When my friend Rachel sent me this Dove commercial I’m not sure she realized how much it would hit home for me. Take 3 minutes to watch the commercial and come back. I’ll wait. Promise.
This was me as a child.
I hated my hair. I couldn’t get through the grocery store without old ladies touching my head. I prayed and prayed as a little girl that God would make my hair go straight. I saw the other girls with their flat, smooth, long, flowy hair and thought that was beautiful. No matter what people told me growing up, I had it stuck in my head that long and straight was beautiful.
This is my daughter.
We can’t get through the grocery store without people mentioning her hair. Thankfully they don’t touch it. A few have and it’s as awkward as I remember it.
I used to straighten my hair everyday. Pregnancy decided to mess with my hair and left me with stick straight front pieces and super curly back pieces. I have to make the choice daily, straighten the rest or curl the front. Since my daughter started saying she wanted straight hair like mommy, I decided to curl it more.
Cue Rachel. She sent me the Dove commercial and asked me to photograph her chopping her hair. Her beautiful daughter was saying the same things my daughter was. She saw her mom who had chemically straightened her hair for twenty years. She wanted straight hair like her mommy. It was then Rachel realized she couldn’t tell her daughter how beautiful natural hair was, yet continue to straighten her own curls. So she began the process of letting the curls come back and to stop the straightening process.
I was more than honored to photograph the hair cut. Two of Rachel’s sisters were there to do the cutting. They let Rachel’s daughter do the first few cuts.
(I’m bummed I didn’t get a better before shot of Rachel, but here she is on the far right, her daughter in the middle.)
Gorgeous! Rachel is gorgeous and not just with the short hair. What a beautiful thing she is not only teaching, but showing her daughter.