Little Girls with Weave
Sorry about my lack of posts lately, you know how life gets… Anyways, I’m sure you are wondering what’s up with the topic. I mentor for big brothers and big sisters and every Tuesday I have lunch with my little sister who is 10 in the 5th grade. She’s such a cutie. Every time I go into the cafeteria I see a handful of cute little girls, little black girls, under the age of 10, with weave in their heads! Not weave for cornrows or braids, but full on weave ponytails and tracks! The first time I saw this I was shocked and instantly thought bad things about the mother of that poor child. I thought how could she subject that poor baby to that mess? Why would you do that to a child?
3 year old getting a sew in for a beauty pageant
Then, I thought about why a mother would do that?! Maybe she doesn’t have time to do the little girls hair. Or doesn’t know how to handle her hair. The mother probably does the same thing to her hair as well and that’s all she knows. Maybe the mother just needs educated on how to properly handle hair? I’m not sure what the reason is behind it, but all I know is that it needs to stop. Once the girl is an appropriate age, she can decide what to do with her hair. But under the age of 16, there needs to be no extra pieces in her head unless she has braids. As little black girls we already have enough hair issues as it is, then if you add weave into it, it just makes the situation worse in my opinion. The little girl might feel like her hair is too ugly to wear out and develop a complex. Then it’s just down hill from there. Mothers, embrace your little girls hair. Tell her it’s beautiful and tell her she’s beautiful. Find different styles (whether her hair is permed or natural) that she likes.
That positive affirmation will go a long way in building her self-esteem and when she runs into the inevitable teenage hair issues every girl goes through.