Hello curlies, I know it’s been a while, did you miss me 😉 i’ve been trying to post for the past week but the traffic in Lagos saps my energy, and i’m not even driving yet, but i’m still trying to put out a post a week. I’ve got some new writers on board so hopefully, that may be upped to two or three a week.
I’ve decided to create a YouTube channel, mainly because of the sheer amount of requests for demonstration of my three strand twist-out. It’s so hard to explain using just words and/or pictures, so i’ve put up a video demonstrating how I get mine to look like they do. So right now I have just one video of how I do the twists, with take-down and maintenance videos to come. However, I did realise that the quality of the video was compromised somewhere during the process of uploading the video to YouTube.
So i’m going to create a completely new video in the coming week when I wash my hair just for y’all, and when thats done, i’ll upload the take-down and maintenance videos. Until I do, you can look at my current video below: Continue reading →
I have a love/hate relationship with braids. This is what i love about them:
I love the break from styling that it gives
I love the look, whether long or short
the versatility is amazing
Even with no-make-up/hobo clothes you sill look fly
And here are the reasons I don’t like braids:
long or small ones take long to do
after a few days you miss playing with your real hair
washing and drying is a real pain
the build up at the roots waiting to pull your hair out
Obviously, there are other Pros and cons which are a bit more subjective, but I think those are the main ones. Here are some pictures of my favorite braids over the past few years.
Here, I’ve taken ‘braids’ to be any type of extensions, because I hardly ever do traditional braids. I hope you saw the pics of my lil sis I added. She really needs to post, but she’s lazy! I’ll see if I can get her to this month.
And there you have it, pics of our beautiful braids.
Every time someone runs their hands through my hair I get the same reaction: oohh its so thick/curly/wooly/soft/hard/long/pretty. But even from people that have never touched my hair, the most frequently used to describe it is ‘thick’.
Now I can understand why you would think so, like most people with type 4 hair my hair shrinks a lot, i’d say to about 50% of its normal length. That hair is all bunched up near my scalp, giving the appearance that I have short, thick hair. (The way people tend to talk about thickness actually refers to the density of hairs on my scalp rather than the width of the individual strands).
When partly stretched out, you can actually see that my ends seems to go see through. At first, I thought this was due to bad hair practices on my part, but I then realised that if i completely stretched my hair out, most of the lengths were equal, meaning it was just the fact that I didn’t have that much hair on my head that gave the appearance of thin ends.
Acknowledging this helps me to understand why certain styles never look quite the same even when I copy and tweak ideas from other type 4 naturalistas. Now I have resigned myself to the fact that my hair will never be Tracee Ellis Ross big, but that doesn’t dictate whether i’ll have a banging twist out or pretty flat twists. It just means that I may need a bit of extra help to make my hair ‘big’ when I want to. Honestly though, for me, I like my ‘not too big’ hair just fine, styling only takes about two hours and detangling lasts for an hour tops.
The main way I try and give the illusion of full hair is to do ‘out’ styles like twist-outs and bantu knot-outs. They give extra volume and make your hair look a lot bigger without the hassle of having to add extra hair. Obviously, you could add extra hair such as marley hair or natural looking clip-ins to give your hair a boost.
Those are just a few of the advantages of less dense hair, obviously dense hair has its advantages too, so i’m not knocking you if you have dense hair. I just think you should love what you have and admire what you don’t 😉