AMAZING SONGS THAT CELEBRATE MELANIN (2)

AMAZING SONGS THAT CELEBRATE MELANIN (2)

Nowadays, black women are beginning to own their melanin showing that their skin really is beautiful too. With a lot of modifications that are being made to suit the dark skin such as makeup products and body lotions, the music industry isn’t left behind. Thanks to a few artist, these are amazing songs that celebrate melanin to add to your play list. I hope these amazing songs inspire, motivate and activate you to celebrate melanin more. May these songs remind you just how beautiful melanin is and also, may it reveal the beauty lying within you.

1) Black Is beautiful by Flavour

I can see her from afar,
She just dey shine like a morning light,
I can see very clear
She just dey shine in a broad day light (hey),
And she was walking
And i was watching
Every step and the move she was making.
She is adoring i am admiring her hips

Beauty is a natural thing,
Original thing and a mysterious thing hey,
Rise up ma voice and sing i thank the lord for a beauty queen.
Cos your black is beautiful
Beauty from my own,
Baby your black is beautiful (baby moo)
Beauty in disguise
And your black is beautiful (ahhhhh)
Black is beautiful hey,
And your black is natural, (ahhhhhahh) black is original
Oo oo ohoo
Oo oo ohoo
Oo oo ohoo
yoo yoo yoyo, mama moo

Cha cha chei,
She is black she is proud and she knows it,
She is cool and i everybody likes it,
She is bold and she very very humble,
She is strong and can never never fumble,
She is courageous (ahh) azagitarious the kind of woman I can take for serious,

Beauty is a natural thing,
Original thing and a mysterious thing hey,
Rise up my voice and sing i thank the lord for a beauty queen,
Cos your black is beautiful (beauty for my own)
Baby your black is beautiful baby moo,
Beauty in disguise hey,
and your

And your black is Africa,
Your black is Jamaica,
And your black is Arabia,
Your black is Jamaica,
And your black is Nigeria,
Your black is beautiful oooo
dudu tu tuuu duduuuu,
huu huu
selooom
your black is beautiful.

2) Black woman by Danielle Brooks

You look at me like I’m unfamiliar
Like I’m brand new
Like you never knew that you liked them thick
I’ve been carrying this weight
In a world beneath these braids
And I’m confused
Would you take the pain that came
With all the parts you wanna claim for you

[Pre-Chorus]
You want my thighs
You want my stride
But not this melanin
You want my hair
But you don’t care
For this complexion

[Chorus]
I’m a black woman
I’m a black woman
Cornbread fed
Sweat tea sippin’
Nubian Queen with the skin that glistens
I’m a black woman

[Verse 2]
Sixteen sittin’ on the cold floor
In the corner after school
Recovering from your cover up
When you told me
I wasn’t right for you
It wasn’t hard to believe
‘cus when I watch TV
I would never see
A leading lady look like me
Familiar package with less pigment
I ain’t ignorant, it’s just reality

[Pre-Chorus]
You want my thighs
You want my stride
But not this melanin
You want my hair
But you don’t care
For this complexion

[Chorus]
I’m a black woman
I’m a black woman
Cornbread fed
Sweet tea sippin’
Nubian Queen with the skin that glistens
I’m a black woman

[Bridge]
The world tells me there is space for me
If I cinch it up
And I soak it in
The world tells me it’ll all be mine
With some lashes on
And some lighter eyes
The world tells me it’ll work for me
If I let ’em do a little surgery
The world tells me it’ll change for me
With some longer nails
And some lightening cream

[Outro]
But I’m a black woman
(Lose myself to prove myself)
I’m a black woman
(We’ve come too far to right these wrongs)
‘Cus I’m a black woman
‘Cus I’m a black woman

Thanks!

Here’s the link to the part one of amazing songs that celebrate melanin

AMAZING SONGS THAT CELEBRATE MELANIN ( With Lyrics)

AMAZING SONGS THAT CELEBRATE MELANIN ( With Lyrics)

Nowadays, black women are beginning to own their melanin showing that their skin really is beautiful too. With a lot of modifications that are being made to suit the dark skin such as makeup products and body lotions, the music industry isn’t left behind. Thanks to a few artist, these are amazing songs that celebrate melanin to add to your play list. I hope these amazing songs inspire, motivate and activate you to celebrate melanin more. May these songs remind you just how beautiful melanin is and also, may it reveal the beauty lying within you.

1) Melanin by Ciara, Lupita, La La, Esther Dean, City girls

Ciara- Melanin

I started with this song because it was released just few days ago. The collaboration speaks of how black women need to unite in order to overcome. Did you know Lupita could singggg??? While we await the video release, as the song says, « we melanin chicks ‘bout to run the world» [Ciara:]That’s that chocolate, chocolate

[Ciara:]


That’s that chocolate, chocolate
That melanin
Ow!

[Ester Dean:]


(Uh) That’s that melanin
Yeah, that’s that chocolate, chocolate
(Uh) Yeah, we killin’ ’em
Yeah, that’s that chocolate, chocolate
(Uh) That’s that melanin
Yeah, that’s that chocolate, chocolate
(Uh) We be killin’ ’em
With all that chocolate, chocolate

[Ciara:]

CeCe’s my name (Uh), love is my game (Yup)
Blue and green’s my color, I stay reppin’ my team (Ooh-ooh)
My girls in every shade, mhm, we put that “S” in “slay”
I’m lifting up my queens, fixing crowns, that’s my thing
Uh, she cute as fuck, junk in that trunk
My sugar, cinnamon, yeah, girl, he love that melanin

[Ester Dean:]


(Uh) That’s that melanin
Yeah, that’s that chocolate, chocolate
(Uh) Yeah, we killin’ ’em
Yeah, that’s that chocolate, chocolate
(Uh) that’s that melanin
Yeah, that’s that chocolate, chocolate
(Uh) We be killin’ ’em
With all that chocolate, chocolate

[Ciara:]


My daddy call me princess (Uh)
Feel so royal when he rockin’ me (Uh)
Breaking my good foot, prop a knee (All night)
Uh, a hot, cold summer day
He drinking melanade
Them boys go loco, loco
Yeah, he love that chocolate
Uh, he cute as fuck
CeCe did good
He’s such a gentleman
Yeah, girl, I love that melanin

[Ester Dean:]


(Uh) That’s that melanin
Yeah, that’s that chocolate, chocolate
(Uh) Yeah, we killin’ ’em
Yeah, that’s that chocolate, chocolate
(Uh) That’s that melanin
Yeah, that’s that chocolate, chocolate
(Uh) We be killin’ ’em
With all that chocolate, chocolate

[Ciara:]


Hey, ladies (Yeah?), are you ready (Yeah?)
To hit (Yeah?) that melanin (Melanin)
Go Ester, go Lupita, go LaLa, go City Girls (Ow!)
Go Yolanda, go Sienna, go Veena, go Robin
Go Gabbie, go Jackie, go Jeniffer, go Kelly
Go down, go Erica
Good assist, you did that

[Ester Dean:]


(Uh) That’s that melanin
Yeah, that’s that chocolate, chocolate
(Uh) Yeah, we killin’ em
Yeah, that’s that chocolate, chocolate
(Uh) That’s that melanin
Yeah, that’s that chocolate, chocolate
(Uh) We be killin’ ’em
With all that chocolate, chocolate

[LA LA:]


Well, my name is LaLa
Stay so poppin’ and phantomy (Whoo, whoo)
Hustle all day, that’s a queen in me (Whoo, whoo)
I walk on the block like, “Damn, I’m heat!”
A Butter Rican bae, mami, mami, I get paid (Cha-ching!)
Your baby daddy’s fave, I’m that big drip, I’m the wave
She copper thin, she stackin’ thick (She bad)
Stay settin’ trends, yeah, girl, that’s that melanin

[Ester Dean:]
(Uh) That’s that melanin
Yeah, that’s that chocolate, chocolate
(Uh) Yeah, we killin’ em (Lupita, let’s go!)
Yeah, that’s that chocolate, chocolate

[Lupita Nyong’o:]


It’s Troublemaker back on the scene
Stay getting that green, Wu-Tang called it C.R.E.A.M.
I ride with the team, my hustle’s a dream
I’m Mexican born, but a Kenyan queen (Ayy, ayy)
Like Kipchoge, pushing the limits
One hour and fifty-nine minutes? (Mhm, mhm)
I keep it so classy, cover girl, you know I’m sassy (Okay)
My hue on dark chocolat’ (Chocolat’)
Movie deals, I get a lot (I get a lot)
Yeah, ’cause I’m a brown-skinned girl
These melanin chicks ’bout to run the whole world

[Ester Dean & J.T.:]
(Uh) That’s that melanin (Ow)
Yeah, that’s that chocolate, chocolate
(Uh) Yeah, we killin’ em (J.T.)
Yeah, that’s that chocolate, chocolate

[J.T.:]


I’m black girl magic
Skin like expensive fabric (Baye)
He like it better when I’m ratchet
I’m a boss-boss, chick’s still askin’ (So?)
Kitty power, kitty power, kitty power (Ho)
Gotta make ’em pay by the hour, ’til you broke
City Girl ish, gotta let the world know
I’m a bad chick with a lace or a ‘fro
She thick as fuck (Mhm), she bad as ish
I’m worldwide, and I’m a felanin’
Go CeCe, go LaLa, go Resha, go J.T
Go Maggie, go Cardi, go RiRi
Go Layton
C-I-T-Y wid it, city girl, I’m light wid it (Ow)
Brown skin, I’m fine wit’ it (Ayy)
Go Mary J. Blige wid it, ayy
Break it down, both sides wit’ it (Break it down)
Bring it up, spread the ground wit’ it (Spread the ground)
O-T, outta town wit’ it
Had to add a lil’ brown wit’ it

[Ester Dean:]


(Uh) That’s that melanin
Yeah, that’s that chocolate, chocolate
(Uh) Yeah, we killin’ ’em
Yeah, that’s that chocolate, chocolate
(Uh) That’s that melanin
Yeah, that’s that chocolate, chocolate
(Uh) We be killin’ ’em
With all that chocolate, chocolate

2) Melanin by Romain Virgo

Roman Virgo

Ayyyiii
Its the Melanin! Ouu yeah
I love you everything
Yeah yeah yeahDont you know that
Black don’t crackThere’s no need to be ashamed of your skin
They won’t tell you but its a fact
You got class, let it last
Keep it genuineYou must have got me
Got me in a trap
Cause everytime I keep coming back
Cause they dont got a thing on you
And they can glow just like you do
And I want the whole wide world to see
That you are beautiful to me
I love my chocolate skinYou are royal, you are queen
Dont you change that beauty within
Lift your head up, lift it with pride
And You dont have to worry
I’m always here by your sideYou must have got me
Got me in a trap
Cause everytime I keep coming back
Cause they dont get a thing on you
And they can glow just like you do
I want the whole wide world to see
That you are beautiful to me
I love my chocolate skin
You better love yourself don’t hate yourself embrace yourself my dear
Cause you look beautiful in every single thing you wear
Stay just the way you are
Don’t you change a thing
Woozess power in your melaninI know you got me
Got me in a trap
Cause everytime I keep coming back
Cause they dont get a thing on you
And they can glow just like you do
And I want the whole wide world to see
That you are beautiful to me
I love my chocolate skin
It’s the melanin uh huh ouu yeah
I love you everything yeah yeah yeah
It’s the melanin uh huh yeah
I love you everything you everything
Your everything

3) Melanin by Afro B

Afro B

Girl you bad
You be bad pass El Chapo
Mexico
Odo ye wu’eh

Jolie beautiful
You be bussing my brain
Ehhhhh nana eh

Give me your love your love your love
Give your love to me
Love to me
Cherie be my queen

See this your body oooo
Is worth more than my money
My money

Oh my mela mela mela
Oh my mela mela mela
Melanin

Oh you bella Bella Bella
Oh my mela mela mela
Melanin

My heart go
Pa pa ti pa pa
Ah ti pa pa
Oh mela mela mela
Mela mela mela

My heart go pa pa
Ti pa pa ooooo
Ti pa pa ooooo
Oh mela mela mela
Mela mela mela
Melanin

Them ah talk
Talk like they know us
Mmmmm
See this our love
See this our love
This kind of love can not be touched
Eeee
Ma Cherie coco

Pass me your loving
Pass me your loving
Pass me your loving
I give you am all night
I’ll make you feel almighty oooo
Give me your love
Give me your love eeeeee

Oh my mela mela mela
Oh my mela mela mela

Oh you bella Bella Bella
Oh you bella Bella Bella
Melanin

My heart go pa pa
Ti pa pa ooooo
Ti pa pa ooooo
Oh mela mela mela
Mela mela mela

My heart go pa pa
Ti pa pa ooooo
Ti pa pa ooooo
Oh mela mela mela
Mela mela mela
Melanin

Top 5 Renowned Nigerian actresses who haven’t bleached

Top 5 Renowned Nigerian actresses who haven’t bleached

In a world where success, beauty and fame have been attributed to light skin, a few renowned Nigerian actresses who haven’t bleached have proven otherwise.

Wikipedia says,

Skin whitening, also known as skin lightening and skin bleaching, refer to the practice of using chemical substances in an attempt to lighten the skin or provide an even skin color by reducing the melanin concentration

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 77% of women in Nigeria use skin lightening products, the world’s highest percentage. Below is a list of renowned Nigerian actresses who haven’t bleached.

1. Genevieve Nnaji

This 40-year old director of the first Nigerian Netflix original is a Actor, Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Entrepreneur, Former Model. The movie, LIONHEART, was also the first Nigerian movie to win Oscar awards. Genny, as her fans call her, with her beautiful dark skin, nailed it too in the modeling industry as she became the face of many commercial brands. Among which Lux and MUD just to name a few. She remains an inspiration to millions of people in the world especially women of color and career women.

2. Ini Edo

The Nigerian actress, Ini Edo, is popularly known as brown sugar by her Instagram family. She has over 7 million followers on the app. She’s been in the movie industry for close to 20 years. Aside from her excellent acting skills, her dark skin complexion has always been admired by many. Despite her career ascent, it is soothing to know that she remains ever glowing in her beautiful skin. Hence, she earned her spot on my list of top 10 Nigerian actresses who haven’t bleached

3. Uche Jumbo

Uche Jumbo is an ActressFilm Producerdirector and Writer. Amongst the films she’s produced, Damage addresses the issue of domestic violence. She’s a wife, mother and career woman. And she didn’t let complexion be a hinderance to achieving her dreams.

4. Stephanie okereke

When it comes to Nollywood, Stephanie Okereke is a legend. She’s an actress, director and model. She has received so many awards for best actress. She was also the runner up for the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeriabeauty pageant of 2002. This proves that you can be dark skinned and still make it in modeling industry. Therefore, she deserves her spot on my list of top 5 Nigerian actresses who haven’t bleached.

5. Kate Henshaw

Kate Henshaw is also one of the veterans of Nollywood. She is an actress, politician, fitness coach and mother. Doesn’t she look beautiful for a 48th- year old woman?

The purpose of this article is for us blacks to see that contrary to what society says, we are beautiful. And we can be successful too! Fortunately, some African countries have started banning skin bleaching products. However, Banning skin bleaching products won’t work as long as fair skin is linked with beauty and success. Just like most things, skin bleaching has it’s pros and cons.

Which other Nigerian actress should be on this list? Comment below if you want to see a part 2.

Thanks for reading…

Peculiar Hair Influencers Share Their Best Hair Tips (part 2)

Peculiar Hair Influencers Share Their Best Hair Tips (part 2)

Welcome back to this series: peculiar hair influencers share their best hair tips. I hope you learned something from the part 1. In case you missed it please do well to click here. Sometimes, the best way to get motivated is to listen or read success stories of others. That’s why I decided to write this article. The first part concentrated on just 3 of the influencers and in this next part, I will be continuing with the other 3.

Tchingi Prescilia

kinky me

#1: why did you decide to go natural?

I saw other people’s natural hair and I was so motivated by the texture and I knew that my hair could be same. I was so in love with its thick and kinky nature. So, 2 years ago I started my natural hair journey and I’ve never looked back.

#2: what motivates you despite the challenges

Other people! It has always been other people. Be it hair blogs, compliments, encouragement, appreciation and affirmation.

#3: what are your best hair tips

Moisture. I always sprinkle my hair with water from a spray bottle and do regular application of hair nutrients such as shea butter and homemade hair mayonnaise. Last but not the least, I do a lot of protective styling. I’m a huge fan of twist!

#4: advice to other naturals

Love your hair. No matter what people say, make up your mind to stay kinky. When you love something you take care of it. Take good care of your hair, research online for hair tips and ask questions from other naturals and hair influencers.

Naturally Elsie

naturally Elsie

#1: why did you decide to go natural?

Before, I didn’t bother much about natural hair. I preferred changing weaves from time to time until I moved to china and my hair started breaking off. It became more expensive to buy relaxers. Even after putting relaxers, managing my hair wasn’t still the easiest. So I decided to do the big chop let my hair grow afresh. Then I said to myself, “why don’t I just keep natural hair” after all, it would cost me nothing (so I thought). I started watching YouTube videos and reading hair articles which made me more interested in my hair. At first, I was only giving it a try but along the way I fell in love with my own hair. I felt more confident with my own hair than with weaves. For example, when someone compliments a weave I have on, in my mind I’m like it’s not my hair. Whereas, when someone compliments my natural hair, I feel more confident and proud because it’s my real hair.

#2: what motivates you despite the hair challenge?

The fact that I feel more confident in it motivates me. Then my hair goals… I wish to see my hair very long one day so that keeps me going. I see the hair growth of other naturals and it motivates me. Also, whenever I’ll have children, I’ll love to keep their natural hair, so I believe that I need to know how to maintain my own natural hair so that when the time comes, I’ll be able to maintain theirs.

#3: what are your best hair tips?

Tip 1: Moisture. Without moisture, hair tends to break a lot hence depriving growth. Also, I use olive oil as an additional moisturizer. Then I used other oils like coconut oil, castor oil, avocado oil to seal moisture in.

Tip 2: I don’t keep styles like braids for too long. They cause hair breakage. From time to time, I let my hair out so as to better care for it.

Tip 3: trim hair when necessary like when hair ends are death.

#4: what advice do you have for other naturals?

Genetics matters. Avoid comparing your hair with other naturals but instead enjoy your hair the way it is now. Be patient with your hair. Everybody’s hair grows just not at the same rate. Know your hair and what works for you. Avoid applying heat on your hair. Know your hair type and the kind of products that will work for your hair type. You can find that on youtube. Last but not least, be consistent.

check out her YouTube channel here

Molonga naturals

#1: why did you decide to go natural?

Actually my hair was damaged because I had kept relaxed hair for 3 years. So I went natural in 2015. I had been trimming my hair little by little. One day I asked my mum to help trim it and she went all the way down. I had no choice than to go to the barber. Actually I had been thinking of going natural but didn’t have the nerve to do it.

#2: what motivates you despite the hair challenge?

As at now, I don’t have any hair challenges but the beginning was quite challenging. What motivated me was the fact that I saw other girls who were able to cope with their hair. Also I believe there’s no way God will give us something that we can’t take care of. African hair is unique and beautiful. And it’s my hair, regardless of all the weaves and products. At the end of the day, you have to be able to look after your own hair. I believed I could do it without covering my hair and this is one of the reasons why I don’t wear extensions. Also keeping my natural hair builds my self esteem.

#3: what is your best hair tip?

Moisture is my friend. I always section my hair before washing. That saves me a lot of time.

#4: what advice do you have for other naturals?

Learn to love your hair. Avoid complaining. When you look after your hair, you look after your entire self. Avoid covering your hair with weaves, braids etc for long, because you don’t get to treat it often. When washing your hair, section it. Keep your hair in stretched styles. Know your hair porosity. Always deep condition your hair every time you wash your hair.

Ok, I think we’ve had enough for now. As much as I wanted to, I couldn’t reach out to all hair influencers like you but please, feel free to drop your best hair tip or 2 in the comments section. Your tip might be just what someone else needs.

You can also ask questions. If I can’t answer, someone else will.

Remain beautiful and unique. Love from me!

World Afro Day: 6 Peculiar Hair Influencers Share Their Best Hair Tips (part 1)

World Afro Day: 6 Peculiar Hair Influencers Share Their Best Hair Tips (part 1)

Nowadays, Afro has become a very popular trend. Most women are doing the big chop and going natural. Some years back that was not the case. I for one, would have never imagined going natural someday. Just the thought of the pain… nah! I didn’t think it was worth it. But as I embarked on the journey to self discovery, I began to love my skin more alongside my hair. I started taking care of my hair using the best hair tips I got from some of the peculiar hair influencers on this post.

There’s still some stigma as concerns afro but thanks to World Afro day, which is celebrated on 15th September every year, many ladies like me are being encouraged to rock our afro because it is who we are. So I reached out to some peculiar hair influencers who have been consistent to hear how they do it. I hope as you read you get inspired to finally do the big chop if you’ve been planning to. But if you have afro, get a pen and paper and be ready to jot things down.

Besttsii

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Besttsii

Speaking of crownsssss! two and a half year natural and counting… Check out her blog at The Hairtress for more hair inspo.


#1: Why did you decide to go natural?

Besttsii: Using relaxers burnt my scalp every time. Then this one time I had a really bad relaxer experience and that was the last scalp burn I could take. I decided to stop using relaxers and perms. At first, my aim was to give my hair some time to recover from my previous relaxer since it burned my hair so bad and gave me bald spots in some places but later I fell in love with my natural hair and I didn’t want to go back to relaxing.

#2: what motivates you despite the hair challenge?

Besttsii: Honestly, I really love that natural hair can do different things, it’s very versatile. it can look really short today, but form a huge afro the next day. I can style it curly, straight or wavy and still revert to an afro . I didnt have that freedom with relaxed hair and my hair wasn’t this voluminous so i’d rather be natural. Going natural for me was like a journey to self discovery, it’s amazing how much learning you receive in the process.

#3: what hair tip works best for you?

Besttsii: Always do protective styles and stretch your hair before styling. It’s a game-changer for me because it keeps my ends from tangling up and breaking off, so am able to retain as much length as possible.  With how rough many Cameroonian hair stylists can be, It’s better to take precautions before any hair appointments. I always opt for heatless ways to stretch my hair so a simple banding method ( locally known as “long long”) or braid-out before any saloon visit goes a long way. Your stylist will no longer frown when she sees you coming and you won’t have to bother much about your ends breaking off during the braiding/styling process.

#4: What advice do you have for other naturals?

Besttsii: Be patient and love your hair texture. Your hair won’t get long overnight, but it’s growing. Natural hair takes a lot of care and maintenance, there’ll be a lot of setbacks too but being patient long enough to see results is the only way to reach your hair goal.


The mampey with locs (4 year natural)

Mampey

You’d be amazed at what her locs can do. She knows how to play with them. One day it might look like the locs are down( probably if she’s wearing a wig or having braids on) but the next day , BOOM! there they are, healthier than ever before.

#1: Why did you decide to keep locs?

Mampey : I found them beautiful. I’m a believer in the beauty of the African woman and locs are a means of keeping my hair natural, and at the same time ‘not regular’. Locs are quite unique.

#2: What motivates you despite the hair struggles ?

TMWL: My loc journey is one of self discovery. I have a personal attachment to each and every loc on my head. They’ve thought me a lot about myself. So I treat them like my babies. That alone, is more than enough motivation.

#3: Which hair tips works best for you?

TMWL: water!!!! Our kinky afro hair tends to get quite dry. Water seals in moisture and prevents breakage.

#4: What advice do you have for other naturals?

TMWL: Find what works for you and stick to it. Also, be dynamic with your hair. It’s beautiful. Play with it, show if off!

Pricekylon

Price

You need to see the way people look at her in public with so much awe. It’s been almost 2 years, no mesh, no ‘gref’, no wig… just locs!

#1: Why did you decide to keep locs?

Price:It expresses my personality. It makes me express myself freely and live an adjustable budget unlike other hairstyles. It makes me feel unique… lol.

#2: What motivates you despite the hair struggles ?

Price: Looking at my anciens like Bob Marley, I believe if he could get to that level successfully, then I’m no different. I also look at loc pages on IG and Youtube.

#3: Which hair tips works best for you?

Price: I wash my hair once a week with a good shampoo and vinegar, keeping it moist.

#4: What advice do you have for other naturals?

Price: Let your motivation be real. Be intentional!

Hope this inspired you one way or the other. When I decided to keep afro, someone told me I won’t be able and will give up. If you know someone who believes afro doesn’t grow or that it doesn’t last, please do well to share this post with them. I believe with determination you can do anything.

I would love to hear from you too, what are your best hair tips? We’re in the week of World Afro Day, inspire someone with your story by leaving a comment below.

Stay tuned for a part 2!

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a protective style, check out my post on 5 protective styles for women of color

Five Braids Ideas for Women of Color

Five Braids Ideas for Women of Color

Braids are protective and creative styles women use to show off their personal style, creativeness or just to protect their scalps and hair. If you’ve been letting your hair loose in the air for a long time and you’re looking for a means to cover it, braiding is definitely your go-to style. If you are looking for a style that’ll last, these braids ideas for women of color will still cut the deal.

Lately, I’ve been braiding my hair a lot. Somehow, I feel like braids remind me of who I am, a black woman (not that I forget) but it kind of makes me feel more comfortable in my own skin. Aside from the afore-mentioned importance of braiding I found out something quite interesting. Did you know that a long time ago, braiding was used as a means of survival? rice was hidden in braids in order to help slaves survive the middle passage. Mothers sometimes put the rice in their children’s hair while braiding so that once they are separated, their children won’t starve to dead.

Also, though enslaved women were raped and treated as sexual objects, their crown (braids) carried messages of hope and freedom. As a part of their culture, braids were used to identify a particular tribe, age, marital status, wealth, power and social position.

Box braids were expensive in terms of time, material and installation. It could have been assumed that a woman who could afford to sit for many hours adorning her crown was indeed a woman of fortune.

Having understood the significance of braiding, let’s check out a few braiding ideas.

1) Rasta

black braids

This is like the commonest type of braids I know of right from when I was a kid till now. I rocked it back then, and I still do now. You can decide to do either the small, medium or large sizes, but remember that the smaller it is, the longer it’ll last. The only thing about braids is the time it takes. You can literally cry your butt out but thank God for new developments everyday. Now, you can find braided wigs or crochets in stores which save the time while still giving you the rasta feeling.

2) cornrows

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Cornrows ( popularly known as “pass mesh” where I grew up) is a slight modification of rasta. It is better in that it takes less time, depending on the style though. You could either do small sizes in a very stylish way or you could still do just 2, 5 or more and you’re good to go. There are so many variants as you can either take it to one side, all behind or hold it up in a pony tail especially when you don’t want much hair touch your neck.

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3) Faux locs

faux locs braids

I so love this style. If you’re a lover of locs but aren’t ready to permanently twist your hair like me, then you definitely need this. Be it short or long, I think you’ll love it anyways. One good thing about the crochet is that you can use them over and over and they’re quite affordable. In Cameroon, a packet with 35 inside cost about CFA3500 and 2 packets will be enough.

Meagan Good rocking braids

4) curly hairstyle with braided front

braided weaves

Aside from braiding your whole hair, you can decide to braid just the front part then add a short or long weave behind, preferably a curly or kinky weave. This is great for people who might want to use a weave they’ve been keeping for long

5) short braids

short box braids

This includes all kinds of braids from rasta to afro locs to faux locs. Are you a lover of kinky hair and dreads? afro locs are here for you. And there’s the short rasta too which has been making waves lately

Points to note

  • Most salons can do braids but not all of them can do it well. Personally, I’ve learnt the hard way that it’s better to pay high and be satisfied than the contrary. Especially people who keep virgin hair. For the braids to be smooth, it needs to done well. (For those in Buea, I recommend 2412 just beside presbyterian church Molyko)
  • To spice up your braids you could add beads, rings, colored thread etc
  • Braids are good for women of all skin types and ages too.
Genevieve Nnaji

Hope this was of help to you, which of these is your favorite braiding style?