For Parents With Children of All Ethnicities
Healthy Ethnic Hair and Skin Care Training Classes
B Beautiful Children's Foundation for Ethnic Hair and Skin teaches adoptive and foster-care parents, and agencies how to care for the hair and skin of bi-racial, ethnic, African American, Native American, Latino, and Hispanic children.
   
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Barbette R. Woodall
Founder - President
P.O. Box 13007
Salem OR 97309

 
 
 

 
B Beautiful-Children's Foundation For Ethnic Hair and Skin is recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN 80-0514597, making all donations tax deductible. As a charitable corporation, exempt from income tax, we are required to file the form 990 with the Federal Government, and all financial information is presented in accordance with IRS regulations.
 

 

 
 

Ethnic Hair and Skin Have Different Requirements For Good Health

Share Your Story About Ethnic Hair and Skin Challenges

Age-appropriate ethnic hairstyles good quality, healthy ethnic hair-care

Everyone has something valuable they can share with others through their own experiences. Your voice can be heard.

In an effort to help people share info on the importance of hair and skincare for ethnic children, we invite parents, foster and adoptive parents, former foster-care children, adopted ethnic children, anyone with a story to tell about dealing with ethnic hair and skincare issues, please email us your experience so we can consider posting your story to our website to share.   EMAIL US

Cody Reddekopp's Story

I was born in Salem Oregon in 1993. My mother is German and my father African-American-Egyptian. It all began when I was taken from my mother at the age of nine, and sent to Georgia to live with an aunt. Attending school at Loyed elementary, I was surrounded by a broad variety ethnicities and this is where I was introduced to the idea of the hairstyle known as waves.  I was so interested in this style of hair I saved up my allowance received for doing chores around the house, and bought a du-rag and grease. After purchasing these things, my aunt who was in the army at the time, was being transferred somewhere else, and I could not go with her, which resulted in me being sent back to Oregon to live.

Somewhere in the transition I lost a lot of items, including the du-rag and grease. Then when I arrived at the DHS branch near the fairgrounds, there was a lady waiting in the lobby for me. When we meet; she was all nice and kind, but that act soon started to fade. We left the DHS office heading to Mill City, where her and husband and 7 other kids lived. We finally got to the house, which was up on a mountain. When we walked in my foster parent introduced me to everyone. I remember one of the first things I heard one of the kids say. I believe it was “hide the chicken”. I was confused as to why he would say that even though there was no chicken. I didn't think much of the commit at the time.

It took about 2-3 days before I was able to go to school. During this time the husband of the house had me doing chores such as the dishes and vacuuming. The other foster children would arrive back at around 3pm. It was mandatory that we kids did chores right when we got home from school.  When we played tag or hiding, the other kids would always tell where I was hiding.  After about a week I was fed up with it. So I confronted the kids about these actions towards me. All they replied with was “I don't know” which to this day, makes me think they were raised wrong in their early childhood; that or they really just didn't like me. Anyways, I decided to take this problem to the foster parents.

After I explained all that was going on between me and the other kids to them, they called every one of the other kids into the room, and explained to them how what were doing was wrong and that even though I was black, I still lived with them. It all smoothed over, and I was playing and getting along with the other kids and going to school and all was good, or so I thought. I was attending Mill City Middle School. One day during class I was sitting next to another African-American kid named Philip.

During my transition to the foster home, I wasn't really thinking about my hair or my skin care until I started talking with Philip, who had waves. All we talked about was how he was doing it and how long he has been and will be doing them. I informed him that I once had waves started and that I would still have them if I didn't loose my hair tools to brush my hair into waves.

I talked to my foster parents about the things I lost. They told me that they did not know what a du-rag or grease for hair was. I told them that I needed these items to have the hairstyle that I wanted. They said that my hair was fine the way it was.  Not only did I not get to do my hair the way I wanted to, but I couldn't use lotion I needed to use. It wasn't like it cost a lot of money, the total cost for the du-rag, grease and lotion was less that $10 a month. Not considering the shampoo and conditioner made me feel like my hair never got fully washed right.

Christmas came around and all I wanted was some of my own products. Everyone was on my case about wanting shampoo and conditioner for Christmas and hair products. I kept it up every time someone talked about Christmas or even suggested something about the holiday, I would mention the products that I was asking for. About 3-5 days before Christmas, the foster parents called all the children into the back room. We all had a meeting, resolving what we REALLY wanted for Christmas. I struck strong to my wishes to what I would receive Christmas day. So I continued telling them I wanted these hair items including lotion. Christmas morning, as usual everyone gets up and runs to the tree to open gifts. I find my two small wrapped presents on the outside ring of the Christmas tree. I didn't get anything I asked for.

House Bill 3584
I went to Barbette's hair salon March 8, 2011 and learned about the care of my type of hair and skin. I had my dreads started a couple of months prior and needed to learn how to care for them. Barbette fixed my dreads and showed me how to provide daily up keep. Currently my dreads are tight and luscious. I was asked if I would participate in the HB3584 legislation session with Barbette, so I gave my testimony on the first Legislative hearing about my experience in the foster-care system. I was nervous at the beginning, but I soon realized with confidence that my story needed to be spoke about for this very reason. After I found out the bill passed, a sincere feeling of acceptance and encouragement came over me. I have now come to the conclusion that my story was meant to be told in order to provide the benefits of ethnic hair and skin car to the ethnic kids that are or will be in that position.
 

 

Ethnic Hair & Skincare Frequently Asked Questions

The answers to these frequently asked questions about ethnic hair and skin are covered in our class, as well as the new methods vs. the old methods of working with ethnic hair challenges.
Ethnic Hair
1. Why my hair feels like straw and isn't soft?
2. Every time I comb my hair it sheds and falls out?
3. My hair thin and won't grow?
4. Why my scalp is itchy and flakey?
5. My hair use to be thick and now I'm loosing it?

Ethnic Skin
1. Why my skin has dark spots and uneven patches?
2. My skin is dry and ashy?
3. Certain times of the year my skin has itch areas?
4. How do i stop acne, nothing is working?
5. What type of moisturizing soap is good for sensitive skin?
 
 

 

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