Why are we even discussing something so personal? Because the truth is many women do not love their hair or even themselves, for that matter, and a lot of that has to do with social media. Women are plastered everywhere being judged for their size, what they eat, what they wear and how their hair looks. It's disgusting how every facet of a woman's life can be shrunken down into her appearance.
Yes, this is the world we live in but we can rise above the hate, the ridicule and the self-doubt by accepting and loving who we are. This is why I'm so excited about being a part of the Dove's #loveyourhair campaign. Women of color have learned to not only hate their hair but to hide it, chemically alter it or be ashamed of it.
Dove, as they strive to make beauty a source of confidence and not anxiety, understands the needs of women of color and celebrates us by creating products that cultivate and nurture our natural strands. Feeling beautiful and loving my strands was hard when I first went natural because they were dry, dull and frizzy. It was hard to feel proud of my natural texture when it wasn't looking it's best.
I struggled with finding the right regimen and tools but as time went on, more brands came about to give my hair what it needed: moisture, natural ingredients and excellent formulas to keep my hair looking it's best.
That's why I am so excited to be working with Dove on their #LoveYourHair campaign and got to try their Dove Coconut & Hydration Collection for my hair. Dove Coconut & Hydration Shampoo and Dove Coconut & Hydration Conditioner help nourish and protect my hair from dryness and leaves my strands clean and revitalized all day. We are going on vacation in a few weeks and I have my Dove Coconut & Hydration Collection to keep my strands healthy and beautiful all week long without worry.
By showcasing all hair types, Dove is helping to dispel the myth that only one type of hair, texture, color and length is worth loving. All types of hair need to be loved and cared for.
So, I am loving my hair, using what it needs to stay healthy, frizz-free and moisturized and refusing to let anyone tell me how I need to rock it. It's all about loving every single solitary strand and thanks to Dove for working to change those limited standards on beauty and to empower more women to love their hair.
Dove is joining forces with these powerful voices in body confidence, Ariel Winter, Jeannette Kaplun, Franchesca Ramsey and Vanessa Van Edwards, to form a #SpeakBeautiful Squad to help the next generation navigate some of the most pressing issues facing girls on social media, including cyberbullying and body shaming, through tips and advice.
Visit to @Dove on Twitter to receive advice and exercises from the #SpeakBeautiful Squad on how to navigate the negativity on social media