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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Finding Your Hair Identity by guest blogger Shatara Trent
Guest Blogger Shatara Trent presents....
Finding your Hair Identity
The BIG CHOP,Bantu knots, two-strand twist, twist outs, ¾ units, sew-ins, quick weaves, ponytails, side parts, chinese bangs box braids, sisterlocks, lace-fronts, malaysian, brazilian, indian, remy, virgin, co-wash, ACV, Type A, Type B2, 12 in, 14 & 16 in. If you know some of these terms, take a bow, if you know all of these, I’m going to need to ask you to have a seat. Hair is one the most complex pieces of our bodies. It affects how we feel, how we act and ultimately how we look. Most importantly it is constantly changing, So i’ll ask you, what is your Hair Identity. Many may say do not let your hair define you,and I agree, BUT I will challenge YOU to define YOUR HAIR. There are a lot of fads out there, that make their way into social media and television. You may find yourself wanting to try ALL of them, but we have to remember as Jay-Z said on his Hollywood track “It ain’t for Everybody”. Just because sister girl from down the street can rock a low fade and a taper, does not mean YOU can. Just because your best friend from third grade let you two strand twist her fro, does not mean she should twist yours. Learn what’s best for you. Just because Beyonce rocks a different lace-front everytime you see her on TV, does not mean you need to go slapping a wig on and think you're cute. Check out Solange Knowles, to my left, her entire style is connected from hair all the way down to her shoes and this is why I say this: Being natural, is a journey, I’ve said this once before. It’s a lifestyle, and it’s all about being comfortable with who you are not with who you see. It’s ok to experiment with different things, in fact I encourage you to do so. However, experimenting means TRYING different things, not rocking a 3 week old twist out till the wheels fall off. For instance; Dawn Richards, I love the girl but this tomb raider Avatar ponytail is not working right now. It’s all about knowing what works best for you and daring to step out of what's normal. So know your probably wondering, what’s the best way for me to find my Hair Identity? Do your research, on your specific hair type, work habits and the amount of time you're willing to spend on caring for your mane. If you're a wash and go type of gal- then why would you spend your time on a high-maintenance 22 inch sew in that going to require you to style daily? That will just frustrate you to no end. If you like to spend your time in the mirror perfecting your look, you may find yourself unsatisfied with a simple twist out. If your hair is resistant to heat, and cannot hold a bone straight style, then a sleek look is not best for you. Hair is all about you, and you don’t have to be all about hair to know what will work best. If you have a regular stylist, please make sure she has YOUR best interest at heart when choosing styles for you to rock. Always remember to do what make you feel glamorous. After-all, you are the true diva, and you can let your star shine whether, you have big hair, or a sultry fro!
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Coming up next week: How to SAFELY color your hair..