Can we talk about these braids for a minute? This is the most carefree hairstyle I’ve had in a while. It makes getting ready in the morning so easy and keeps me effortlessly cute. We all know that maintaining healthy and fresh looking hair is sometimes a struggle. When my hair is out and relaxed, I go through so many different styles just to try to figure out what will keep my hair neat the longest. My hair hates everything about the environment and it refuses to keep a curl. And have you guys ever noticed that whenever you get your hair done, it either rains that day or the next? No matter what I do the elements never want me to be great! Rain, snow, sun, humidity, you name it and my hair gets upset IMMEDIATELY! What I’ve learned is that you just have to keep on trying out styles and products until you find something that works. It also helps that I have an amazing hair stylist, Joel Edwin, who puts up with my moods and constant indecision. (Be sure to check him out at O’ Salon, 212 Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn). He also understands when my hair needs a break from the creamy crack or simply from this humid summer air.
I always want to try fun styles in the summer but I know that unless I add extensions it just won’t last so I like to take this time to make that trek to Harlem so the girls at Aminata Hair Braiding (360 W 125th St) can get me ready for the hot, hazy and humid summers in NY. I opted for box braids because they are super versatile and they last long if you take care of them well. It’s also great workout hair! Lately, I’ve been loving just leaving them down and sweeping them to one side. Something about this look makes me feel like a goddess no matter what I’m wearing. I’m also a fan of the topknot whenever I can get mine to cooperate. I take full advantage of the fact that my hair can be pulled up because this doesn’t happen often. I have to be honest though, I’m getting restless-as I often do with my hair- now I’m thinking I should switch it up. A weave maybe? Although, I’m feeling like that’s too much of a commitment for me. A different braid style? Back to my pixie? Any thoughts? Talk to me!
**Photos taken by Shawn Smith