I do not promote our condone tight styling and never will. As you take this journey with me you will find out everything that your hair can do.
One of the most beautiful features of naturally curly and kinky hair is the fact that it will conform into eclectic and fascinating shapes without the need for excessive products or pulling.
I believe part of the issues that we face as a community is the myth that or hair must be wrangled and mangled to get the desired look. It’s a lie! No matter the specific hair typing if your hair is curly the pattern itself will maintain your twist or braid.
Here’s the myth we tell ourselves.
“This style is tight but I don’t do this often so I shouldn’t lose any hair. ”
We have become accustomed to damaging techniques and we associate quality with how many Advil we have to pop.
Hair moves in its natural loose state and it should move when in twists or braids. (Unless it’s pinned up) If you can’t move your hair, that’s a problem.
Healthy hair/ Good hair, is hair that’s still on your head. If either length or fullness is your goal, you will have a hard time getting there yanking on it. Trust me.
For decades in the black community you weren’t considered an official braider unless you just arrived from Africa. The laws were non-existent and there was a time that lots of people ran out of edges (hairline damage). Over the years there have been some attempts at regulation, but overall there are still people braiding hair using traditional techniques that however effective they may be, are not conducive to assisting in hair growth.
So how do you know when your stylist is taking you down a path of hair destruction?
Not just a normal “tender-headed”(don’t you love how we just made that at thing) response, but pain that requires the use of a pain reliever. If you would have a problem with keeping your hair in a very tight ponytail overnight, why would you essentially put your hair in multiple tight ponytails and think that you won’t experience breakage. You are putting you hair in the same amount of stress if the braids are tight enough to cause real pain. Little white bumps are also associated with this section as they indicate the tension on the hair is too great. We know that there are some of you out there that are so used to getting your hair snatched around that you don’t feel the pain until your hair is nearly out of your head.
2. Unnatural new-growth appearance.
What good is having a very secure braid/twist if three weeks later you end up with a tuffet of hair puffing out underneath a crispy lock. Beyond the fact that it looks crazy, it creates a weak spot as discussed previously. One key to uninterrupted growth is keeping the curl pattern consistent.
3. No access to your scalp.
Some people are still getting cornrows, I know that some of my military sisters find it easier to stay within regulations utilizing cornrows and a bun. If your braids are too close together to be able to access your scalp, I wouldn’t suggest keeping them in for long.
Personal Tip: If I notice that the price sounds too high, and the time to finish seems too long, I take that as an indication that they are not interested in working on my head either or a lack of knowledge on the requested technique or they are compensating for overhead.
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2014 is the year of Unity in the Natural Hair Community! Enjoy!
This week I installed a smaller sized Marley Twist.
- Designline Olive Oil Leave-In Conditioner
- Mizani H20 Rose Hairdress
- It’s a Ten Leave-In Conditioner
This style only took my 3.25hrs starting from sectioning. I finished the ends with hot water and a lighter on the twists that seemed a bit more unruly. I look at hair like art, and so far this Marley hair is my favorite medium.
Keep an eye on those prices though people, $4.99 was great when the packs were full, I felt like I was in the middle of a bad drug deal in a movie
“You trying to skim off the top?”
Make sure you’re following on Instagram to see the various Updos I come up with this time.
FUN FACT- the styles that you see me wear usually have minimal hairpins. When you’re the type of person that likes to style your braids/twists frequently, pins have a tendency to fray the braid-stitches. I instead rely on the tension. (That just inspired another video idea)
So if you follow me on Instagram @Marri76 you know that I do not keep a hairstyle too long. I love to play in my hair and try new things. Well the latest attempt was Yarn Twists. They were very easy to do…
You ever walk into a room and feel like the wallpaper? Well that was me in the yarn twists. Very unimpressive, didn’t evoke any conversation at all. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, unless you’re the type of person that likes to put on a show when it took you 7 hours to finish a style. (THAT’S ME!) I’ll walk around the grocery store fake shopping until I get a “Ooh that’s cute” especially if the style deprived me of my precious sleep.
Is my favorite phrase to describe those thing in which I am not impressed to the point that I’m surprised how unimpressed I am. That’s where I’ll leave you. Enjoy the video. If you’d like more videos from me, be sure to hit the like button.
Do I even need to tell you that they’re not in my head anymore? OK
Naptural85 posted a YouTube video to start out the year that I thought falls completely in line with the mission of this blog. No need in repeating something that’s been stated so eloquently.
Hope this helps you on your journey to falling in love with your natural curls and kinks!