman

Little Lucky Lolo (written in English), Adrian Varkel

From whom we have been getting many eye-openers for a long time is my sister-in-law Anousha Nzume. It started with her solo performance 'Island'. I share a very nice song of her with you.

Since this month we have another hero and inspiration: Lupita Nyong'o. What a beautiful speech she loved beauty.

Also this month Anna and I are sharing a haircut. In the photo you can see which haircut I made with Anna.

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If you've never braided before, just do the twists. You will find a video about twists here .

Important for the mothers who have never twisted or braided: wash the hair, use a moisturizer (not too much!) like the Hair Milk or the No More Knots from the Frizzy Hair WebShop and divide the hair into 8 parts. Comb out part by part. Make each part a kind of big twist by twisting two strands of hair around each other and secure it. Then you twist part by part. It's best to start at the bottom.

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For the braided boxes I found a handy video about ´cris cross braiding'.
You braid the squares first. When you're done braiding, twist the end. Then make loose twists from the rest of the hair.

Do you have any tips for me to make the braiding tighter (I can't get that right yet)? Gladly! :-)

I wish you good luck and fun with your beautiful children's hair!