The unusual story about how I met my hair-braider of 15 years

2017-06-05

“Are they heavy?”

That’s usually the second question I get asked after “who did your hair?” It was heavy just carrying the giant black plastic bag from the beauty supply store to the car. So if that’s any indication of the weight of these jumbo box braids. Back in 2002 I had a friend offer to get my hair braided as a birthday gift. Yes, even back then this was an unusual gesture but appreciated nonetheless. The conversation was something like this:

Aye gurl. You’re thinking about getting braids and your birthday is right around the corner. I’m going to pay to get your hair braided, just get the hair and leave the tip.

She gave me the number and told me to book the appointment. At this point you’re either thinking this story is crazy, I’m crazy, or what the hell. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into but my friend knew I had somewhat high expectations and if this went wrong, I would be cussin her out for years to come.

Early the following week around 9 or 10 in the morning I call the hair braider to book the appointment and get an idea of how many packs of hair I would need. I figured you can’t go wrong with bra length medium-sized braids. Introduce myself and let her know the reason for the call.

Sweetheart. I’m not up until noon… at the earliest. Give me a call around 2.

*2002 sigh* This chick gotta either be the slowest braider in LA or the laziest. [Back then] even the best braiders in L.A. started between 7 and 8 in the morning. After all this is a 6 hour job for the ones with speed and 8 for the newbies. But every now and then you find the ones that take 12 hours and be up all night so they never start early. Around this time I had been getting braids since elementary and here I was in college. I wasn’t new to this. So around 4 I gave her a call again and booked my appointment.

I don’t work on the weekends so just come when you get off work around 6 because you’ll be done by 10.

You mean to tell me this this lady starts late and I can still go out that night? I knew she wouldn’t be done until midnight but whatever. She sounds nice and it’s paid for so I don’t have much to lose but as you know a lot can still go wrong. So I arrive at the appointment and not only does everything go better than expected but she became a second auntie. She finished my appointment 15 minutes early and had assistance (with the help of her nieces all which she trained and now she teaches their kids). My aunt, cousin, and most of my friends all go to her or have been going to her. She simply delivers and she’s fun to be around. She’s the fastest and most affordable for at this level. Not to mention she usually has helpers so with my last set of braids I was in and out in record time.

She doesn’t use social media and has the most relaxed schedule of any hair stylist I know. She’s been hinting at a retirement but the week I went to her she was booked and squeezed in last minute appointments for me and my best friend.

Since we cherish her so much we never make it a habit of posting her prices or phone number. At this point she’s a hood legend. She’s located in Compton and does children’s braids as well. If you need to book an appointment contact me and I’ll be sure to send her phone number.

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5 x Triple-packs Rastafri Braid (color 350) ▪ 2 1/2 hours ▪ 4 braiders

 

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