Yelitsa Jean-Charles' new doll helps children of color love their hair

WCPOPublished: January 8, 2018
Published: January 8, 2018

Until she was 20, Yelitsa Jean-Charles didn't know how to wear her hair. "I used to straighten it," Jean-Charles said. "I thought that made it prettier. I was always taught that the closer to European-style hair, the better… but you shouldn't have to feel that you have to straighten your hair. "You should love the hair you have." That experience helped the Over-the-Rhine resident when it came to creating her new startup, Healthy Roots, which makes dolls and storybooks designed to help teach natural hair care to young girls of color.

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