Lately I’ve been thinking about how I want to wear my natural hair this summer. It’s fun to visualize myself with a cute protective style even though the warm weather is dragging it’s feet here in Colorado. We’ve gotten hail storm warnings nearly everyday but it looks as though the sunshine is finally on it’s way.
About 80% of the time I rock curly styles because of how time consuming it is to straighten my hair. When I finally do go straight, I like to go as a long as possible until I wash it again because I don’t want to waste all of that effort. Right after I straighten my hair it is very lightweight and flowy which I love. In my last post I discussed how to achieve those results. After about a week or so, my hair starts to feel heavy. That’s when I like to change things up a bit with a braid out for something different. Unfortunately, it took a long time for me to find what worked for a successful braid out on straight natural hair.
When I was growing up my mother always kept my hair in cute braided styles. Every single day of the week I had braids and only wore my hair down for special occasions. I used to love brushing through my thick hair on wash days but shortly after it was right back in those braids. That is probably a big reason why I love to wear my hair out so much. Hair gurus always tell us that you should wear protective styles for hair growth. I want to enjoy my natural hair so I wear it down about 75% of the time.
|French Braids on my Natural Hair
Recently I posted a Youtube video on how I french braid my natural hair. I have been wearing my hair braided up more often recently as part of my No Heat Challenge. It has made things a little easier for me because the weather is cooler these days. My hair can get really big and full so the french braids make it possible for me to get a hat on my head whenever I want. I also use the braids to protect my hair while I’m sleeping at night so I won’t have to wake up to tangles in the morning.
I posted the video because I wanted to offer a visual to other naturals of how to do french braids. I see a lot of comments online from people who have never learned how to braid their hair in this way. I learned the technique from my mother who braided my hair every week when I was younger. Sometimes she would do a fancy braided style on my hair but later on she just did one or two french braids with a little bang in front. When I was about ten years old she taught me how to do it on my own hair. She also taught me how to do the inverted method which was basically the opposite of french braiding. I was frustrated with it at first because my braids just didn’t look as nice and tight as when she did them. I eventually got the hang of it though.
Finally here in Colorado we are getting some warmer weather. That weekly snow storm business was beginning to drive me crazy! Every time I saw the cold temps coming I cringed at the idea of wearing a Wash n’ Go. Curly hair is great but, wet hair when the weather is cold is not so great. As a result, I have been wearing my hair either straight or in stretched styles.
Now I’m beginning to wonder what style I want to rock for the summer months. I’m thinking about maybe taking on Havana Twists. These are twists done using Marley Braid hair but much larger (and faster) than mini or medium size twists. It looks like it may be easy to install but I haven’t done my own extensions in ages so who knows what I’ll get.
I’m also loving the medium size, “Poetic Justice” type box braids. I would also be doing these myself but I tried to practice recently with some leftover hair from last time and it didn’t go so well. Until I make up my mind and try to tackle a summer protective style, I’ll be either straight or curly depending on what activities my family and I have planned. Since the warm weather is late here I’d better hurry up and decide before it’s too late!