Happy Hair Institute is an upcoming non-profit extension of Mahogany Hair Revolution. Happy Hair Institute is comprised of training programs that focus on providing healthy hair education to parents, teens, and community organizations to not only promote hair growth in children and youth, but also help them build their self esteem.
Mahogany Babies, a program under Happy Hair Institute, is committed to providing educational seminars to parents in order to teach them how to nurture their child’s hair with healthy hair care practices. Not only are healthy hair care practices addressed, but unhealthy hair care practices are also discussed so that parents can identify which practices are more likely to lead to permanent hair loss in their children.
As a healthy hair care specialist and natural technician, Dr. Kari Williams focuses on teaching proper maintenance strategies for “at home” care. With a lifetime experience in grooming and styling textured hair, Dr. Kari encourages parents to learn how to care for their child’s strands now, so they will have a head full of healthy hair later in life.
Young children are constantly going through stages of developing their self-image. Because hair is a natural accessory; is used as a symbol of youth, femininity, and strength; is a representation of ethnicity, cultural practices, and religious beliefs; adorns our face and enhances our beauty, and because children hold on to these truths of what hair represents, a child’s hair has the power to potentially influence how he or she feels about their overall appearance. In addition, a child’s opinion of his or her own hair is heavily influenced by the adults in his or her life, who assist the child in developing a perception of him or herself, which may in turn, be shared with others.
Therefore, if and when a child’s hair is not properly groomed, it not only affects their self-image, but also can lead to scalp and hair problems. Once a child demonstrates early signs of hair damage and loss, it should raise great concern and be called to a professional’s attention. The parent, child, and hair care specialist should work together to bring about understanding of the causes of hair damage and/or loss and find a solution.