Hair Care

Lift Children Up Where They Belong

Celebrating a child’s beautiful textured hair is a need for every African American or multiracial child in care from the day they enter the system. For cultures and races gifted with naturally curly hair, hair is a visible source of cultural pride and identity. Caring for curly hair involves practice and expertise so a child feels proud and empowered. Having hair done by an invested adult is also a wonderful opportunity to show compassion, develop attachment, role model self-care, and boost self-esteem. Kids in care should not have to worry about their hair! Please reference our Talking About Race and Transracial Parenting pages for more resources.

"Long, short, natural, straightened, weaved, locked or braided -- hair is an important part of black identity. Lets face it, hair is an important part of everyone's identity." ~Angela Tucker, The Adopted Life

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Curly Hair Care Materials available in ORPARC's library, including Hair Books for Kids and Hooray for Hair Care Guide, developed by ORPARC

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