This was my favorite challenge so far. I never had a wedding because my husband and I eloped. His family refused to accept our relationship because of racial, cultural, and religious differences. Yep, we picked the trifecta of star-crossed love. We were secretly engaged for 5 months before saying our vows and we see all the drama in a positive light as amazing stories to tell our future grandchildren. Despite the stress that such opposition can cause to flourish, we’ll be celebrating our 10th year (tin) anniversary this May.
I approached this challenge with some trepidation since Iman is a world-renowned beauty and I’m just an average woman. So I know my photos could not compare to hers. But I faced up to the challenge and decided to just go for it. The look I wanted to accomplish was one of easy beauty with subtle accessories to hint at the cheetah look.
The thought that came to my mind when I read that we were doing a cheetah look for this challenge was that all women are predators and we use our wiles to capture our prey. Though we treat our captives in a much pleasanter fashion than the wild animal. So I discarded the thought of photographing like a wild animal with fangs and talons and decided instead to emphasize the ability of Iman cosmetics to enhance our natural beauty.
This was a difficult challenge for me because I live in Oklahoma where it is currently 40 degrees so it was hard to imagine beach waves and colorful flowers. Sorry, no beach waves, or colorful flowers for me. So I had to think of a way to demonstrate waves and flowers in my hair. The style I came up with is a slicked back bun, where the bun is shaped into a flower. The beach waves would be the waves that kinky hair makes when slicked back, and the flower would be the multi-layered bun.
There are several wraps I do….for one, I bring the two ends of the scarf up and around my head, cross them and tuck them in. For another, I do the same but just twist them up top and let the two ends fall down. For the more involved one, I tie the scarf back and wrap it around a ponytail and tuck the ends in.
My hair has experienced a variety of damage including hot comb straightening, curly perm, relaxer, curling iron, and flat iron. My hair felt and looked fried with split ends.
How did you damage your hair?
My hair has experienced a variety of damage including hot comb straightening, curly perm, relaxer, curling iron, and flat iron. My hair felt and looked fried with split ends. My scalp would get chemical burns each time I got a relaxer. The damage was extensive.