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Complete Guide to Ethnic Mixed Race & Afro Dolls in the UK

Why do Afro dolls matter to our mixed kids?

It’s a message that can’t come early enough. Kids as young as 3 notice race, and they quickly become aware that race or colour is given meaning in our world. Princesses, featured in books and movies, our kids’ teachers, role models, ballerinas and royalty. All white and straight haired.

In a 1940s experiment, African-American children given the choice between white and black afro dolls overwhelmingly chose the white doll and assigned it the more positive character traits. The study has been replicated over the decades with other minority kids and similar results.

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Two weeks ago one of my children received a doll. With black skin. A beautiful ballet dancer afro doll complete with a tutu and pointed toes. My other daughter looked at it and turned her face saying, “I don’t like it”.

I knew why.

We concentrated a lot on my oldest to make sure she grew up with a healthy sense of who she is/ was, where she came from so that she is proud of both the skin colours that make up her being.

We neglected our middle daughter, perhaps thinking it would sink in by osmosis. But, we were wrong. It doesn’t. We’re up against it.

ALL of her teachers are white. Her friends all seem to be white (not that there isn’t a healthy mix of diversity in her classroom but she’s purposely… or not- it’s too early to tell- chosen out her few friends from amongst the bluest eyes and blondest hair).

Despite being surrounded by cousins and grandparents, Aunties and Uncles who are all a dark chocolate complexion. Not to mention her most influential male, her most devoted dad who she is so close to, is brown skinned.

And yet, there it was. Is it a phase that children go through, I wonder? Because she certainly has a healthy circle of diversity surrounding her. Was it to shock us?

Of course I went into a whole tirade of reasons why what she said was unreasonable and unfair and ‘what if someone doesn’t like you because of your skin colour?’ etc etc. My husband told me to relax.

I spoke to her about it later reminding her about all of the people around her who have dark skin. And one by one, she made exceptions. Realising afterwards that she didn’t actually dislike everyone with dark skin.

The fact that she wanted to. That she’s been unconsciously cultivating this preference towards lighter skin is alarming but also scary to think how easy racial bias creeps in.

How early should we start?

Experts recommend that parents buy ethnic or afro dolls from birth as one way to surround daughters and sons with positive images from the outset. When introducing afro dolls later on, you don’t need a big speech about the doll’s ethnicity, though. Just let their imagination run wild.

So here you go. It’s all here, your go-to guide to buying the perfect ethnic afro dolls for your kids craving diversity in their lives. From dolls to figurines, Hispanic, Chinese, Mixed Race to African, it’s all here. And the best part? You don’t need to order from across the pond! Click on the picture direct to purchase from a UK retailer.

 

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Curly Hair Biracial Boys Haircuts & Styles

Mixed.Up.Mama recently featured easy hairstyles for curly mixed race girls but didn’t dare leave out the boys! There’s not as much readily available featuring ideas for curly hair biracial boys haircuts to inspire new and creative hairstyles . So we thought we’d do a bit of research hoping to inspire you.

We found fades, cornrows, afros, top knots, shaves and more. Curly hair doesn’t have to (and can’t be just be) just left to air dry and go. (Read more about styling curly hair). It needs moisturising, finger combing and definition. It is a new era for curly biracial boys haircuts  so don’t let those boys & toddlers go out without a cool hairstyle! Get some inspiration from the below and send us your favourite curly biracial boy hairstyles for your mixed kids. Get styling!

For more where this came from, visit the Mixed.Up.Mama pinterest page featuring more curly biracial boy haircuts & styles.


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Simple Curly Mixed Race Hairstyles for Biracial Girls

Looking for simple, easy curly mixed race hairstyles?

I can admit I’m not one of those Mums who spends a tonne of time on my biracial daughters’ mixed race hairstyles. (I don’t spend a tonne of time on my hair either but that’s beside the point).

But with three mixed race, multiracial girls, all approaching the age where they want nice ‘do’s’ and not just the simple pony tail to which I’ve been known to resort, I needed to boost my repertoire. (For ideas for boys, click here!)

I needed to find quick and easy creative curly mixed race hairstyles for my girls that I could do once every few days and keep it fresh looking.

Short of watching Youtube videos for days on how to cornrow intricate designs into my daughters’ mixed race hair, I have scoured the internet to find easy up dos for mixed race or biracial curly haired girls. The below should hopefully be inspiring and easy-ish to get done either the night before or at least a few days before as part of your routine.

A key theme you might notice is that some of these do require the ability to cornrow. I can braid. I’ve even upgraded to french braids. So slowly, slowly… I will soon be able to cornrow. *** Update! I can cornrow now! I’ve even started it on each of my girls!

If you can cornrow already, AMAZING! Keep it up! And if you are learning like me, take these easy do’s as inspiration to keep on trying. In the meantime, try these ideas for simple curly mixed race hairstyles and let us know if you have any other inspiration so we can feature it on the page!

Disclaimer: I haven’t actually tried all of these hair styles but I have tried variations of most and in the interest of sharing ideas, I’d love it if you could feedback your experience trying any of these.

Visit the Mixed Up Mama Pinterest page for even more inspiration!


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