The creator of Sesame Street's "I Love My Hair" skit explains why he wrote it.

By peoplestaff225
Updated October 22, 2010 10:00 AM

Before Joey Mazzarino adopted his 5-year old daughter, Segi, from Ethiopia, he had no idea hair could be such an issue.

It wasn’t until she told him she wanted long, straight, blond “princess” hair after playing with her dolls that the Sesame Street head writer and puppeteer knew he needed to do something.

His efforts turned into a super cute skit, “I Love My Hair,” featuring an African-American puppet sporting an afro who shows appreciation for her unique tresses in song.

After debuting on the Oct. 4, the video instantly became an Internet sensation.

Moms and bloggers posted it over and over to share the positive message.

And with lyrics that include, “Your hair is great. You can put it in ponytails. You can put it in cornrows. I wish I had hair like you,” it’s no wonder it’s become a big hit.

Mazzarino even received a call from an African woman who told him the song brought her to tears. “I was amazed, ’cause I sort of wrote this little thing for my daughter, and here this adult woman, it touched her,” he told NPR.

Want to see what all the fuss is about? Check out the video below.