> Hair Stages
hair, like other women's hair, has gone through quite a few stages
and counting. Most were under the control and discretion
of my parents, but currently I've been in control since I started
working for my own money.
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hair was relaxed for over half of my hair life. I must
have started from 7-9yrs. old. My mom would sometimes
relax my hair at home, but my regular routine would be to go to
Tina's (our hair stylist for years) every two weeks to have our
hur did. She always did a great job. She
would relax our (my sis & mom) hair, wash our hair (my favorite
part), condition it, put it up in rollers, or press & curl
it (rare cause I hated that). The only thing I hated
about this experience was that it took a hell of a long time. We'd
ofcourse have an appointment, but we'd sometimes wait 20-30min
to be seen. If we were late, that would be a good 1 hour
wait. All in all, have our McDonalds, Soul Train, and Saturday
Afternoon Movies (*thumbs down*) to get us through the day.
middle school I loved bangs. I would put one roller
on a patch of hair on top of my head and call it a "bang". My
hair was so thin though, so I found my "bangs" always
standing up, like I was in shock. My friends would
always tell me "your bangs are up" and I'd simply comb
them down over my face. Now I just had hair in front
of my face, but I didn't care, they were "bangs".
H.S. my sister & I absolutely loved going to the salon. We
absolutely needed to once we felt the slightest appearance of
naps under our hair. I remember begging our mom to
take us as soon as she could! When we did, I'd find
myself literally holding my hair with my hands to keep my style
from blowing out of place. I'd be lucky if the style
kept for church the next day.
"Bob" with bangs: As simple as this style looks,
it took me a good 2 hours to get my ends to curl inwards
and my bangs to curl and sway off to the side with my curling
iron! After all that time spent, my hair looks so
Here I am wearing a head band with the
ends of my hair wrapped over the bottom of it and tucked
inside. I did this because my ends were stubborn
and would not stay curled inwards with my curling iron.
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started wearing braids in middle school. My mom wanted
to experiment with them and I ended up wearing those experiments
to school. They were... um... different. Yes. So
different that some didn't want to stay on my head during class. I
was lucky once and had one braid slide off my head and
straight into my backpack. Whew!
into H.S., I started getting my hair professionally braided but
still going for the cheap deals. We've been lucky with
braiders. We once had this one lady come visit us with
her two daughters to braid mine and my sister's hair for very
low prices. I was very grateful to her. She
gave us, for the most part, the styles that we really wanted. We
could use any hair color, and tell her any size to braid the hair
in. If it was too small or too big, it was okay, she
could fix that. She was so good to us!
been wearing braids on and off, maybe once to twice a year, up
through college. I love going to get it professionally
braided once in a while (over $100) but I can't afford it all
still love braids, but getting a good price depends on who you
know. For the most part, professionally done individuals
will cost you from $120-$150. I'd like to go back to
the bradery I usually go to, but the good ones keep leaving! Other
than that, it's on with my natural styles!
black medium individuals: I still
loved getting these done. These cost $120--I thought
the quality was definitely worth it. I think you can
see how even each individual braid is.
crinkly burgudny braids: Whenever
my individuals were getting old, I would make the style
look fresh by changing it up a bit. Now I know
yall know this trick, right... I'd bunch my individuals
into big, tight braids and dip each of them in boiling hot
water (with baby oil or hair oil added for high shine).
brown individuals curled at the ends:
I think I used small rollers at the ends of my braids, dipped
them in hot water, and got big, bouncy curls... that I hated.
But I made it work :)
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is the state my hair is in and the state I style it in. As
you may already know, I've been growing my hair out naturally
for the past... counting... wow, 4 years! It happened by
accident though, funny story really... I believe it was
those burgundy braids that I was wearing when I discovered what
kind of hair I really have. It's really paid off and I've
probably only started to get the hang of maintaining my natural
hair a year or so ago. AND I'm still learning. I'm
just very pleased with all that I've done with my natural hair
at it's different lengths, and all that I've done to grow it is
keep it healthy.
Small Twist-Out: I had small twists
in my hair for a week or two, untwisted them, and that's
it. This must have been over 2 years being natural,
probably 4-5" of grown out natural hair.
Pressed bone straight: I must have been just
over a year with natural hair.
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