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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Hair Saga

As you all know I was wondering what to do with my hair for Carnival and started looking at options since last year. I wanted a hairstyle that would be ideal for feteing, especially those Sunday fetes after which you barely have time to sleep when you get home, thus the need for hair that is quick and easy to style as I am rushing to work late on Monday morning. In addition I had to find a hairstyle that would be appropriate for wearing under my Fireman hat, yet still look good if I decide to take off the hat and not have “hat hair”.

At first I was thinking of doing two styles, curly for fetes and braids for Carnival; but someone mentioned that I should just do braids now and have them re-styled before Carnival neatening up the hairline. After a little discussion with my hair dresser who assured me that the braids would last beyond Carnival I decided to go ahead with braids.
I chose the twist braid style since I have not done this one before and I always take the opportunity to try something new with my hair whenever I have a chance.

Well, yesterday I spent ELEVEN hours having my hair braided and I am glad I had it done now. First of all I don’t know when next I will have all that time to spare, I ended up missing out on some free tickets to Crazy in the Living Room because by the time I was done braiding I was in no position to go anywhere. This brings me to my second point, braids hurt! I had forgotten how sensitive your scalp becomes when someone is tugging at your hair all day, luckily I did not get a headache as my braider did not plait the braids too tight. I have seen some women with braids that hurt me just looking at them, where you can actually see the follicles of the hair under severe strain and their faces look as if they are mixed with Chinese, the eyes pulled tight with the braids! Right now my scalp is still tender but it is getting better, I can pull the braids back and it does not hurt.

Another thing is that the braids always look “new” when you have just had them done, and they stick out at odd angles, looking somewhat stiff. After a week or two they fall nicely and look softer and more natural, so I am pretty glad I had them done yesterday. Now if you don’t have a lot of hair on your head this should not be a problem, but my hair is fairly thick so the braids tend to look a bit “puffy” on me until they fall. Now, all I need to do is get the hairline redone coming closer to Carnival and I am set!

For all the ladies thinking of getting your braids done do not wait until Carnival week to do them trust me, you need the time to recover from the braiding plus you want the braids to fall nicely which they should do in about a week.

Things are heating up!

With five more weeks to go until Carnival Harts is not the only band selling out.

Rugeri's section "Paris is Burning" from the band Trini Revellers is completely sold out of female costumes, Dream Team has one section listed as sold out which is Eco Rhythm and Bat Frontline at TRIBE is also listed as sold out.

Hopefully in the remaining weeks we will see more sections selling out as the season heats up some more!
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