Reading and commenting in Carol'sblog about Zoe's hair had a lot of thoughts circling through my
mind right now. Okay for those of you who are clueless in what I'm talking about; Carola is a known
figure in Sweden. She recently adopted and became a proud mama for a truly pretty little girl.
The toddlers name is Zoe she just turned 3 three years old and is adopted from South Africa.
While scrolling through Carolas blog my attention got drawn to these pictures of Zoe getting her hair
done.They got me very irritated! What I reacted on wasn’t the fact that she was getting her hair done,
it was more about on that hair style Carola decided to put on for that little girl;
COME ON she is three years old!
I mean Is it really okay to braid in this much hair in such a small child, is it even acceptable to put
hair extensions on such a small children. I think it´s totally inappropriate! This has caused many
strong reactions among many others, well with good reason. Then of course there are other people
who consider it okay because the little girl is black, implicating that the use of extensions on small
children’s belongs to the African culture. And there for it´s not a big deal. How can someone even
justify this by claiming that she is black and therefore it´s okay? Come on, we blacks knows that our
hair requires a lot of job. And wish black girl could ever forget all the times and hours our mamas
have put on doing our hair. I remember sometimes sitting either with a smile on my face because I
loved what she was doing, fixing the style I loved, or I could be crying because it was painful or
while getting the style I hated.
I´ve never seen a black mama putting this much hair on a three year old girl. And to
say that black parents do this with their little ones, I think it´s damn offensive, since
many of them are working hard to take care of their child's hair in a dignified manner.
A similar discussion has gone around in the U.S. about Angelina Jolie's daughter Zahara.
Taking care of curly, afro textured hair is not hard, but it requires a lot of work, if you know
what you are doing. By following some simple guidelines taking care of your daughter’s
hair can be a pain free and pleasant experience.
A more common way to use hairpieces on toddlers is for cornrow braids.
My personal opinion is that our black babies should not have to be treated differently simply
because they are black. Sure, there are certainly some black parents experimenting on their babies head,
putting on weaves, braids, sew in and going as far as relaxing their small kids hair, who are apparently
too young for it. Just because they are acting irresponsible doesn’t make it right! These parents, as well
as Carola should learn more about their children’s afro hair. And most of all learn how treat and
love their children's natural curls. This is not a cultural thing, since kids in Africa barely us
hairpieces like that. It´s more an western countries thing. A way of imitating the caucasion
kids hair, learning our kids to crave for something they was not born with. And
For the same reason we use relaxer on our hair to get that bouncing and sleek feeling.
Don’t get it twisted people, i´m not saying that we shouldn’t braid our girl’s hair, but keep in mind
what’s appropriate putting on a little kids head. You don’t see a Caucasian kid having extension to fill up
their thin hair. I’m just saying, no matter what the hair texture your daughter may have she is a special
unique human being. Help her always remember that by caring for her hair in a way that makes her happy
and teach her in an early stage to feel proud with the hair she was given.
Come on Carola Zoe's is three years old, give her a
What´s your opinion?
Is it ok to put on this much hair on a 3 year old toddler? For what reasons,
she is too small to take care of it, and it´s surely not at protective hairstyle fit for a kid.