Hey, my blessed naturals!
It is our job to help build our kids' self-esteem. This is especially the case when it comes to their natural hair. This is why I was happy when Curl Centric contacted me to do a review of their Curly Kids Coloring Book!
ISBN #: 10: 1500274542
Pages: The Curly Kids Coloring Book features 32 pages of curly cuties ready to be colored. Can you say all of that in one breath?
Content: The cute and curly characters in the Curly Kids Coloring Book are mermaids, princesses, dancers, and action heroes. Each little girl is rocking a different hairstyle. I love the different range of hairstyles. They include twists, puffs, TWAs, braids, extensions, updos, locs and more!
My Thoughts: The thing I really love about the Curly Kids Coloring Book besides the fact it promotes the love and appreciation for curly hair is that it can be used for parents who are looking for style choices for their curly girls. I even found a few styles I like for myself! LOL
Also, the fact the characters are super diverse is a major plus! I found 2 characters that favor my nieces, and I think a lot of little girls will also be able to see themselves in the Curly Kids Coloring Book characters. I also love the facial expressions and poses of the characters. The images can be very uplifting and empowering to kinky/curly girls.
Here is a statement from Curl Centric:
Those with naturally curly hair in the media tend to straighten it, leaving little girls without role models. The coloring book is designed to fill that void and offset the lack of representation. This is just the beginning however, and showing girls it's possible to have a curly haired princess or action hero will open them up to a world of possibilities for their own hair, many of which can be found on our website... - www.curlcentric.com
Meet the Curly Kids Coloring Book Author, Akira Byrd
I was excited to do an interview with the author of the Curly Kids Coloring Book, Akira Byrd who is also natural (of course)!
1BN: Please describe the moment you decided to create the Curly Kids Coloring Book?
AB: Well, the moment I decided to create The Curly Kids Coloring Book was the type of moment of having the pieces of the puzzle but not knowing exactly what the puzzle will be. It was only an idea. The idea was only a flicker spark of a bigger flame. To be honest, it was kind of scary because I didn't know how it was going to unfold. I knew it was going to be good. There was uncertainty because I'd never done anything like this before
1BN: Are the characters in the book based on any particular person(s)?
AB: The characters in the book are based on my daughters and inspired by my imagination, common hairstyles for hair with texture, and the illustrators' interpretation of it all.
|1BlessedNatural: Akira with stretched Afro puffs|
1BN: How long have you been natural?
AB: Oh my, my last relaxer was January 2007, and I big chopped early May 2008.
1BN: What is a typical wash day like for you?
AB: A typical day for me is cleanse, detangle, and condition in the shower. Then I add a styler, depending on the style I plan to wear. I'd generally wear a wash & go or twist about 8 chunky twist to let it dry.
AB: My first reaction was I don't have one. But then I reminded myself that whatever I do to [my] hair routinely, is my regimen. So here it is...My regimen is to lightly dampen my hair in the morning to hydrate and refresh the style. Lately, I've been wearing a wash & go, so I'd dampen it by wetting my hands and do the pull & stretch technique to "unpack" my shrunken hair.
After a few days I'd detangle and start over with cleansing, detangling, and conditioning or change my hairstyle.
1BN: What message do you have for other naturals?
AB: My message to other naturals is to look in the mirror and love what you see from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet... Your are beautiful, just the way you are!
There you have it, ladies and gentlemen! Be sure to get your copy of the Curly Kids Coloring Book, and let me know what you and your kids thought of it!
Are you going to get your copy of the Curly Kids Coloring Book?
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