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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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Beautiful Protective Styles for Women Who Love Their Natural Hair

Who’s rocking a protective hairstyle on your natural hair to get through these blah winter days until the bright sunshine (and super hot temperatures) of summer come along and add just the right light to set off our beautiful natural hair for the most perfect summer time selfie ever? : >) I know you doing it. And I don’t blame you. . especially since the protective styles I’ve been checking out lately are just drop down gorgeous! Whether you’re new to natural hair or you’ve been rocking your natural hair for years, it’s important to have a style you can wear that gives you a few days where you don’t have to mess with your natural hair. . just give it time to grow and be fabulous.

I mean protect me, honey, and make me look beautiful, too. I love the protective hairstyles these sisters are coming up with. Gone are the days where we have to just wear a hat, a scarf, or single braid to hide away our beautiful natural hair until the bad weather, busy days, or lack of time for daily maintenance is over.

Here are some protective hairstyle pics to give you some ideas on other ways you can step up your protective hair style game.

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Three Braids and a Twist
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NeNe is rocking some fierce Bantu Knots
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Crochet Braids
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Flat Twisted Bun
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Jump Rope Braids

 

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Braided Bun
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Two Strand Twists
SideTwister
Side Cornrow Braids & Twists
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You can get lost in this Infinity Twist
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Havana Twists

Don’t get me wrong. I’m NOT there! I’m still working with my little TWA from my second big chop because I’m managing a little touch of Short Hairstyle Addiction that I can’t seem to shake for the world. Yet I’m always on the look out for my next big hair crush. I’ve already decided on about 10 protective styles that I want to use once I get through this “trying time” and grow my hair to a length that my talented hairdresser Tab can even work with. So, I’ll post some protective style selfies in 2016.. forbidding some serious hair chopping relapse (that tends to consistently occur every three months). Look, just pray for me. LOL


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