Yesterday, I modeled in a charity fashion show for a resale shop. I knew going into it I had to prep my natural hair. I wasn’t sure of the fashion show stylist’s level of experience with black hair. The day before the show I shampooed, conditioned, detangled and braided my hair. I knew a braids would keep my hair stretched out. It would also look shiny and “tamed” to those unfamiliar with my hair texture.
When I arrived for hair and make-up with my fresh braid out I could tell the team of stylist was a little intimidated by my hair. It was almost like the two not one but two brave souls preceded with caution. And for good reason I think. It was a lot of textured hair they were tasked with pulling back into a smooth, semi straight braided bun.
This was my first experience working with a stylist that was unfamiliar with natural hair. I really didn’t know what to expect but I was hoping to be wowed with their technique of styling such a different texture from their usual clients. The lead stylist took to my hair with a paddle brush and began to tug out my set style. The second stylist followed with a flat iron and they finished with a blow dryer to press out the kinks. I fore warned that my hair was heat sensitive. Ok not really but I didn’t want any heat damage. Even though they use two heating appliances they were gentle and my hair is still intact.
After achieving smoothness, they whispered quietly to each other “did you know how to braided?” They laughed a little bit and one stylist responded “I never mastered that in school”. The other “I can only braid under hand.” I stepped in and offered to help. I mean its my hair and it was styled before they got a hold to it. They laughed it off and asked the room of stylist if anyone knew how to braid. Finally one of the ladies came over and began to braid my smooth pony tail. What’s funny is I wear a hat with every outfit in the show!!! It took a team of 4 stylist to do my hair. smh
Luckily, my natural hair was not hurt in the process. If I model again in a fashion show I will have my natural hair survival kit en tote with spray bottle, Denman brush, products, satin scarf and hair pins. The only way I could really do anything with it after the show was by shampooing the gunky products out. I will definitely be deep conditioning this week.
I understand why models protective style their natural hair with weave or just get a relaxer. Less stress on everyone and their hair.
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This is what my hair looked like the next day after taking it down and pineappling the night before.