Teacher Changes Student’s Unkempt Hair & Posts Pics To Facebook

Would you feel,”some kinda way” if your daughter’s teacher took it upon herself to change your child’s hair because her hair appeared unkempt?

What about if she posted before and after pics to her Facebook account?

There’s a picture (to the left, to the left…) going around the social media world right now of a young black girl who had her hair done (quite beautifully, I might add…) by her teacher in class because her hair had lint in it and it looked a bit uncared for.

It seems that the child’s teacher had her heart in the right place, she wanted the little girl to look good and feel good about herself.

She decided she would give the little girl a new “do” and brighten up her day. But if she had permission to do so or not is not very clear. And if she did have permission to do it, did she also have permission to post pics of the child on social media?

I’d think that would be more than a little bit embarrassing for the parents, even if they were happy about the hair help. Check out the Facebook post below.

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teacher does black childs natural hair at school facebookI have serious doubts that the little girl’s parent would take kindly to the description of her hair when she entered class, even if the description was somewhat accurate. She writes:

So one of my students came to school today with he hair full of knots, lent [sic], and ridiculously tangled. It looked like it hand’t been touched the entire holiday break…so my classroom became a salon. The photo on the left is before and the right after . It just broke my heart so badly that I refused to let her leave school today the same way she came. When I finished she looked at herself and said “aww so pretty”…the beauty is that she is normally non-verbal. So now I’m crying lol. My day has been made!

Do you think this teacher was out-of-line or just being a good-hearted helper to the child that couldn’t resist doing something nice?

I personally think she did a nice thing out of kindness when she did the girls hair, BUT, if she didn’t have permission she still was out-of-line. Even so, it was nice for the little girl, and probably very embarrassing to the parents.

Especially after it went viral on the net. At least the teacher didn’t show the girl’s face though.

In the end, the teacher should not be villianized for her actions, but she may want to be more conscious of her boundaries with other people’s children. And maybe the girl’s parents will be more conscious of getting the lint out of that baby’s hair before she goes into public.

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UPDATE! 11:45 AM 1/11/2015

Although we still have not heard anything from the parents, one woman is claiming to know the teacher and be a part of her Facebook group. She claims that the teacher had permission to do the girl’s hair as well as post pics of it online. This is just one woman’s claim, so take it for what it’s worth.

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What do you think about this situation? Comment below.

Teaching Little Black Girls To Show Their Hair Love & Care

On wash day, you can give her a small section of her hair (in the front so that she can see in the mirror) to help wash and detangle. This is a great way to teach her the basics of how to do it. As she grows older, you can add more hair for her to do. Eventually, she’ll be able to do her whole head!


Editor’s Note: black girl hair
Shaunic Jay writes on one of the most important aspects of having the next generation of black women love their own hair, that’s teaching young girls to care for their natural hair. Note, I didn’t say cover up their natural hair or chemically change their hair, but CARE for it. It’s critically important that these little girls understand that their hair is a gift from God and that they can keep it beautiful, healthy and growing with some tender, loving care. Here are some article highlights:

  • Start early teaching her what to do at bath and bed time.
  • As early as 5 or 6, you can start teaching her to moisturize her hair depending on the thickness and/length of her hair.
  • Let her help wash and detangle her hair on wash day.

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