Can I vent for a moment? Lately on the @hayqueen_ Instagram feed (make sure you follow!) I have been seeing the most gorgeous, unique afros. There are so many people I follow that are completely slaying with their natural hair *two snaps*. Causing me to feel inspired. I know I've been rocking protective styles frequently, but whenever I do wear my natural hair, I want to be as fierce as these ladies!
For the above photo, naturalista Taren has permanently lightened her hair, something I've done before, but became very bored with. As well as my hair becoming slightly dry and brittle due to improper care. So that permanent life may not be best for me. The second picture, however, this naturalista used tattoo eyeshadow to achieve the purple hair. Time consuming? Most likely but the results are beautiful and safe for your hair.
I think I will try this out, but in colorful streaks. Yep, I'm that lazy y'all.
The pinned or carefree parted Afro
This never works out to my liking. When I part my hair, and then set my hair with twists or braids and take it down in the morning there's usually a 50/50 chance that I will not like the way it turned out. So I usually end up pinning my hair in some way.
Both pictures I aspire for my hair to look like, because in reality it usually does not. I believe this happens due to shrinkage. So I think I'll try achieving this style on old, stretched out hair, as opposed to freshly washed hair.
Wash & go or elongated twist out
Let me tell y'all about my wash & gos: they are non-existent. It may be the texture of my hair, or maybe the products I've tried, that can be attributed to why I cannot perfect this style. Either my hair shrinks up too much, or the curls are not defined enough to qualify as a wash & go. But one day, I declare I will find the perfect product to have a poppin' wash & go.
Now, for the elongated twist out, I'm halfway there. I've accepted that I'll always have shrinkage, but have recently looked into products dedicated to elongating freshly washed curls (reviews coming soon).
What are your afro goals? Comment below!