Summers in Atlanta are brutal-especially on your hair and skin. With summer in full effect I have been trying to do my daughter’s hair as least as possible. I needed a style that was 1.)easy 2.) presentable 3.) cost effective. You see one of the “dirty, little secrets about having a daughter is that it takes a lot to do their hair. Not only is it time consuming but it can break the bank. Every place I called to get my daughter’s hair twisted or braided was asking $40 up! Keep in mind she’s pretty active so her styles only last for a week–max. So I did like any other “good mother” and started to explore my options.
I was tired of putting her hair in plaits because they pull too much on her sides. I was tired of afro puffs because her ends are exposed and well… I want her hair to grow. Everytime I did a wash and go, I had to do it in the shower and if you know anything about a 4 year old girl..l they HATE to have water in their eyes from the shower.
So a couple of weeks ago I visited my sister in Memphis and at my request ( I am the OLDEST) she did my daughters in some flat twists to the scalp and I loved it! So the past three weeks I’ve been trying to attempt this style and as of May 30, 2012 I have it MASTERED! This right here is going to be in summer style for the following reasons :
1. It’s easy and quick! I had her hair twisted up in under 30 minutes.
2. I don’t have to redo her hair every morning. Some mornings I would have to add 30 minutes to my “get ready” time JUST to do her hair. Hallelujah!
3. She looks presentable without breaking the bank. I used some twist gel, Design Essentials foaming lotion and oil to twist it up. I also used some bobby pins to make the twists into an updo!
I am going to try and learn to do some flat braids (with beads) on her hair and I may even give her some microbraids before the summer is out! What protective styling do you use for your child? Stay tuned for Part IV of this series when you see me “clip her ends”!