Welcome back, Naturels! And to my newcomers, hello! I hope you stick around and peruse the content. 🙂 I’m excited for a fresh start this year, how about you? It’s a new year, and a new look!
This is the perfect example of how remarkable developments can take effect once we come together. There is enough hatred in this world from the Ferguson, MO police crack down of what is essentially “a war on black teens” down to the petty Youtube comments that make us all realize just how deep roots stemmed in hatred can spread. But when we come together, beautiful things happen.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll be seeing one important change commencing this weekend: I will be changing my IG handle. That’s right, it’s no longer going to be @Parthus01. That was my personal handle, and I never really used my IG for anything other than what it is now. Since all my other social media pages are consistent with some form or use of “D’aller Naturel,” it’s time my IG handle reflected the same. But first — I have to get all my ducks in a row. Do you know how many times I’ve linked to or mentioned my IG account? I didn’t either–but it’s apparently A LOT! lol Welp, here’s to branding!
Here’s another real talk discussion coming at you. Lately, it seems there has been some discontent in the natural hair community. I discussed one of the issues in my texture discrimination post. But the newest wave of discontent seems to be fueled by a CurlyNikki post that featured a Caucasian woman with curly hair.
Protect it. Love it. Protective styling generally refers to…you guessed it…protecting your natural hair. Since afro-textured hair is actually pretty fine (for the most part) and fragile, it needs a break every now and again. Protective styles protect your ends from the elements and from drying out. Crochet braids are my favorite go-to protective style. They are easy to do and (most importantly for braids) easy to take out. And individuals with practically any length hair can wear them. Bonus: they take less than half the time to put in than traditional box braids, micros, or Senegalese! PLUS, you can try a variety of styles with crochet. What are crochet braids? Crochet braids are not to be confused with tree braids, which take a little longer to put in. Basically, your hair is in cornrows, braided all the way back. If your hair is long, your ends are tacked up. There are two basic options after this process is done. 1) You may choose to crochet synthetic/human hair bulk hair through your cornrows or 2) …