Let me tell you a little secret about me…. I hate doing my hair! I just do. Before having my babies I loved, nurtured, and dated my hair on a regular basis. We would go on long walks to the beauty supply stores to try new products, we would take showers together and I run my fingers through her, I would lather her up with the best conditioners, creams, and oils, we would watch TV as I prepped her for greatness, we just really used to have a good time…. Now I treat her as some random ass dude trying to holla off the street. I don’t make eye contact, I limit any type of conversation, and I pay her attention only when necessary. You know, like the dude who you can't avoid because his approach is so aggressive that you give the awkward laugh while looking for the quickest escape route. Yea, that is how I’ve been treating my hair. Just wrong, she deserves better.
Since I do not have the free time I once used to have, I recently had crochet braids installed. I.LOVE.ME.SOME.CROCHET.BRAIDS! They can change up your look in an instant. Giving you a different curl pattern or match your our texture so that you can simply give your hair a rest from the daily manipulation. When doing protective styles it is so important to find someone who respects your hair. Particularly, if they are braiding hair on the perimeter of your head. You want the braids to last but not pull too tightly on your edges. Have you ever seen someone with braids so tight they have an instant facelift? They can’t smile, move a muscle in their face, think straight, laugh, cough, sneeze, poot, blink, turn their head too fast - well, shit they can’t do anything! Don’t be that person. Instead find someone who understands that quality braids does not equal tight braids #StepsOffSoapbox. My homie Kim, my go-to crochet installer, understands the importance of quality braids and how they lay the foundation for achieving your desired look. We have a pep talk before starting the process just to reiterate the importance of my edges and she never fails me. My braids are always neat, long lasting, and most importantly, not tight. She installed 4 packs of Freetress Water Wave in color TT30. It is an ombre color that starts off as black/off black and transitions into a medium reddish brown color.
Ya’ll..... I am pretty much Beyonce circa “Let Me Upgrade You.”
Kim followed a technique I found on YouTube to keep the ombre color intact. The video is linked below! The sound quality isn't the best but the video is helpful to watch mainly for the technique.
Do you wear protective styles? If so, what is your go to style? Do you find protective styles helpful? And, the most relevant question of all, do I look like Beyonce??? Drop your answers below.
Freetress Water Wave hair purchase here.
Watch YouTube tutorial here.