I know it may be quite unorthodox to think of hair as like a clay, to be fashioned into a crown of sorts. But with our hair- it holds forms and shapes and can be sculpted. Men have been rocking boxes, gumbies and high-tops since the 80s. No product needed. It grows up and out and makes an intricate and unique decoration to top our lovely features. (Yes. I'm feeling very "black is beautiful"!) But I have been thinking- I am going to work on a few more of these over the winter. They last a good week and styles like the princess braid, below, are work friendly. (and by work friendly I don't mean "allowed" or "permissible", but rather not a distracting conversation piece.)
One of the hairstyles my BF loves, and I also got tons of FB comments on, is my princess braid. I actually saw this in 17 magazine when I was pretty young, maybe 14, and they had a picture of the up and coming Tyra Banks with her brown colored hair fashioned into a french braid around her head. Eureka! I had never really thought of my hair that way- as something that could be intricate and feminine in a large pattern... but it would be yeaaaars before I also let go of the straight pre-requisite too.
Here's my version of the princess braid.
But here is what prompted this post- I was watching TV and saw this girl.
How dope is her hair???!! I rewound the show and literally took pictures of my TV- lol.
Her hair reminded me of the girl from the Noisettes, Shingai Shoniwa. She is and English singer of Zimbabwean descent (wikipedia). Read/see more HERE on Fly and HERE on Franchesca.net and HERE on ManeandChic. I have seen her videos and images on occation, though I can't say I'm a true fan of the Noisettes music. I always try to remember her name so I can look up her hair. She, (before Janelle monae) creates beautiful, sculptural crowns with her hair and I just love it.
Here are some of my favorites real quick...