Ever since I was about ten years old, summertime almost always equals a long term protective style. Braids or a weave most specifically. Even my mother does it, around April she starts saying to me: Ebony, what do you think I should do with my hair for the summer? I don’t know if anyone else is like that, it seems something about the heat makes us less apt to want to deal with our hair then add in the beach trips and time spent in the pool and its almost a no brainer that we hide our hair. I was sent hair from Vivica Fox Hair to review the WEFT (more later) and although they sent me 14 inches, I knew immediately after stepping out in the 90+ degree heat that it was not going to work. Originally I had planned to keep it long for a month or two then cut it to an Olivia Pope-ish style since you know I’ve been crushing on mid-length hair anyway.
Well, the day after my little cousin sewed my hair in, I went to a yard sale with my mother and thought to myself “This is not going to work, I want this hair cut…NOW!” So I went to see my very trusted stylist at Deb’s Creative Styles in southern NJ (info below). I know I’ve said it a thousand times before, but I love Ms. Debbie! She does my hair whenever I’m home, my momma’s hair, my grandmomma’s hair, my cousin’s hair when they go to the salon…she and her daughter are truly gifted stylists. I’ve never left the salon less than satisfied, she listens to your needs, cares about the health of your hair above all and is a great stylist. Plus her daughter Keisha is an amazing hair cutter, and she had hooked up my cousin with a flyy bob the month before, so I asked her to do the same for me. Boy she chopped my 14″ weave down to about 6-8″ and I absolutely love it. They both are just so dern talented! I’ve said it time and time again…a good stylist is worth their weight in gold!
I can’t tell you how sassy and sexy I feel in this SHORT hair! Who knew?! It’s exactly what I envisioned and although I do love this cut, don’t worry I am not even close to being tempted to cutting my real hair. #notthatcrazy! Why would I when I can do this instead?!
Anywhoo, to save money I went to an African Braiding Shop to have my real hair braided down in prep for the sew in which cost me
$20. Nearly all my female relatives braid and any one of them could have done it for me, but since I wasn’t paying anyone I figured why not make it a little easier? Then I had my little cousin Kyndra sew in the hair for me and went to the shop for the cut which cost me $30. So basically this was a $50 sew in. I swear if I lived at home, I’d never pay to have my hair done. Just like I used to hook most of my lil cousins up when I was little, they have now come into their own and are actually pretty sought after commodities in my lil hometown. I remember I was in the salon one day asking a child if she knew my cousin Merlene – whose hair I consistently did when she was a child – and the girl said to me “Oh, yeah…I know her! She’s real good at doing hair right?” I laughed and said “Yes, but where you think she gets it from?!” So funny how things come full circle! Anywhooo, I freakin love this hair and feel wayyyy too hot to trot right now!
Deb’s Creative Styles: Salem County, NJ (440) 258-4760.