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Move beyond the basic plait with a fishtail braid. Stylist Tommy Bucket explains how to wear the hairstyle, like Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Angela Simmons have already done.
Separate hair into two equal sections at the back of the head. Fishtail braiding requires only two sections (not three, like a classic or French braid).
For complete all the steps as well as a video, visit HelloBeautiful.com.
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I love looking through Google Images at all the fly photos of black female figures wearing their hair in such an eclectic array of styles. Going against the grain, their jet-setting looks and fierce-ness opened up a lot of doors for the sistas of today to do just about anything to their hair. From Blaxploitation stars to famous singers and models, these iconic women gave us hair envy, as well as lots of innovative idea for things to do with our own strands. Check these hot mommas out.
If Billie taught us something about hair, it’s that a gal always has to have her signature style. Reinvention is for the birds! Billie’s head full of gardenias started off as an accident with a curling iron (isn’t that always how it starts??). After burning a section of her hair, a fellow jazz singer went and bought some gardenias for her to use temporarily to cover up that section. But Billie loved the gardenias so much, she decided to keep wearing them for every performance. What a smart move. It’s the accessories ya’ll! They matter…
On the prowl for a new winter read? We have a list of books on black hair you should consider picking up on your next bookstore binge! Hey, the worst that could happen is getting to know your hair a little better, discovering the right products for you and maybe a history lesson or two. So whaddaya say?
2011 was an eventful year in hairstyles to say the least! We saw lots of eye-catching dos, some of which made us go gaga, and the others? Well, ya know. Nevertheless, we’re going to round up the year that just passed on a positive note by chronicling of some of the year’s most fab hairdos. Time to see what worked and what styles deserves to make it into 2012.
January’s gal was…
January 2011 – Bria Murphy dazzled in her asymmetrical low cut at a Dark and Lovely event in NYC where she was announced as their new Global Brand Ambassador. The look is choppy and fun, and frames the face wonderfully. This is a look that definitely gets a pass for the new year! Just make sure you get some ear muffs for this cold weather so you don’t flatten this fab style.
Protective and low manipulation styles like braids are an effective way to give your hair some rest and retain your length. However, in order to reap the benefits, you’ll have to put in work. It is not out of the ordinary for women to complain about extremely dry hair, breakage or thinning when they take their braids out. Keep reading to find out how to prevent the aforementioned from happening to you.
1. Installing Braids
- You should always shampoo, deep condition and moisturize prior to getting braids.
- A protein treatment is recommended especially if you are relaxed.
- Your braids should be secure but not too tight.
- Don’t try to braid every single strand of hair around your edges; they are way too delicate!
2. Caring for Your Hair & Braids
- Moisturize and seal everyday or every other day.
- The more you moisturize and seal, the more buildup will occur. Therefore, it’s best to shampoo weekly or every other week.
- Deep condition after every wash.
- To keep your braids looking fresh, you can always re-braid the first few rows in the front.
3. Taking Braids Out
- Never leave your braids in for too long. Six weeks is the max for me.
- Don’t wait to have all the braids out to begin detangling. Detangling as you go will cut down on more tangles, knots and breakage.
- Never wash your hair after taking out the braids without detangling first.
- Lots of shedding should be expected because you haven’t combed your hair in weeks! Don’t freak out!
[See pg. 2 for shampooing and deep conditioning tips]
Ever since Alicia Keys jumped on the scene singing “Fallin’” with braids and beads dangling old-school A Taste Like Honey style, her hair moves have been some that many women all over have followed. Cornrows never looked so fab on a chick! But like most women when it comes to hair, a lady has to change it up, and hair changes can do you good. Check out some of our favorite ones from Mrs. Beatz as well as just a few that we weren’t so crazy about…
Aside from the obvious shower caps, ponytail holders and bobby pins, there are certain hair bits n’ bobs you should have at your disposal just in case the need arises. These items are all available at your local beauty supply store or online and won’t break the bank. Natural or relaxed, there is something for everyone! Let’s head on into it…
It’s often a shock to many of my American friends who have never been to countries in Africa when they hear about African women getting relaxers or wearing weaves. Afterall, to them Africa is the motherland of everything natural and pure. A friend has even challenged my “Africanness” because I choose to relax my hair— Um, pretty shallow if you ask me since there’s more to being African than hair!
Believe it or not, African women do face similar struggles with natural hair as women in the diaspora mainly because they are uneducated about their hair. In Nigeria for instance, natural hair is associated with your economic status. The poorer you are, the more likely it is for you to have natural hair; or as it’s sometimes referred to, “village hair.”
“No rich man will marry a girl with village [unstraightened] hair,” declared Esther, 18, a rural migrant to the capital, Abuja. [full story here]
I was in Nigeria over the summer and I must say there is a lot of work to be done regarding the way natural hair is perceived over there. Every girl I saw was either weaved up, wigged up or braided up. However, I am optimistic as more educated individuals spread the word on the beauty of natural hair (natural hair meet up in Nigeria). I sense a revolution in the making and I like it!
What are your thoughts on this issue in Africa? Shocked? Saddened? Neutral?
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