Sesame Street's 'I Love My Hair' - Positive Affirmations for Little Girls
Regardless of ethnic background or age, many women have some sort of gripe with their hair. Comedian Chris Rock, an unexpected advocate for healthy beauty, hones in on African-American hair and the African American beauty industry in his documentary, Good Hair. Other women subject their tresses to keratin treatments, sometimes laced with toxic formaldehyde, or chemical straighteners and relaxers in an attempt to transform their locks. While the percentage of natural blondes is extremely low (unless we're talking about Northern Europe), many women subject their hair to toxic highlights and dyes in attempt to join the lighter-locked ladies who "have more fun." One of the most popular articles this past weekend in the New York Times asked "Why Can't Middle-Aged Women Have Long Hair?"
Sesame Street, however, is acting as peace-maker in the long battle between women and their hair. Stacy Malkan, author of Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry, tipped us off to this adorable video in which positive affirmations are used to help toddler girls learn to love their locks. Could this be the start of a new era in the relationship between women and their hair?
Colleen Wachob is Co-Founder and Co-CEO at mindbodygreen. She graduated from Stanford University with degrees in international relations and Spanish, and spent 10 years working at Fortune 500 companies including Gap, Walmart, and Amazon. Wachob lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, mbg Founder and Co-CEO Jason Wachob and their two daughters, Ellie and Grace.