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.