So for the past 2.5 months I have been rocking two wigs by Outre in the style "Penny" and I have been loving it! Not only is the curl pattern in the unit gorgeous, but the convenience of snapping on a wig gave me so much life!
If you've read about my natural hair journey, you know that as I've continued on with my hair journey I have grown lazier when it comes to maintenance. I really just don't have the time. I love my hair, but I don't like doing it every night (hell, not even every week). So this year, especially, I have been seeking out protective hairstyles.
What is a protective hairstyle? A hairstyle that protects. Simple, right? It can either completely shield or blend with your actual hair to protect from harsh elements such as, clothing, excessive styling and improper maintenance (aka being lazy when you know you need to do your hair).
So this time around, I chose wigs! I can still wash my hair as often as usual, and I can switch it up as quick as I want. For example, waking up with a 'fro but attending an event later that day with 18-inch curls. *hair flip*
Go natural, not broke.
I used to think that going natural would be cheaper than having relaxed hair because I wouldn’t be paying salon prices for touch ups every six weeks. I figured letting my hair go wild and free would actually be free. Little did I know, natural hair products can add up too. Whether you’re transitioning or you’re just looking for a way to save money on your hair, here are some tips on how to maintain your hair without breaking the bank:
Is that your real hair?
It’s no secret that people are bold. With every passing day, it becomes more clear to me that not everyone has tact, common courtesy, or even shame.
But there is one question in particular that always manages to leave me a little stunned: “Is that your real hair?” *cues eyeroll*
I just can't stay away from this style! This past weekend I installed my third set of crochet braids, and I think I'm becoming a pro. I did change a little bit, and I am pleased with my results. I have to get used to it though (typical).
does my hair match my outfit?
Hair and fashion go together like dry skin and shea butter. The perfect hairstyle is the best accessory and can really tie your look together. Although you can't change the way your hair grows out of your scalp, what you choose to do with it reveals a lot about your personal style. Hence, the stressful task of trying to find a hairstyle that completes and complements your look- especially during the holiday party season.
This style struggle used to be a weekly thing for me. Whether it’s an interview, dance class or a party, I'm always left standing in front of the mirror trying to brainstorm something that works best for the occasion. If I'm lucky enough to come up with something, the next challenge is successfully translating the vision to reality. The outcome is always a toss up. At times the results are disastrous, other times my hair looks even better than I could’ve imagined. In addition to these frustrations, the biggest struggle of all can be deciding which style goes best with your outfit.
Let's talk about crochet braids and all their majestic glory. This, by far has been my favorite protective style to date. Not only is it a cheap style, but it is super believable. So many people thought this was my real hair! And I'm not talking about just strangers, but my actual close friends and some relatives. And it cost me less than $40 to achieve this look. Keep reading to find out how!
'ol faithful fro...
I’ve never quite figured out my hair, and maybe I never will. Dealing with it is a perpetual experiment full of pleasant discoveries and frustrating setbacks. In my boredom experimentation, I’ve cut, dyed and even- Lord forgive me- texturized my natural hair. And although not every experiment turned out perfectly, I always learned more about the mysterious ways my hair reacts to different treatments. I may not ever completely figure out my natural hair, but one thing that’s becoming clear to me throughout these trials and errors is that my afro has never let me down.
Has my natural hair surprised me? Yes. Frustrated me? Absolutely. But for me, my relationship with my hair almost plays like a romantic comedy cliché: where the protagonist (me) needs to be distracted by a glamorous appearance (weave) or entertained by a more convenient suitor (braids), before they realize the one they were destined to be with was there all along (hence, the glorious afro!). Are y’all still with me?
I've been searching for a change in my hair for majority of 2014. I've wanted to dye it, cut it, loc it, straighten it- but I'll save you the long list, and summarize the indecisiveness concerning my hair. It all started when I returned from studying in Buenos Aires. I missed my fall semester of my senior year in college, and many were anticipating my return. With my friends and family welcoming me back home plus romantic endeavors that failed miserably, I was ready for a change. I wanted to return for my last semester new and improved. And the only thing I was open to changing was my hair.