it’s funny how a slight change to your hairstyle can restore your enthusiasm.
Winter is in full swing here in Pennsylvania and i was in a wash ‘n go slump. Sure i knew which combination of hair products would work best for me with that style, but when you consider the added length that i’ve grown by staying away from the clippers and a couple of days where the temperatures have barely reached 20 degrees, i started to realize that a wet head every morning wasn’t cutting it.
so what to do?? the obvious answer according to style sites and the pictures that i admire would be to adopt to bantu knots or twist-outs….the problem was that i had tried these techniques in the past with DISASTROUS end results. it would’ve been so easy to give up, straighten my hair and go back to my straightened style. But instead [motivated by my best friend who is also dealing with her own hair "dilemmas"], i decided to try the 2 strand twist-outs again…and again…and again.
I dedicate random weekends to my “hair experiments”. This way if i’m looking a hot mess, I don’t have to be in the presence of my coworkers. It’s no shocker that my 1st attempt sucked. My 2nd attempt wasn’t much better, but the key thing to note is that it was indeed an improvement! The 3rd attempt gave me the confidence to switch up my pre-work week routine and dare to venture into the office on Monday with the use of my new technique. I’m sooo happy to say that 2 stand twist outs are FINALLY a success for me and I finally have a new go-to style with a renewed sense of enthusiasm!
I guess the point that I’m trying to stress here is that nobody wakes up with a perfectly styled head of natural hair. While styling may be 2nd nature for some, I’d venture to say that the majority of you are in the same boat as me – it takes PRACTICE and PATIENCE to get your hair – natural or not – to look good. Just know that the end result will be so rewarding.
Have any of you triumphed over styling slumps? Please share!
So I went to visit my future in-laws over the weekend and I’m still rocking the little TWA (this is not their 1st time seeing it). It has noticeably grown since the last visit and my future mother-in-law seemed to like it last time.
During this visit, she made a comment that really struck a cord with me…After talking about how much it has grown, she more or less indicated that I “had better straighten it before the [June 2012] wedding”. She then backtracked and said that it was still cute the way it currently is though. I’m assuming that I must have had a funny look on my face after her initial comment which is why she tried to soften the blow…
I know that she didn’t mean any harm at all, but her comment hit home. I’ve been debating what to do with my hair for our wedding day even before her remarks – here are a few of my “pros/cons”:
-While I love the freedom of my TWA, I also love how I looked with my short little (flat-ironed) pixie & the pixie is still my favorite style
-When I first stopped flat-ironing, I was rocking a tapered TWA and loved that style but I don’t want to cut my hair that short again until i’m 100% certain of the style that I plan to wear for the big day
-That being said, I don’t know if I’m going to love my TWA with an additional 7 months of growth.
-It would be great to not have to worry about humidity or getting sweaty while dancing all night
-I’m not loving the head pieces (veils) that I see online for pixie cuts
-I also have very limited examples of head pieces to help me visualize what I’d wear on my head with a TWA
Some examples of me with straightened and natural for comparison:
Do you all see anything wrong with going back to the straightened ‘do temporarily for the big day? Have any of you or your family/friends faced this “great debate” and what did you/they decide to do? Will I regret it one way or the other?
They’re driving me nuts. Really. I feel like I’m in a modern day version of Alfred Hitchock’s “The Birds” except I’m being attacked by stink bugs. They say that they won’t survive the first frost of the year and we’ve been able to keep most of them out of the house…
But every now and then, one will sneak up on me and make me feel like I’m covered in them. Then again, I guess it could be worse – so says the victims of the bedbug epidemic…