Look, I can’t even lie, if I had my daughter’s hair I would sho nuff be the queen of relaxers. Her hair is so THICK I really cannot deal. I was not gifted with the skill of doing hair, so it’s really a struggle for me to make it presentable on the daily. I mean, I can make it look good every day, but I can’t make it look good and last for a week. I’ve had more than one teacher offer to braid her hair for me. How’s that for shade?
I can easily plait it and braid it, but her struggle braids tend to stick out or straight up. And though we are living the gangsta’s paradise, I’d really prefer not to send my baby to school looking like coolio.
I tried buying barretts, but they tend to get lost plus I hate all those barretts hanging from her head. I’m a simple girl and I don’t like a whole lot of colors and whatnot about the head.
Recently, out of pure desperation, I decided to try my hands at beads. I’ve always hated beads based on images like this. I didn’t even know how to put them on and had to ask one of the teachers at school for instruction. My first attempt was a little rough, but by the third time I had it.
I can’t believe it but I actually like the way her hair looks with the beads. I don’t use more than two per braid, and I haven’t ventured past black, white and clear, but I finally feel good about sending her to school. The beads give just enough weight so the braids/twists lay down. And the style will last 3-4 days!
The first time I did her hair Regan was pleased as punch. She shook her hair in the mirror, turned around excitedly and said, “now my hair is pretty like, Shanise?” I felt so bad! Who knew my baby was going to school comparing herself to other little girls.
It’s a struggle but I will continue to work on my hair game so my baby doesn’t walk around shame faced for the next 15 years.