We hate it when it happens, but it’s just a natural progression in the cycle of Black Womanhood that us Sistas just have to learn to accept.
Let’s start from the beginning:
One day you wake up and it’s a legit 90 degrees outside and as you try to rake a comb through your puffy, humidity risen hair; the spirit of the most prolific African American philosopher of our time- Sweet Brown, comes over you and you decide;
“Ain’t nobody got time for this”!
You go to the hair salon or your cousin’s basement and get your hair braided.
You sit for hours on end enduring a type of pain that only “The Rock” can handle. But it’s oh so worth it because you know your Box Braids, Marley Twists, Or Crochet Braids will give you the break you so need from your hair.
You look good. Can’t nobody tell you a gosh darn thang (I’m trying to stop cussing 😒 ) so you pray to the Lord above that your braids will last the entire summer, but just like another season of “Girlfriends”–it ain’t happening.
After about 3 weeks of your best efforts of oiling your scalp, not putting your braids in super tight ponytails and keeping your bonnet from slipping off of in the middle of the night– the inevitable happens–your braids just get old as hell. Hell is a place not a cuss word, thank you very much!
So what do you do? Do you take your braids out and hope that your hair stylist will accept half of your payment in cash and the other half off of your E.B.T. card cause you’re still broke from the first time she braided your hair? Do you take the front row down and try to re-braid them yourself with your non-rebraiding
azz? No, You just fake it til you make it and try these 4 hairstyles that hide the frizz, product build up and your slightly deflated self-esteem.
The Side Braid With Aaliyah Swoop
This style can be done in all of 0.5 seconds. It’s super easy and quick if you already know how to braid. First things first, you gather all of your braids or twists to one side. Take 1/4 of the braids in the front and make a fake Aaliyah bang. Don’t know what an Aaliyah bang is please refer to Exhibit A.
See all of that over the eye goodness? That my dear friend is an Aaliyah Bang!
Braid all of your hair into a major braid to the side and just like that, you don’t look like you fell off a bus!
Grab some fabric and wrap that ish up! Have a cute scarf lying around? Grab it and wrap those braids up! You can wrap them all the way up and get your June Ambrose Turban on like so:
or you can let some of the hair drape down waterfall style. Either way the cuter the scarf the better you can deflect folks from looking at those grown out edges.
When your hair is acting like Karlie Redd and doing tew much just take a deep breath, sip on some wine, say “Woo-Sah” and put all of your hair into a lovely bun. First, gather your braids into a high ponytail and secure it with a hair tie. Then take the hair and wrap it in a circular fashion so that you create a high bun. Secure your bun with a large enough hair tie and that’s that!
This is the same exact hairstyle as the one above it but this time, leave some hang time in the back. Instead of putting all of your braids into a high ponytail, leave the back half down. Proceed to put the front half into a high ninja bun and just like that- another simple, easy style to rock when those braids are getting old as heezy!