I was visiting family over the weekend (this post is late) so my wash day was at their house. I love that so many of my friends and family have been taking my recommendations of hair practices and products, one because they have products that are hair friendly when I visit! So, I didn’t have to pack an arsenal of stuff and basically followed my normal regimen: (1) Prepoo’d with heated EVCO (2) shampooed with sulfate free shampoo [Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo] (3) deep conditioned with Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Renewing Treatment (which was just okay…I wouldn’t purchase) (4) Airdried without product.
My mother was also visiting so I asked her to braid my hair which took me all the way back to childhood. My mother was the family hairstylist because none of my aunts know how to braid or do hair very well. Most of my cousins spent a lot of time at our house especially during the summer; all the females would have their hair braided by my mother one by one. She’d wash, condition, grease and braid each of our heads then send us back outside with our new ‘dos! I described to her what I wanted and showed her photos of Jill Scott as my inspiration. She said “Okay, but my braiding skills aren’t what they used to be!” I laughed and said “Take your time, part in small sections and as long as the braids are neat, you’re good!” She applied whipped shea butter to each section before plaiting.
Here are the results of my mother’s careful braiding. I had her to braid the front for display and the back in a large ‘s’ pattern to save time.
I realize, although this is exactly what I directed my mom to do, I would’ve preferred to nix the major diagonal part and to just braid all of my hair on an angle. But I still like the results – mainly because it is neat and I didn’t have to do it! Then I placed a half wig, Evony by Outre, on the back half of my hair to duplicate the Jill Scott inspired hairstyle. I ended up cutting the wig…even though I bought this specific one so it would be long like Jill’s. Again so much for knowing myself! I love the results, its cute, easy and my hair is protected. Most of all it is convenient, which I am all about right now!
I wanted to do this style to revisit half-wigs during the L4LPSC because they are actually one of my favorite go-to protective styles. They are perfect for bad hair day emergencies, easy to do, very versatile as you can see, and inexpensive. You can purchase most half wigs online for less than $20 including shipping and around $30 in local beauty supply stores. There are so many great wigs that would work well to duplicate this look…you can go big or small with the curls, long or short.
I’ll be rocking this wig, moisturizing and sealing while in the braids and co-washing for the entire month of March and redo the back if necessary. I’ll more than likely do a video showing maintenance of my hair beneath the wig, so be on the lookout for it!