Mane Attraction: That Spring-Summer Feeling
I reside in Orlando, Florida, a metro-city that doesn’t really boast seasons (as in marked, prolonged weather shifts), but I can still appreciate the mental bliss that comes when I think of that Spring-Summer feeling via my hair.
It’s like mother nature giving permit to come out and play and there’s a freshness in the air and a feeling and obvious realization of new life that is hard to ignore. This feeling is further epitomized by those “la, la, la…” notes made famous by Minnie Riperton’s Loving You or eponymously to this post on Jill Scott’s Spring Summer Feeling. It really just comes down to a feeling, and if you’re going to go there, you have to pay attention and just flow with it.
Lately, I’ve been having all these Spring-Summer feelings about my hair. My hair has come a long way, from my relaxed and slicked into a low pony tail days to it’s headwrap heyday, to my love affair with flat twists-out, then the famous afro curl style (I miss that one!) to kinkies to wanton-wigness to my recent victory rolls.
I’m really just want to let it all hang out and that being said I have zero hang ups about hair extensions, as in braids and wigs. Call it what you like, protective styles, treason… but when I wake up and I’m contemplating my hair, my question to myself in the mirror is aways: What do we feel like today?
The following is the consistent drumbeat of inspiration for what I am feeling for my Spring-Summer hair:
Leela James and that EPIC blowout! You walk into a room with this hair and the volume is turned way up. You are definitely bouncing to your own soundtrack. I can almost hear Leela singing… “Don’t Speak” here. I love the way she moved through that song! So Soulful!
This next do, I have been flirting with for ages–circa 2001. A little backstory: My first trip to a quote unquote natural hair salon was to Afrigenix. Founded and branded by Francine Toukou, it was the place where I felt most at ease in the knowledge that rocking a natural was the flyest thing since discovering my New York strut. This is one of Francine patented do’s called the Havana Twists. These do for me what the Janet’s Poetic Justice locks seem to be doing for a new generation. The Kinky twist look has long been a favorite of mine, so I already know the look will work on this round face. Another reason I flowed with this as my second look is this vision I have of a blowout that can transition into Francine’s twists.
The final do is all about a celebration of COLOR & CUT . Truth be told, I tend to prefer higher heights when rocking out my natural than length. It’s been harder to achieve with hair growth, but something about my hair just standing up every which way or in some molded shape makes me feel light and lifted and sassy in a way that no length via extensions or wig has ever let me.
What I love about this sistah’s DO: EVERYTHING! From the graduation into frolicious, luscious curliness to that intense color combination that I wanna call sunset. It’s so how I am feeling right now. Color has not been my friend in the past. After two self-applied box colors, which led to a 2nd big chop, I know that color for me is a delicate undertaking.
Aside from that dilemma, what’s great about this look is that you don’t even have to get the back cut to achieve it. The back can be flat-twisted or braided into a singlestrand twistout, or a bantu knot-out at top. You can even do some tight victory rolls or bantu knots in back. The options are all nice.
I’m headed to the Calabash Festival at Treasure Beach, Jamaica in about a week and would love a new do-debut for the trip. In the interest of that and this great time of year not leaving me behind in the doldrums, I mean to make a decision soon.
One of the best things about our hair is the options–whether natural and otherwise–to go take it wherever we want to go. With Spring well on its way and Summer just around the corner, I say let’s get it!
What Spring-Summer hair have you been flirting with and what are you currently rocking?