There is a Transracial Adoption group here in the Salt Lake Valley, and last night a bunch of us got together for a "Hair Night" where we exchanged tips and ideas for dealing with our daughters' hair. There was one lady there who had 11 children. 4 were biological and the rest she had adopted from Ethiopia 18 months ago as a sibiling group. Her oldest is Dibabe, pronounced "dee bobby", and is 17. Dibabe offered to cornrow Tana's hair and I quickly agreed. She asked me what I wanted done and, puzzled, I replied, "Cornrows?"
"Yes, but how?" she asked again. And I knew I was out of my depth.
"Just do whatever you want to do." I told her. I got a big smile for that one!
Tana did a great job of sitting through it. I had to hold her, but she only got upset when Dibabe did the braids at her temples and the nape of her neck. And Tana loves the clicking of her beads when she shakes her head. I love that this cost me $30 instead of the $100+ it would cost at a salon!
5 years ago