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The Black Woman’s Struggle: Sweating Out Your Hairstyle

11 Oct

This post has been a long time coming but I think it’s very befitting considering my current situation.  There have been MANY DAYS that I have paid $50 or more to get my hair done and my gosh it will be LAID!!!…..but the issue is after a good workout it will not be laid.  It will be flat and lifeless and needless to say my $50 will have been wasted.  Now for a sister that has natural hair a wash and go may be all she needs.  For those of us with relaxed hair or transitioning to natural hair (like I am) the task is not quite simple.

See black women have a different kind of hair.  It requires a lot of care and attention because if not it can and WILL run wild.  If I know anything about black women and hair we do not play about it at all.  It requires too much work, too many long hours in a salon, and TOO MUCH MONEY for it to only last for a day or two.  I searched the web for tips on ways to preserve hairstyles with only a few styles that actually worked for me. The types of hairstyles I’m referring to are things like the body wraps and loose curls.  For those of us fortunate enough to invest in $200+ sew-ins you’ve found your golden ticket.  But for girls like me that can only afford $50 a month for professional hair styles….WHAT DO YOU DO????

Clearly you don’t want to sacrifice a week of gym time for your hair…..but that $50 isn’t coming back and try as you may it never feels like you’ve got that professional quality swing and bounce when you flat iron it yourself….well maybe that’s just me. Speaking of flat irons, if you’re like me, you are trying to avoid the heat because you 1.) Fry the life out of your hair , 2.) Use it EVERYDAY which can result in heat damage causing breakage and/or split ends, or 3.) you’re transitioning and the internet has told you heat ruins your curl pattern…..that’s a topic for another day. 

To get back on subject, I’ve come to grips with the fact that I have to make sacrifices to get what I want…..including a hairstlye (that would get washed out in a week anyway).  So here are some hairstyles that I think are helpful for those of us that are transitioning, have relaxers, or are just need something that will last.
So for braids you can get cornrows/scalp braids or box/patra braids and depending on who you go to and how small they are…..it could take quite some time to complete this style. However, the good news is, you’ll be able to keep it in for at least a month and protect your growing hair. I like box braids and cornrows but my go to style with weave has become Senegalese twist!
Senegalese twist and I have a love hate relationship. For those that know me personally and have done my hair you know that I have A LOT of it! So even though I love to get them it is still such a pain cause I am in the chair for at least 8 hours *le sigh*
This style certainly does not hold up as long as weave but it’s relatively simple to do. I have actually come to prefer the braid out while I am transitioning. I love how it blends the two hair textures in my head. It certainly makes the transition easier and I don’t sweat it out AS FAST as a wrap lol.
I’m jealous of my fully natural sisters. Y’all have the option to wash your hair and go so it’s ok if you break a sweat in the gym. Im certainly not saying the wash and go is always an easier route but you don’t have to worry about losing a style all the time.
Well that’s all for now. Anybody have some tips for how to make a hair style last when you go to the gym on a regular basis? Subscribe and comment below luvs!


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