Who says a mother of sons can't instill an appreciation for natural hair in her boys? As a mother of 3 sons (one almost 20) I realize boys of all ages with short hair, long hair, and in between, loc'd or loose can benefit from learning to build a natural hair care regimen and an appreciation for natural hair products. Now that I've decided to keep my hair in its natural state all the time, my sons are learning how to care for their hair as well. They love the smell of the products I use, aside from some of the Ayurveda powders, (smiling).
I decided to let my youngest sons hair grow at his request about a month ago. He's currently rockin' a small fro with a taper fade. I co-wash his fro, towel dry and spray my Knot Today and water mixture in his hair, then add my oil mixture of EVOO, Castor, lavender, and rosemary essentials. He tells me how much he loves the smell and how soft his hair feels. Even at 5 years old he is learning and building an appreciation for his Afro textured hair!
|That's his endorsement smile!|
I don't know too many teenage boys who put EVOO in their hair, but I'm sure glad mine does. I'm even teaching him some of the natural hair lingo.
If you wished you had a daughter to share your journey with, don't be discouraged. Share it with your son. Teach him about your hair and his. This will ensure when he grows up, he will love another black woman as she is meant to be, relaxer free, and embracing her natural self. Everything my children have learned and continue to learn as being positive or negative, has come from their parents. Our views inadvertently pass on to them and they inherit those same views. As natural mothers we can help change the distorted views many black men have about natural hair and give their support, understanding, and respect to natural hair girls and women . By setting the example I will reverse the negative "good hair" myth by encouraging truth, that all healthy natural hair is good hair!