What Fros Are In
Fashion and Where Can You Find Them?
By Megan Davis
The Truth Contributor
parties still happen during this time of year. From swanky
soirees to corporate dinners and PJ Parties by the fireside,
the holidays are here, and, well, quickly passing. Tis the
season for sequins, velvet, cute boots and frotastic hair.
the style trends of the 2017 holidays? It looks like #BigHair
#Braids and #BoldColor are the hashtags to follow this
season. The old school 80’s and 90’s Patra or Poetic Justice
Braids (also known as box braids or “individuals”) are also
back and here to stay a while. Needless to say, natural
hairstyles have evolved right back to our roots. From
intricate cornrows, now called the “Iversons” or “Lemonade
Braids”, to the mini bantus that are now created with the
“dread sponge”, natural hair is more versatile today than
Hair Don’t Care awards go to those rocking Crochet Braids.
Crochet braids are braids mainly because of their braided
loose hair is looped into cornrows to create a super full,
shaped crown that looks like it is growing from one’s own
head. The hair used for crochet braids ranges from tight
coils to “perm straight” and now box braids or twists. Just
a couple of years ago, these “braids” were looped in by
hand, and now they come pre-looped for faster installation
times and fewer loops around the cornrow base. Crochet
braids are a great way to change the color or texture of
your natural hair without altering it with heat or
chemicals. They aren’t recommended for people with very weak
hair, unless the person installing them understands how to
cover those areas without stressing them further. This style
is fairly simple for the DIY home beauty guru.
Black Owned company to purchase the hair, check out
Powell’s Beauty Supply in Toledo or Curlkalon.com which was
founded by Shavonne Riggins.
Me Bold trophy goes to the current trending colors purple,
pink, green and blue and there’s even a rainbow effect many
are going for-the options are endless. The most popular
brands for DIYers (Do it yourself) are Textures and Tones,
Adore and Manic Panic. There are also colored chalks and
spray on color that are temporary and work well for
short-term color goals. But if you’re looking for a drastic
color change that is more permanent, enlist the services of
a licensed professional who can customize a color blend for
you and remember don’t mix brands and types of dyes as they
may lead to the wrong results (often green) or a bad
some of these local colorists on Instagram or Facebook:
Parebear25 (IG), Maria Powell, Ma’Shalla Bourne, Charmella
Coiffeuse, Ryan Taylor, Larry Walker, Chawone Ardrey or
visit the newly-opened Blessed Hands Beauty Bar located at
1028 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd. and the newly renovated Studio
329 located at 1244 Flaire Dr. both off Dorr Street.
nothing more out-the-box than box braids. They are back on
the charts like the resurrection of 90s R n B and 80s pop.
Who can remember Patra whining in her video “Pull up to my
bumper” or Janet Jackson smacking on her gum in the film,
Poetic Justice? Their down-to-there individual braids
were the envy of all the teens in junior and high school who
were star struck in awe at these brown skinned beauties
gracing their screen. Maybe not considered a melanated
Queen, singer Rick James had all the sex appeal a brother
who wore individual braids with beads on their ends could
have. Box braids can be done in a variety of sizes from
micro to jumbo and everything in between. Men may not desire
to emulate Rick James these days, but there are those who
have opted to braid and bead their beards instead.