Rochelle Humes back to rocking her natural curls for this heartbreaking reason

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Rochelle Humes has described her four-year-old daughter, Alaia-Mai, as her “hair idol”

TV presenter Rochelle Humes has returned to wearing her natural curls after a heartbreaking comment from her young daughter.

Humes, 28, was stunned when her four-year-old daughter Alaia-Mai, whom she shares with husband Marvin Humes, said she dislikes her curly hair as it doesn’t resemble the straight tresses often seen on Disney princesses.

Using the hashtag #GoingBackToMyRoots in an Instagram post, Humes wrote on 13 December: “My four year old little girl Alaia has been telling me for a while that she doesn’t like her curly hair, at first (as us Mums do) I didn’t think it was a big deal. Once I realised this wasn’t a phase I asked her why she didn’t like her curls.”

The Saturdays singer admitted: “It broke my heart when she told me it was because she didn’t look like a Princess, and I quote ‘I don’t Mummy because Elsa and Rapunzel have long straight hair’.

“It then dawned on me that maybe this issue started closer to home because, all she has ever known is her Mummy to style her hair straight, when in fact mine is naturally curly too. So moving forward into the New Year I’ve decided to finally embrace everything that make me ME. She is already over the moon that we have ‘matching hair’!!”

#GoingBackToMyRoots 🌀My four year old little girl Alaia has been telling me for a while that she doesn’t like her curly hair, at first (as us Mums do) I didn’t think it was a big deal. Once I realised this wasn’t a phase I asked her why she didn’t like her curls. It broke my heart when she told me it was because she didn’t look like a Princess, and I quote “I don’t Mummy because Elsa and Rapunzel have long straight hair”. It then dawned on me that maybe this issue started closer to home because, all she has ever known is her Mummy to style her hair straight, when in fact mine is naturally curly too. So moving forward into the New Year I’ve decided to finally embrace everything that make me ME. She is already over the moon that we have ‘matching hair’!! My curls are a far cry from what they used to be but, I’m hoping with less heat and a little TLC they will come back to life. So this is for you Alaia-Mai, Mummy’s hair IDOL 🌀👸🏽

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Alongside the Instagram message, Humes posted a photo of her fresh and free mane of brunette curls, adding: “My curls are a far cry from what they used to be but, I’m hoping with less heat and a little TLC they will come back to life. So this is for you Alaia-Mai, Mummy’s hair IDOL.”

The revelation comes just a couple of days after Humes shared an image of the back of Alaia’s curly hair while being washed in the bath. The caption read: “On Sundays we sort our curls. I often get lots of messages asking how I look after my little ones hair, I’ll be sharing my tips very soon.”

Humes’ message is a reminder of how impressionable young children are by what they watch on TV and the range – or lack thereof – of people they interact with at school. At four-years-old, Alaia is clearly not old enough to understand that her natural hair is beautiful and, actually, so many people would love to have thick, bold curls just like hers.

On Sundays we sort our curls 🌀I often get lots of messages asking how I look after my little ones hair, I’ll be sharing my tips very soon 👸🏽🌀

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Fortunately, Humes was able to identify that embracing her own natural beauty will serve well in showing Alaia that no one should have to conform to look ‘acceptable’. It also plays into the debate about how women of colour – Humes is mixed race – should style their hair.

Bottom line is, if you want to straighten your hair, wear weave, wig or colour, it is well within your prerogative to do so. However, it should be for the right reasons – because it makes you feel comfortable personally, not because wearing it straighter will make you fit into wider – or white – society.

Likewise, if you want to wear your natural afro, that’s fine too. But it shouldn’t be used as a weapon to say that women of colour who wear a wig aren’t proud of who they are.

Hopefully, Humes will teach Alaia that there is no so-called right way to wear her hair but, ultimately, there is also nothing wrong with her gorgeous little curls either.

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