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Living in Kimmaytube’s 10 Twist Bun

After seven years with natural hair, there’s not much to say about my hair care. And I love that stability, because it means most of what I’m doing is working for my lifestyle. But here I am, so what’s new?

Well, one fine spring not long ago it was time to ditch my cornrows and winter hats. I also happened to be Going Through It that year, and I wouldn’t have the time or patience to devote a lot of attention to a more involved regimen. I needed a protective style that was low maintenance, low manipulation, easy to remoisturize, detangle, and freshen up–and it had to look stylish, too.

The most recent addition to my roster of signature styles that’s been working for me is Kimmaytube’s 10 twist bun. It’s been almost 2 years living in these twists–11 twists, for me. Here’s my experience.

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I Only Have Questions

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On socia media, we’re talking about the images that have been circulating of this little girl’s natural 4c hair. She’s a model in an H&M campaign which featured kids of all races with disheveled after school hair.

For a full explainer, I favor this article by Ashley Reese of Jezebel

I find the conversation fascinating. But I still have questions.

Are we saying it’s fine for this child to wear her natural 4c hair like this in public?

Or are we saying it’s fine, for now?

Are we telling her that it’s fine because there’s nothing wrong with her 4c hair and the way it looks?

Or are we telling her it’s fine because she’s a child, and because she’s a child who has just come from school?

And so does it go without saying that 4c hair that is not perfectly groomed, just like any other hair type, is nothing for her to be ashamed of?

Or is the implication that this is generally not the norm, and her hair as it appears in this specific context is the exception?

I wonder, on whose head and under what circumstance is hair just like this little girl’s hair fair game for denigration?


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Dear Newly Natural Me: Don’t Listen to Evil Kermit

 

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Dear Newly Natural Me,

What’s it been, nine months of amazing growth and length retention since the big chop? Nine months of consistent protective styling, of loving on your fro and nurturing those coils. You know that Evil Kermit meme about straightening your natural hair? He’s coming, wielding a flat iron and demanding you show off your length. Don’t listen!

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I can’t really speak to the pros and cons of protective styles with added hair. The last time I had extension braids in, I was the new girl in 3rd grade. So, here I’m addressing protective styles with just my own natural hair. And I’ve done twists (chunky, regular, mini), cornrows, and flat twists. But which […]

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Overwhelmed by Natural Hair

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I think it’s pretty normal to feel overwhelmed as a new natural. I’ve written before about information overload.

For a lot of us we traded in running combs through straight hair for figuring out how to untangle kinks and coils with just our fingers. We went from knowing our favorite brand of hair grease (and our momma’s momma’s favorite brand) to trying to figure out which ingredients to avoid. And how come our textures can’t all pull off the same hairstyles?

It’s a lot.

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REPOST: Mini Hair Vaycays

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Sometimes I don’t realize just how much hair I have on my head until it’s time to take it down for a break down session. Girl. It is a blessing & a time sink.

So, then I think, “Ah! I’ll just put it all away in an fancy protective style!” and soon remember that, too, is a blessing and a major time sink.

There is a happy middle, which I like to call the mini hair vaycay. I just put away some, not all, of my hair for a few weeks. It’s faster than installing the protective style on my whole head, and with less free hair, it shaves off time from my regular styling and maintenance.

I did this with the sides of my head, AKA my struggle areas. Installing mini twists took no time at all and lasted weeks. My daily sessions went…

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