I've been working with my girls' hair and have been getting increasingly better at it. I honestly pray over their heads and over my ability to give them pretty hair. Hey, I need all the help I can get! And it's super important to me that my ethnic children have pretty hair.
"Hair is the richest ornament of women." Martin Luther
Here is Yolanta's hair that I did one Sunday morning.
And here is Katie's hair all poofy and fluffy and adorable ready for church.
I just love it like this.
I can't do those gorgeous corn-rows, however.
My girlfriend Rachel went to a ballet recital or softball game or SOMETHING and there was a little brown cutie with adorable hair. My friend asked the mother (whom Rachey did not even know) if she did her daughter's hair and the lady said "No way! Weedor did it for me."
So Rach thought of me and my needs and got Weedor's information.
I called this mysteriously named lady and found she only lives about 5 miles from my house. Not being a confident driver, she asked if I could pick her up and bring her back to my house to do the hair session. Having laundry to fold, homeschooling so accomplish and a new book to read (The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf), I gladly went to get her instead of spending the day at HER house.
It's amazing how skilled these black women are at manipulating these teeny tiny curls into position. I'm always mystified and awe struck! I gawked on with my jaw open as she whipped out these perfectly straight parts and braided microspic sized portions of hair. I sometimes have a hard enough time trying to find the scalp let alone fashion the hair into a kazillion braids!
I made "hmph" sounds while Weedor giggled at my astonishment.
It's part of her culture. Part of her upbringing. It is for most black women all over the world.
I even remember photos of my girls in the orphanage and several pictures showed teens braiding kids' hair in the background.
Even my Yolanta and Katie knew how to braid when I went and visited them in Haiti back when they were only 3 and 5 year's old. I brought little dollies and hair ties and the first thing they did was rip out the store manufactured rubber-banded braids and re-braided them and put lots and lots of hair scrunchies and rubber-bands in their hair. They were practically born with the skill.
It took 3 hours for Yolie's hair to be braided.
It took 3 hours for Katie's hair to be braided.
It took 20 minutes for Amy's hair to be braided.
Yes, she was at my house all.day.long.
Weedor is from Liberia. I'm guessing she is about 35 years old. During a war that broke out, she, her husband and their 1 year old son took refuge in another country. Through connections they were able to get to the states. That was 15 years ago.
All their family still live in Liberia. There is still war there, too. She indicates it's very dangerous and very sad and she fears for her family.
She travels every year to visit her mother and siblings.
Weedor also sends the exact same amount of money every month for support.
This month she found herself $50 short.
She didn't know where she was going to come up with it even though she and her husband have well paying jobs. They now have 3 children and, like everyone during these hard times, find making ends meet harder and harder to do. Let alone be the major source of income for another family thousands of miles away.
Hi, we don't know each other, but I was wondering if you could braid my daughter's hair for me. I'll pay you! :)
I just love how God works.
I had a little extra cash this month, she needed a little extra cash.
I wanted my girls' hair braided, she had the skills to make it happen.
She is a really neat lady who's name and number I will keep. I see myself being friends with her as I really enjoyed her company. I didn't even read any of my book that day we chatted so much!
I'd also like to call her in the future when I'd like to do something fancy for my girls again. Who knows...maybe it will be at just the right time!
Amy's hair doesn't stay in braids nearly as long so we ended up taking them out just 6 days later. That's okay by me...I don't think she looks as cute with them in as her sisters do. ssshhhhh.
After seeing her hair like this, now she wants a PERM!
I guess I better get used to all this fuss over hair. They are girls, after all!