Category Archives: Curl Definition Challenge

Fun scarves, accessories and unique styles!

Fun scarves, accessories and unique styles!

Curl-Definition in Natural Hair
Curl-Definition in Natural Hair

The Maroon Pangi

I did a little research on the Maroon Pangi.  I learned that the word ‘pangi’ means cloth and ‘Maroon’ is a group of Surinamese people who are descendants of escaped slaves.  The word ‘maroon’ comes from the Spanish word cimarrón which can be translated as ‘runaway living on mountain top.’  I also watched Mireille’s YouTube video titled ‘Simple wrap with a Pangi, a traditional Maroon wrap.’  I enjoyed the video.  My family is from Nigeria and we also use head wraps to keep cool in our hot, HOT weather!

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Curl Definition Photos from Suzu

Curl Definition Photos from Suzu

Curl Definition Photos from Suzu
Curl Definition Photos from Suzu

Defined Curls and Caribbean Cool

You may notice a difference in the quality of my photos this week. Unfortunately, the photographer I was scheduled to work with this week cancelled last minute. This week was the first time I’ve wanted to give up in this competition, but I persevered and did my best to be creative in delivering the three themes while taking my own photos. I hope to have better luck next week if I’m selected to continue in this competition!

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“Ain’t I a Woman?”

“Ain’t I a Woman?”

Curly Twist-Out Hair
Curly Twist-Out Hair
 
I titled this weeks challenge, “Ain’t I a Woman?” after Sojourner Truth’s famous speech in 1851. I feel as if sometimes natural haired women are often seen as less attractive than other women because of the length of our hair or the texture.  Women who wear head-wraps are also stigmatized in various ways. In our society I think that long-hair is often associated with beauty, but beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, colors and textures. All women are beautiful and every woman’s hair texture, length, and size should be embraced. In this challenge, I wanted to show that natural hair doesn’t make you any less of a woman. In nature, in a head-wrap, and even in the studio ain’t I a woman?
Definition at Its Best – Curls and Patterns

Definition at Its Best – Curls and Patterns

Lydia Curly Twist-Out Hair
Lydia Curly Twist-Out Hair

For this shoot, I knew (and still know) that I have A LOT of work to do to prove to the judges that I should still be in the competition.  Our job this week was to try out, the curl keeper and show off our curls!  Definition at it’s’ best!  🙂 We also were to rock a head wrap, and a colorful ponytail holder.  To me, I wanted to create a shoot that showed off a variety of patterns, whether on the head-wrap, ponytail holder, or in my clothes.  I like the play on words…

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Ponytails, Headwraps and Twists out, Oh My!

Ponytails, Headwraps and Twists out, Oh My!

Twist Out Curls
Twist Out Curls

 

When Mireille said that this was the hardest challenge, she definitely was right! Showcasing 3 specific looks in one photo shoot as well as switching up the look and feel of the each accessory or hairstyle was definitely tough.

Maroon Pangi’s Headwrap

The maroon pangi’s headwrap, I believe was the hardest shoot of all. My scarf had flowers and tassels that made the scarf hard to fold, bend, and twist. After a while of trying to twist and turn the scarf around my head (for several hours), which wasn’t working, I decided to take a new approach. I looked up the maroon pangi on youtube for some inspiration and found our very own Mirielle Liong!.

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