Posted in Hair Styles, Natural Hair

Back to Free Hair

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Whew! That was the longest week ever with that weave in my head! At least it felt that way. Plenty of times I tried to convince myself that I could rock the weave for another week–a far cry from my original plan to rock it for a month! Where did that girl go? Lol!

Overall I liked the curl pattern of the hair but it required too much work. The hair was always tangling in the back and I couldn’t put it in a ponytail without worrying about tracks showing. I was going through too much to try to tame hair that wasn’t my own.

My next long term–or intended long term–protective style will be some kinky twists or Senegalese twists. At least the braids or twists won’t have to be combed. I can work with that.

What’s your preferred protective style? Braids, twists, buns?

Posted in Natural Hair, Protective Styling

Unweaveable Protective Style

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Yes, take another look if you must but that is me sporting a weave (and a hot red dress)! Haven’t done that in over 6 years.

Honestly, I’m experiencing mixed feelings about it. First, I’m glad to say that I do actually like it! The style of hair, that is. Thanks to my daughter–the weave queen herself–for helping me choose a nice loose curly. Even before she started wearing weave she didn’t like my first one and the second one–my husband affectionately describes as the “poodle do”.

On the other hand, I don’t like trying to keep the small section of my hair that is out properly mixed with the weave hair. In hindsight I should have gotten a full weave but my daughter heavily advised against that.

Another issue is the way my hair is braided underneath. I can’t get to
my scalp the way I want to. Quick, fast, and in a hurry I better get myself an applicator bottle so I can squirt some oil and conditioner down in there. Can’t have my hair getting damaged while in a supposed “protective” style.

Would I do it again? I won’t say never but it definitely won’t be a staple protective style. Here are my 3 top reasons why:

1. The best quality hair–the unprocessed kind– is monstrously priced.

2. I have to do almost as much maintenance on this hair as my own. Trying to control the frizz. That’s what I have to do on my own hair.

3. Oh yeah, this should have been at the top. This hair is hot as heck! A hat that I can’t take off!

So this hair has served it’s purpose. Got me through the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc 51st convention. But come this weekend, this has got to go!

Posted in Hair Styles

Protective Styling Encouragement

Now I see why some people describe protective styling as boring! I love these styles for their simplicity BUT geez!! I’ve been sporting either of these styles for like two weeks.

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Twist

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French Braids

I know. I know. I am the woman always on the prowl for simple, easy to maintain. Well I definitely have that here.

So what’s a girl to do???

“Embrace it and stay on target!” I command myself when I get tempted to play in my hair. And look forward to the weekend when I allow myself to let my hair down IF I so desire.

A word of advice–as I encourage myself–staying mindful of the long term goal of growing longer, healthier hair, protective styling is a BIG piece of the picture.