Allergic to Fake Hair????

yemuraicrawford-1494122253624[1]I’ve always taken for granted the fact that I’ve never experienced an allergic reaction. I hear the horror stories of children being rushed to the E.R. for ingesting some type of nut or fruit and at times bee-stings are the culprit. Never in my adult life did I think that something as lifeless as synthetic hair, could and would cause an inconceivable pain I couldn’t bare.

After watching many tutorials on how to crotchet my hair I decided to try it out. I stepped into my local beauty supply store and purchased the prettiest curly hair i could find at a reasonable price. I came home, did my best at cornrowing my hair and installed my crotchet style. It felt like an eternity, the installation i mean. In total I spent about 5.5 hours on my hair but due to the fact that I’m a human with kids to tend to, I had many breaks and completed the following day.

FLATTWIST UPWARDS VS. DOWNWARDS


I remember the first time I attempted a flattwist hairstyle. I was so confident in the knowledge I had acquired from the multiple YouTube tutorials I had watched. Somehow however, I ended up with one side of my head facing down and the other up.

I kept quizzing myself; was it because I was right handed? does the technique change when I switch sides? I took it down, twisted again and ended up with the same results. WTF?!

I loved both sides, separately, not together. I had to figure out a way to make them look the same. So I practiced, practiced and practiced some more and finally, I mastered the downward facing flattwist. My quest was not over.
I loved the look of the upward facing twists so I took to YouTube and my mirror, parted my hair and practiced. Here we are now, I have mastered two awesome protective styles and here to share. All you need is a bit of hand-eye, finger-placing, hair-grabbing coordination and you are good to go.
What I love about the flattwist is that once mastered it is quick to install and takedown. It’s a style that can be worn anywhere and at anytime.

Protective Styling 101

As an African, I took for granted many things that I’m now finding out are extremly beneficial to my hair. Who knew that wearing a turban/scarf or as we call it in my native language dhuku, is actually more than dresscode? I had no idea that the african threading hairstyles that my mother ever so neatly created on my head every three weeks or so were not her way of just putting my hair away but actually protected my hair and helped me retain length.

What is protective styling?
A protective style is one that disallows the manipulation of hair for a long period of
time. For a style to be considered “protective”, the ends of your hair must be tucked/wrapped away and not accessible to external forces such as the environment, products and finger/comb tempering. Great examples are wigs, weaves, braids, threading and buns.

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