Growing Up Mixed Race & Yindi Curls Masterclasses


I haven’t ever really talked about my background here on my blog, I’ve only discussed my journey of relaxed hair to healthy curls, never really touching upon the origins of where my dislike for own hair really came from. So I thought now I’d like to share my growing up story….

I was born in Sheffield to a young white mum and no biological father in the picture (Literally, none. I have no idea what he looks like other than black). However, growing up I did a have a dad in my life and he was amazing, as was my mum. However, just like my mum, my dad was not black actually, no one I knew personally or in my family were black. My mum was understandably very clueless, she didn’t know how to care for my curly hair (as the typical story goes) but she tried her best and never tampered with my hair. This highlighted her lack of knowledge but also how she was too scared to even change my hair in case she did something wrong.

While I used to love playing with my mum’s hair, running my fingers through, I hated my own. If it wasn’t tied back it was frizzy, wild and full of knots! I didn’t feel beautiful and it was a painful reminder for me that I was different. There was nothing my mum could do, and no child should feel this way.


These are the years myself and my mum could have done with some access to education. We both didn’t know what we were doing and desperately needed somewhere where it was safe to be uneducated and understood. Something Yindi Curls provides in their monthly masterclasses. Founder Roxanne Wright recently contacted me and I instantly connected to her own personal story of family members struggling to manage their children’s different hair textures. The masterclasses will feature just to name a few:

live demonstrations untangling the science of afro hair, one to one talks with curly industry forerunners, hair mask making and a goodie bag oozing with a myriad of treats,

The masterclasses also give the opportunity to:

Lead to a wider discussion on identity and diversity for children and their caregivers, at a time when communities can appear somewhat divided. 

Growing up mixed race I didn’t quite fit in and my hair also helped to push me to the margins and made me stand out for all the wrong reasons. The masterclasses offer a space to discuss these issues that affect both parents and children.


Designed for parents and caregivers, people like my mum who didn’t have anyone to turn to, the masterclasses aim to promote positive hair care love and self-esteem, something I lacked as a child growing up, which led me to relax and damage my hair. This coincides with one of the main reasons why I started my blog, to create a platform of stories and reviews for younger people with curly hair to connect and gain knowledge. Yindi Curls provides a ‘Curl College’ through these monthly masterclasses that also provide a platform to share stories and knowledge.

The masterclasses are launching in June with tickets now on sale!  It is so important for parents and caregivers to receive support when nurturing children, and giving them the confidence to do so. I will be attending and I am so so excited! For more information on the masterclasses check out the website: Yindi Curls


Did you grow up mixed race? or have difficulty as a child managing your textured hair? Share your story with me & leave a comment!


*This is a sponsored blog post, however, all opinions and ideas are my own.

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  • Bradley says:

    Hi Emma

    Hope you are well. My name is Bradley Lincoln. I run an organisation call Mix-d (pronounced – mixed).

    Yindi curls said you would be a good person to contact.

    I’m developing a product call Mix-d: Hair. It is a unisex haircare product specifically formulated for mixed and curly hair.

    The product is launched in August. We are in the process of building a new site and would be delighted if you would consider writing a blog for us?

    We can discuss in more detail if you are free to chat but well done, for getting your information out there. It is needed.

    Let me know if you are free. You can get me on:

    Hope to speak soon.


  • Betty says:

    Growing up in the uk with Afro curly hair isnt easy whether your parent are white or black.I know because l hated my Afro hair and my parents are black Africans. Uk is a white dominated society ,straight hair rules. Curly hair of any kind is treated like it is damage.I learnt in hairdressing school that curly hair is damage hair in the learn 2000s. the book actually said that.

    The hatred of curly hair is just a by product of racism.Britain not ready to deal with race. And you hear from white women who have curly hair and there family all have straight hair .that they hatred there hair too. Lorraine massey from the curly girl method wrote about it

    Many women with straight hair have no ideal how to deal with curly hair. If your going to make kids with curly hair people who should learn how to do there hair.
    But there lots of black women who cant cornow and just get a kid relaxer for there kid. My mum is black and she use got us a curly perm at 7 as you couldnt be bother doing my and sister hair .She still didnt care for it.I think its lazier on alot of women part.
    So its not just because your mum was white. There many of black women who dont know how too do afro hair.Curly hair takes time styling and uk is time is money society .most people just dont have the time to style curly hair and are taught too hate the hair too.And the average white person does realise how long braiding and un braiding hair takes. There a lot of ignorance in white britain society about people of African descent whether there from Caribbean or Africa,lovely post though

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