Hey everyone! Hope you all are doing well. If you are experiencing this winter weather, like I am, PLEASE be safe! The ice in my area has not been fun. We southerners don’t know how to handle ice and snow. My thoughts and prayers are with those who have been involved in accidents along with those who have lost their lives due to the inclement weather conditions. 

A few weeks ago, I went to my hairdresser to try a hanvanna style using kanekalon braiding hair. Initially, I tried to “do it myslef” at home after watching YouTube videos. While my first attemps weren’t terrible, I’ll gladly leave my braiding to a professional. I like the idea of doing it myself, but honestly, I don’t want my styles to look like I,novice, styled it.
Black is my go to color. While I am a risk taker, I still calculate my level of risk. Still, I have grown ever so tired of basic ole black. Brown has always been a color that both highlighted and enhanced my skin tone. Venturing out of my comfort zone was quite rewarding. I’ve received so many compliments on this style and I will definitely try it in the future. 
I believe 9-12 packs of brown, #4 braiding hair was used to complete this look. You can use whatever brand/color you desire to achieve this look. 
Here are a few photos of my Havana twists! 

Jasmine did her thing on this style. She has done my box braids in the past and they always look marvelous.  

Never be afraid to venture outside of your  comfort zone. That’s where creativity begins. Art happens here. As I’ve stated in previous posts, I’ve struggled with being the black sheep in my family, literally speaking. Not figuratively. My granny had light skin and mom has light skin. Both what and how I learned in regards to beauty and expression was shaped by their light skin ideals of beauty. My mom still critiques me for trying bold colors becaus she thinks I am “too dark”.  My style evolution came as a rejection of their oppressive beauty ideals. I’m not going to hide behind a 1b and a dark brown lipstick for the rest of my life. Red is my friend. Purple looks awesome on me. During the summer. I experimented with Fretress’s Bali girl wig in a 30 and I looked awesome! 

You have to learn how to find colors, shapes, and prints that work for you. Don’t be afraid to try. If you try and something doesn’t work out, you’ll know to try a different plan the next time. You can’t grow if you don’t try new things. 

Enough preaching from me today. Let me know how you like my twists. 
Are there any new styles or colors that you are itching to try? Can’t wait to hear about it! Drop your desired styles in my comment section! 
I am going to retry the crochet braids after I take my twists down. I want my fro to rest up so I can get marley locs! I’ll keep you all posted on my protective styles!
Until next time, stay safe! 

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My name is Nora. I am a 30 year old Nashville native. By day, I am a #corporaterebel in the Talent Acquisition and Human Resources Industry, In my spare time, I am a plus-size blogger, Youtuber, and social media influencer. On my platform, I discuss beauty, fashion, faith, lifestyle, and everything that I encounter and experience as a young black woman who is building her empire. In my free time, you can catch me playing Sims, binging Netflix and Hulu, enjoying a bottle of sweet wine, enjoying #foodie life, getting my beauty rest, or out styling and profiling.

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