Category Archives: Challenge 2 – Headwraps

Natasha: Celebrating Culture

Natasha: Celebrating Culture

This week’s challenge involved the styling and modeling of a headwrap. My choice of wearing the headwrap resulted in the style that is pictured in each of my photos. The style displayed was accomplished by the covering of the head and twisting the excess material into a layered side bun. Although I have worn head wraps before, it is not something that I do often. This challenge actually causes me to want to change that.

I am really looking forward to exploring the avenue of hair and head accessories. In years past, I would wear them frequently. I remember a time, when I had a wrap in just about every color you could think of. I would limit myself to only wearing them when I felt that I was having one of those days, where my hair and I could not seem to get along. I am not really been the one to cover my head much. Part of that reasoning being that I’ve always though my head was small and that it would seem to overtake the size of my head. As we were told that we would be celebrating cultural through this challenge, I must say that there’s a unique feeling of beauty that I perceived from this week’s mission. I felt so strong and regal. I am now ready to further explore the avenue of hair and head accessories on a more consistent basis.

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Head wraps! Justyce Chavez

Head wraps! Justyce Chavez

Growing up as a young African American woman in today’s society has not being easy. From being made to feel inferior to others because of my darker skin tone and kinkier hair texture, to not being afforded the same opportunities as some of my peers because of where I come from. Thinking back to how far we as people have come since Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech just makes me want to continue striving to make a difference in the world by being proud of who I am and showing other African Americans that they too have something to be proud of. Dr. King was a very strong man and has left an everlasting impact on humanity.

Through daily struggles I know a lot of us take for granted the path activist like Rosa Parks, Dr. King and even Malcolm X has laid for us. Martin Luther King day means so much to me because it is a day to stop and realize how far we’ve come and how we need to continue to strive to make sure the work of those before us continues on. This is another reason I’m very thrilled about being apart of America’s Next Natural Hair Model to show everyone its okay to be proud of who they are.

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Nefertiti on Challenge 2

Nefertiti on Challenge 2

In years past, I only relied on headwraps as a way to remedy an unfortunate hairdo.  But, once I began to look for more options to add to my protective styling repertoire, I realized that headwraps and turbans were so much more than a “last resort.”  Indeed, I now look to a wrap as one of my first resorts!  Friends and family can attest that I am officially obsessed with headwraps.

I love the way they look.  I love they way I feel, when I wear one.  And, I love how they really make me stand out in a crowd.  When I wear a wrap, I feel as though I am wearing a crown.  I experiment with the way I achieve my different styles of headwraps constantly, freestyling my way through, and allowing the scarf or fabric to tell me where it should go.  For this reason, my wraps never are– and never can be– exactly the same way twice (much to my own frustration when I really nail a great look, and don’t know how to recreate it).

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ReShonda Parker on Challenge 2

ReShonda Parker on Challenge 2

For this challenge, i wanted to talk about Martin Luther King Jr., and what his life meant to me. To me, he represented so much more than a dream for equality and a call for brotherhood. He represented freedom and taught us that there were no limitations under God. He tried to teach us that it didn’t matter the color of our skin or our background, we are one in the same. He stood up for what he believed in and wasn’t afraid to speak his mind or encourage people of all nationalities to embrace each other.

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Desyray ElModelo

Desyray ElModelo

Hats are definitely one of the vital blocks on my fashion pyramid! They play a big part in the display of my individuality and love for fashion freedom! Not to mention the fact that they reflect a part my Jamaican background. I cannot express the excitement that I felt when I opened my FedEx package and saw a hat smiling up at me!

With my locs and hats combined, the possibilities are endless. I love to incorporate hats into my wardrobe.I feel like each hat exumes a different mood and sense of style. I choose a hat based on the way that Im feeling that day and also by my choice of attire. Each hat tends to set the tone. I have some that make me feel jazzy, and some that make me feel strong. I have my classy hats and the ones that take me to New York despite the fact that I reside in Jacksonville, FL! I like to wear my hats when i go out on the town and also to big events. I enjoy feeling set apart from the crowd that abides by the rules of the mannequin model in the department store. I’m not afraid to allow myself diversity. I truly feel that once the last number is discovered, at that moment the last hat will be created! The diverse fashion world allows me to be who I chose to be rather than what society deems as acceptable or the norm.

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Head wraps: Past, present, and future

Head wraps: Past, present, and future

As my father once said “Black people are truly original, there is no one like us”. That’s how I feel when I think of how Black women all over the globe wear their head wraps. From the Muslim women in Somalia to the women in the Caribbean, or the urban chic in Brooklyn, New York, we know how to turn a scarf into a fashion statement.

For this photo shoot, I thought about all of these women and tried to capture their spirit and their style into my photos. A head wrap can make you look mysterious, elegant, or sassy.

Usually, when I wear my head wrap, I wear it fully covering my head with a bun or a knot on the side. I like to combine the wrap with a sleek coat and a pair of nice jeans to give it a casual but sophisticated look.

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Kala G on Challenge 2

Kala G on Challenge 2

I love this head wrap! As the temperature outside drops there is less moisture in the air. Wraps are one of my favorite protective styles in the winter, but I also use them in the summer to spice up my styles. Versatility is a huge part of my personal style and wraps give me a plethora of options to be fierce and fashionable. For example, I love wearing a colorful wrap with a plain blazer or a solid colored wrap with a bright and colorful outfit. I explored new wrap styles after this challenge was given that have already become staples for me!

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Challenge 2- Head Wraps and Culture

Challenge 2- Head Wraps and Culture

Head wraps of many styles have been a distinctive piece of African American culture. Head wraps have traveled the time from the mother land, through slavery and landing as a style in the 20th century. For many women, head wraps are not just a means of covering up a bad hair day or a cultural gesture but can be worn as a styling option.

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