Category Archives: head wraps

My Natural Hair Bucket List

bucketlistSince I went natural in August of 2014, I have come up with SO many products, accessories, colors and styles that I want to try out on my hair. And I’ve actually done ALOT. I’ve colored it seven times, done two big chops, and tried out about 8 unique styles and have accrued about 2 bags of accessories, and I’m no where near stopping. But there are some major natural hair bucket list items that I’m totally fixated on.

Not everybody is going to agree with my choices, but the way my life set up. . I don’t really care!

Figure out a go-to head wrap style, and rock the crap out of it. If I can just get ONE wrap down, I’m doing it.

head wraphead wrap2 head wrap3I’ve found so many different ways sisters can rock head scarves and head wraps, I’ve GOT to try it out.


 

Try crochet braids. I mean, I LOVE LOVE LOVE all the styles my naturalista sisters have come up with. I’ve got to try at least one.

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Here are some protective hairstyle pics to give you other protective style ideas, too.


 

Wear super long braids. . preferably to Jamaica. This one will be tricky because I have debilitating migraines that are FINALLY under control. But a girl can hope. Right?

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Color my hair hot pink. [You’re not gonna talk me out of this one, so please spare me the negative comments.]

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prettyinpink2Here are the colors I’ve already tried when I dyed my natural hair. You can see that pink is definitely not out of the questions.


 

Grow my hair into a SUPER fro!

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Get my top bun on! Oh my goodness! I just love them soooooooooooooooooooo much!

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Wear my glorious silver. Just let a few silver strands grow in. You gonna see!

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Feel free to share your natural hair bucket list items. I know you’ve got some.

Natural Sister, Reclaim Your Head Wrap

As a young woman, my momma kept her hair wrapped in fabric. She said it made her look modest. I thought it made her look like Aunt Jemima.

It ran me nuts. She had this long, beautiful, wavy black hair that I loved and envied, and I wanted her to show it off to the world. But she was wearing a head wrap like some slave. Even in college, when I thought about wearing a head scarf I had to take a long pause to figure out why my mind kept connecting head scarves with slavery when I KNOW that women in West Africa wore head wraps as a source of pride and communal connection.

But when you  know better you do better, right?

At this point, I have recognized so many things connected to my history that I’ve been made to feel ashamed of.

  • My big lips
  • My naturally kinky hair (which I now know is “good hair“)
  • My skinny body
  • My large breasts

So, why did I not just guess that the negative connotation that was tied to head wraps had to do with how mass media portrayed the black women who wore head wraps?  In all the movies and TV shows I watched, they were servants, slaves, or just downright ignorant. I get it. You want me to think Black people are all sorry.

WELL, IT AIN’T GONNA WORK!

We are a proud, beautiful and intelligent people, and it’s time to demystify yet another myth.

Sisters can rock head scarves and head wraps!

And, by the way, wearing a head scarf or head wrap is a wonderful way to protect your natural hair during these brutal winter months. Here are some other ideas for protective styles on natural hair.

I have been seeing SO many gorgeous natural hair women wearing head wraps. I mean, WOW! This isn’t a hard point to prove AT ALL.

You can twist, turn and wear those things a million different ways. It’s a wonderful protective hair style for us natural hair sisters. And I want to take the time out to feature them. . in memory of my momma who rocked a head wrap even before I could understand why.

Check out these beautiful natural hair sisters who are rocking out head scarves and head wraps. And give it a try.

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Oh, and here’s my attempt at rocking a head scarf. Expect many more to follow. . as I learn how to do some of the cooler head wraps.
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And if you’re looking for different ideas on how to wrap your hair, here’s a few that I ran across on Pinterest.

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