For many, hair is not the first thing on prospective parents' minds when they begin an adoption process. However, 40% of adopted children are of a different race, culture, or ethnicity than both of their adoptive parents, making haircare a hot topic among the adoption community. To help address this issue, organizations such as The Ardythe and Gale Sayers Center for African American Adoption at the Cradle (or the Sayers Center for short) provide future adoptive parents with cultural awareness to assist non-black parents with the cultural differences between themselves and their new children.Again this year and for the past seven years, PuffCuff will donate $1 to the Sayers Center for every Puffcuff purchased in celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month. Adoption is very close to our hearts, and you can read more about our founder's personal adoption story here. The PuffCuff is an excellent headache free alternative to elastic bands. Ideal for children or adults seeking a solution to hair damage and tension caused by elastic bands or hair ties.
We hear countless stories of adoptive parents unfamiliar with how to care for their adoptive child's curly or coily hair. These parents often feel curly hair is "hard to do" or "difficult," perpetuating untrue stigmas against curly hair. As a parent, our responsibility is to learn to care for children's hair. It is upsetting to see parents let their child's hair become matted, tangled, and damaged from improper care or just plain lack of know-how. Adoptive parents must address these antiquated baseless beliefs and instead adjust their thinking. That there are simply new rules to be learned when handling textured hair. Otherwise, we risk impacting a child's confidence in their appearance and hindering their ability to take care of their hair.
Here are some shining examples of adoptive parents who get it right! For instance, YouTuber Christy Giro went viral after sharing her go-to protective styles for her adopted child. During the video, she explains the unique characteristics of her daughter's type 4 hair and the reason behind her styling choices to teach other adoptive parents how to properly care for their little one's crown.
Tamekia Swint is another individual tackling this issue with her Black Hair School, Styles 4 Kidz, which teaches adoptive mothers how to care for their Black children's hair. Tamekia saw the positive impact of adoptive parents but knew that many needed help learning about their child's hair. Styles 4 Kidz empowers both parents AND adoptive children by teaching transracial families about the importance hair holds within the African American community so that adoptive parents can make their children know they are beautiful.
« Black hair School for adoptive moms » It matters pic.twitter.com/I7wRcnimy3— afro hair stan account (@Beautesafro) May 19, 2019
For parents concerned about high tension styles that cause headaches and damage their child's delicate curls, the PuffCuff is a parent-favorite and a child-friendly tool for quick, lasting, and painless child styles.
Depending on your child's hair density, a TEENY, MICRO, or MINI are quick styling tools for curly hair. One puff, two puffs, three puffs, or four, use PuffCuffs to eliminate the headaches and hair breakage caused by elastic bands. Shop our entire collection of PuffCuff sizes and color options HERE, and $1 of every PuffCuff purchase will go to supporting The Sayer's Center's excellent adoption work.