ARGH ! This has ALWAYS been a pet peeve of mine. Before these jheri curl lookin satin bonnets,you saw the silk scarf covering up a doobie or flat wrap. Or those velcro net wrap headbands.
Look. I am all for convenience. A lot of us have busy lives… You gotta take care of your kids. Maybe you work out. Maybe you work in a hot kitchen all day. For most black women,our hair is a very important part of our lives also. Some wanna keep a blow out “fresh” . Some are just hiding a mess because we “can’t get it done right now.” I have been in the hair game for about 17 yrs now and I hear it all lol ! But MY CLIENTS know better ! I better not catch you in these streets lookin crazy lol !
Here are five ways to avoid covering your head in a rag in public:
Keep it clean. If you can at least find the time to keep your hair shampooed and fresh. It can easily be put in a neat puff or ponytail.
Keep a comb,pick,some hair ties,and hair moisturizer handy. In your glove compartment,purse,gym locker,etc. Throw in your imagination and you can easily throw together a quick 5-10 look. Hey it will beat looking like a lunch lady.
Wear a transparent net over a ponytail or bun,if you work in food service. In the gym,wear a head band and put your hair in a ponytail/bun.
Wear a cute hat or head wrap.
Change up your hairstyle. Some hair styles are too high maintenance and expensive to keep up. This is another major reason why a lot of woman keep their hair covered. If you have a lot on your plate,and can’t keep up the maintenance of a style,you should opt for something else. Braids,wigs,getting a low cut are all lower maintenance styles.
Well, it’s that time of the year and many women are turning to braid and cornrow styles. They are the most convenient way to keep your hair looking maintained and stylish in the summer heat. But even though this protective style is low maintenance, it still has to be MAINTENANCED. Protective styles should only stay in for a month at a time. 2 months maximum. Any longer than that and your new growth will stretch and damage. This completely negates the point of protective styling. In addition to this, your braided style will also need to be cleansed. Sweating,dust and dirt causes odor. Conditioning afterwards isn’t necessary. Masks and conditioners tend to loosen braids because of their silken qualities. Conditioners will certainly affect the wear life span and often times will cut it in half. Use hydrating shampoos and oils sprays on braided hairstyles instead. I attached a video demonstrating the cleansing of a braided style below.
I LOVE braids! They are so convenient and easy ! The part I hate is the process of getting them done. Sitting for hours. I’d always have to get them done on a day off. And usually the braider wasn’t professional at all. They’d over book,smoke cigarettes in your face. Take impromptu breaks. sometimes even have someone else start or finish you. On more than one occasion the braider that was assisting was not as good as the one I booked my appointment with. So I was pissed. When I found out about crochet braids,I HAD to learn how to put them in! And was it cost effective? I have never been a braider. I love to cut and color hair. That is my niche. But with the influx of calls and inquiries about braiding services I had to learn this skill.
Crochet braids are completed by cornrowing your hair, and using a crochet needle to attach synthetic kanekelon hair (i.e. marley hair), pre-braided or twisted box braids and Senegalese twists, or even faux locs to the cornrows. Crochet braids, on the other hand, take an average of 2 hours to install, depending on the type of hair you are using and how voluminous you want your hair to be. You can achieve the same style and look as individual braids in half the time, with less effort and by yourself! Best of all, it takes less time to take down crochet braids than normal braids because all you have to do is cut off the extensions and unravel your cornrows.
A pack of pre-looped or pre-braided box braids or twists from Freetress, Janet Collection, or Bobbi Boss range from $4.99 – $10.99. Depending on the size of your head and the thickness of your hair, you may use 4 – 7 packs of hair to complete your crochet braids. However, by changing up the braid pattern of your cornrows and creating bigger sections at the back of your hair, you can use less packs of hair and still achieve a full look. Installing long braids or twists may cost up to $150-$200 at the hair salon. Yet, if you pay someone $30 to cornrow your hair or you do it yourself, and you buy 6 packs of hair worth $6.99 each, you will be spending a total of $71.94 on your hair.
First of all,I am not a braider.But I get my hair braided about twice a year.Usually during the summer months.I have been asked to do a blog on braids so I am drawing from my own experience.Also, I have talked to several braiders and I have done online research.
Senegalese twists that are curled at the ends.
Caring for braids is just as important as getting the latest style.Make sure that you sleep in a silk or satin scarf at night to keep your braids neat.
Treat your scalp to an invigorating fingertip massage using scalp oil and sponge the braids themselves with a braid shampoo.Some braided styles should not be washed (such as corkscrew braids), ask your hair braiding stylist.
PLEASE DO NOT KEEP BRAIDS IN FOREVER!It’s unhealthy to keep your braided hairstyle for more than two months (black hair is more suited to keeping in braids for the maximum of two months due to its texture and natural oil levels).When braids are removed, allow hair to rest first before getting a touch up.