Friday, December 5, 2008
Got a few done on Tuesday at The Natural Choice. It's my first time getting "official" braids (by that I mean done by a professional, not the chick down the hall who knows nothing about ethnic hair or a half-hearted attempt by the chick from gospel choir).
Sicily used a bit of gel, soothed my scalp with some olive oil (not extra virgin, mind you), and quickly spun 13 little braids in a band around my hairline. They are 2-3 inches deep, about how long my new growth is. The hair around my hairline is a different texture than the rest, more fragile and fluffy. And even along my hairline the hairs on the side are a bit different than those on top, which is why the braids are spaced out more on the sides (the hair is finer and less dense). I swear, there's about 57 different hair textures total on my head.
It feels good on my little baby hairs. They still get that itchy feeling as they continue to grow out. The braids pull them out of the intense curliness, if just for a few weeks. I tell ya what, this transition to natural is slow-going! It's been over a year now, and I don't think I've got more than 3 inches or so of new growth that's been brave enough to reveal itself. Come on out and prove yourself, my friends. I must confess that I miss the length I could get with a little texturizer, but I'm givin' this all-natural thing a shot.
At first the braids felt too tight. So much so that when I raised my eyebrows I was aware that my entire mass of hair was moving too. But after about a day or so they calmed a bit. I can't not sleep on my sides, so I was worried they'd get fuzzy real quick, but they're stickin' around just fine. Washing might be a challenge, but we'll see. Kinda cute, huh? I might have to start getting these done more often, on those days when I think I just can't take it anymore. I need to show my old boss at CPK, who one day basically told me that I wasn't "black enough" for braids.