“Hair Love,” the new animated short film written by Matthew A. Cherry, highlights the struggle that textured hair can present for children of color, and parents who may be unfamiliar with how to tame the coils. However, this film also signifies the express and patent hardship that children in the foster care system often contend with alone, and reaffirms The Look of Love’s argument that children in foster care often miss out on key points of guidance, including haircare, and are in dire need of the community’s support and compassion.
Here at The Look of Love, we proudly serve a diverse population of children and youth from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and provide free haircare services to foster children, homeless youth in search of employment, and free haircare training and consultations that supports foster parents and caregivers. However, it was our witness of the painful reality of little African American girls in foster care being sent to school with their hair uncombed, unmanaged, unwashed, for weeks and even months at a time, that inspired the founder to “gather her pennies” and create The Look of Love to address this need.
To learn more about The Look of Love and how you can join us in our efforts to support a greater number of children and youth in need, please visit our website www.thelol4kids.org/contact and drop us a line, or give us a call at 866-909-6066.
Also, be sure to check out the The New York Times article highlighting Mr. Cherry’s Hair Love, and of course, watch the film at a theater near you! https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/29/movies/hair-love.html