Finding quality natural hair extensions for the look you want can be a challenge.
Kinky Twists are a great way to transition your relaxed hair back to your natural tresses. Not only do they look beautiful and natural, you can keep them in for a longer period of time and they are easy in maintenance.
The natural bride: Lagina
Lagina is wearing a silk Charmeuse bias cut, cowl neck gown with an asymmetrical waist that is beaded with tiny beads and shells for the sensuous bride.
A while ago I was asked how my loc extensions looked when they were loose and if I could post pictures.It took a minute but here they are.
Whether you go natural or not, extensions and weaves are the most worn hairstyles among Black women in general. Even Oprah who is blessed with a head full of gorgeous hair of herself and really doesn’t need extensions was wearing cornrowed braids while in South Africa.
I choose to have my hair braided with extensions because my hair is naturally frizzy and I wanted my cornrows to last. That was the first and last time because these extensions were way too tight. It was so bad that I couldn’t sleep at night. The only reason I didn’t take the braids out is that I didn’t want to be up until 4 to take them out.
The day my idol (hair extensions) was toppled
My hair story . . . . where do I start? Sadly, I have to confess that beginning of 2008 was the first time I wore my own hair as an adult woman. And when I say my own hair I mean relaxed but sans extensions. For me that was a major breakthrough considering that I had a lot of self esteem issues tied to wearing my own hair. It was a deep rooted issue that I needed to be delivered from. Through earnest prayer and many conversations with God the steps towards a deliverance began to take shape and soon became a reality.
The deliverance came full circle the day I mastered how to look at myself through God’s eyes and in realizing that I did not need hair extensions to feel or look beautiful. It became glaringly clear to me that I was a jewel in his crown irrespective of what my hair looked like, or what others thought about it. Incidentally, during that period I began to pray for God to remove any idols that were present in my life. Unbeknownst to me my hair happened to be one of them and God was about to do something “special”. Well, what then ensued was a huge blessing and somewhat of a quandary to say the least. One Sunday afternoon during the 12 o’clock service at BT my twin brother (bless his heart) who happened to be sitting next to me accidentally yanked the pony tail I was wearing off my head. Oh my gosh! I was totally mortified. What was one to do?
Pray for a chariot of fire to supernaturally appear and sweep me into the heavens like Elijah maybe? That seemed to be the most plausible idea. To add insult to injury, I was sitting in the third row from the front with the choir right in front of me and the band to my left, so making a seamless escape was not an easy feat. Defeated and unwilling to embarrass myself any further, I decided to stay put, throw the ponytail on my friends lap (much to her horror) and keep a straight face like nothing had happened. What a humbling and sobering moment it was. God had decided to topple my idol in front of the Brooklyn Tabernacle congregation. My first reaction was to be cross with God, because I felt slighted and could not reconcile why He had decided to do it in church, knowing fully well I would have to face these people every Sunday.
Couldn’t He have chosen a different venue to unleash His rebuke? To correct me? Well that question remains unanswered. All I can attest to is the incredible feeling of freedom and being liberated that followed. It was unprecedented and outweighed the embarrassment and humiliation I had been dealt that day. I am also blessed to have a great brother and such amazing friends who downplayed the whole incident and chalked it down to the working of the holy spirit in my life. I must say their words of comfort and assurance helped a great deal to succor the blow I had received.
Fast forward months later, I am happy to report that I have not worn any kind of hair extensions since. Not because I abhor hair extensions, but because I don’t feel the need to wear them anymore. It feels incredible to be free from bondage and hair captivity. God works in mysterious ways 🙂
The next hurdle for me to conquer is wearing my hair natural. I cannot tell you how much I admire women who do it and who do so proudly and with confidence. I welcome the day when all women can just wear their hair the way they please without feeling the need or pressure to conform to a certain standard or ideal. That was Tafadzwa not so long ago and it is not a good place to be. I am not going to be a hair Nazi and criticize or police women who wear hair extensions. That said, let your hair loose, wear extensions, wear your hair natural, to put it plain and simple rock whatever hairstyle you choose. Whatever you decide to do, I implore you to do it because that’s the style that tickles your fancy and not because you feel inadequate or pressured to fit into a mold that society (in other words someone who can’t even answer your prayers) dictates. God fearfully and wonderfully made all types and textures of hair and that includes yours. Let us gladly and boldly parade them all and ACT LIKE WE ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE. ~Tafadzwa~
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After eight weeks of rocking my locs-without-commitment, I went back to Quincy, my stylist, to get my locs re-twisted. After getting the job done she created this fabulous style and once again I was elated. I still couldn’t believe that I could rock the same beautiful styles that sisters with long mature locs wear. I always admired the wonderful updos so much and it’s hard to believe that with these extensions I can rock those styles myself. I felt like a queen with this regal updo. You can do this too for Christmas or New Years eve.
Follow these steps to make your extension braids and cornrows work well for you.Moisturize scalp regularly: Moisturize your scalp and the braids/cornrows on regular basis. Use a natural moisturizing product that suits your hair. Avoid applying too large or too small amounts to the scalp in order to avoid drying out or weighing down your integrations. The aim should be to achieve a healthy luster without a greasy or matted appearance.
Deep condition twice a week: Use conditioning oil on the scalp as well as the extensions/cornrows with especial attention to their tips and edges. Apply a leave-in conditioner while going out to protect your scalp and your African American hair integrations. A great herbal product to keep your hair and scalp fresh and nourished while wearing extensions, cornrows, twists or locs is Going Natural Scalp Conditioning Spray. Find out more about it and give it a try.
Wash hair regularly: Styling natural hair with extensions or cornrows doesn’t mean that you can cut down on washing time. The hair with integrations rather needs to be washed regularly but with extra care. Massage only your scalp with the shampoo and not the braids/cornrows but make sure that they get thoroughly rinsed with water. If you are worried about losing the slick appearance of your integrations due to shampooing, do it once a week or once every one and a half week.
Sleep with a satin pillowcase: Cotton and polyester is known to strip your hair off its moisture and the rubbing can break it off. Use a silky pillowcase to sleep on or alternately cover your braids/cornrows with a silk scarf while sleeping to avoid breakage, frizz and thinning of hair.
Take out integrations and redo periodically: Whereas most extensions can go on without needing a redo for 2–3 months, cornrows may need to be opened up and re-done in few weeks depending upon the condition they are in. This will ensure your hair get to breath in between braids/cornrow and you will also get to measure your hair growth.
Trim every 2-3 months: To keep your hair healthy and enhance growth, make sure you trim your hair routinely.
Eat healthy: There’s no substitute for a good, balanced diet and the benefits it provides to your hair and scalp internally. Use more proteins to give your hair health from within.
Be gentle with your hair: Don’t try brushing or pulling your extensions/cornrows for it will have a damaging effect on your scalp. As low maintenance hairstyles as they can be, they will easily be damaged with rough handling.
Never neglecting your scalp and extensions/cornrows is the key to successfully wearing this natural
While searching I saw this Afro. What do you think?
This year I like to try to go natural all over again. Back then extensions were one of my favorite styles. Yes, it takes a couple of hours to get them in and it takes even more time to take them out, but for two months it’s just getup and go.