• The Naps

    Monday, August 13th 2012

    *NappyWhen 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!


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    Dawn is a Delta living in northern Illinois about to marry a superfantastic man whom she lovingly refers to as The Mister. After getting engaged, Dawn promptly developed a wedding magazine addiction that she has yet to kick. It's come to be a love/hate relationship with the mags though, because she realized that women of color were all but absent in these publications. So the former English major set off to start a blog about the details of her wedding as well as create a place where folks could come and chat about relationships, the wedding industry and it's inconsistencies. You can find her at http://happynappybride.wordpress.com/

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    2 Responses to “The Naps”

    1. Backwards Bride says:

      Bravo! I love them both. I actually 2 strand flat twist my hair to control the wild look that I normally rock. Most of the time, I simply wash and go. I have a wavy/curly kinda head of hair which when straightened is past the boobs, too. In the morning, my look is more like Rick James because it’s wet and curly(Jheri curl like) but when it dries it’s a nice shoulder length curly afro. My co-workers are constantly amazed my black hair… which I so love! :)

    2. Mimi says:

      I return to my roots about 2.5 yrs ago and over all it is the best decision I could have made in regards to my hair. Now as far as the man I “was” seeing.. he thought I had lost my mind and was my way to singing ol negro spirituals at the break of dawn (lol). I am not in the wedding planning market right at this moment, I do find myself thinking what am I going to do when that time comes. I am not big on putting heat in my hair. I let it do what its gonna do… I am glad to see there are alternatives.. I know that when my day comes I will have enough resources (Thank you C.B) to make a well informed decision. Oh yeah.. your hair is beautiful!!!

      Nap-On My Sista (fist in the air)

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