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09/30/2015 03:42 pm ET

11 Carefree Kids Show The Beauty And Joy Of Black Hair

These tykes are sure to turn heads.

Black kids and their hair are beautiful, magical and carefree -- and one new photo series powerfully reiterates that message.  

U.K.-based photographer Emily Stein developed a photo series titled "Hairdo," which features photos of black children from London in playful poses with their beautiful bantu knots, twists, and zig-zag tapered fades. In each image, the child's picture shines with his or her own charismatic expression and unique hairstyle. 

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Given how often black children are treated unfairly because of their hair or even punished for it, the series offers a reminder that hair can be a source of joy and self-expression, for kids and grownups alike.

Stein allowed the kids to choose their own poses, so their images would truly represent their individual identities. "I wanted the photographs to have their own stamp on them, whether they were yawning, hiding or pouting," Stein told The Huffington Post. 

The children in Stein's photographs reveal how hair can emote joy, and "be a celebration of both style and individuality," Stein said. Ultimately, she said she hopes these images will leave viewers with a powerful message:  "I would [want] people who look at the series [to] feel the positive energy of youth and the spirit of undiluted individuality," Stein said."

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