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ciara's cornrows

afrikurlafrikurl Posts: 736Registered Users
I log onto yahoo and they had this link about J Hud's fashion fiasco. I agreed with that. (I would have also added that her wig was a hot mess) But then I thumb through the other photos. Mostly right on in their assesment but I see a well coiffed Ciara rocking what looks like her natural hair in cornrows and everyone is saying that it's a don't. That it isn't formal... that she's too pretty for that hair style... that the style is ghetto... she looks like she's a prisoner etc.

I think she looks fabu and much better than she did with the brownish blonde hair hat she was wearing a little while ago.

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Ladies dish. I've heard even some us natural hair lovers admit that we couldn't leave the house with twists ,braids, cornrows or bantu knots. What is it about these(very often beautiful) styles that makes folks apprehensive.

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  • anonymous_4926anonymous_4926 Posts: 678Registered Users
    "She's BLACK they are known for that kinda hair!" posted by a white girl...is she serious? i guess she hasn't seen joss stone and a million white girls coming back from the caribbean with their beaded cornrows...

    i personally don't like the look on ciara. cornrows can be worn for formal occasions, though. i don't think she was out of pocket for wearing them to the event.
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  • Stephanie198907Stephanie198907 Posts: 2,607Registered Users
    Im a fan of cornrows but those did not look good on Ciara. I think it was the number of cornrows that bothered me....idk. Just didn't like the look.
    As far as people saying its not pretty, not formal, and etc I could care less. I doubt Ciara reads those comments and even if she did she wouldn't let a bunch of anonymous people dictate how she wears her hair. You can never get a 100% of people to agree on one thing/look so don't even bother being offended by what someone else says.
    I hate most of her loose weaves also.
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  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    That doesn't even look like Ciara to me.
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  • shawnetteshawnette Posts: 482Registered Users
    afrikurl wrote: »
    I log onto yahoo and they had this link about J Hud's fashion fiasco. I agreed with that. (I would have also added that her wig was a hot mess) But then I thumb through the other photos. Mostly right on in their assesment but I see a well coiffed Ciara rocking what looks like her natural hair in cornrows and everyone is saying that it's a don't. That it isn't formal... that she's too pretty for that hair style... that the style is ghetto... she looks like she's a prisoner etc.

    I think she looks fabu and much better than she did with the brownish blonde hair hat she was wearing a little while ago.

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    Ladies dish. I've heard even some us natural hair lovers admit that we couldn't leave the house with twists ,braids, cornrows or bantu knots. What is it about these(very often beautiful) styles that makes folks apprehensive.

    Since you asked, her braids are very neat, but I wouldn't wear them like that. I'm in the crowd that thinks large braids look ghetto, but I'm trying to get over that. I guess because growing up, the only people I ever saw rockin' the fat cornrows were ghetto @ss hood rats. I like smaller braids. That's just me and my bias. Lately, I have been braiding larger than usual. Maybe one day I'll step out in some fat braids.

    (To clarify, I don't think the people who wear big braids are "ghetto". I just think the braids make them look "ghetto".)
  • CammybCammyb Posts: 576Registered Users
    Those big doodoo corn rows are cute if your going jogging lol. But at a formal event...not so much. She look like she's ready to "Set it off" lol. If they were smaller and had a little more flare it would of been really nice.
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  • Stephanie198907Stephanie198907 Posts: 2,607Registered Users
    Cammyb wrote: »
    Those big doodoo corn rows are cute if your going jogging lol. But at a formal event...not so much. She look like she's ready to "Set it off" lol. If they were smaller and had a little more flare it would of been really nice.


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  • RMichelleMRMichelleM Posts: 301Registered Users
    Cammyb wrote: »
    Those big doodoo corn rows are cute if your going jogging lol. But at a formal event...not so much. She look like she's ready to "Set it off" lol. If they were smaller and had a little more flare it would of been really nice.


    ACK!! i can't breathe!! LMAO

    i agree. some of the comments are bogus but everything is not a race issue. imo that style does nothing for her, i don't like it. but they are very neat lol
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  • EriJAnEriJAn Posts: 26Registered Users
    Hmm...I didn't get that memo about cornrows being "ghetto" or "looking ghetto". It's one of my fav hairstyles,though I admit I have to wear makeup and accessories or I can look a little boyish. I couldn't look at the comments...I saw a couple and it was a wrap.

    Anyway, I don't like the hair with the dress but I don't think the hair looks bad at all...
  • EriJAnEriJAn Posts: 26Registered Users
    afrikurl wrote: »
    Ladies dish. I've heard even some us natural hair lovers admit that we couldn't leave the house with twists ,braids, cornrows or bantu knots. What is it about these(very often beautiful) styles that makes folks apprehensive.

    I won't go out in Bantu knots, not because they aren't pretty, (I love em) but because they look horrible on me! I can't answer what makes others apprehensive about these styles...
  • midgimidgi Posts: 2,409Registered Users
    I've walked out the house wearing twists and braids that I did myself, and while I didn't think I looked the cutest AND my sister made some remark about me looking like Felisha off Friday, I still had them in because sometimes I just need a break from my hair.

    I've seen twists and braids worn for formal occasions and even cornrows once, but the woman had the length of her braids put up in an updo. And I didn't recognize Ciara in that picture either! To tell you the truth she looks like a whole different person without the blonde weave. It's a refreshing change, but I do wish she would've chosen smaller cornrows or a had them styled differently. It's not ugly or horrible on her, but smaller braids would've suited her small bone structure and features better.
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  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users
    the j hudson outfit wasn't cut on her. rumor is she's preggy. maybe that outfit could conceal it...

    anyway, i do think cornrows can look more casual than dressy. i remember when alicia keyes used to wear cornrows a lot and they looked fine but i think it's better when they are smaller and more rows and i also like when they are underhand vs on top if that makes sense. now i can't cornrow to save my life but i do like the ones that are "underneath" instead of on top. ciara has a pretty face and beautiful skin. i bet she would look so nice with her natural hair or curls or a curly weave...oh well...
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  • jcurladyjcurlady Posts: 626Registered Users
    I log onto yahoo and they had this link about J Hud's fashion fiasco. I agreed with that. (I would have also added that her wig was a hot mess)

    I liked Ciara's cornrows. What is going on with Jennifer Hudson's outfit? Turbo from Breakin'(break dancing movie from the 80's) is trying to get his outfit back.
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  • shawnetteshawnette Posts: 482Registered Users
    Originally Posted by Cammyb

    Those big doodoo corn rows are cute if your going jogging lol. But at a formal event...not so much. She look like she's ready to "Set it off" lol. If they were smaller and had a little more flare it would of been really nice.

    Lol! Y'all are killin' me! :lol:

    I won't wear bantus out because they accentuate my rather large cranium. I have no problems wearing twists, braids or cornrows outside of my house, but only small ones.
  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    To tell you the truth she looks like a whole different person without the blonde weave.
    Completely!
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  • mozekemozeke Posts: 480Registered Users
    I actually went and read through the comments. What I read wasn't about people hating on natural hair or braids or anything like that. Most people were just saying that her outfit, hair style, and event didn't match. And I agree. :thumbup: I will bust mine out but not to a read carpet event. Now if they were micros or mini's that she could manipulate into a different style okay. But that particular style isn't formal and doesn't really go with her outfit.
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  • TrinigirlTrinigirl Posts: 159Registered Users
    Hi!

    I'm sorry...I'm not a big fan of 'corn row' aka 'cane rows'. I don't like seeing so much scalp :-?

    However I do think that she looks fabulous!
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  • KinkyKeeperKinkyKeeper Posts: 963Registered Users
    I loved that look. The comments made me sad though, when will black hair be allowed to exist next to black female skin in the upper echelons? We have had a color revolution but for some reasons the hair revolution hasn't made it yet.

    I'm interested in how cornrows are not appropriate for a formal event. They are one of the many incarnations that natural Black hair takes and needs and so the idea that we have ingrained in us that they are no appropriate for formal events I do indeed see that as having an innate prejudice against Black natural hair. I have a funny feeling that the same people saying the cornrows are not right for the sophisticated outfit and place would also have a problem had she worn her natual texture loose. You can see this in many of them not just saying the cornrows don't look right for her face and outfit (I beg to differ she rocked them out) but tacking on that she needs she go back to "long flowing hair".

    Those comments were very sad and a good example of the racism tied up in hating natural hair. The cornrows were called "ghetto, prison braids". If you think a hair type that doesn't belong naturally to someone looks better on them than their natural phenotype (and braids are completely a part of the Black phenotype) and that braids are not appropriate for a red carpet event it's time to evaluate why. And I am absolutely sure braids/cornrows/loose natural hair are more prevalent, at this point in time in America, in the prison system than on our Black celebrities walking the red carpet (though I beg to differ about the ghetto, I have seen far more atrocious weaves in the ghetto than I have seen natural hair).

    But that in itself should raise red flags that the natural hair of an entire people has been deemed unsuitable for the rich and famous of that people. And the only people allowed to wear our African hairstyles and hair without comment are the lowest of the low in our society. 1+1=2.
  • Stephanie198907Stephanie198907 Posts: 2,607Registered Users
    I loved that look. The comments made me sad though, when will black hair be allowed to exist next to black female skin in the upper echelons? We have had a color revolution but for some reasons the hair revolution hasn't made it yet.

    I'm interested in how cornrows are not appropriate for a formal event. They are one of the many incarnations that natural Black hair takes and needs and so the idea that we have ingrained in us that they are no appropriate for formal events I do indeed see that as having an innate prejudice against Black natural hair. I have a funny feeling that the same people saying the cornrows are not right for the sophisticated outfit and place would also have a problem had she worn her natual texture loose. You can see this in many of them not just saying the cornrows don't look right for her face and outfit (I beg to differ she rocked them out) but tacking on that she needs she go back to "long flowing hair".

    Those comments were very sad and a good example of the racism tied up in hating natural hair. The cornrows were called "ghetto, prison braids". If you think a hair type that doesn't belong naturally to someone looks better on them than their natural phenotype (and braids are completely a part of the Black phenotype) and that braids are not appropriate for a red carpet event it's time to evaluate why. And I am absolutely sure braids/cornrows/loose natural hair are more prevalent, at this point in time in America, in the prison system than on our Black celebrities walking the red carpet (though I beg to differ about the ghetto, I have seen far more atrocious weaves in the ghetto than I have seen natural hair).

    But that in itself should raise red flags that the natural hair of an entire people has been deemed unsuitable for the rich and famous of that people. And the only people allowed to wear our African hairstyles and hair without comment are the lowest of the low in our society. 1+1=2.

    the comments were talking about her hair style not her hair texture. And again, so what someone says that to them the style is ghetto or they look like prison braids, to them, thats what they look like.
    And a lot of female celebrities are natural underneath the weaves and choose to wear weaves because it protects their hair.
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  • TashaTashaTashaTasha Posts: 383Registered Users
    jcurlady wrote: »
    I log onto yahoo and they had this link about J Hud's fashion fiasco. I agreed with that. (I would have also added that her wig was a hot mess)
    I liked Ciara's cornrows. What is going on with Jennifer Hudson's outfit? Turbo from Breakin'(break dancing movie from the 80's) is trying to get his outfit back.

    OMG lmao@Turbo!!!
  • KinkyKeeperKinkyKeeper Posts: 963Registered Users
    I'm not really sure where my post got lost in translation. Having a curious mind that is particularly interested in psychology and society, I always find it important to examine WHY a style or look or phenotype is assigned a label "ghetto, chic, elegant, smart, sexy, hip hop, poor, prisoner, etc." I am talking about the reasons behind these braids (and there are always reasons) being labeled ghetto in the social conscience, people are certainly entitled to their opinion but opinions rarely appear in a vacuum. I understand if you are not as interested in the study of society as me, but that is where I am coming from.

    And I have to disagree, braids are just as much a part of natural texture as loose hair, especially for those in the type 4 area. There is a reason our African ancestors who had this hair type for millienia invented all those intricate braided hairstyles. In fact, having studied anceient African hairstyles I notice you rarely see loose hair in artwork and on statues. It's usually locs, braids, cornrows, etc. And that's because they are extremely helpful to nappy hair, bordering on neccesary. I don't personally know any naturals, especially Cnapps, whose hair has any length at all who don't use protective styling of some sort (braids, buns, twists, flat twist, locs, bantu knots, cornrows, single strand twists, etc) at least at night. I'm sure you could find some that don't but the vast majority do not do wash and gos every day, it seems.

    I didn't really say anything about Black women celebrities wearing "silky" weave but since you brought it up, I am always curious as to why these celebrities choose straight weave to "protect" their hair? If we say that is what it is all about, that and only that reason. This has been asked before and the reply is usually something like straight weave is easier to take care of. If that is your response, let me say first that I disagree, kinky textured weave can be just as low maintenace.

    Just as many here have found a simple routine and have found it actually takes them less time than relaxed hair did, I do not buy into the myth that kinky hair has to be higher maintenance. And even if it were true that loose kinky hair is higher maintenance than loose straight hair there is still the option of cornrowed and loced weaves, and braids which any objective observer can see will both protect their fragile hair from styling AND be low maintenance. These styles fufill every requirement a celebrity needs. But then I guess we are right back to these styles not being as appropriate as straight flowing silky hair for the elegance of the red carpet. And if you do not choose to examine why this is, then we have nothing further to discuss becuase that is the essence. It's the reason behind why these commenters do not like Ciara's natural style. Individual preferences don't even pop up out of thin hair but when there is a general consensus of opinion like in this matter you can be sure there are societal influences behind it.


    I loved that look. The comments made me sad though, when will black hair be allowed to exist next to black female skin in the upper echelons? We have had a color revolution but for some reasons the hair revolution hasn't made it yet.

    I'm interested in how cornrows are not appropriate for a formal event. They are one of the many incarnations that natural Black hair takes and needs and so the idea that we have ingrained in us that they are no appropriate for formal events I do indeed see that as having an innate prejudice against Black natural hair. I have a funny feeling that the same people saying the cornrows are not right for the sophisticated outfit and place would also have a problem had she worn her natual texture loose. You can see this in many of them not just saying the cornrows don't look right for her face and outfit (I beg to differ she rocked them out) but tacking on that she needs she go back to "long flowing hair".

    Those comments were very sad and a good example of the racism tied up in hating natural hair. The cornrows were called "ghetto, prison braids". If you think a hair type that doesn't belong naturally to someone looks better on them than their natural phenotype (and braids are completely a part of the Black phenotype) and that braids are not appropriate for a red carpet event it's time to evaluate why. And I am absolutely sure braids/cornrows/loose natural hair are more prevalent, at this point in time in America, in the prison system than on our Black celebrities walking the red carpet (though I beg to differ about the ghetto, I have seen far more atrocious weaves in the ghetto than I have seen natural hair).

    But that in itself should raise red flags that the natural hair of an entire people has been deemed unsuitable for the rich and famous of that people. And the only people allowed to wear our African hairstyles and hair without comment are the lowest of the low in our society. 1+1=2.

    the comments were talking about her hair style not her hair texture. And again, so what someone says that to them the style is ghetto or they look like prison braids, to them, thats what they look like.
    And a lot of female celebrities are natural underneath the weaves and choose to wear weaves because it protects their hair.
  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    We had a similar discussion as this on the non hair board a year or two ago. I think a little Ohio boy who went to private school was told to take out his cornrows or get suspended. Forgetting the details here. But many of the posts are similar to this one's.
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  • shawnetteshawnette Posts: 482Registered Users
    Phoenix wrote: »
    We had a similar discussion as this on the non hair board a year or two ago. I think a little Ohio boy who went to private school was told to take out his cornrows or get suspended. Forgetting the details here. But many of the posts are similar to this one's.
    Now that's just ridiculous.
  • shawnetteshawnette Posts: 482Registered Users
    I'm not really sure where my post got lost in translation. Having a curious mind that is particularly interested in psychology and society, I always find it important to examine WHY a style or look or phenotype is assigned a label "ghetto, chic, elegant, smart, sexy, hip hop, poor, prisoner, etc." I am talking about the reasons behind these braids (and there are always reasons) being labeled ghetto in the social conscience, people are certainly entitled to their opinion but opinions rarely appear in a vacuum. I understand if you are not as interested in the study of society as me, but that is where I am coming from.

    And I have to disagree, braids are just as much a part of natural texture as loose hair, especially for those in the type 4 area. There is a reason our African ancestors who had this hair type for millienia invented all those intricate braided hairstyles. In fact, having studied anceient African hairstyles I notice you rarely see loose hair in artwork and on statues. It's usually locs, braids, cornrows, etc. And that's because they are extremely helpful to nappy hair, bordering on neccesary. I don't personally know any naturals, especially Cnapps, whose hair has any length at all who don't use protective styling of some sort (braids, buns, twists, flat twist, locs, bantu knots, cornrows, single strand twists, etc) at least at night. I'm sure you could find some that don't but the vast majority do not do wash and gos every day, it seems.

    I didn't really say anything about Black women celebrities wearing "silky" weave but since you brought it up, I am always curious as to why these celebrities choose straight weave to "protect" their hair? If we say that is what it is all about, that and only that reason. This has been asked before and the reply is usually something like straight weave is easier to take care of. If that is your response, let me say first that I disagree, kinky textured weave can be just as low maintenace.

    Just as many here have found a simple routine and have found it actually takes them less time than relaxed hair did, I do not buy into the myth that kinky hair has to be higher maintenance. And even if it were true that loose kinky hair is higher maintenance than loose straight hair there is still the option of cornrowed and loced weaves, and braids which any objective observer can see will both protect their fragile hair from styling AND be low maintenance. These styles fufill every requirement a celebrity needs. But then I guess we are right back to these styles not being as appropriate as straight flowing silky hair for the elegance of the red carpet. And if you do not choose to examine why this is, then we have nothing further to discuss becuase that is the essence. It's the reason behind why these commenters do not like Ciara's natural style. Individual preferences don't even pop up out of thin hair but when there is a general consensus of opinion like in this matter you can be sure there are societal influences behind it.


    I loved that look. The comments made me sad though, when will black hair be allowed to exist next to black female skin in the upper echelons? We have had a color revolution but for some reasons the hair revolution hasn't made it yet.

    I'm interested in how cornrows are not appropriate for a formal event. They are one of the many incarnations that natural Black hair takes and needs and so the idea that we have ingrained in us that they are no appropriate for formal events I do indeed see that as having an innate prejudice against Black natural hair. I have a funny feeling that the same people saying the cornrows are not right for the sophisticated outfit and place would also have a problem had she worn her natual texture loose. You can see this in many of them not just saying the cornrows don't look right for her face and outfit (I beg to differ she rocked them out) but tacking on that she needs she go back to "long flowing hair".

    Those comments were very sad and a good example of the racism tied up in hating natural hair. The cornrows were called "ghetto, prison braids". If you think a hair type that doesn't belong naturally to someone looks better on them than their natural phenotype (and braids are completely a part of the Black phenotype) and that braids are not appropriate for a red carpet event it's time to evaluate why. And I am absolutely sure braids/cornrows/loose natural hair are more prevalent, at this point in time in America, in the prison system than on our Black celebrities walking the red carpet (though I beg to differ about the ghetto, I have seen far more atrocious weaves in the ghetto than I have seen natural hair).

    But that in itself should raise red flags that the natural hair of an entire people has been deemed unsuitable for the rich and famous of that people. And the only people allowed to wear our African hairstyles and hair without comment are the lowest of the low in our society. 1+1=2.

    the comments were talking about her hair style not her hair texture. And again, so what someone says that to them the style is ghetto or they look like prison braids, to them, thats what they look like.
    And a lot of female celebrities are natural underneath the weaves and choose to wear weaves because it protects their hair.

    I know you weren't specifically talking to me, but just to clarify, I don't think cornrows are ghetto. I wear them quite frequently. Back in the day (way before your time), I even wore them with beads. I think FAT cornrows (or doo doo braids, as they were previously labeled) that go straight back LOOK ghetto.

    If her braids were smaller and/or had some sort of design, they would be more aesthetically pleasing to me. (I've always loved Alicia Keys' hairstyles.) If she had been up there with some ghetto @ss multicolored weave, I'd have said the same thing. I've never even seen Ciera before, so I have no idea what her "standard" hairstyle is.
  • mariag002mariag002 Posts: 3,557Registered Users
    I like them. I think they look nice on her.
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  • afrikurlafrikurl Posts: 736Registered Users
    I want to thank everyone who has responded. I especially want to thank KinkyKeeper and Erijan for your two cents also. Your comments are exactly what I was concerned about.
    I feel that many of us who love our natural hair still have some natural hangups that we think are too far. Like KinkyKeeper has described, braided styles are intrisically African in origin. There is no separation from that. (I know other people braid their hair too but these are the folks we're talking about.) We think that it's okay to have braids and twists as long as they can some how assimilate. If they are small, styled a certain way, in an updo. WHY? I think that even just a tiny bit we are still afraid to be associated with anything remotely traditionally African, even though we are clearly of African decent. This has reverberated so much so that we have attached negative stigmas to them. In this case the stigma is that the braids are ghetto, informal, for working out, or prison like. As if the people in this part of our population haven't caught on. " Make 'em small and intricate so they can blend in." I get it now.

    Some of us go so far as to only believe they (the styles) are a means to an end. I used to only twist my hair for the twist out. I wanted a big crinkly fro. Which brings me to my next point. I have noticed that some of us NC members go to extreme lengths to not have our hair be called an afro, nappy, kinky or other adjectives that simply describe hair that is tightly coiled. I know you have curls in there. I just recently descovered I did too but if someone describes my wash n go as an afro, I would say it's an accurate description.
    I would love to keep this discussion going and I welcome further discussion on this and other matters.
  • shawnetteshawnette Posts: 482Registered Users
    afrikurl wrote: »
    I want to thank everyone who has responded. I especially want to thank KinkyKeeper and Erijan for your two cents also. Your comments are exactly what I was concerned about.
    I feel that many of us who love our natural hair still have some natural hangups that we think are too far. Like KinkyKeeper has described, braided styles are intrisically African in origin. There is no separation from that. (I know other people braid their hair too but these are the folks we're talking about.) We think that it's okay to have braids and twists as long as they can some how assimilate. If they are small, styled a certain way, in an updo. WHY? I think that even just a tiny bit we are still afraid to be associated with anything remotely traditionally African, even though we are clearly of African decent. This has reverberated so much so that we have attached negative stigmas to them. In this case the stigma is that the braids are ghetto, informal, for working out, or prison like. As if the people in this part of our population haven't caught on. " Make 'em small and intricate so they can blend in." I get it now.

    Some of us go so far as to only believe they (the styles) are a means to an end. I used to only twist my hair for the twist out. I wanted a big crinkly fro. Which brings me to my next point. I have noticed that some of us NC members go to extreme lengths to not have our hair be called an afro, nappy, kinky or other adjectives that simply describe hair that is tightly coiled. I know you have curls in there. I just recently descovered I did too but if someone describes my wash n go as an afro, I would say it's an accurate description.
    I would love to keep this discussion going and I welcome further discussion on this and other matters.
    Uh, no. Blend in to what? Intricate braids most definitely do not blend in or assimilate. If anything, they draw more attention to the fact that the wearer is of African descent (usually).

    Once again, this is my opinion only. To me 5 or 6 big fat braids that go straight back are like going to the store with hair rollers or a curl bag (I did that yesterday, lol! Wasn't time to rinse the henna yet). And it really has nothing to do with color because if I saw a caucasian or hispanic person with the same style, I'd have the same opinion. Just like gold teef. Just because you have them doesn't mean you are ghetto, but you most certainly look it (to me).
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    I log onto yahoo and they had this link about J Hud's fashion fiasco. I agreed with that. (I would have also added that her wig was a hot mess)
    I liked Ciara's cornrows. What is going on with Jennifer Hudson's outfit? Turbo from Breakin'(break dancing movie from the 80's) is trying to get his outfit back.

    :lol::laughing2::laughing2:
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    i think C needed a few more braids and maybe a bit of curve to the pattern..side part emphasis if that makes any sense.

    not as severe and 'set it off'-y.
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