When The Mister asked me to marry him last July, I was transitioning out of dreadlocks. I’d had them for about ten years and was ready to be able to do my hair in different styles. When I cut out the dreads, I only had a snaps worth of hair, so I put it in braids until I could figure out what to do with it. Then I realized how easy braids were and kept getting them instead of doing my hair myself.
I must confess that I’ve never been one to “do” my hair, which is how I ended up with the locs in the first place. I knew I wanted to come out of the relaxers (which I did about eleven years ago now), but I also knew I didn’t want to wrangle with my hair. Anyhoo, when he asked, I was spending about $200/session to get my hair braided. I was getting them redone every three months or so and I added up the cost thru the wedding and realized it’d be about $800 to keep getting my hair done. With our small budget, I couldn’t justify spending that kind of loot. So I went cold turkey on the braids and started doing my hair.
Now I’ve got two faves that are my go-to styles. I always go curly because when the thickness creeps in, the ‘do still looks cute. When I flat iron (which I do roughly once a month), I set my hair on rods and sit underneath the dryer to let it set. My wedding hair was done like this:
When I don’t flat iron (which is most of the time), I just wash and set in bantu knots and sit under the dryer to set it and let them out…I re-knot at night and sleep in them overnight. Here’s some pics I took this morning:
Anyhoo, for those of you who are looking to do your natural hair for your wedding, it can be done without chemicals or weaves. Mine lasted through our wedding and reception…where I danced myself sweaty and didn’t worry about my hair. I suppose the only way I wouldn’t even try my hair is to keep it straight, so if you’re wanting head-shakin’ hair, this isn’t the look for you. My hair is past my boobs when straightened, so you can see it’s significantly shorter this way.
Any other nappies out there with hair ideas? I’m always looking to try new things!