Headwraps are not only a fun and festive hair accessory, they are indeed a tie to our rich ancestry from the motherland! This challenge allowed the ladies to showcase some beautiful headwraps as well as share their thoughts on the cultural connection these headwraps represent. For this challenge, I was looking not only for polished pictures of diverse headwraps, but I was also looking for some photos that showed instruction (how do I create this style). While my top two three were Carlie, Nefertiti, and Kala, my choice is CARLIE!
Wow, the ladies absolutely brought their A-Game this week and clearly raised the level of the competition. This made my day! I was in awe when I saw the shoots but it made it so hard to choose just one best one for the newsletter this week. Even after reading the feedback of the other judges, I had to ask my husband and cousin to motivate their choice before I came to a decision. Read on and share your thoughts …
I loved your head wrap and accessories. In your essay, I like how you focused on hair health beneath the wrap and how you fit it into your daily fashion. I also liked your transition into how you feel wearing the wrap versus how our people suffered in the past and Dr. King’s hand in that. Simple and short, but to the point.
Once again, I am loving your pictures though some did have a grainy quality. Your wraps were elegant and I particularly liked your balancing the basket of flowers on your head, which I’m assuming is in reference to your family’s past practice of doing so. Good job but I would work on the photo quality.
Beautiful! Your shots were gorgeous but I would’ve loved to have seen you do more with the wrap. I enjoyed reading what you loved about wearing head wraps. Concerning the Harriet Tubman portion, I understand what you were trying to say as head wraps were a much different thing during slavery. If anything, it is a testament to our fortitude that we were able to make what used to be a sign of servitude into a sign of elegance and style.
I was impressed with how you gave the hat two different flavors by playing around with the way your hair was arranged beneath it. Nice job! I also loved the make up, outfit and scarf. You are so right about hats setting a tone.
Awesome job! I am loving the head wraps, accessories, hair, and poses. They all scream casually elegant. Your message was also wonderful.
I like how you touched on a lot of issues that surround head wraps such as wearing them to work. I can tell that you really do wear them as a regular part of your routine. Your shots were engaging and regal. I do kind of wish you had shaken things up a bit with more accessories or played around with more colors. The shots were beautiful though.
Your skin and head wrap were fabulous, but I wanted a little more variety in both the poses and also the style of the wrap. If you were going to wear just one style with the wrap, I would’ve at least like to have seen different angles of it. Other than that, your effort was excellent.
I want to say that I loved how you showed both a casual and more professional combination of wearing a wrap. My favorites were the pictures with the blazer. I did like the way you had your wrap in the casual pictures but I have to wonder if you’re transitioning or have some damage? I apologize if you don’t, but for future challenges, I would spend some time working on some ways to style your hair (perhaps some perm rods on the ends might help?) so that the ends curl more.
Natasha S. Houston
I don’t think these pictures did you justice at all. I’m not usually that picky on the photography, but even I could tell that these shots were very unflattering. Not only that, but I couldn’t properly see where/how the wrap was tied. I did enjoy your essay however.
What happened, girl? I have to believe that there was some kind of mistake when you were putting in your entry. There are only two photos and they’re exactly the same. I also can’t see what’s going on with the head wrap. There is also no mention of MLK in your essay.
My top picks would be Chassity, Jalita, ReShonda, and Nefertiti.
First let me say, I’m always speaking from a photographic point of view. Is it believable? Does it look good? Does it make me want it? Can I see it in your eyes? Are you selling it? Are you modeling or just standing by looking cute? are just a few things I’m asking myself when I look at photographs.
Secondly, I love head wraps! but they can quickly be a turn off IF worn in an unflattering way.
- Kala G- Love the profile photos. Photos 1,2 and 5 are the ones I like the most. Would I want to try a head wrap after looking at your photos? YES. Good job!!
- CarlieM- You sold me on every photo!! Gorgeous smile. Photo 3 made me smile because It shows creativity and I love that. The last picture you rocked the art of SMIZING (smiling with your eyes) Beautiful JOB!
- Juleedu- The first photo was a total miss. The second was nice but I was underwhelmed with the remaining photos. I wasn’t moved to run out and try this style. The facial expressions didn’t change much and I didn’t feel like YOU were owning the look.
- Desyray- At first glance, looking at photos 3-5 I would immediately think “This girl has style”. It was believable, you look beautiful. In the 4th picture your hair looks neat, very beautiful. Looking at your photos, I would be intrigued to try your looks.
- Reshonda Parker- I like the STYLE of the wrap in the first 4 photos but that’s where it ends. You have big beautiful eyes and with the first style; rocking that big hair you could have really blew it out of the box but there was no life in your eyes. I don’t think you sold the look this week. These looks would not make me want to run out and buy a head wrap.
- Nefertiti- Again, beautiful girl, same as Reshonda, but you didn’t sell me on the idea of wearing a head wrap because you looked lost in the eyes. You almost got there with the 3rd and 5th look but I’m underwhelmed this week.
- Chassity- YES!! You sold it. I would definitely want to try your head wrap style. Love the 1st and 2nd pictures. You look very regal, yes ma’am ..suitable for a king! Beautiful smile. Photographs well.
- Justyce Chavez- Photos 1,2 and 4 I like the way you wore the wrap. YOU looked comfortable in the first 2 pictures but the others you showed lack luster. You had some hits and misses. I do looove your smile in the first photo, it makes me smile. Decent job overall but you could have done better. I would not run out to get a head wrap just by looking at your pictures.
- Natasha S. Houston- Oh Natasha, Natasha, Natasha.. I’m underwhelmed. That one style was a pretty basic style. I wish I could have seen more variety in regards to styling the head wrap. That color didn’t pop well on camera so trying different styles may have helped that situation. You were almost there in regards to modeling in the 1st photo but the others were a total miss.
- Jael- You said head wraps can be worn in a variety of ways but you didn’t show that. I like the scarf tied in a bow around the neck but even with that you didn’t SELL me on doing that. A full frontal view can be boring photographically. You could have sold that one look but you missed the boat on that. Remember, You are MODELING!
This challenge my top 3 were: Kala G, CarlieM and Chassity (in no particular order)
This week’s decision was as hard to make as last week’s, if not more. The vote was between CarlieM and Nefertiti. I decided on Nefertiti! She had a very interesting story, showed versatility in the way she styled her wraps, and made some great points about what is “appropriate” when wearing a head wrap. I loved it! Good luck Nefertiti!
I choose Natural Jael for the elimination. No comments on MLK, not much on the history or symbolism of the wrap, and there was room for more creativity on the styling of the wrap in the photo.
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My top choices for this weeks challenge is Nefertti and Jalita!
Nefertti – I loved the creativity she displayed, as it helped me to see headwrapping in a whole new light. I, personally, always looked at it as a way to cover-up a bad hair day but now I see it as another way to express my natural beauty.
Jalita – Although there wasn’t much creativity with the headwrap, I appreciated her simplicity and elegance. I think her photos were awesome. To me, she looked like a top model.
My choice for elimination is Natural Jael
Once again, all of you ladies rocked it with the creativity! I loved seeing all of your unique poses, expressions, and examples of wearing head scarves or hats on natural hair. You gave me some ideas! I have to say that my favorites for this challenge were Jalita and Chassity.
My favorite is Chassity. For elimination, I choose Natural Jael. Although I liked scarf, I didn’t feel like she used much creativity in her pictures at all.
The quality of your pictures were amazing. The color scheme that you selected were very nice as well. Very regal. Great job!