The mornings can be a bit rushed at my house with 5:30am breakfast, last minute backpack checks and morning drop-offs. The last thing I have time for is beauty. If you're like me, you are drinking your coffee from a travel cup and eating your portion of breakfast from a napkin in the car. Did I mention I'm usually in my house clothes? You know the ones with bleach stains that use to be my cute stuff. Nothing that I want other normal people to see. If I'm lucky I can just roll through the drop off lane and bypass all the well dressed moms. Maybe you understand where I am coming from. I've spent a couple of years now trying to find the right style options for rushed mornings and last minute face to face meetings with well adjusted adults. I figured out that what I really need is an easy and cute hairstyle that looks like it took forever but realistically could happen in the car. Here are the 4 styles that have saved me from extreme embarrassment and low self esteem.
3.The Modern Wave
This style is great if you're natural or transitioning. It's really all about the curls. If your a natural girl, you need to pick the proper curl definer that will enhance your curls. If you're transitioning, it's all in the set. Those of you with more than 50 percent relaxer should always go for a roller to properly define your curl pattern. But, if you're almost grown out of your relaxer you can do more twist outs. Just make sure that you pay close attention to those ends. This style last up to 4 weeks. Now, be realistic! You will have tons of maintenance with this one if your transitioning. Seek help from a stylist for best results.
I think we can all agree that this has been a rough summer. Social and racial injustice is out of control. Most days I just want to scream, fight, or something. But I remember that I have to be a grown up and I can't forget to trust God to restore order to this messed up world we must live in. So instead of acting out I stuff my rage in my work. In doing so, I came across some images that inspired me because they were both honest and beautiful. Afrocentric sure does photograph well. I have chosen to find the beauty in everything. It's not always easy but it helps keep the mind free of worry. May this slideshow of hair and ethnicity bring you joy as well.
These pictures were taken by multiple photographers, I simply admired the art in them.
This past summer I rocked waist length micro braids. The ease of it all helped me keep my braids in for two and half months. Usually braids that stay up that long could cause some serious damage to your tresses. But with my pre braid prep my hair was moist and without split ends when I took my braids out.
PRE BRAID PREP
· Moisturize Your Tresses
For 15-35 mins you should moisturize your hair with a deep penetrating moisturizer or a hot oil treatment. I recommend KENRA MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER or my DIY Coconut Bath ( 1/4 c coconut oil, 3/4 water, and 6 drops sweet orange essential drops.)
·Trim your ends.
There's nothing worse than removing your braids and realizing that all your new growth was for naught due to split end damage. If you keep you braids up longer than 8 weeks I recommend that you trim and deep condition after you take them down as well.
·Choose the right stylist.
You want a stylist much like myself that desires to see you with healthy hair. Too much tension or heavy hair can cause thinning in the hairline and throughout the scalp. Talk to your stylist about hair type and style options that are unique to your hair goals.
·Care for your braids.
Once your braids are installed you want to care for them much like you would your natural hair. At night wrap your braids in a silk or satin scarf or bonnet. After you have worn them for about three weeks I recommend Co Washing to reduce itchy scalp and smelly braids.
·Moisturize your scalp.
Use a light oil light coconut oil or jojoba oil to soothe your scalp after your co wash or as needed.
·Know your time limit.
Do not keep braids in past your hairs time frame. This will prevent unnecessary shedding, locking, and excessive split ends.
If you use my pre braid prep tips you are sure to have healthy luscious tresses when you remove your braids. And trust me, when you are able to transition into your next style without many issues. You'll be glad that you took the time and nurtured your hair. Happy braiding!
You have been here a couple of times before. The very first time you were pregnant. Your body rebounded and so did your hair. The second time life took a couple of crazy loops filled with deadlines and rationalizations about deadlines. But, you sashayed through and your hair was once again beautiful. Today, you find yourself here again and unwilling to try again; so you decide to cut off ‘all’ your hair and go natural.
Not to discourage you, I would like to pose 3 questions to you. First, what is ‘All’? Typically ‘All’ is everything that is chemically treated and previously damaged. Please be aware that you may only have up to ½ inch of hair left after the hair cut.
Second, have you ever worn short hair? Short hair can be one of the most fabulous styles you wear or one of the worst. Get to know yourself and embrace all that makes you. Failure to do this may cause you extreme stress, money and time after you’ve cut your hair.
Third, have you ever worn natural/natural like styles? Understand that natural styles have the tendency to shrink your length, expose your features, and make you look younger. Experiment with styles that look natural on your chemically treated hair before you go naturally permanently.
I love all hair. I want to make sure that when you are deciding to go natural that you weigh your decision thoroughly. Many of my clients thought that they wanted to go natural until they actually did. Although their hair is fabulous their journey wasn’t as smooth as it could have been.
PI am just a girl who loves her job (owning and styling at HUC!) and is pretty good at explaining hair to other people.
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