It didn't really hit me until a few weeks ago during Kemi Lewis' photoshoot for her lookbook. She already planned a few styles for me. Most importantly, her signature style. It did not occur to her that I had a different texture until she took down my puff. Eventually, she had to swap my styles for the other model with 4c while she made do with my 4a like a professional. ( The results were awesome btw!). I didn't even know how I felt that day. All of the excitement did not allow me to process all of it until I got home. But before then, I casually mentioned my predicament and Kemi kept nodding in affirmation, confirming my fears. Then she told me not to think too much about it that there was nothing I could do about it. Plus, my hair was healthy and in perfect condition. Of course, I agreed and got over it quick.
You know how they say there's a blessing in every disappointment? Yeah well, I believe it. Just when I was thinking about my limited styling options, I just remembered my love - hate relationship with bobby pins and I thought, 'wow, a blessing in disguise'. Yes ladies, the same ole bobby pins. One of the holy grail tools of natural hair. Yes, it gives me migraines. No, there's no way around it even when it is loosely placed. The other time I went to the salon, I had more than 20 bobby pins placed in my hair. Before the end of the week, I took them all down. I kind of expected them to suggest alternatives styles but that's just by the way.
It's been incredibly challenging styling my natural hair without bobby pins. Initially, I started wearing solely puffs but then my hair grew longer I needed to experiment and find a way around it. So far, I've gotten a hang out it. Instead, I try to use other accessories. I just recently discovered the goodness of side combs and it has helped so much. I just tuck my hair in and hold it down with a comb(s) and I'm good to go. I also use stretchy hair combs to keep my updos in place.
So yeah, when there's a will, there's a way.
Do you have any styling challenges?
How have you been able to overcome them?
Love, coils and curls.