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We know girls love Beyonce, but do men hate braids?

6 Aug

Hi Beauties!

First off please excuse the title of my post, I am  obsessed with that damn Drake song!  Anyway, a few weeks ago a really good guy friend and I were talking and the subject of hair came up, specifically braids. I was telling him how I was going to keep my hair braided for the summer and much to my surprise he told me and I quote,  “Men don’t like braids, they tolerate them but they don’t like them. Only women like braids.” He told me if I was to put my hair back into braids he would start a campaign to, “Free Lola” printed t-shirts and all. I simply laughed it off as the banter of a man who wears sunglasses at night in the darkness of  nightclubs (inside joke) but the following week a male co-worker also said something along those same lines and I couldn’t help but start to wonder, “Do men really hate braids?” Now I know not everything is for everyone and perhaps I should just chalk it up to that but still I kind of wonder if any of you ladies have heard anything like this too? I always thought braids were sexy, hell didn’t LL, “want a girl with extension in her hair”  Let me know what you think!

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Caring for Braids

24 Sep

After one week of rocking my box braids I am afraid I am not going to be able to wear them for 2 months (sad face). My hair-line is already super frizzy as Lola is multi-textured and my hair-line is where she is super fine and thin. So far I have been trying to lay the hair down without looking like Chilli circa the Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls era, actually pretty Chilli much from the 90’s to early 2000’s. Anyway for as long as I have the box braids I am going to use the following products to keep them looking fab.

 

1. African Pride Braid Sheen- Keep away the itch while keeping in the mositure with African Pride Braid Sheen. It soothes the itch while conditioning and moisturizing your hair. It will also give your braids extra shine. I am going to use this product twice a day, in the morning and in the evening before bed.

2. Organic Root Stimulator Herbal Cleanse Dry Shampoo-This dry shampoo (the consistency is like a gel) cleanses and refreshes braids, locks, and twists etc..without water. I received a sample of this product in a curlBOX   and plan to use it during the first two weeks of wearing braids. I will then switch to my UR Curly shampoo followed up with a leave in conditioner and seal in the moisture. I will be do a review of this product.

3. Maxi Professional Tea Tree Oil- I will use this to seal in the moisture, soothe my scalp and help with scalp dryness. The product is a combination of many oils: tea tree, jojoba oil, sesame oil, and vitamin E etc..

4. Ampro Pro Styl Olive Oil Gel- To lay down the frizzy hairs and keep the braids looking a new and fresh as possible.

5. Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil- I will be using JBCO on my hair to seal in moisture concentrating on my hair line where the hair is fine and thin.

I Got Box Braids!

20 Sep

 Guys, it’s happened or it’s happening either way it’s going down…  Lola has been driving me mad lately. My cute, easy twa, isn’t so cute or so easy and is definitely no longer a twa. I have hit an awkward phase. As I said in a previous post Lola is around 3.5 -4 inches and at this length my coil outs aren’t as easy. My coil outs aren’t quite as fab as they used to be and my twist out attempts have been complete DISASTERS! So bad that my mother handed me a copy of Essence with the page folded to an article on natural hairstyles for “inspiration” aka code for letting me know what I’m doing really ain’t it.  So I got box braids!

By now we all know that box braids are back with a vengeance. They’ve been spotted on many of our favorite celebs from our super fly sister in natural hair Solange and sister King B to one of the original box braided celebs MO-to the E-to the aka Brandy.

I’d  planned to wear some kind of protective style during the winter but Lola’s awkward stage has moved things a head of schedule. I am hoping to keep the box braids for about 2 months  then do genie locs and perhaps even a weave. This plan is of course dependent  on the condition of my hair.  I am going to do a separate  post on how I intend to care for my  braids tomorrow but for now I am off to Google hairstyles for box braids and listen to Patra.

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