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Mother writes book to help children celebrate their differences

A Triangle mom said she spent years learning to love her hair because she felt it 'looked different.' Now she's hoping her daughter will do the same.

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Mikaya Thurmond
, WRAL anchor/reporter

A Triangle mom said she spent years learning to love her hair because she felt it 'looked different.' Now she's hoping her daughter will do the same.

In the last few months, Jessica Norwood noticed her daughter struggled with styling her curly hair.

"Now that her hair is getting thicker and it's getting longer -- wash days are getting longer and the knots hurt and she doesn't understand," she described.

Norwood tried to find children's books that could make the experience better, embracing different hair textures.

She was shocked to see the limited choices.

"Enough is enough. I don't want my daughter and my children to have those feelings of comparison and of self-doubt. So, I just needed to do something about it," she explained.

Norwood immediately jumped into writing a kids book about wash day, styling and all the products.

"Hair is your crown. It's a part of your identity. It's a part of your heritage and your culture," said Norwood.

She's hoping the books will help more than just her daughter.

"I know it's going to affirm so many other curly haired cuties," said Norwood. "It just is necessary."

Norwood is pre-selling her book online.
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