"Braiding Barbara's Hair"

I know that teaching my daughter to love her hair is important for her racial identity. But the braids don't always come easily to me.

Barbara’s hair is deep black, like the velvet edges of a monarch butterfly’s wings. Each strand curls around, like her never-ending questions. Together, the strands gather into tiny, soft springs. Then they weave in and out, hiding their ends and beginnings. When I became a parent, it was the idea of fixing this hair that intimidated me the most. During our initial exploration of adoption, my husband and I read Inside Transracial Adoption. The significance of black hair care is ...

As the white mother of an African American daughter, I learned more than I ever could’ve imagined about hair.


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