In all the excitement about the new year I totally forgot about this Jan. 1 being my two-year natural hair anniversary. Yes, two years ago I took the plunge and decided to wear my hair in all its kinky, coily glory, the way the good Lord gave it to me! What a journey it has been. The above collage is just a few snapshots of my favorite hair moments from 2012 and 2013. The largest picture was taken in January 2012 during a trip to the DMV area, about a week or so into joining Team Natural. I realize that the past two years have been about me embracing my natural texture and getting comfortable with styling it, and trying new things, including an array of products – some hits, some misses. I played with scarves, experimented with many an updo, dabbled with braids, and ran wild with Senegalese and Marley twists.
I can legitimately say that I’m nappy and happy! Yes, there were great days when I felt like a luxurious Nubian princess after turning heads and garnering compliments. And yes, there were difficult days when my tresses didn’t want to cooperate and I dreaded being seen in public. Either way, I took the good with the bad, toughed it out and learned a lot. Now that I’ve gotten acclimated with my natural hair, I’ll be focusing on growth and length retention this year. I’ll finally get an extremely overdue trim, try some Jamaican Black Castor Oil to even out my disproportionately shorter edges and commit to a results-driven regimen. Heck, I may even start doing length checks. I’m super excited to be at this juncture in my journey.
What are some things that have worked for you in growing your hair? Are there any hair products or supplements that have done the trick? I’d appreciate any recommendations in the comments section below. Thanks!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
This past New Year’s Eve I decided to stay inside with my boo wop. But just because we weren’t out at a club didn’t mean we couldn’t dress to impress. It was quite fun actually, wearing fancy clothes but being in the comforts of a warm home. I went with this spunky little party dress I scored for less than $15 from Fred Flare several months ago, and it was my first time wearing it. I love the mesh cutouts in the back. Overall, it was a perfect look to close out 2013.
Dress: Motel Rocks
Earrings: Forever 21
Lipstick: Revlon Super Lustrous “Wink for Pink”
This past week I tried something different! After washing and conditioning my hair, I set it in two-strand twists with a center part. No biggie to the average person, but it was a huge leap for me to break from the norm and do a new thing. In the past I just didn’t like the way the middle part looked on me. But I believe I’ve turned over a new leaf, because when I began unraveling my twists I found that I looked kinda fly (if I can say so myself). The above captures the range of emotions I felt throughout the process. That and I wanted an excuse to post my many and varied “faces.” You’re welcome.
I’ve had a lovely time styling my Marley twists and enjoying the luxury of not having to worry about the frequent upkeep of my 4B tresses. But all good things must come to an end, as they say. Here’s a look at a few of the many ways I styled these twists. Given the countless compliments (I’m amazed at how many people thought it was all my hair — a true testament to the great blend of the Marley braiding hair with my natural texture) and ease of wear, I will definitely revisit this style of twists.
One of my hair idols, Chescaleigh (Franchesca Ramsey), recently posted a rope crown tutorial on her YouTube channel that looked absolutely beautiful on her. She has lovely locs, but I thought I’d give the style a go on my waist-length Marley twists. After fidgeting around with the style for about 45 minutes, I finally got it to stick. While Chesca’s rope crown is regal and elegant, I think the style on my Marley twists was a bit bulky. I suppose that’s OK if I was looking to turn heads on a night out. However, this look may be a bit much for the work week.
What do you think of this style? Yea or nay?
I was missing my Senegalese twists that I rocked this past winter, so I opted to go with some Marley twists. My sweet little sister, Ayesha, did them for me during Labor Day weekend after consulting a couple of YouTube videos for technique recommendations. I enjoy the fact that I can give my natural tresses a break with this protective style, and I love that they’re thick, super long (waist-length) and blend with the texture of my 4B hair. The only downsides are that they are heavy and warm during this Indian summer we’re having in Los Angeles, and they’re too thick to snatch up in a top knot bun. But I’m hoping they will last through October. I’ve been having a great time trying new ways to style my Marley twists.