Not one but three fearlessly natural beauties are gracing the May covers of Essence magazine! Erykah Badu, Ledisi and Solange Knowles- all of who are amazing artists- are honored with three separate covers that hit the newstands on April 1st! Not only are the covers stunning but they capture each artist rocking their natural hair. These are for sure collector’s issues!
Below are the behind the scenes action for each of the ladies:
Do yall remember this past summer when Beyonce revealed her short pixie cut to the public? The cut was totally different from the long free-flowing locks we’ve always saw her rock. And I admit, I loved the new look on her!
Beyonce’s Pixie Cut
Fast forward to 5 days later, that exact cut is what I envisioned my hair to look like as I sat down in the chair to endure the first snip. Now you may be thinking, “What?” or “How/” or “Who lied to you!?” …. Truth is I told myself I would get a cute little pixie cut and rock that all free and natural and I would have little wisps of hair blowing when I walked! NOT! I had a bunch of kinky, curly fuzzy hair all over the top of my head and I couldn’t help but think, “What the FCUK did I do!?” In my previous post, “I Am Not My Hair”, I explained that it took me a few days to be fully comfortable with my newly found freedom. But to be honest, the real is way better than your expectations!
Now, I’m not one to try to convert you back to natural or persuade anyone into anything. This post is completely about MY journey and what is working for me. The freedom that comes along with rocking your natural hair is liberating, empowering and as my co-worker puts it “Its my middle finger to the man!” LOL! Natural hair is so versatile and to be honest at this point in my life, it’s as low maintenance as it comes. Perhaps I will not be saying this once I retain a bit more length but as for now, I’m rocking with it!
The moral is: Sometimes reality can exceed your expectations. Take risks.
Lets face it- after the Big Chop your style choices are pretty limited. I have been toying around with the idea of color, chopping it again and racking my brain to figure out what else I can do to set my Big Chop off!
I came across this picture of Solange Knowles a couple of weeks ago and I fell in love with her part!
So last night for my besties holiday party, I tried it out!
To create this look, I simply co-washed me hair in the shower. After getting dressed I rewet my hair with water from my spray bottle, used the Ancient Secrets Hair Oil, and applied some of Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding to my entire fro. This method is also known as the LOC method- meaning Liquid, Oil and Creme.
After that regimen I took my rat tail comb and started from crown and worked my way down to my edges to create the side part. Not only was it fun, quick and easy but I got a load of compliments from my friends!
What are some of the ways that you style your TWA?