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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry teams up with Dove


Dove and Academy Award-winning filmmaker and CROWN Act advocate Matthew A. Cherry recently announced an official partnership to ensure the next generation of Black kids develop a positive relationship with beauty. The partnership kicked off with a new collection of hair care products designed for kids with curls, coils, and waves, inspired by Matthew’s Academy Award-winning animated short film, “Hair Love.”

The Dove Kids Care Hair Love collection offers a complete hair care routine for kids. “Hair Love’s” main character, Zuri, is featured on each bottle wearing fun and playful styles to highlight the diversity and beauty of natural hair. Product packaging also features an empowering positive affirmation – “I am caring, brilliant, and creative” – to boost self-esteem and set kids on the right path for a positive relationship with their hair.

“Research shows that kids as young as three years old can start to build confidence when they see themselves positively represented in the world around them1,” explains Esi Eggleston Bracey, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Unilever Personal Care, North America. “Dove and Matthew have been working in parallel to create a world where natural hair is a source of confidence in young people, and we are thrilled to officially come together to nurture a positive self-image in kids and, at the same time, deliver products that offer the expert nourishment and care of Dove to Black families.”

Each Dove Kids Care Hair Love product features a gentle formula. All are dermatologist-tested and infused with shea butter and coconut oil. The full collection is available now on and will be available in Walmart stores nationwide beginning January 2022.

“Dove and I have a long history together with “Hair Love,” beginning in 2017, when the brand provided early funding for the project. I’m also a dedicated CROWN Act supporter and have been impressed with the ongoing work Dove is doing to advance hair discrimination legislation, particularly by co-founding the CROWN Coalition,” explains Cherry. “Through this partnership, we will take Zuri ‘offscreen’ and into the real world to inspire hair love and build self-confidence in kids everywhere.”

The new Dove Kids Care Hair Love collection builds upon Dove and Matthew’s ongoing CROWN commitments to “Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.”

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