Hey guys, it’s been a while and I’m sure you’re wondering what I’ve been up to. Like I said before, I’ve just moved to New York City and am pursuing a Master’s at NYU. But let me take you back over some hair and beauty tips I learnt this summer.
Summer was all about keeping cool, which meant wearing my hair in a top knot a lot. Pretty simple: flip your hair forward, tie it in a pony then grab another hairtie (“woogies” as we call them in Trinidad) and twist it into a bun. Two hairties makes the bun tighter and more centered. Smooth with water and gel. The best gel for slicking back hair, I find, is Shea moisture curling soufflé. It is organic, moisturizing and not hardening or drying. If you don’t have an effective gel, slick back your hair with water. And wrap a scarf around it until you are ready to leave the house. Top knots are great for Trinidad’s hot weather. They make my mom happy because I don’t look “unkempt” and since I need to drive to get around Trinidad, I don’t want to worry about an Afro obstructing my rear view. Lol.
My other style for the summer was the mini-twist. I kept them in about 3 weeks and journeyed to Barbados with them. For this style, I liked my kinky-curly curling custard. It gives a more flexible hold for my twists. It holds more moisture in my hair than other gels,which is important because it’s not as easy to moisturize a long-term style. Every now and again I had to retwist and the back got a bit matted by the end. I was in Barbados for crop over, which included Foreday morning, a march through the streets late at night where you party covered in paint and mud. To protect my style I used common sense: bobby pins and bandanas. The bandana also helped to absorb my sweat. But my hair still got a little messy that night especially since the party ended at the beach. I tried to keep my head above the water but the back of my hair suffered. Stay tuned for pictures from Barbados, travel beauty tips and more on Crop-Over. I can’t wait to tell you how I put together my look for Grand Kadooment.