News 2018-05-14T17:26:35+00:00

Be Uniquely Natural, Beautiful, & You With Vanessa’s Essence Natural Hair Care – MaseTV

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There are now a growing population of natural-based hair care products on the beauty market, but not many that also share a message of self-love with each purchase.

Introducing, Vanessa’s Essence Natural Hair Care is a brand new line of hair care products with organic and natural ingredients for all hair types.

Not just a natural haircare company, but one with a mission as Vanessa’s Essence Natural Hair Care works to deliver an inspirational message of self-love and acceptance for young girls as well as an anti-bullying message for helping girls with self-esteem and confidence.

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Update: African-American girl won’t face expulsion over ‘natural hair’- clickorlando

In 2013, 12-year-old Vanessa VanDyke told Local 6 that

Vanessa VanDyke said she was given one week to decide to whether cut her hair or leave Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, a school she’s been going to since the third grade.

But for now, she and her mother do not plan to change her hair because it is part of the 12-year-old’s identity. But her natural hair style comes with a cost. “It says that I’m unique,” said VanDyke. “First of all, it’s puffy and I like it that way. I know people will tease me about it because it’s not straight. I don’t fit in.” VanDyke said that first the teasing from other students, but now, school leaders seem to be singling her out for her appearance.

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Build Self Esteem and Confidence With a Natural and Organic Hair Care Line – Vanessa’s Essence

Today I’m gonna start my blog post off with a little story, so grab you something to drink, sit tight and read on.  As a child, I absolutely hated my hair, among other things that most girls are not very happy with on their bodies.  I developed my woman parts earlier than most so they stuck out and I had to use a bra before other girls did, my hair was difficult to manage and to top it all off – I came from a family that lived paycheck to paycheck, struggling to make ends meet.  Growing up was a challenge, as it is for most girls – but for me, I not only dealt with bullying, but I had to fight for my right to be who I am.  I later realized that I needed to truly love myself in order for others to see who I was and that bullying (while wrong and a terrible thing for anyone to go through), happens more times than not.  My story (the very short version of it) was shared with you today because it offers me a connection between my life and that of Vanessa’s Essence.  This natural and organic hair care line was was developed by a mother who reacted to her child Vanessa’s experience of being bullied and she was inspired to do something positive for other girls.  The gap in availability of natural hair care products for girls can be a challenge to find and the companies goal is to not only encourage young girls to love themselves and be who they are naturally, but to also stop the bullying by starting conversations that raise awareness of the serious consequences of bullying.  Today – I share with you Vanessa’s Essence.

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#HappyAfroDay(For Vanessa)

Vanessa Van Dyke’s hair is GLORIOUS. It is puffy, fluffy and everything. Lucky for her (and for those of us wise enough to appreciate the sight of a free Black child wearing free Black hair), her parents have encouraged her to rock her bush with pride. So it is particularly infuriating—and heartbreaking—to know that officials at Faith Christian Academy in Orlando threatened the 12-year-old with expulsion if she refuses to “cut and shape” her natural. Though the school has relented, likely due to the national attention that followed a report by local news channel WKMG, we are still disheartened to know that there are people out there sending our children such horrible messages about the hair that grows out of their heads.

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Florida School Threatens to Expel African-American Girl for Wearing Natural Hair

According to ClickOrlando, Vanessa VanDyke, 12, is facing expulsion after being bullied over her natural hair.

VanDyke says that she informed administrators at Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, Florida that students were bullying her over her natural hair; in response school officials deemed her hair a “distraction.”

Vanessa, who has worn her hair natural all year long, says it only became an issue once she complained about being teased.

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Bullied girl tries to build others’ self-esteem

School leaders at Faith Christian Academy in Orlando had threatened to expel Van Dyke if she did not change her hair, a threat they later rescinded, allowing her to return to school.

But she said the bullying continued.

“I tried to tell myself that I didn’t need to pay attention to them, but at the same time I was paying attention to them,” Van Dyke said.

Van Dyke’s mother told Local 6 the bullying got worse.

“She started hurting herself,” said Sabrina Kent. “Self harming.”

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Janelle Harris sounds off on the Vanessa VanDyke hair controversy, discusses the responsibility of school administrators to promote self-love in Black children.

You know what lunacy is? Lunacy is telling young Black girls to love themselves, embrace who they are, celebrate their unique individuality…and then beating them down when they attempt to do just that.

You know what irony is? Irony is a Christian school—a Christian school—handing a 12-year-old the ultimatum to either alter the natural hair the good Lord gave her or face expulsion from the educational institution she’s been attending since the third grade.

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Kontrol Beauty Blowouts!

Vanessa’s Essence Natural Hair Care offers a line of natural hair care products for young girls to enhance their beautiful afro-textured, wavy, curly, and coily hair, while also, empowering them to embrace their essence.

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The Essence of Staying Beautiful

Love humectants. If the climate where you live is moderate – not too humid or too dry – your spring weather products should now include humectants. These will help keep your hair lovely and moisturized. So change up your hair care products and try something new.
Use less product. That’s right go light on everything – light on clothes, light on products. Switch out some of your heavy oils and creams for products that are lightweight but powerful.

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Outstanding Young People Making a Difference to Stop Bullying

At 13, Vanessa was teased by other kids because she wore her curly hair natural, without any products or treatment. She was told that her hair was a “distraction” and that she needed to style it differently.

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Kids Making a Difference: Anti-Bullying

Vanessa Van Dyke, 13, a native of Florida, was teased because she wore her hair “natural.” The stigma of being different today has become more of a challenge than ever before and peer pressure among children often makes a child feel less than they are when they don’t follow the trends.

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Poem for Vanessa

Just wrote this poem called “Hair Care” dedicated to 12 year old Vanessa VanDyke from Orlando Fl who is facing expulsion from her school because her beautiful big hair is “a distraction” !!!! 😡👊 #idontbelieve #letsembraceeochothersdifferences #humanity #huglife ✌

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EBONY Declares Today #NationalAfroDay In Honor Of Vanessa Van Dyke

Earlier this week, we fell in love with 12-year-old badass Vanessa Van Dyke (and her supportive momma!) for not letting her private school enforce racist beauty standards on her hair. The Orlando, Florida, student complained about bullying from students over her Afro and school administrators responded by demanding that Vanessa straighten or cut her Black hair or face expulsion.

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