I was young and carefree once. It was a glorious time, when I didn’t have to do my hair at all–when my mom or sister had to drag me away from play, pin me down, and tame the mess on my head.
Growing up, I thought one should change hairdos like one would change outfits, because only boring old people wore the same hairstyle every day. Never mind I didn’t have to do any of the work and spent zero time on upkeep in between. ¿Por qué? For what? It was a magical time, and the curling iron was the magic wand that made it all possible.
Fast-forward (speed: x8), and I’m happily one of the boring “old” people with just a few signature styles on rotation, because, yes, it does take a decent amount of work to stay fierce. Especially as a natural. And, also, I did not inherit the creative styling gene my mom and sis have.
When you see me, I’ll likely be rocking a halo twist, puff, bun–and a beanie and bangs as long as the weather permits. Signature styles are a must, if you’re style-challenged like me, and here’s why:
1. It’s protective
When I tell you my hair weeps when I attempt some heretofore untested, unknown, funky style I didn’t prep for, I mean that my ends are breaking off and raining down. Hyperbolic, sure, but I can’t stress enough that the less I manipulate my hair the happier it is. Save for the puff, my signature styles keep my ends tucked away and my hands out of my fro.
2. Time management
Signature styles are quick and easy to achieve, overnight and even minutes before I’m out the door. Girl, when I tell you, I’ve spent hours on some style that looked good in my head but looked like trash on my head, I felt like fighting somebody. Instead, I’d just twist it up all huffy, knowing good and well it’s too tight, but I don’t care ’cause it’s late and I’m tired, and we ain’t redoing this again in a day or two!
Trial and error is part and parcel of being natural–but y’all. I can’t be having tragicomedies every wash day. With my signature styles, I’ve done them so many times that I’ve mastered every step of the process, from pre-poo to updo. I know how long it will take to install, how long it will last, and how well they transition into other styles if I do get bored.
I’ve lost sleep on whether or not my twist and curl will look right in the morning. Granted, that was because the rollers were annoying to sleep in, but for all that tossing and turning, what did I get the next day? I got to do my hair all over again, that’s what. So, whenever I’m unsure what to do with an old twistout or freshly washed hair, and I’m tempted to be bold and, like, cornrow or something, I return to my signature styles and keep it pushing.
And all of this leads to…
5. Low stress
For me and my edges. Running late, last minute meeting,
laziness forgot to refresh my situation? I fall back on a signature style, confident it will look good and take no time at all to pull off. I stick with styles that won’t leave me with a ton of take down or break down work at the end of the day, or an unseemly amount of mechanical damage to contend with at the end of the week. When all else fails, I throw a hat on with some twist out bangs.
I was young and carefree once. Now, I don’t care how many times you see me in my halo twist.
Are you style-challenged? What are your staple ‘dos? Where do you go for inspiration? Comment below or follow me on Twitter @edinPON.