Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Braided, Banded, and Shampoo'd

OK, Here's what I did Monday night. I braided and then "bantu'd" each braid or plait, as Jen calls em'. She did the same. I then got under the dryer and read until I was plum tired. I read all most to the end of Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis.
A teacher I sub for a Carver Academy let me borrow it because she said my pre-teen series, Shay's Stories, remind her of his writing. After finishing the book, I understood what she meant.
This was the result the next day: It was wiggly, squiggly and crinkly a little anyway. I even tried to stuff all that full hair into a black corduroy hat that didn't have enough elastic in it. When Jen and I went up to Carver, the kids were like, "Eww Miss Evans, your hair is pretty!" They could tell immediately cause lazy daisy here just barely puts on lip chap when I go to sub, let alone get all doodied up. I find myself always educating the kids about my hair. They seem so fascinated and of course want to touch it. Sometimes I let em'. Enlightening them is what's most important. Especially my young black females. I think it's cool that they see such comfortability, healthy self-esteem and peace in my sister and I when we're out and about. Any misconception or lie about being natural and locked gets blown out da water!! This is braid, weave, perm land and hard to grasp for most.
And after sleeping on it last night with no cap on, there's still some fullness to it. I think if I would have two strand twisted the hair instead of plaited it, it would have come out different. I guess if you click on the picture you can get a better view of how it turned out. Hope this holds til' Christmas.


brunsli said...

Maryee, your curls are great!

Naturalist1 said...

Your curls look good.

lashaune said...

Your hair looks cute I really am inspired with you and your sister's hair Happy Holidays Ladies!

Maryee said...

Brunsli, Naturalist1, and Lashaune,

Thanks for the kind compliments!! I think over the holidays I might do a "real" braidout. We'll see! :-)

coco_btrfly said...

Beautiful! Very YOU :-)


Creyole's Sisterlock Exodus said...

I wish I could get my bantu knots to hold in place like yours, but I've tried and they won't stay. Anywho, yours look adorable.

Oh and about Bud Not Buddy, my children and I read that book together and they laughed and laughed the whole way through. Bud was a funny character!1 We really enjoyed that book, let me know if you come across anything else like it.

Leighann said...

Hey Mary,

I love your curls! Very cute! I admire your patience to sit under the dryer. I don't have it. :-)

From my experience, yes, you will get a different set if you twist and bantu, as opposed to braid and bantu. Braiding gives a deeper/crinklier set. Twisting gives it more of a wave.

It did my heart more good than you know that you and your sister are walking examples to your students! Our girls need to see what our hair can do close up. Thank you!!!

Have a great holiday!


Goodnapps said...

Hi Maryee,

This look is so pretty. Thank goodness I have an account now and can leave you compliments.

Maryee said...

Hey Coco, LaChanda, Leighann, and Tanya!

Thanks ladies. I am still not used to either this Texas weather or Waco water. Ewwk! The combination is hard to explain.

LaChanda, Christopher Paul Curtis has a new book out. FYI... You might have to make your square sections 2 inches in length. Try that and see what you come up with. I think your hair would be cool with crinkles after that. Plus if you bantu them for the after effect look, just rubberband em' to stay.


I am going to try the twisting and not braiding next time. I am sure it will come out different. It's been so long, I forgot.

I love to let the girls touch my hair. Lots of educating to do here in Waco/Central Texas concerning natural hair.


Welcome aboard! Thanks for stopping by and leaving kind compli's.

Be blessed ladies!!