Protective styles don’t mean only extensions, weaves and wigs.
Sometimes the hero has to save itself. That said, our natural hair sometimes can be styled in such ways that it protects itself.
What do I mean?
Well, this summer I tried to do more protective styles using my own hair.
So, I searched the internet for cool images and went in search of an accessible, nice, patient, skilled and affordable stylist to help bring my hair dreams to life.
I found Sharon in Bridgetown, which is Barbados’ capital. If I’m being honest, I am not a fan of town and I’m not a fan of salons in Bridgetown but Sharon breaks both of those beliefs for me. She is one reason I don’t mind going in to Bridgetown.
God bless her soul, mind and hands! Amen.
First salon visit
So I downloaded pics and showed her on my smartphone. She was like ‘sure, yes, if you want that I can do that!’
Oh, and did I mention she is located directly above a large beauty supply store which sells hair, hair products and hair accessories? Well, she is. It’s a-mazing!
The first time she plait my hair it was in Fulani braids and I fell in love. I believe that is going to be my go-to style at least twice a year from now on. No hair was added.
You may remember the type of cornrow styles that Old-School Alicia Keys use to rock.
The Fulani are a nomadic peoples who have been influential in regional politics, economics, and histories throughout western Africa for over a thousand years. They were also responsible for introducing and spreading Islam throughout much of western Africa. (Cred: University of Iowa Museum of Art)
The braiding style is characterized by a pattern where cornrows are braided from the back to the front in combination with traditional front-to-back cornrows and even individuals. Usually, the braids are complemented by Afrocentric beading and hoops. (Cred: Ashley Nash – Real Beautiful blog)
I had brown, clear and khaki beads.
Since then I have had Lemonade braids too. These braids are swooped to one-side of your face/head. Since Beyonce rocked them, people have been calling them Lemonade braids.
Personal opinion on naming of styles
There is always some celebrity trying to claim or give life to an African style, I don’t care once the original roots of the styles come forth eventually or forthwith if possible. I firmly believe in giving credit were it is due.