Hair Raising Tales

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

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    Daenel T.
    December 4, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I had to laugh,I was the exact same way. It took me a longtime to lern todo my girls’ hair. I didn’t have the web, so it was a lot of trial and error, but they survived. You’re doing great! Your daughter is too cute. Love the hand on wall pose!

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      December 5, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      Oh my goodness. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have the internet to depend on. I know that makes me seem so, “un” something, but it’s the truth! I was even contemplating taking a class at a local community college. Yes. It was that serious.

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    Aisha G of Hartlyn Kids
    December 4, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Good job. I tired the last hairstyle too and failed MISERABLY! Nice to see you pull it off.

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      December 5, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      I say do it again, and show me pictures. Did you do the braids or the rope twists?

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    December 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I can’t do hair period let alone braid. I so desperately want to learn. I went on the website that you spoke of and will revisit again. I even thought about buying a half head doll to practice on lol.

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      December 5, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      You should have seen the looks the ladybug would give to me when I first started doing her hair. It was a mixture of sheer terror and disappointment.

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    December 5, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Great job on Ladybug’s hair!

    I am learning as I go along. My mom, too, is great at overall hair braiding and hair care. She sat me down and taught me what to do. A couple of mothers stop me at school almost every day to compliment Lil Girl (and me) on the hair. (This, as I side-eye my own hair.) That is a great confidence booster.

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      December 5, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      Let’s not talk about our own heads of hair. LOL! She thought it was great this time around. She’s getting better at sitting still, and I’m getting better at parting.

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    Alissa M
    December 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    You are doing a great job! I am the only one of my mom’s children that can not do hair nor braid! I’ve tried & my fingers just.won’! I believe that’s why God sent me a boy. I would have to get a pt job just to get her hair done if I had a girl. Keep up the great work…

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      December 5, 2011 at 10:48 pm

      It was my prayer that she was a boy for that very reason. Now I don’t know what I would do if she was one. She has the spirit of one (daring, not scared) but the demeanor of a lady. Amazing.

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    December 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I WISH my braids started out looking like that!! I guess because I have 3 boys I had not need to really braid until I went natural. Just trying to get 1 french braid is a challenge!! I am DEFINITELY braid challenged.

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      December 5, 2011 at 10:49 pm

      Brandi, for real, you don’t. I promise you. LOL!

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    December 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Good job lady! I’m hanging my head in shame because I still can’t cornrow! *lol* Thank the Lord I was blessed with a son!

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      December 5, 2011 at 10:50 pm

      Thanks ma’am! It was only by the grace of God that I learned. He knew that I couldn’t have my little one going around with a messed up crown. AND I was NOT paying someone else to do it.

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    December 6, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Wow–you’re good!! –After 17 years of having a daughter I STILL can’t braid like that!! LOL I gave up on trying a long time ago!! You stuck with it and are to be commended for it! You did a great job!! ~Thanks for sharing!

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    K. Rock
    December 6, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I still dont know how to braid. My cornrows always look extremely busted. I am glad that my youngest looks so good in two strand twists because I can do them. So I decided to give up on the braiding and just do those.

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