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Black and beautiful African braids and hairstyles

Updated on March 7, 2013

Nappy hair...Are you loving it?

There are so many things that can be done with Nappy hair or African hair whichever you prefer to call it.

If you don't want to comb it, it can be locked. If you want to feel free, wear it Afro. Want culture? you can braid it. Feeling funky you can chiney bump/bantu knots it. If you don't like black, streak it color it. If you want it curled, twist with gel, dry and unwind it. If you want it straight moisturize & flat iron. Fill the gap, as I said the possibilities are endless.

With the right hair products and a little time on our hands we can style African American hair and make heads turn.

In my opinion, Nappy hair is at the top of "The Best Hair" list. I'm not saying this because I have nappy hair, I'm saying it because is the truth.If you are of African descent like myself, then you are most likely the proud owner of a head of beautiful nappy hair, that's wonderful.

Do you have Nappy hair? - Nappy hair is a term used to refer to the natural texture of African hair

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Your hair is your beauty

Its not only a phrase, it is true

Have you ever noticed how magnificently different you look in a fresh new hairstyle?. If you haven't, take note of yourself before and after your hair is done. Even if it is just a simple shampoo, it makes you feel lighter and your face pops, something like a face lift. This gives me great pleasure in styling hair because when its all done, I feel like I've just given someone a face lift.

I love styling hair and braiding is my specialty, even though I wish I could do everything under the umbrella of hairstyling; cutting, relaxing, perm, waves, the whole works. However, braiding is what I do.

Recently I did a research on African American hair; the dos and don'ts in order to assist my clients in making their hair more manageable and worth keeping (no-relaxer). I'm glad I did the research, I am now fully aware of how to deal with African American hair and the right hair products to be used. This made me fall in love with my hair all over again, I had a new look at Nappy hair.

I smiled as this confirmed what Wayne Dyer said and I quote... " When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change"

When I finally understood African American hair, it became manageable. Here's my research, I hope this will help

Hairstyles done by yours truly

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# 1. Elegantly braided

Hairstyle for special occasions

This braid was done with kanekalon extensions. The extreme back was done in single twist/ box twist, the top was cornrowed, a bit of kanekalon braid was added to give it a fuller look, as the client's hair was very thin. A pack of the kanekalon braid was rolled to make that beautiful coiled design at the back, giving it a more elegant look. It was done for a wedding, as you can see it is a lovely hair style.

#2. Zig-Zag up-do

The name speaks for itself

This is a beautiful braid that is done in a zig zag formation, as shown here. This is usually requested by younger clients. It takes a longer time to get fuzzed out or worn and a quicker time to get done. This braid is fun and easy to do, I can section the hair however I want and in the end it would still have a beautiful finish.

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#3. Box twist with cornrow front

This is another freedom hairstyle

Freedom in the sense that unlike the cornrow, there's is no tension whatsoever on the scalp when the hair is done in box/twist braid. I usually recommend box twist to person who has really tender scalp. I also recommend this hairstyle most, during the summer when the time is hot and sometimes humid. When this is worn during the summer and the scalp get sweaty or itchy, the hair can be washed and greased without undoing the braids. This hairstyle also allows the scalp to breathe properly. It can be curled, spiral, pinned up etc. it's a style for many occasions

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Box twist and cornrow

Top/front view of above photo #3

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#4. Big and little up-do

Quick and easy yet beautiful

I name this big and little, as you can see some of the braids are big while some are small. This client wanted a hairstyle that would last for only one week, as she would return to get a redo for a special occasion the following week. This is a quick up-do. I think if they were all done big and chunky it would not have looked so beautiful so I put some small ones between the big ones. This gave it a different/better look.

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#5. Up-do

Another beautiful design by yours truly

This is a freelance hairstyle, meaning, not inspired by anything. I sectioned the hair evenly and started braiding one after the other, hoping it would turn out real good. Well that is what is done with most of the hairstyles I do. However I think it turned out beautifully. Somehow it looks like a star-burst in the middle or maybe a spider.

You may have two faves like myself, but you only can vote for one :-)

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Hair tips:

Massaging your scalp on a regular basis will stimulate oil production, which will help reduce the dryness of your hair

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More guides to Grooming, Braiding and Growing Black Hair - Information on how to care nappy hair

Many persons with nappy hair turn to harsh chemical because their hair became unmanageable. Thank God for persons who have taken the time out to assist us, by creating books with step by step instructions on how to grow, groom and style/braid nappy hair. Don't worry about not getting it right at the first go at it, braiding is an art and we all know, what makes an artist work stands out is its uniqueness. So be unique with your hair, become a hair artist by learning from the pros and adding your own twist to your styles. Click here to view more options....You'll never know, you may become a pro at it and soon others will be paying you to do their hair.

YouTube "how to do braids" video tutorials - Go ahead its not at all complicated, imaybe will be the easiest thing you've ever learn

Hair tips:

Avoid hair products that contain alcohol which dries out hair

Braiding males

Braiding pleasure

One of the best time in my salon is when I am braiding a male's hair. Why? because all that they request is a quick neat hairstyle. Meaning, it doesn't matter what I do as long as the end product is neat and the process is quick. With their nappy hair, I can do just about anything, unlike females who will tell you exactly what they need. This gives me an opportunity to be creative as there is no limitation to what I'm allowed to do. Below are some hairstyles I've done in males' hair.

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#1. Leaf/Fish bone braids

Inspired by the leaf and fish bone

This was my first attempt at the fish bone or leaf hairstyle. I think it turned out great. Does it look like a leaf or a fish bone? I think it looks more like a leaf.

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#2. Hooked zigzag and straight

Done in a male's hair

This was the first time doing this hairstyle, I had a few request after doing this. I think it turned out well.

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#3. Criss Cross hairstyle

Done in a males's hair

Another easy freestyle, done with creative cornrows to the front and box twist to the back. This hairstyle can be pulled back into a ponytail while maintaining the creative braided hairstyle to the back

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#4. Zig Zag

In a male's hair

From what I have experience, men love these hair styles. As I said, zig zag is easy and the process is quick. Most male clients dislike sitting in the chair for hours to get their hair done so they'll say do something neat and quick. Those male who desire a specific hairstyle usually request zig zag. So they'll be able to jump in and out of the chair.

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#5. Coiled

In a male's hair

I am usually inspired by the things in my surroundings and I oftentimes do them as hairstyle. This coiled hairstyle was inspire by a coiled pattern/design I saw on a burglar bar, It did not turn out the same but it worked for a hairstyle and my client liked it.

Its now time to vote for the males

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Hair tips:

African-American/Black hair in general is more brittle, coarser, dryer and curlier (nappy) than those of non-African decent. Because of this, hair care for a Caucasian would be different than an African, who needs to be more careful when treating his/her hair because it is more delicate.

Fishbone or Leaf? - They can't decide. I'll let you decide

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Clients leave the salon with this particular hairstyle, another sees it and creates a different name for the style.

Some clients will request the fish bone hairstyle, others will request the leaf. On first request, I wondered if they were different, but found out they were referring to the same.

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Hair tips:

To keep black hair healthy, avoid products with sodium laureth sulfate

Hairwise - Please take a quick poll, its only 1 questions

Did you know an unusual length of hair growth in some individuals may be caused by hair development abnormalities?

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Updo - Done with 100% Kanekalon Jumbo Extension

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Have you ever used 100% Kanekalon Jumbo Braid? It is the most inexpensive hair I've come across and it can be used to do just about any braided hairstyle. In my salon, I use 100% Kanekalon Jumbo Braid most to do rope/senegalese twist and invisible cornrow, It is also great with french braids. It is amazing how beautiful the finish is, yet Kanekalon Jumbo Braid is literaly cheap. If you've never used it before, you can sure give it a try. Below I'll post a few links to Kanekalon extensions and also some Youtube videos of others using 100% Kanekalon Jumbo Braid to do senegalese twist, invisible cornrow and french braids.

Box twist with extensions - Done with the Kanekalon braids

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Hair tips: A protective hairstyle is simply wearing your hair up in a style that helps protect the hair and ends from external elements (i.e sun, rain, wind) whilst retaining moisture. A protective hairstyle can be worn as a bun, in clips, pony tails weaves plaits, or even a cap.

Allow me to distract you from braids, for a while - Let's do something quick and easy (Protective hairstyle)

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Bun or Chignon

This is a simple yet sophisticated hairstyle that works for any occasion, especially dressy or formal ones. All you need are hairpins and a covered elastic band and if your hair is not as full, you may need to buy a bun. Buns work on relaxed and natural hair. Just in case you are on the run and don't have the time to make it to your hairstylist this is an ideal hairstyle to whip up really quick and still turn heads whenever you step out.

As you can see in the above photo, Celebs also think its a great hairdo. The good thing about this is, it is a protective hairstyle. If when pull your hair back you do not have a bulk of hair to make your own bun, you can buy one. Oh yes you can, you can also get them in shades to match your hair color, here I have sourced some clip on/drawstring buns that will do justice to your 'pull back' hairstyle

Tiny tots time. Nappily endorse your child's beautiful hair - Let her feel proud to be the owner of nappy hair

Little girls love when they are dolled up and beautiful. From my experience, every time a compliment is given my confidence and self esteem is stepped up a notch. Do the same for your child. If you do not know how to give a beautiful hairstyle, learn how to do hair the right way and boost the confidence of your child whenever she steps out in her hairstyle. Click here to choose a book from Amazon that will assist you with that. It will be fun when your child selects a hairstyle from a book and you can do it and please her. A simple way to boost your child's self esteem, right?

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Kids Style

The joy of my salon

Children usually have little or no specific request when they sit in my chair. Unless the parent request a specific hairstyle, its all left up to me and tha'ts what I love. Most children only wants to know that their hair is braided, it is beautiful and they get loads of compliment whenever they step out of the salon. This is another freelance hairstyle, in which I created the style as I went along, nothing planed

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Small diamonds braid

Easy braids

This braid is quite easy to do, any non professional can do it. Just move the comb in a zig zag formation and that's that. I only do these style in children's hair but if you like it as an adult, its always worth a try.

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Pineapple and zig-zag cornrow

A fruity hairstyle

Pineapple braid as you may have noticed is inspired by the pineapple fruit. This braid is one of the easier ones to be done, but unfortunately harder to be undone.

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Diamond Rows

A bigger version of the above style

This diamond braid is another quick hairdo. Quick because the braids are big and the head is not big. The client is 8 years old. Her mother requested a style that would last her a week or so, a style that would be easier to undo and one that would last a week or so.

Do not put harsh chemicals in your child's hair - Let your child be happy wearing sporting her nappy

I am of strong belief that children's hair should not be relaxed/ perm/ processed, call it what you may. Parents should not change their children's hair texture for any reason or the other. Let them enjoy their natural beauty. Allow them to make the decision when they grow up. Changing a child's hair can affect her self esteem. If I was a child and my hair texture was straightened, I would definitely think that the other children who were born with straight hair are my superiors, since I had to look like them to belong.

If you think your child hair is too nappy and hard to manage, try a different approach like I did. My husband oftentimes reminds me that the situation/problem is only as big as we approach it. Therefore if you look at it as a big/small issue, that is what it shall be.

The use of good quality but gentle shampoo and conditioner does make a difference, stock up on detanglers, use hair lotion/moisturizer, bigger tooth combs, use a good hair dryer, all this will make life easier for both mother and daughter. Click here to find them on Amazon

I have written another page about hair care products specifically for African American hair, Click here to view.

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Floor tile

This braid was inspired by the design on a floor tile

As I sat on my bed one day and I took notice of the tiles on the floor. The pattern/designed seemed as if they popped out on me. Funny enough they had been lying there for the past 2 years. Then the idea came, This could be a hairstyle. I decide I need to try it in someone's hair. I did it in a child's hair and this was the end product.

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Cute Kids Braid

One of the reasons I really love nappy/African hair is that I can do whatever style braid I want with it. Nappy/African hair is so obedient. Its like an artist being given a canvas, the canvas will just sit there waiting to be painted. In my salon, the clients are the canvas and I am the artist, my fingers are the brush and my brain the paint. This 'web' I so call it, was inspired by an actual spider and its' web. I saw the two and wondered how it would look if I tried it as a hairstyle. I experimented and this was the result.

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The hairstyle that everyone can do

Box twist and beads

These are my two beautiful daughters, wearing the easiest to-do braided hairstyle for children. Even though I'm a hairstylist they are not so fortunate to get all the styles done in their hair. Only when going out on special occasions they are so fortunate. 80% of the time this is what they sport, the box twist and beads. It is easy to be done and even easier to be undone. I have three girls and I do not have the time to sit and do each of them hair in styles that will need to be undone within a week. So I prefer to do the box twist and beads. This can be worn to school and it can last them two weeks or more. If time is on my hand and it cannot be undone in time, I wash their hair and grease the scalp just the same, with the twist and beads and they are good to go.

Another thing about this hairstyle is that it is easy on the scalp, no tension whatsoever, and it can be left hanging or sectioned and tied into the desired amount. So this hairstyle is really more than just one hairstyle.

Accessories for the easiest children hairstyle - Box twist and beads

Perler Beads 6,000 Count Bucket-Multi Mix
Perler Beads 6,000 Count Bucket-Multi Mix

Having a bucket of beads allows you to have more colors to play around with the hairstyle. Also if you choose to use a particular color, a lot of that said color can be found in the bucket, instead of buying small packs of bead in order to get a single color.

 
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1000 small rubber bands- assorted colors

These tiny rubber bands are use to hold the beads unto the hair, without them the job cannot be done

 
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Bead Magic BMG06 Hair Beading Kit

This is an all inclusive kit. Beads of different shapes, rubber bands, the stringer to string beads unto the hair. Just in case you want to give this 'box twist bead' hairstyle a try, to see if it works for you and you child before you dig into it, this is the kit to purchase.

 

Here I've found some beautiful kids hairstyle on youtube - Lovely indeed

Always use water based moisturizers and coconut oil can penetrate the hair shaft of nappy hair (African/American). Other oil products simply coat the hair giving it a look of moisture. However, the hair is still dry and susceptible to breakage.

One of Salon's Best Friend

Yellow bird styling dryer...Get one!

One of the things nappy hair needs in order to be manageable is a good hair dryer. The conair yellowbird is what I use in my salon. Click here to get this Conair Yellow Bird Styling Dryer on Amazon

Advanced performance:

- 1875 Watts of Drying Power

- Lightweight AC Motor

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- Concentrator Nozzle Attachment

- Straightening Pic Attachment

-Professional 8" Cord .

It is inexpensive, effective, durable and easy to use

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Sunny Isle brand will strengthen and increase the length of your hair faster than any other brands on the market today. Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor is the ONLY Jamaican Black Castor Oil that comes in a safety sealed bottle for your protection

Get Rid of the Itch Now - Dandruff EEze...Miracle Inside a Jar

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There are many reasons the scalp itches, some of which are; allergy to chemicals, Seborrheic Dermatitis, Dry scalp, Scalp Sunburn, Folliculitis, Scalp Psoriasis etc,.

My scalp itches terribly whenever I wear braids/extensions. I have used other products for my itchy scalp, while some worked some didn't. When the itching intensified, I thought I would go bald, it became unbearable. My hairstylist recommended that I used Dandruff EEze.

The first time I used Dandruff EEze, I could kiss my hairstylist feet. This was the best recommendation I had ever received.

Within minutes of applying dandruff eeze to my scalp the itch disappeared completely and even though the directions on the jar reads: apply 2-3 times weekly and massage.

I didn't have reapply Dandruff EEze until I removed the braids from my hair and was getting it redone.

Now, I used Dandruff EEze on my scalp before I add extensions to my hair then put away the jar until my next hair do.

I cannot tell you enough, how Dandruff EEze really works. Dandruff EEze is one of the few product I can honestly recommend, because it really works.

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Braid tutorial for Asian, Caucasian and other types of hair - Don't feel left out if you do not have kinky or nappy hair, you too can wear beautiful braids

COOLEST BRAID DESIGNS

This book demonstrates how to braid hair in exotic and completely unique designs, including braided buns that does not need pins! It has full-color photos and step-by-step instructions to help anyone learn how to make the coolest braids! You can find it right here

I have also created a page with braids and hairstyle for Asian and Caucasian hair Click here

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Your hair is your beauty but are you your hair? - Loving this.. I am not my hair

More Kanekalon Extensions - For inexpensively but beautiful hairstyles

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      mathslover 2 years ago from Barbados

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      Chocolate Pickney 3 years ago from Jamaica

      @latorya-emanuel1: I am glad I could help

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      latorya-emanuel1 3 years ago

      This site was very informational for me being that do hair and have 5 kids of my own with a head full of hair that I do. You gave me great ideas and tips to leave here with.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Beautiful: you're more than a stylist, you're an artist. What a "great eye" you have.

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Oh WOW beautiful. I have braids too as you can see, but nothing fancy like the braids on this page. Those are just Art with a capital.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love the hair styles for the children. I have two young boys and I am looking for other ways to style their hair but I need to find the technique that makes it less painful. I have never braided hair before having my children, and now I do it on a weekly basis but it always hurts my boys. I need someway to get no pain. if there is anyone that knows of a way please please let me know it's almost time for new braids. :(

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: My mom's name is Ebonie but she (as you can see) spells it differently.

      By the way you are a great hair artist!! Do you have your own hair shop??? If so please post on this site.

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      @ramonabeckbritman: Thank you

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      You really are a hair artist!

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      Ramona 5 years ago from Arkansas

      Beautiful Lens!!! If I were a Squid Angel I surely would bless it with lot's of Squid Angel Dust. Lot's of great information about braid styles.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello, I really was amazed by all the creativity that lives in African American hair braiding. I enjoyed scrolling through and the advise given. I love natural ingredients and am educating people on good and bad hair care regimens since I can tell the difference it makes. My daughter is almost two years old and was born with very little hair, natural ingredients has been our best friend ; her hair is really thriving and, she is learning that her Black is Beautiful.

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      A very interesting and educational lens that showcase some very unique and beautifully designed braid styles...it was Jerry Butler who once said "that 1 strand of a womans hair could do more to move a man...than a team of oxen!"

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      @anonymous: You're welcome

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like your site, I was looking for a hairstyle for a co-workers daughter. He's new to the hair game and needed help I love the idea's for page gave. Thanks now I can send him to the hair school I get my hair done so his little girl can feel like a princess

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      @OliviaDaughter LM: i love them too hun

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      I just got kinky twist. I love them,

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      @VspaBotanicals: Thank you

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      absolutely beautiful

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      @anonymous: thank you

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      @anonymous: likewise

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      @anonymous: thank you

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      supportnaturalhair 5 years ago

      Great lens! I'm loving the braids.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a very nice web page. I will revisit again.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i like how they put the hair

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i like how they put the hair

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i like how you braid it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i like how you braid it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love the way you write. You have genuine passion for afro haircare (not just styling) which is important as there is a difference. In my experience, too many black hairstylists have very little to no respect for the nappy hair on my head - expressed in the way that they pull and jerk at it asthough the roots are not attached to a living being.

      The children/adults visiting your salon are blessed. Keep up the good work.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Nappy hair? Yes. Am I loving it? Yes, every minute I have some left on my head. You sure did put a lot of time and hard work into this lens, itâs a really good one.

      This is very enlightening for anyone wanting to know more about nappy hair! Youâve done a wonderful job here. Thank you. ~~Blessed by a SquidAngel~~

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      @anonymous: No, I would not say it is "Best" for naturals, I'd say "Most affordable" and you'll love the end result.

      It all depends on what you're looking for as in texture, quality of the extension and also the hairstyle that will be done with the extensions.

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      Keepingscore 5 years ago

      I'm amazed at my ignorance, so much to learn and so little time. Thanks

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      blondebecky 5 years ago

      looks great! top pictures!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice. Thanks for putting this together. I found this page while looking for the answer to the question of what type of extension hair is best for kinky hair and I noticed you mentioned Kanekelon hair in all the pics using extensions. Would you say that hair is best for naturals?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great ideas - thanks for the tip about coconut oil

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love the designs

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      aoinspire 5 years ago

      Wow there's a ton of info on here. Kudos for mentioning traction alopecia. The braids were beautiful. Best of luck! Inspiring!!! http://aoinspiration.com

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      ChrisShaefer 5 years ago

      Great Lens,

      Thank you so much for sharing your expertise. I really appreciate a publication like this that gives such thorough information. Two big thumbs up and a couple like votes for you!!! Please stop by and say hello on my lenses some time.

      Peace,

      Chris

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Beautiful and informative lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing LOVE the pics and the info. The clarity of the pics are great :) You are right about encouraging our babies to look in the mirror and adore what they see!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I agree. Your work is lovely. And I agree little girls should not have processed hair. My daughter-in-law once tried to straighten my 5-year-old granddaughter hair. It is very thick and growing longer as she grows up. Her mother ended up burning the girl's ear and the girl refuses to have her hair straighten again! There is no need, but some people never get it. All the best! Cheers.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      HI,

      Your work is Absolutely Fabulous!

      Been a hairstylist myself i can appriciate the passion, precision & time it takes to do these great works of art.

      I share your enthusiasm for afro hair and flaunt mine whenever i can :-D

      (I just happened to stumble on this page and i'm glad i did, keep up the good work :)

      25 from North England

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      @Gypzeerose: Thanks much

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Thank God for a lens like this that accentuates celebrating the beauty of who women really are - however it shows itself. You give a unique voice to Squidoo - one that is needed. Facebook liked.

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Takes me back to me young days in Mississippi! Thanks for sharing.

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      bharat01 5 years ago

      very nice hair styles, and i must say great lens and Merry Christmas..:)

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      brandonmotz lm 5 years ago

      Wow that isn't just braiding hair, those are beautiful works of art!

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      @sidther lm: Thank you for blessing my lens, I do appreciate.

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      sidther lm 5 years ago

      You are great at braiding! I have never seen such intricate and beautifully styled braids- these really are like the type of styles I would expect to see in a high fashion magazine. I especially love the coil.~blessed

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      Heidi Reina 5 years ago from USA

      Beautiful hair styles and amazing creativity.

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Excellent lens! You're a true artist. These styles are gorgeous and I love how you talk about the benefits of each.

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      Creativity is good..........

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      ThatsYourPeople 5 years ago

      That is some amazing braiding. I don't think I've ever seen anything like it. I'll repeat what others have said: they are works of art.

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      presentsandgiftsgalore 5 years ago

      Like your lens. I have natural hair and these are definitely styles I would consider, just not so tight:-)

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      desa999 lm 5 years ago

      I an fascinated with these type of hairstyles - they are amazing, beautiful lens.

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      @Johanna Eisler: Thank you

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      @djroll: Thanks much

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      djroll 5 years ago

      You do beautiful work. I agree with others, it is artwork. Congrats on making the front page. Your intro photo got my attention.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      What an artist you are! Congratulations on making the front page!

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      Trender1 5 years ago

      Indeed this is beyond mere styling, it is art.

      I most like the Fishbone and Tile inspired arrangements. The latter reminds me of waves in water.

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      NaturalHealthNu 5 years ago

      I love your lens..beautiful job!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You are such an amazing artist! I really enjoyed looking at these different hair styles.

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! I always wanted to learn how to do many styles of braiding. You truly are talented =)

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      JoyKitten 5 years ago

      Wow, I learned so much through your great lens.

      You are a very talented, and patient artist. It's so time consuming!

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      Bahrns 5 years ago

      Wow, these are not hairstyles these are ARTWORKS! Its amazing how they can creates such style. I believe these are time consuming and requires a lot of patience! I salute hair braiders!!!

      Material Handling

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These braided styles are absolutely fabulous! I love the Leaf / Fish bone style the most.

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      AskPat 5 years ago

      Wow! Very talented, you are! Awesome lens!

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      jmjdnd 5 years ago

      Cool designs!!!

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      These braids are amazing. Great lens.

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      This is a wonderful talent you have and your daughters are very cute with their braids and beads. Very well done. Thanks.

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      @PeterStip: Thanks...You are welcome

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      PeterStip 5 years ago

      wonderful, My haircut is well.... But I love to see other spacial haircut. It makes somebody an individual, a personality. Thanks for the great lens.

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      @LasgalenArts: (smile) Thankyou

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      LasgalenArts 5 years ago

      Dang, I want nappy hair. My thin European descents hair is boring, boring, boring. You are an artist!

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      sweetstickyrainbo 5 years ago

      looks like they would be hard to maintain. Very creative lens!

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      Sometimes my African friend braids the hair of my daughter. She looks really nice and likes swishing her hair so the beads rattle!

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      @Leilani-m: thank you

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      @victoriuh: There's a technique in adding those beads, and the a Thanks.

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      @Beadsnresin: Thank you

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      Leilani-m 5 years ago

      Amazing hairstails, I can only immagine how much work it is.

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      These braids are beautiful! Wonderful job!

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      Your daughters are beautiful! When I was a little girl visiting my mom I saw a little girl with hair like that in the laundry room. I remember thinking her mom must have loved her very much to sit there and add all those beads into her hair. I was so jealous :) Great lens!

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      Beadsnresin 5 years ago

      Wow, so awesome!

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      @Joan Haines: Art it is, thank you. They usually take less than 2 hours.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      What an art! I am so impressed. I'm guessing this must take a long time to do. Lovely.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What beautiful artistry, a feast for the eyes!

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      lychic 6 years ago

      seems complicated to achieve. must need creative mind and hands!

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      looks very hard to do, but the patterns are very cool...:)rwjr