Afro Puff Bubble Ponytails Are Trending

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With winter in full effect, our Queens want a quick easy hairstyle that is gorgeous and protective. New natural hairstyles are popping up, and when examined closely you can tell that they are trying to mimic a tribal look. Afro puffs were hot back in the ’70s when a lot of women of color were fighting for civil rights and revolutionizing the way they wore their hair. Since the summer Afro Bubble Ponytails have been favored as the go-to protective hairstyle. Now with many people being “woke” to the discrimination that natural hairstyles face in the workplace, relaxers are becoming a thing of the past. Nobody wants to put on their strands creamy crack, so the versatility of our hair is now being showcased globally.

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Why Relaxers Are No Longer Popular

For many years, Afro heads straightened their hair to get that exotic look. I remember I wore a relaxer on my hair until I became a teenager. I used to dread going to the hair salon because of the hairstylist’s facial expressions. What was not expressed in words was conveyed in body language. The task of getting through a thick head of 4c hair is not an easy one. By the time they reached the back of my hair, my scalp was already burning. Tears would fall from my eyes as they told me I still had to wait some more minutes before they washed it out. The burn you feel from having a relaxer in your hair for too long can be compared to taking a lighter and putting it on your scalp. I truly believe that hairstylists would leave the relaxer in my hair longer than what was recommended because my hair was so coarse. Scalp burns are not the only side effects of relaxers. Uterine fibroid also can result from perms.

The market research firm, Mintel, estimates that by 2020 will be the smallest area of the black hair market. Hair relaxer sales fell 38% between 2012-2017!

The early to mid-2000s saw a huge shift in how we perceived African beauty. Being a 90’s baby I noticed many R&B groups rocked a perm and/or long weaves. But by the early 2000s, Nollywood movies exploded in popularity and viewership. I notice that the standard of beauty in these movies was light makeup and natural hair. Even in Brazil, online searches for “Afro hair” have tripled in the last two years. So it is safe to say that natural hairstyles are trending and are here to stay.

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Ponytail hairstyles are a great hairstyle to wear at the gym, work, or even a formal event. They help to keep your hair out of the way so you can focus on your daily routine. Nadula is an astounding hair company that offers affordable ponytail hair extensions. They have a buy one, get one 50% policy for those who purchase 2 of their ponytails. With their array of different curly textures, you can’t go wrong. Spice up your natural hair with Nadula’s ponytail weaves.

How To Achieve The Afro Puff Bubble Ponytail Look

Some like beads. Others like silver/golden hair clips. Whatever accessories you choose to use, just make sure you follow these steps correctly so that you can get the look that you desire.

  • First, part your hair into sections. Section your hair into the number of ponytails that you want. For a child, many of them like to rock smaller ponytails.
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  • Second, apply the gel to the scalp of your sections. Hold each section down with rubber bands to keep the ponytail in place.
  • Next, add the Marley or Afro hair that you purchased to your natural hair. Lay it against your natural hair and keep your real hair in the middle. Skip this step if you are just using all of your own hair. Clip-ins are perfect for this look.
  • Lastly, twist the accessories around sections of your ponytail to create the “ball” look.

For a visual tutorial, here is a step by step instructions from YouTube content creator Nneoma Okorie:

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Smart Ways To Save While Shopping For Beauty Products Online

You know the old saying: “A penny saved is a penny earned?” Well, through coupons online much can be saved if you are diligent and resourceful.

Where To Look For Online Coupon Codes

Every time you take a walk through the mall you might feel wary of making a purchase. So many items are overpriced. And forgetting paper coupons is easy to do. That is why many people are opting to shop online. RetailMeNot.com offers coupons that can create a happier shopping experience. Stores like QVC, Sam’s Beauty, Skin Store, and Beauty Brand is promoted on their website. Coupons.com is another great site that has categories in beauty and apparel brands. With the winter season upon us, women want to keep their skin glowing and moisturized. Harsh cold winds can cause extremely dry skin and chafing. L’oreal Paris, Cover Girl, and Macy’s are featured on coupon.com. These brands have cosmetics that can protect your skin. Groupon.com is another popular one that regularly gets promoted by celebrities. Advertisements on local beauty salons with discounts for hair services are easily accessible on their site. Their site is customized so that each user can find ways to save with local businesses. If you do not want to put forth the effort of searching different sites you can find a browser plug-in that will do all the work for you.

Be attentive though at the requirements for each coupon. Some coupon sites show success rates for their coupons, and it has been reported to be about 40-50%. So read what is the expiration date is and keep trying out different codes. This will help you to see before you purchase what works, and what does not.

Online Sites That Have Beauty Discounts

There are sites on the web that specialize in providing affordable beauty products. The most popular ones that stand out are Harmon Discount, Forever 21, and Madame Madeline. “Harmon Discount is my ultimate favorite. It’s super inexpensive for drugstore beauty products, so I buy everything in bulk,” says Ashlee Glazer, Laura Geller’s global artistic director. Maybelline, Revlon, CoverGirl, Neutrogena, and much more are sold with a deduction. Forever 21 is another well-known beauty store that houses low-cost products. “Forever 21 is another one of my favorite inexpensive places to shop for beauty,” says Glazer. “I love to buy makeup bags for travel and fun products (like lip glosses shaped like unicorns).” Madame Madeline is famous for eyelashes. “I love Madame Madeline for brand-name lashes at a discount,” says makeup artist Mary Irwin. And with mink lashes being in demand, many opt for a ghetto fabulous look that does not hurt their budget.

Keep in mind that some stores also offer price drop refunds. That means that if the price on the item you purchased drops a few days later, you can call and ask that they refund you the price difference. Check to see if your credit card offers price protection. Signing up for email alerts on various companies can also give you first dibs on sales.

Has any of these techniques assisted you in saving on online beauty products? Feel free to comment below. Also, follow me on Instagram and Twitter for more updates on fashion/beauty.

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The Modesty Movement In 2019

If you check Pinterest searches in the UK, the searches for modest fashion has gone up 500% since the beginning of 2018. Many who believe that modest fashion is not a trending topic are believing inaccurate claims. It is estimated that the global fashion market is worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Five years from now those numbers will explode into an even bigger magnitude of profit. But what exactly is “modest fashion”? What are the fall runways suggesting when it comes to covering up? Why is the modesty movement so female-driven? Is the mainstream fashion industry interested in modest fashion?

Modest Fashion In A Nutshell

There is not one main definition that points to what modest fashion means. It varies from person to person. But what it all boils down to is making sure certains part of your body is covered up. Awareness should be obtained when dressing. Modern day clothing tends to porposefully draw attention to your private parts. Extremely tight fitting skirts, cleavage showing sweaters, or shorts exposing your butt cheeks is not considered to be modest fashion. “Modest fashion is a market term, that came to prevalence in the mid-2000s, and this was partly because a number of the brands that first started up came from designers and creative entrepreneurs who were themselves religiously motivated,” says Reina Lewis, professor of cultural studies at London College of Fashion, UAL. The decision to be modest is usually based upon one’s religious background.

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What Are The Fall Runways Suggesting When It Comes To Covering Up?

In the 70’s miniskirts were seen as hot. In the 80’s low-rise jeans were the “in thing” to wear. Now we are approaching 2020. The upcoming year sounds futuristic everytime people say it. What will be trending?

“It’s no secret that Phoebe Philo made it cool to be modest, but what she also did was give women a choice about how we choose to present our bodies in this world and I don’t see women relinquishing that choice anytime soon,” stylist Rachael Wang tells the Zoe Report. “I don’t think the [modesty] market is underserved, per se, but I think there is always room for more options.”

On the Paris center stage, covered-up dressing is becoming popular. Long-sleeved tops are now the norm. And a lot of younger, edgier brands are taking notice. Aalto and Rokh are presenting modest fashions to millenials/Generation Z. 

Many women young or old embrace proper dressing because it gives them a sense of empowerment. You feel more humbled, chaste, lowly, and meek. Your closet wardrobe looks more simple.

 

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Fall runways are suggesting that covering up is in and dressing like a hooker is not. So prepare this fall to see a lot of head coverings, hemlines, necklines, hosiery, and outerwear. A year ago, on the runway showing what was below the neck was seen as important. But this year, hats and scarves are being advertised.

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High end brands like Tibi, Nanushka, JW Anderson, and Self Portrait, are now offering many modest types of clothing.

Why The Modesty Movement Is So Female-Driven

Modest dressing is an aesthetic that has gone on for centuries. It has been displayed through many continents and cultures in history. Elizabeth Taylor loved to show off fancy headdresses. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis wore many signature Chanel suits. Since the 16th century, the Middle East and North Africa have been rocking kaftans. Muslims are not the only women that love conservative attire. Those who profess to be from a Jewish/Christian background also choose to be conservative.

“It’s not to say that there isn’t a woman that might be being forced to cover, but there’s also a woman who is choosing to cover,” explains Algerian-born Ghizlan Guenez, who founded the e-commerce platform The Modist in 2017 as a luxury style destination dedicated to modest wardrobes. “The issue is that you then start stereotyping a whole religion and a whole population of women [based on one extreme circumstance]. What we try and do at The Modist, and not just through fashion but through the stories we tell, is to break down as much these stereotypes as we can.”

Women have always been into fashion more than men are. They also tend to gravitate towards religion more than men.

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Is The Mainstream Fashion Industry Interested In Modest Fashion?

According to the Global Islamic Economy Report, the Muslim fashion industry alone in the UK is estimated to reach $467 billion by 2020. The millennial generation has more spending power when it comes to females. Our women are no longer just stay at home wives. We are no longer seen as the gender that just stays home and gets barefoot and pregnant. We have options. We have talents, brains, and beauty. Many females are CEO’s entrepreneurs, self-made bosses, doctors, lawyers, etc. We now make up a large part of the workplace.

So with a growing amount of women entering the business world, there is an increasing need to have a wardrobe that is full of business casual options.

” Lyst, the data-crunching fashion search engine, has seen an increase in related terms such as “high neck” or “long sleeve” increasing by 40% and 52%, respectively, over the past six months. Meanwhile, the brand notes that even more specific categories, such as “modest bikinis,” are winning out over skimpier styles. (Source:https://www.whowhatwear.com/modest-fashion/slide4).

The mainstream fashion industry has to be interested in modest fashion for it to continue to make a profit. Covering up does not have to be boring. It does not have to dismiss trends. You can still have a lot of colors, prints, patterns, and exotic designs. A lot of modest fashion bloggers go viral because their style resonates with a lot of people. When you set boundaries in your life, even when it involves clothing, your mind will reach a level of peace and comfort. The appetite for conservative outfits is strong.  Women are coming from all different shapes, sizes, and backgrounds showing extreme interest. On an international scale, the need for modest fashion will not slow down anytime soon.

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The Master Loctician: Jewel Richardson

West Michigan is a melting pot full of many different cultures, ethnicities, and personalities. But what really makes Michiganders stand out from the rest is the amount of creative professionals we have. Look on the tag of any product and you will see the “Made In Michigan” sign . The natural hairstyle movement is producing many unique creative hairstylists in the Grand Rapids area. Very frequently you can see an event created that shows off our local Queens rocking their afros, coils, and locs. In this interview, light is shed on Ms. Jewel Richardson, my loctician, who is an amazing master loctician.

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How long have you been natural? Why did you choose to go natural?

I have been natural for 30 years. Freedom is why I choose to be natural. I want to love myself the way I was born. If you are choosing chemicals then you are choosing not to be the way you were born.

How did your family and friends feel about you going natural?

My mother was happy. My family was raised that way so it was not seen as a huge deal. I went natural after I left Grand Rapids and went to Atlanta. My friends were not really fond of it, so it was when I changed my environment that I changed my viewpoint.

What products do you use for your hair?

Light oils for my scalp. I only shampoo my hair twice a year. I clean it once in a while because the oil and grease buildup is a protection to my hair. Aloe. And oils. Water contains acid and dries your hair. Oils will seal in and moisturise your hair. Mousse. Daily hair and scalp rejuvenating spray if I want to twist and wrap it. Styling: bobby pins, headwraps, and cloths. I flat iron my locs because you can do everything with locs beside comb it.

What accessories do you like to use on your locs?

Cowry shells, pony beads.

What must have products should every natural hair Queen have?

Must have products is Aloe. Chocolate indie b mask, chocolate conditioner. Shea butter is a product that you can use in many ways. You can press and twist natural hair with shea butter.

What is your mission as a hairstylist?

Being an example of loving myself the way I was made. Having the opportunity to educate and encourage. When I am talking about natural hair, I am more specific to Type 2- Type 8. It is the people who have a Curl, or an S or a 2 to their hair. Straight hair has different needs and desires. Most people of color can not look at their hair in the mirror for 30 minutes without having a hatred for their hair. Embrace your natural hair.

Her website and information about her salon can be found here : http://msjewelsnaturalhaircare.com

Some of her work:

 

Not only is Ms. Jewel a hairstylist, she is also a activist, a poet, a mother, and a dancer. She founded West Michigan Jewels of Africa, a traditional African dance and drum Troop. Her love for people, natural hair, and our community is very commendable.

African Beauty And Braids blog has been featured on blog.feedspot.com as one of the Top 50 Natural Hair Blogs and Websites For Black Women in 2019 !!!  It ranked at number 45. (https://blog.feedspot.com/natural_hair_blogs/) Thanks for all of the likes and shares. It is my dream to get it to be a part of the top 10 natural hair blogs in the world in 5 years or less. Through more content, adding a subscription, creating ebooks, a newsletter, getting it monetized, and increasing my viewership/readers, this can be attainable. Much love to all of my supporters. Much love to all of my Queens around the world. Always remember: you are beautiful, you are smart, and you are important.

 

 

 

 

From Child Refugee To Supermodel : Halima Aden

She was born in a refugee camp. Now she is the first supermodel to do a modest swimwear photo-shoot for Sports Illustrated. This is the life and fashion of Halima Aden.

From Refugee Camp To Walking Runways

Life was not always glamorous for Halima. Originally from Somali, Halima was born in a refugee camp in Kenya. Aden advice to refugee women and girls is this : “There is one thing that I can say to those girls: Nothing is permanent…..you have to be accepting of the change and be ready to evolve”. Once she moved to the United States with her family at the age of six, she started chasing after her goals. She entered into the Miss Minnesota Pageant. She became a semi-finalist, and was voted as homecoming queen in her high school. She is a Muslim model who advocates for the hijab . She is the first hijabi model to walk international runways. She is signed to a major agency. She has also been the first hijabi model to be on the cover of Vogue, Arabia, Allure, and British Vogue.

“I want to be known for encouraging other girls to go out and have their own success stories,” she told Paper.

Backlash For Sports-Illustrated Photo Shoot

Not everyone was happy with her modest swimsuit photos.

“Modesty culture is backward & anti-women. Thousands of women are arrested in Islamic countries protesting against veiling & yet your silly mag is celebrating a symbol of oppression…in the most absurdly incoherent way imaginable. Fail.”- Rita Panahi

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How is it backwards and anti-women to promote modesty? If anything, dressing provocatively and wearing revealing clothes is backwards. How will a man respect you if you dress without leaving anything to the imagination? That is why I always admire African styles in general. It is colorful and full of life. Our headscarves are full of intricate designs. Our skirts are long and flowy.  If you want to feel like a Queen, just walk around at your local African boutique. The designs will fill you with pride.

Somali Fashion

Somali is a country full of diverse cultures. The country is located along a international trade route. Most of Somali people still live in Somalia, although their is some who have migrated to Ethiopia. Other groups of people that are Somali are living in Yemen, Kenya,  Djibouti, and other parts of the world. The strong influence of Islam can be seen in their dress codes. The young and those living in the city/urban areas can be seen wearing Western dress for everyday clothing. But for special occasions they always rock their traditional clothing. In the rural area, wearing traditional clothing everyday is more prevalent.

The woman of Somalia frown upon revealing clothing. Most of their garments are comprised of conservative colors. They have many full-length dresses that come in a variety of styles. In a random day in Somalia , you might see a female wearing a guntiino. A guntiino is a long piece of cloth. You tie it over your shoulder and drape it around your waist.

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For formal events, women will be seen wearing a dirac. A dirac is a long dress. It is made up of 100% cotton , or a blend of cotton, linen, and/or polyester.

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If you are a married woman you wear a scarf on your head. Your scarf is called a shash. Some Muslim women wear a burqa . This garment covers the body from head to foot. (Source: Interesting Africa Facts)

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What Does The Future Hold For Halima?

The trend of being modest has rose in recent years. A lot of older vintage styles are coming back and are in high demand. “Headpieces were being celebrated,” says Aden. “It’s no longer a ‘Muslim women head covering’ thing, you know. Turbans are in.” Many women around the world are embracing that “we are all Africa” and are rocking colorful headpieces. “I believe that the time has changed. For instance, once there were not enough cosmetic products for even adult women and now even 2-year-olds are playing with makeup. This change is coming with the change of times and I’m afraid older generations might have difficulty in accepting that,” Aden says.

Halima Aden: ‘My family doesn’t understand modelling is a real job’

“I’m not Rapunzel stuck in a castle,” she says defiantly. “In today’s society, you’re out and about, and you’re visible, no matter what. So why is it OK for me to be visible in a classroom? Why is it OK to be out in a mall, or just outside, but I can’t be seen in a magazine?”

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The future holds a lot for Halima. She will be opening many doors for those who are Muslim in the fashion world. She is a designer herself, with a fashion collection that will break many barriers. And she will be inspiring others to believe, that you can be beautiful and modest, for years to come.

 

How To Grow Long Thick Locs

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I have had my locs for four years and 9 months and man, they have grown . Many people have asked me : Are they real? Is that yarn?

Yes! These are my real locs and no, this is not yarn.

How did I achieve this growth and thickness?

Stimulate Your Scalp

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Just like a plant needs water to grow, your scalp needs water to stay hydrated and healthy. You can buy a empty spray bottle from Dollar Tree and just fill it up with water. Spritz your hair several times a day or whenever you have a chance. You can massage the moisture into your locs with a brush. This helps a lot to prevent breakage and thinning.

Eat Healthy

Since my doctor suggested that I go on a diet I have been taking a break from Popeyes. Drinking a lot of water, eating your fruits and vegetables ( strawberries is better than sour-patch kids , and carrots is better than Cheetos), will create length retention and thicker hair. Your body is over 50% water, so drink lots of it!

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Put A Scarf Over Your Pillow

If you are lazy like me than you know you never put a scarf on your head before you go to bed. Girl do you? Well if you don’t , a solution to your laziness is to just put a satin scarf over your pillow. Personally, I just put a regular scarf over my pillow. It keeps the lint away. There are also “Satin Du-bags”. They sell them online and they are specifically made for locs.

Lock In The Moisture With Oils

 

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Water is not enough to keep your locs healthy. You have to lock in the moisture with oils. My personal favorites are coconut oil, olive oil, and Wild Growth Oil. Wild Growth Hair Oil is an amazing product for any type of hair. This oil is popular worldwide. Wild Growth Oil really helped my hair when I was first starting out. It helped me go from this:

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To this :

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Don’t Re-twist Often

What I notice some locheads will do is frequently go to the loctician to get their locs re-twisted. Over twisting can cause your hair to break at the roots. Sometimes I mindlessly twist my locs with my hands. Playing with your hair can make it easy to break off. It is recommended that you wait at least 4 weeks to get your locs re-twisted. I only re-twist a couple of times every year.

Let Your Locs Be Free

Always manipulating your hair with twist-outs and different styling can weaken your locs. You have to treat your coils like a newborn baby that constantly needs care. If you use a lot of rubber bands that can also weaken your strands. Most of the time, I just wear a headband or a scarf and let it flow freely. Make sure you don’t wrap your scarf too tight though, because that can create tension to your roots. I am living proof that with proper moisture, a healthy eating lifestyle, and minimal styling, you can grow long, thick, locs!

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Faux Locs Appropriation

When you see Kylie Jenner on a page of a fashion magazine, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For many people of color we see a person with privilege using cultural appropriation to catapult their success. She is named this generation’s youngest self-made billionaire, even though it is obvious that she was born into a wealthy family. If she was not trying so hard to mimic black women features, she would not be as famous as she is today.

But what was most disappointing to see was when she graced the pages of Teen Vogue with faux locs.

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For so many years people of African descent have rocked locks and have been frowned upon. We have been viewed as potheads, dirty, street urchins that are too lazy to tame our hair. But once she started rocking fake locs all of sudden likes started to pour in. It is like a figurative slap to the face to those who have lost their jobs because they refused to cut their natural goddess like locks, while people linked to the Kardashian family continue to bank off of it.

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It is my hope that one day all races will be shown equal appreciation. You twist your hair to retain length and faux locs are an easy way to maintain coarse hair. A good amount of black celebrities rock faux locs too, like Megan Good and Zendaya. But the lack of credit given back to the black community is discouraging. Progress is being made, but at what cost? If more black people point out cultural appropriation, hopefully in the future we will receive more credit for all of our innovations.

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My Love and Hate Affair With Wigs

It is hard to not love wigs when you have a tight curl pattern. When your hair is full of 4c coils, you tend to gravitate to wigs. Having a big head, I used to always go to my local beauty supply store to search for curly wigs.

At first, I loved you wig. You were my quick fix to a bad hair day. I hate getting a re-twist on my locs because I don’t like foreign hands in my hair. But I loved foreign hair on top of my hair. It made me feel like a new person. Longer, big, vivacious hair made me feel exotic. Wig you made me feel Brazilian. You made me feel partially Indian. You made me feel biracial although I am 100% African American. You took away the title of ” oh she’s just a nappy-headed hood-rat ” and replaced it with “she’s bad, she must be mixed”. You made me feel wild and free. Like I could get hired at a higher paying job with you on. Like I could get a white man to ask me out with European strands on top of my head. Like I could walk a runway at a fashion event and not be called racial slurs. Like I could sit down with Michelle Obama and not feel out of place because even the former First Lady rocks a white woman-like wig frequently.

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But now I hate you. You eroded the baby hairs that I used to cherish. My receding hairline is because of you. You made be pat my head vigorously because I could not reach the top of my scalp. My head appeared bigger in the mirror because of you. You made guys become more attracted to me, not because I was naturally being me, but because the length and smooth strands made me appear to be mixed. You made me not want to be natural and to just always take the shortcuts in my hair life. Loving you transformed my appearance, but harmed the health of my hair. Loving you made fake friends call me a hooker because I always had a different hairstyle. Loving you made me love myself less.

Maybe one day I will love you again. I loved the way you touched the middle of my back like my real hair never had. The way I feel asleep with you on when I was too exhausted to take you off. The way you made me feel like I was a new person. Like I could have a whole new identity. Because sometimes I don’t like my external appearance. I don’t like the hurtful stereotypes inflicted on me because of my kinky curls. Because of my ethnic background. Maybe one day I will want that fancy high-paying job where I have a rich white man as a boss at a popular big corporation. Chances, are without you on, they won’t give my resume a second look. We all know wearing locs reduces the chances of me getting hired.

But for now, I have broken up with you. So you can go embrace the scalp of another beautiful woman.

I feel freer without you.

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Loc Growth

I have had locs since January of 2015. Now, I would like to look back and see all the progress I have made. I have gone natural. I took my hair from a relaxed state to a coarse one. I am still unsure as to whether putting too much oils in my hair causes dandruff. I used to love putting relaxer in my hair because it seemed to kill the dandruff. My locs have grown in length and they seem to be looking more thick. I am trying to semi free-form them.

I fell in love with dreads after watching Black Ink. It was a show about a black owned tattoo shop, and it still airs on VH1 , but I would just watch it to look at Dutchess hair. Every time I saw it I thought to myself, her hair is beautiful. After that, I started to do extensive research on locs. And when I say extensive, I mean I was obsessed! But I just love that we can keep our hair long and thick via dreadlocks! Perm destroys our hair and even when natural it can be hard to keep retention. I will continue to put up pics of my progress.

I haven’t been re-twisting them every couple of weeks. They only get re-twisted every couple of months. It is about time for me to re-twist them. Here are growth pics of my locs:

 

 

I see a lot of growth. Since I have started my locs it has been 4 years and I have seen about 9 inches of growth. I want to have Rastafarian hair. I don’t want to have hair that looks like its getting re-twisted at the salon every couple of weeks. When you re-twist your hair every couple weeks it ends up looking very thin, and thin locs is easier to break. I have a type of hair that does not like to be touched a lot. That is African hair. Mother African hair.

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It seems like all the girls with locs are Rastafarian! LOL. But they do mostly originate from Jamaica. Nerissa Irving has got me crushin on her locs. She really has long locs. She says in her YouTube videos that  her locs are more of a free form and she hasn’t gotten them twisted in about a year. Wow! I really do wish I can achieve her length someday. In the meanwhile, I will gaze in utter admiration upon her hair.

It is my goal that in the future my hair will look like this:

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Chignon Hairstyle

By: David Aiyankhe

(Created February 11,2015)

Have you tried the chignon hairstyle? You may choose to consider that, if you have to quickly, cheaply, simply, and easily make up a hairstyle for your date/special event because you do not have more time left. It could even be an ideal style to make for your job as the weekend is almost over. Chignon hairstyle is achieved by pinning the hair into a knot at the nape of the neck or at the back of the head, but there are many different variations of the style. They are frequently worn for special occasions, like weddings and formal dances, but the basic chignon is also worn for everyday casual wear.

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(Image Credit: 1st pic- http://myweddingguides.com/chignon-hairstyles-2016-jpg/ , 2nd pic- therighthairstyles.com )