I am so delighted to work with Dove Hair on their #LoveYourHair campaign, not only because I have used their products ever since I am a little girl, starting with their skincare products, and probably every deodorant they have in the market (I swear by their deodorant, and will not travel anywhere without packing at least 2 of them), but because I love the empowering messages they always send to us women and the next generations of women to come. Which is why I (as you can imagine) I was so excited when I received the email, inviting me to be part of this beautiful and inspiring campaign. When it comes to my hair I have always considered myself lucky, I have inherited my dad’s Georgian thick and wavy hair, it is not fully straight nor completely wavy, and it took me a while to understand that it is a combination of beauty, but I have always loved it. Wherever I went as a little girl I remember my hair being the center of attention and people would always comment on it and honestly not much has changed it is still a conversation that pops up whenever I am with girlfriends or in other social circles, we always somehow end up discussing our hair.
As a little girl I had long hair and my mother would braid it in all different types of styles, she would never cut it, and it was dark blonde until I was probably 10, and suddenly it changed into a dark brown. As my teenage years approached I decided to go back to my early childhood blonde days, and ever since I have been hooked, there were times where I thought I should go back to my natural color because I should be proud of it, and not hide it with a “fake” color as that is a message I kept hearing from people, but with the years I have come to love it and feel it is more natural to me than any other color I have tried (including my natural dark brown). I love the light it brings to my skin, and how it makes my green eyes stand out more, so why should I care if some people call it fake? We are constantly told what the norm of beautiful hair is or should be and at times it might be challenging to silence those messages, but I believe we all have our own norm of beautiful hair, nobody should tell us women what is or isn’t beautiful to us. The way we choose to wear our hair is a personal statement, and a powerful one to each one of us, which is why I think we should treat it with kindness and love, just as we do to our body and skin. I never realized how much my hair meant to me, until after my pregnancy when I started losing a lot of my hair, it was dry and dull no matter what products I used, and it took forever to grow back to what it was. In a way I felt like I wasn’t myself because my hair had completely changed, I suddenly felt like I was robbed of something so natural to me, which might seem dramatic to some or not as important as other issues, but that is how it felt to me in that moment.
That is why Dove’s #LoveYourHair campaign is so close to my heart, I love the mission and message behind it which is to make every woman feel good about her hair and love it no matter what color, texture or style they choose for themselves. To show the love I have for my strands, I have partnered with Dove Hair on their Pinterest campaign so I can share with you all my favorite hairstyles to wear all year round, you can see my braided top knot, long wavy bun, and Brigitte Bardot inspired hair! All of this is on their Mermaid Hair Goals board, so make sure you check it out! Dove’s #LoveYourHair message is loud and clear, if you love your natural hair without blowouts or extensions in your natural color, own it and show it, and if you have curly hair and love to straighten it, or if you are Asian and wanna go blonde, go for it! Nobody should tell us what is right or wrong about how we wear our hair, it is all about how we feel wearing it the way we love it. Check out Dove Hair’s short film, where women share the societal pressures they face for choosing a certain color or style, with Dove Hair’s message that it is time to celebrate all types of hair and broaden the definition of beautiful hair by celebrating all the types of hair. I hope each one of you will celebrate their beautiful hair no matter how you choose to wear it!