Tuesday, December 7, 2010

"Mommy"... "you have hair like me!"

Joe-Hannah Louisma's little girl, Gianna, was teased at school because she didn't have long straight hair.  When Gianna came home to mom and dad, they both tried to reassure her that - she and her hair where beautiful. But Giana would look to her mom's permed hair and say I want hair like yours Mommy. This struck a nerve with JoAnna. So one day Joe-Hannah went to the salon and cut it all off.

Her daughter was there with her and was so delighted. The little girl said "You look beautiful Mommy. You have hair like me!" 

This is one great example of how we often teach better, through our actions,  instead of just words.  It is a beautiful message and I am so happy to see that the little girl in the end, talks about how much she loves her natural hair.

Rochelle Richie, how narrates this story for us, was told that she needed to get extensions in order to be and get ahead as a news reporter. She did it and saw her career grow, while wearing the hair extensions for 6 years. But as shown in the video below, she noticed how much damage the extensions caused her hair and just had enough. She cut her hair off and is proud to say that she loves her natural hair. And that she will be working as a reporter from now on with her natural hair.


  1. Thank you for sharing this. I hope you don't mind, but I posted the video to my facebook. I had a close friend of mine end her natural journey, because her husband kept dropping hints that he prefered relaxed hair. Her comment to me was, "I worked hard to get him, I have to work harder to keep him." I'm thankful I met my husband after I went natural, he loves me for me.

  2. I saw this last week and was sooooo moved by it! I agree with her....going natural is one of the four best decisions I have ever made in my life!

  3. WOW Madame Hercules Microlocs! I am sorry to hear that your friend feels like she has to compromise who she is to please her husband. But I am thankful to hear that you do have the support from your husband.

  4. Woow! This is sooooooo beautiful. So beautiful and inspirational. We need to liberate our mindsets (and those of people around us) because all this perception that natural african hair is ugly starts in the mind. Actions speak louder than words. Beautiful story.

  5. Karen Im so glad that u posted this link. I thought that her mother did an instrumental thing by cutting her hair

  6. Thank you for posting this article. I went natural because I wanted to be me and I experienced similar with my daughter.


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