It's that time of year in Texas where the weather is hotter than hot and for us "natural hair" girls...we have decisions to make. Either we can go all summer continuously washing and moisturizing our hair (who has time for that?) or we can opt for a protective style to protect our hair from the heat and any heat damage. Well, because I have such a hectic lifestyle, I'm opting for a protective hair style this summer--plus it's stress free, easy to maintain and simple.
For the past year, I've noticed an upsurge on social media from all of my natural hair bloggers sporting the Senegalese twists. Normally these twists can go all the way down to your waist so that you have more options as far as elaborate updos or versatile styles. So once I decided to do a protective style for the entire summer, I decided to venture to my friend's new salon, Fine Plats Braiding Salon in Coppell, TX to get the Senegalese twists put in.
|Me before my braids were put in. Hair washed, dried and put up in a bun.|
The atmosphere of the salon was extremely laidback and it was exceptionally clean. Also, because I have an issue with sitting in a chair for too long, they offered two braiders who would braid my hair simultaneously (one on my right side and one on my left) to get me out of the salon faster. THANK YOU! When I made my appointment, I gave my hair type to the salon owner over the phone so by the time I arrived with my hair already washed and dried, the hair was in the chair and we were good to go.
|Looks like Cousin "It" died in my chair...but here's my hair before they got started.|
|Getting started: two braiders, thick hair and an A.D.D. state of mind...hopefully this goes quick!|
My twists are probably 1/2 an inch in width, go down to my mid-back and took 3.5 hours with two braiders. My twists are not tight, so I will still have my edges once they get taken out. I didn't even have to tell the braiders to go easy on the edges--they already knew. So I didn't wake up with headaches the next day or have hair bumps from the stress of the braids.
|The best braiders at the salon!|
I'm really in love with these twists and this new salon and plan on going back for touch-ups throughout the summer. I've received A TON of compliments on these braids--and let's face it, my self-esteem is through the roof with these. I definitely feel like "Leah-Yonce" and no-one, I mean no-one, can tell me differently! haha If you're contemplating a protective "do" or are looking for an affordable and laidback place to get them done, please give Fine Plats Braiding Salon a try! For more information, visit their website here.
|Feelin' like a million bucks!|
Hint: P.S. When putting the address for this salon in your GPS, make sure you put the entire address including the city of Coppell and the zip code--otherwise you will end up on the other side of Irving like I did and be 20 minutes out of your way! Oops!