It’s that time again. The fall winds are breezing and the winter chill is inevitable. Winter is coming people and we best be ready! I’m still trying to figure out what I will do as I have a shaved head and my little fuzz will be in the TWA category for a long stretch. So while I continue to question my life choices and contemplate time travel (just to grab my hair and turn it into a wig); I figured I’d share a few styles to serve as inspiration for Winter 2018 Protective Styling.
Today’s post will focus on cornrow braids and just how intricate the styling is and how efficient it is. I love how all the features on a woman’s face are emphasized when the distraction that is hair is subtracted from the equation. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE HAIR; but sometimes if not most times, less is in fact more.
I remember being in high school and styling my own hair. I didn’t do the actual braiding but I would draw my style on a paper and let Maggie, work her magic. I loved the stares, I loved the questions, I loved being unique and the only one who had ‘that’ style. I channeled my inner Alicia Keys and the rest was history. This style on …. reminds me of that. It’s complicated yet simple and do-able.
I’m not sure how true it is, but I read somewhere that African American slaves used braiding as a way to share, communicate or store maps. These maps could have been to trace back the journey to their families as we all know families were ripped apart. The maps could also have been to map out their way to freedom. In no way am I saying African American slaves created the art of braiding at all. All I am thinking is how ingenious our people are at finding and making a way out of no way. No matter how stacked the odds are against us, we endure, we persevere, no matter how long it takes.
If you are wondering to yourself what protective styling is all about, you definitely should read my previous post where I wrote in depth, all things you need to know about protective styling.
If you are looking for inspiration for wigs, weaves, single braids and more types of protective styles, I got you covered. In another previous post, I scoured the internet and provided many forms of protective styles so check that out too.