I love my Miss Celie Plaits…ur umm…box braids…
and screw anyone else who doesn’t! (If you’re here from HC click here ) Or scroll down to read a related post…
Well I was wrong. Ok… sort of.
It was getting to the point that my method of keeping my hair looking fresh just wasn’t working anymore. I’d redo my flat twists one day and before the end of the day, they would look weeks old. Same thing with my two-strand twists, no matter if I just retwisted, they just looked old. And God help me if I slept on them…I’d wake up with my whole head looking like a fuzzy, wuzzy rug.
My hair was trying to tell me something, and that something was most def “TAKE ME DOWN!”
Yeah, right. So between that and the itchies, I finally obliged and took my hair down… something I’ve been dreading doing for quite awhile. Seems like over the past six months, I’ve gained about an inch-and-a-half of length and believe me when I tell you that managing 15.5 inches of loose hair (ok my lower layers are about 12-13 inches long or so) as opposed to what it was last September is a game changer. I new it would be cause it was taking me longer just to do ONE twist from root to tip. Multiply that by probably 80 of those bad boys, and I realized that I no longer had the wherewithal to twist my whole head in a single sitting. NO WONDER I was dreading taking my hair down because no way would I want to redo my whole head anytime soon. So in the meantime, what in the world would I, could I do with nearly a foot and-a-half of thick, nappy hair?
I know some of y’all can do it — style your loose natural hair — but I can’t. I’ve tried. It’s too dense. I’ve tried to part my hair down the middle and do two flat twists. I’ve tried coming up with other styles on loose nappy hair and no matter what I tried, I’d end up getting frustrated and just working my hair into a puff. Not good. Cute, but not good. Destroys my ends. So nope, uh uh, not good.
So just how did I end up wearing my hair? You got it…in a puff. A really cute low puff. Uuuuggghhhh! That night, I came home and racked my brain about what to do with my hair. The next morning, Thursday morning, I made three plaits across the front, (very similar to how my hair was styled as a little girl — you know — one on the top and two on either side) and then pulled those back into a low puff.
I looked at it and thought “Ok…yeah, I like this.” But throughout the day, I was still agonizing about wearing my puff so I decided to put the back in plaits too, rather reminiscent of T‘keyah Crystal Kemah, you know, the lady who played the mom on “That’s So Raven.” She always wore plaits, held a professional position, and I always thought her hair looked so cute. Well, alright, I’ll confess that I wasn’t a fan of EVERY plaited arrangement of her hair, but none the less I loved how the character wore her braids with such confidence that no one would even bat an eye at the fact that most folks would consider all those plaits to be a “little girl’s hair style.”
Shoot, in my opinion, she was workin’ it. Who says hair has to be long, straight and flowing this way and that to make a women feel and look grown and sexy. It’s all about attitude!
So this evening, that’s what I did.I put the back in plaits as well. Took the better part of an hour. Now, I’ve looked at it from all angles and for the record I do like it. Not sure if I LOVE it, (and frankly not feeling the grown and sexy part either — more like grown, but casual) but I definitely like it enough to wear it like this for an indefinite period of time. Problem is, I braid so tightly that the braids in the back look rather anorexic. They’re long and skinny. Well, I also suspect they’re kinda thin because I had a fair amount of breakage over the winter months in a couple of spots. I was hoping they’d have more volume but they don’t, however, I can definitely live with them for now. I just hope it holds up cause right now, I’m just NOT in the mood to spend anymore time on my hair.
That said, I might just keep my hair in braids like this for the rest of the spring and all summer long too. That should give me a needed break from my hair and give it a chance to recover from being handled so much over this past winter.