For a girl that grew up in the weave capital of the world, a.k.a. Atlanta, Georgia, bundles of silky Brazilian, Peruvian and Malaysian hair was all I knew. I lived for a laid and slayed sew-in since my high school days, and nothing much changed well on into my adult years. Junior and senior prom, I rocked a fresh blow out and 22 inches of the best Brazilian hair money could buy, completed with a middle part that served you Naomi Campbell realness. And for college graduation, a mature, asymmetrical bob that was snatched to the gods was my hairstyle choice, as I exchanged my college student status for alumna.
Since then I’ve started my natural hair journey, reaching the seven-month mark at the top of the year, and I’ve become more interested in more manageable and protective styles. Never did I think I’d trade in my beloved sew-ins for another hairstyle, but during my transition phase from relaxed to natural, I’ve grown tired of struggling to manipulate my frizzy, kinky curly textured leave-out to bone straight tresses from root to end.
So I kissed my smooth and silky strands goodbye as I ventured into the new year with a new mindset and, most importantly, a new ‘do after researching countless protective styles. Thanks to Instagram and YouTube, I chose crochet braids as the next protective style that I would rock during this new discovery of my own unique hair.