Learning to Love Your Curls from a Young Age: Priceless
Years ago when I first started exclusively taking curly haired clients, my rule of thumb for age of clients was over 12 years old. Twelve felt like the age where girls are more in charge of their own self-care and they would therefore benefit from knowing how to care for their curls, and also around that time they want to learn about how to care for their hair. Then I met Isabella’s Mom. After hearing her heartfelt story and plea for help, curl girls of ANY age became welcome in my salon. (How I would have loved a curl specialist when I was growing up!)
BEFORE: After a full day at daycare, Isabella’s hair was unmanageable.
Here is Isabella’s Story:
Her mother was desperate. Her heart was aching for her beautiful daughter, who was already suffering from low self-esteem. Tears, tantrums, and conflicts at bathtime were just the start of Isabella and her Mom’s issues. At only six years old, Isabella would cry about her hair. Comparing it to that of her straight-haired friends, she felt that her waist-length curly hair was inferior. Not only did she lack confidence in her hair, but her frustrations with it led her to low self-esteem in general. My reputation for being competent at cutting curly hair but also passionate about caring for it was what had drawn Isabella’s Mom to reach out. What she didn’t know, was that never before I had I taken a client so young.
Her story touched me and struck very close to home. I couldn’t help but reflect back on my own hair as a child. I remember how “un-pretty” I felt during adolescence, and I realized how much a girl’s hair is tied to her self-esteem. It didn’t take much for me to make up my mind: while I had never had such a young client before, I became passionate about helping curly girls of ANY age. I welcomed Isabella and her Mom into my salon.
Isabella’s appointment with me was transformational for us both. She learned how to “plop”, “pineapple”, and detangle her hair and how to rock her curls with confidence, and she left with a gorgeous cut that preserved the length and made her curls shine. I learned the true value of helping young girls learn to love the hair they were born with. Both of us left that appointment changed. Her Mom says that Isabella quickly learned to embrace her uniqueness and accept her authentic self. What a thing to be able to do at such a young age! How many women do you know, curly hair or not, who struggle with that very concept?
AFTER: Soft, defined curls that are easier to care for and style
To the curly haired woman read this blog, you need to know something very important: You are unique and wonderfully made, and there is no one else in the world like you. If you have frizz, it’s just a curl waiting to happen!
I have become passionate about helping young girls and women of all ages realize this. Not only have I built a business around this very message, but I live and breathe curly hair education for anyone who will listen.
If you’re interested in helping the little curly girl in your life, there is help on the way. I would love to help your little one be proud of who she is and embrace her curls from the start. You can download my ‘Style Your Curls With Confidence‘ online course and get the help that you need…there tons of information there how to care for little ones curls, as well as how to help your young teen learn to to turn their frizz into beautiful waves and curls.
If you live in the Kingston, Ontario, Canada area, or are willing to travel, I’d be happy to have your little curly girl in my chair. You can book into my online calendar here.