I took Maya to get her hair done today. I know how to do a few styles, but I wouldn't trust myself to do the style we're currently after: locs. First she gets her hair shampooed. Maya said that was her favorite part.
Since her hair has already been twisted, this was only a maintenance trip. Her stylist, Alake', only did the roots. Maya's hair is all done in two-strand twists, that will loc over time. Alake', a true African-American, used a crochet needle to twist and tighten the roots. Very interesting stuff. It would take me half a day to do this. It took her an hour.
It doesn't hurt Maya at all, although "Beauty is pain" is a cliche among blacks, African or otherwise. The girl can sit still for insane amounts of time, while having her hair done. [Tip: Don't hire a chatty hair stylist.]
The girls love looking at the hairstyle magazines and picking out their favorite 'dos. We bring a bag of stuff to keep the girls busy: coloring books, pencils and paper, snacks and drinks. We prepare for camping out, although it doesn't generally take that long. We got smart. [see previous tip.]
Here's the close-up view of her two-strand twists:
Final style: ponytail with side swept bangs. She has one single twist hanging down in the back with a shell on the end of it and one single twist in her ponytail has a pretty little African bead on it. Beautiful. And she is so proud of her new 'do.
Hair is a very big deal among blacks. A woman's hair is her crowning glory. The smile on Maya's face is worth the time and money we put into her beautiful locs.