2. You get great advice
I do not know what it is about getting your hair done in that manner that allows your parent or older cousin to have so much wisdom.
Some of the gems that were dropped on me in my life happened right there seated on the floor. Advice about boys, advice about teachers, confidence, being a woman, have all happened while I was getting my hair done.
3. Your hair gets special care
You already know before you even sit down that the person who will be caring for your hair will take great care of it. There is no doubt in your mind that she or he knows what they are doing and your hair is in great hands, this doesn’t happen all the time, but most times you are aware of how your hair will be cared for.
4. You laugh a lot
When you sit between the legs of a relative it is story time, time to laugh, listen to jokes, gossip and have a really great time in the simplest of ways.
Depending on who is doing your hair at the time you already know what you are in for, and if you aren’t crying laughing by the end of it all it would be pretty surprising.
5. It is traditional
Tradition is huge in the African-American community and as simple as this practice is, you will see a picture of something similar throughout history.
We get it, Afro textured hair is sometimes a lot easier done by someone else especially with the types of styles that we choose to do with our hair.
Corn rows and pretty braided styles can be pretty time consuming when done ourselves, but if you have someone to help you, you can finish the style in half the time.
6. Simple is good
Sometimes we check out on life and on face to face interactions with people due to the popularity of smart cell phones and social media.
These days it might be tempting to pull out your phone as you get your hair done instead of connecting with the person doing your hair.
But we encourage you to not let those simple moments pass you by. Use the time to connect with your family as you have always done before the internet, before Instagram, you will not regret it.
What hair other hair traditions do you love and hope never goes away? Comment below!
Originally posted 2015-05-30 15:00:09.