My hair is one of the easiest pointers to my extrovert personality. It is loud, it is out there and more often than not it is a conversation starter :). I am rarely ever hesitant to try new things with my hair no matter how controversial as I believe hair is a God given accessory that you get to have fun with rather than be a slave to it's dictates. The minute I let go of the length chasing spell my hair became a fun tool that I could use to change my look to suit my mood or lifestyle. My personality is such that I like colouring outside the lines and that really gets some people's pants in a twist despite my life choices having zero effect on their lives. This post has been inspired or rather a comment over the weekend triggered thoughts that inspired this post. Whatever hair or hairstyle you choose to wear do so with confidence and enjoy it with everything in you. Don't do it to placate anyone or please anyone other than yourself. Whatever comment anyone else may have that is a reflection of who they are rather than who you are or anything to do with your hair. So indeed trust your dopeness. Below are some of the hairstyles I have had that remind me to trust my dopeness. I think I was more experimental in 2011 and some parts of 2012 . I did the so called big chop mid 2010 and trimmed my hair three more times after colouring it several times. As I said I stopped having length goals :)
Some will warrant more blog posts later on but for today it's a reminder to love what enchants you even when others don't understand why you do.
I will try categorize the styles in some form of category and this will be in two or three posts
I was lucky enough to meet a true artist in the name of Merrine who doesn't just do weaves but really does what hair styling should be i.e doing hair that flatters the wearer and having fun while doing it. It's a shame that when I met her and started doing weaves I wasn't a selfie fanatic as I currently am for Merrine has done some amazing hairdos for me. I used to be a banker and each Monday my colleagues would be sitting waiting to see which hair do I had done. The styles were so much fun that every three weeks to four weeks I had a new one. I had a file at work of the different styles I'd researched on-line and I only needed to take to Merrine a picture to get the hairstyle. The only other person who has installed a weave on my hair is Ronnie(Ronald Asumbo) who did one of my favourite straight weaves with razor cut ends. I am a lazy maintenance person hence I always do full weaves none of that leave outs and I must say these two stylists are the best when in comes to installing full weaves. Both have salons in CBD Nairobi so if interested let me know in the comments below the post
Some people are against weaves and I do agree that is their choice, my problem is with crazy hair fanatics and hair police who want to make that same choice for others. I love the versatility that weaves can give you from super short to long, from straight to wavy, from kinky to silky, from black to blonde. The trick is to find a good stylist , choose your weaves well and no matter how much the weave cost stay with it for a reasonable time. In my opinion a month is the most one should stay with a weave unless you are washing your whole hair then perhaps 6 weeks, beyond that it will probably smell and look like you are wearing an underground rodent or a cleaning brush on your head. The other thing is for some reason if you continuously wear weaves your hair grows in terms of length but you somehow lose in terms of volume. I am yet to know the reason why this is so but I have seen it with my own eyes and heard it from my friends who weave frequently. The other thing is your hairline more so if you love weaves that call for leave out or the so called micro braids. A full weave is no threat to your hairline but micro braids actually pull your hair from it's roots so preferably don't do them or do it for a very short time. I mostly use synthetic weaves as I don't have a sponsor to pay for these 30k weaves some people have nor am I willing to pay too much money on hair I will have for 3 weeks. If you have the resources and want to spend it on weaves then do you boo but for the rest of us with limited resources Fashion Idol and Darling are two brands that have an unlimited number of synthetic weaves that you can choose from starting from Ksh 500 per packet.
|One of my favourite weaves that Merrine ever did. I would do it again in a heartbeat.|
|Same weave styled differently|
|The online image was as she produced it. This style had many fans who thought it was my own hair|
|Sadly the phone I used to take this pic had a wack camera but this is one of the 'glam' Weave styles she did in 2011. Full weave, cut and tonged to get that shape.|
|This was the first weave I ever installed on my head and made me a Merrine fan. This was 2009 despite my Camera wrong stamp :). It was a human hair weave which I rarely ever use but it was fun and my boyfriend at that time loved it|
|Yes this is a weave|
|Another 2009 weave time stamped by my camera as 2006. I loved this short do.|
|Another unconventional weave. Some thought it was dreads. 2009|
|The downside of these curly and kinky weaves is that the hairline has to be braided which can weaken one's hairline|
|Ronnie did this weave and I was obsessed with this hair.I love razor cut edges.This is the glam version|
|This is the everyday version that I loved just as much as the glam version.|
|This was the latest weave I had on my hair. This was 2014 for a wedding. Merrine is a ninja when it comes to a fringe.|
When I talk about cornrows inevitably there's always someone( Read mostly my friends who are glam squad) who thinks I'm going to get those cornrows we got while in primary school. It's always funny but those 'lines' maintained our hair and allowed our hair to grow without too much interference; something kinky hair appreciates. I love cornrows with a passion as I think they are good for hair growth, volume and they are low maintenance. My friend says I only like cornrows because I have a head shape that allows me to pull the style without worrying that I look like an alien or a Potato head lol. The trick is to modernize the cornrows so that you either add fun extensions to it or you make sure they are done in a direction that flatters your face. The internet more so Pinterest is your friend in getting styling inspiration. When it comes to cornrows there's only one person who does my hair: Pauline. She has been doing my hair from when I was introduced to her salon located at South C in 2004. Over ten years later and I still go to her to do my cornrows despite the distance. Her pricing has barely changed and she is open to trying new styles as I suggest them or improvising. If your stylists doesn't want to try something you really want then find another as it's your hair and unless you are a fan of hats or scarves then you should have your hair as YOU want it. As stated before if you want Pauline's contacts then leave a comment and I'll get back to you. She has been doing my cornrows for the last ten years and despite many attempts by other stylists to try them I have not. I like her pricing, her work and her attitude. She always willing to listen and try a new style no matter how bizarre it may sound or seem. She will try or improvise. Maybe it's growing up in eastlands but no one can convince me that cornrows should be the same price as braiding or a weave. That is what most of these salons charge and miss me with that mess. The irony is that they are not even good at it or willing to do the stylish stuff yet charge way more that the talented Estate stylists.
The critical thing with cornrows is how you will take care of your scalp after you have been plaited. I discovered that spraying with water and then applying gel activator works for ME. I don't get itchy or have a dry scalp for over a week or two weeks after which I need to spray my scalp again, oil it and then gel. I don't get dandruffs and I thank Pauline for this fix as I am quite lazy when it comes to oiling my hair/scalp .
|I had just coloured my hair and wanted some of it left out while the rest of the hair in coily cornrows. The chopstick was my own addition. Several photographers loved this and stopped me to take pictures|
|Faux hoc using Afro kinky braid and cornrows. This is one of my favourite looks as it's versatile and very handy if you need your hairline to recover yet still look stylish.|
|Zig zag cornrows with kinky hair leave out|
|These were 4 milazos. My mum was super shocked that I could leave the house with this look but I liked it.|
|I had three cornrows on each side of my head like a weird frohawk. I was experimenting with my newly chopped hair.|
|This was a turning point for me. I more or less do versions of this hairstyle like several times in a year. One of my favourite looks that you can easily do at work|
|Cornrows with fluffy kinky extensions. I got a lot of teasing for this from being asked why a nest was on my head to being called a crane by three of my male friends but I would still do this style|
|Side view and front braided fluffy kinky|
|Front View with the fluffy kinky combed out.|
|This was certainly pushing the envelope but it was fun though the kane kalon braid extension made my forehead quite itchy|