Naturally Curly | Protective Hairstyles

Soooo, I almost wanted to throw away this segment of my blog, BUT I didn’t. :D

Today, I’m pleased to show you my sister’s 2016 protective hairstyle. She decided to put her hair up in crochet braids and boy has she been loving it! :)

If you haven’t heard of crochet braids, it is as the name suggests synthetic hair crocheted into your own cornrowed hair using a crochet hook. I’ve read that crochet braids have been out since the 90s but are a lot more modern and creative today.

Anyway, my sister really admired this style of crochet braids worn by YouTuber Kiitana.

Lovely photo @kiitana:

This style is called Havana Twists. Havana twists can be short or long. My sister wanted to go with the shorter twists.

Shall we begin? :-D

My sister attempted to cornrow her hair herself:

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This is the hair she used. (Just in case you wanted to know :) )

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Havana Mambo Twist 100% Kanekalon/Toyokolan Medium 12”

The Installation Process:

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After:

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My sister loved the hair, but she was not satisfied with her own cornrows, so she removed the twists and called my aunt and asked her if she could redo the cornrows. This was the result.

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She was very pleased. ;)

There you have it! My sister’s protective hairstyle is very versatile. The twists can even be worn unraveled. I like it even better unraveled, it looks even more natural than the original hairstyle.

Side by side: which one do you guys prefer? It's so great to be able to have 2 styles in 1!! All hair videos are in the link in my bio  by kiitana:

We’ve done crochet braids before and I think this is the best one so far. When we attempted to do them in the past, we were inexperienced and we didn’t know very much about crochet braids but now after attending YouTube University we’re a little more informed. :D

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Thank you so much for reading. Thank you Jayla for being a model for this post. <3

~Mekenna <3

 

 

 

 

New Year, ____ Me?

Happy New Year!

2016

Hope you enjoyed your holiday season. Christmas has come and gone, and now it’s time to get back to work. I was never one to make new year resolutions. I always heard of people making them and then forgetting about them come February, but I never really got into it.

This year I am.

At the end of 2015 I determined that I need to not only detox my body, but also my mind and spirit. I’ve allowed social media and self beautification distract me from what’s important as a servant of Christ.

My church does a 21 day fast/consecration every January. I decided that this year I would take this time to take a step further in drawing near to God. I’ve found myself discontent and frustrated because of where God’s sovereignty has put me. So  I pray that as I draw closer to Him and put my head down in submission, I would no longer have the time nor desire to look up and complain about my circumstances.

Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
(James 4:5-8 ESV)

Drawing near to God is first on my list and what follows is the typical eat better and workout more. However, I also plan to read more this year. I love reading but I haven’t done much of it in 2015 aside from my daily devotions and occasional articles via my mother and Twitter. :-D

So those are a few of my 2016 resolutions. Yes it’s a new year, but I know that the new me is found in the One who makes all things new. My prayer is that over time, God will continue to transform me into who He desires me to be.

Thank you so much for reading!

Mekenna <3

 

Uncertainty About the Future

Sometimes I sit and think about my future. What I hope to experience and take part in. However, I can only daydream to an extent, because those daydreams are always ended abruptly by the reality of uncertainty and God’s sovereignty.

There’s this song, by John P. Kee called Sovereign. Below is the first verse and chorus.

So many things we don’t know
Say it’s hard to let go
We must put all our trust in You

You will do what You say
If we trust and obey, I know that
Cause you have brought me through

My God will do what He wants to
Whenever He wants to, He is God

Sovereign, sovereign (8x)

The sovereignty of God is defined as: His absolute right to do all things according to His own good pleasure (Dan. 4:25, 35; Rom. 9:15-23; 1 Tim. 6:15; Rev. 4:11) (WebBible  Encyclopedia)

 

My futuristic dreaming almost always comes to this point and I didn’t know how to handle the emotions that would rise within me when I considered this unwavering truth: My God will do what He wants to
Whenever He wants to, He is God.

Just think about that for a moment. It can be a very comforting and exciting thought, and at the same time be frustrating and leave you feeling helpless. Because God is sovereign, He can bless me with what I desire most, and because God is sovereign He can choose to take it away. Who would I be to question Him?

If you were to stop right there, you’d be tempted to get mixed feelings about the God you serve. But we can’t stop right there because this is the almighty God we’re talking about here, not some tyrant! :-)

Sovereignty is not the only attribute of God. He is also just, good, wise, all-knowing, merciful and so much more. And one must not forget that God is love (1 John 4:7-12) He is the only one who truly knows what is best for us. And He does what is best for us. Sometimes–well most of the times we don’t understand what He’s doing or why, because we can’t.

God is unfathomable, He’s too much for the human mind to comprehend. While it may be a little uncomfortable to not know what the future holds, it is a great comfort to know who holds the future.

I hope you enjoyed this post, I finally had some inspiration. I decided to post about something I struggled with. Writing about it really helped me to get back in the right perspective. Thanks for reading!