by Imani Dawson of TribeCalledCurl
You know the drill. Your favorite blogger’s favorite vlogger debuts a new natural style, which she seems to effortlessly finish in minutes, while gazing into her bathroom mirror and smiling. Inspired, you run to the bathroom with a wide tooth comb and a spray bottle filled with your own special moisturizing concoction. Five hours and many tugs later, you’ve created something that doesn’t even remotely resemble the original style. Frustrated, you tie your hair back in your old reliable puff or bun and bemoan the fact that you just can’t master the flyest looks.
So stop trying.
We know, giving up sounds terrible. And, we’re not talking walk around with one giant cone shaped dredlock giving up, either. That’s just…no bueno. But, if failure to figure out the dizzying variety of styles that can be done with natural hair is stopping you from enjoying your curls, then it’s not worth it. Try being a Lazy Natural, instead.
Lazy Naturals want the best hair for the least possible effort. We believe that hair should be easy to care for and maintain. Instead of trying every hairstyle under the sun, we master a few signature looks, and use a stylist for fancy styles and special occasions. We believe protective styles like braids, twists and buns are the most beneficial for our hair, and focus on learning these. On rough days, we don’t mind throwing on a wig or a turban, and keeping it moving.
Just because we’re lazy, doesn’t mean we skimp on the fundamentals. We handle our delicate strands with care, especially on wash days. We’ve got Afro silk on our heads, honey. *Insert finger snaps here.* Our hair regimens are thorough, though we’re constantly striving for ways to be more efficient without sacrificing the health of our hair, which includes seeking out products that make our curls, and lives easier. (We looove products, but don’t do much DIY mixing. )
If you’re tired of being tired of your natural hair, then join our ranks. Beauty might be pain, but it doesn’t have to take forever.
Check out the video below of Imani talking about what to expect from Tribe’s Lazy Naturals section.
Anyone out there feeling lazy?
[author image=”http://tribecalledcurl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Mani-In-The-Middle-small-620×360.jpg” ]Imani Dawson is the founder of TribeCalledCurl.com, she is an award winning writer and TV producer with nearly 13 years of experience working in media and a passion for telling Black women’s stories. And, not just the ones that come with lots of weave, dysfunction and intimacy with athletes. I’ve worked for outlets like BET, MTV and yes, VH1 during a short stint on a reality show special that cured me of any misconceptions about people willing to parade their lives in front of the cameras.[/author]