So apparently, most people think that all black women can do hair. It’s probably one of the most irritating stereotypes that I have come across. Possibly because I was one of the black women who COULDN’T do hair for so long.
I’m still a novice, but I am MUCH better than I was this time last year. Let me tell you, I learned how to cornrow at the ripe old age of thirty. Yes. Thirty years it took me to learn how to braid and that’s only because I was getting a little bit jealous at all of my other friends who could do it. What I didn’t know was how many of my friends were NOT able to braid. After finding that out, I felt a teensy bit better, but it still wasn’t great. Anyway, I’ve joined many online hair communities for people with little girls, and I picked my mothers brain (who I refer to as the queen of hair braiding.) I mean, the woman’s parting game is one NOT to be messed with AND she could give us braided styles that did not pull all of our hair out. *two snaps*
Here is where I started out:and then it progressed to this: or, well, this is where I went the second time. Doesn’t much look like progression. Getting better! Yes this is how she posed. I do NOT make my daughter put her hands on the wall. And today’s hairstyle: inspired by the website Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care which chronicles a Caucasian moms journey to learn how to do her adoptive daughter’s natural hair. She has FANTASTIC protective styles that I can actually do! I love it!
You can tell that she loves it. Even though we fight like a cat and dog while doing her hair, I find that if I let her pick a style from one of the sites that I go to, I get a little bit more cooperation from her. Oh, and also letting her watch Qubo Channel doesn’t hurt either.
How about you guys? Do you have as much trouble as I do with doing hair? How do you come up with hairstyles? Let me know!
~ Make It A Fantastic Day