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FEATURES Nov 2 2012 3:50PM
Danielle, rocking her 'lazy' fro.

Challenges of a Lazy Natural

by Danielle Gray www.thestyleandbeautydoctor.com

You know what ain’t nobody got time for? Fifty million natural hair routines and regimens.  I went natural because I grew tired of my straight hair and knew I’d look better with my tightly curled kinks. When I had relaxed hair I was your typical “wash, set, and wrap” once a week type of girl and then when it came time to “style” my hair, all I did was comb out the wrap and maybe add a little bump of the curling iron to it. I need the natural hair equivalent of that. Otherwise I might as well go back to my relaxer.

Don’t get me wrong. I want my hair to be just as long, thick, and fabulous as the sisters I see on YouTube, but I just don’t have the type of patience for sealing, elaborate detangling techniques, baggie methods, two-strand twists, braid-outs, and all the other natural hair terms. I really want to be that girl, though, but I just don’t have it in me. It kinda makes me feel like a lazy natural—I mean, I’m a beauty-loving  girl through and through, but it’s gotta be quick—which is why despite my bathroom shelves overflowing with makeup, I pretty much wear the same makeup look all the time. So what’s a girl to do?

I’ve only been natural for about a year—no wait—I had my last relaxer in July 2010 and did a big chop in May 2011—so does that make it almost two years? You guys can tell me in the comments. My TWA days were easy as pie. Boring, but easy as pie. All I would do was co-wash, put in some of Kimmaytube’s leave-in conditioner, moisturize with Healthy Hair Butter, and then I was out the door. Save for some water randomly dripping down my face after getting dressed, this was pretty much my go-to hairstyle. But like most ladies, a girl needs options, so when I grew bored of my length, I switched things up with sew-in weaves, which to me was perfect because I could have the look of a straight style without having to get a relaxer or blow-out my hair (one time I tried to blow out my hair myself and by the time I got close to the back, the front had already reverted—smh). Maintenance on a sew-in isn’t that much easier though, especially with blending the few sections of my own hair that was left out, but it at least didn’t take as long. Mama has a million things to do—she has zero time for long hair regimens.

The easiest style I’ve ever had was over the summer when I did a curly sew-in—Indique Coil Curl to be exact. It was a full installation so no need to worry about blending any of my hair and since the hair was longer, I could do like 5-6 big twists and night and just fluff it out in the morning. If I want to give a big Chaka Khan hair moment, all I had to do was brush the curls out and watch them grow. To get it back to normal, all I had to do was simply wet it. Perfect type of routine for me, but it’s not my hair,  and lazy as I am with styling, I didn’t want to always rely on weave, you know? Plus I was dying to see how my ’fro had grown so out with the weave.

Now that my hair was at a much bigger circumference, I felt wash-n-go didn’t really grab its full essence. So I had to sit down one night and literally force myself to do a two-strand twist after washing my hair the night I took my weave out. Now I know some naturals might have it wear they can do a twist-out at Olympic speeds, but for someone like me getting it done in under 45 minutes was a miracle. I was a little worried at how it would come out though, but I think it came out okay—what do you think?

So after loving how I looked with a twist-out, I’m proud to say now I have been doing them a lot more often now, but I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you I’m looking to get it done at salons more often…lol. Or that I have my weave warm and waiting in the cut. Hey, Rome wasn’t built overnight, right?


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