I’m Jasmine Brown, I’m a YouTube creator and a social-media influencer, I’m biracial, my dad is african-american. My mom is Mexican and both of them gave me this big head of curly hair, which is a huge part of my identity beyond style. Hair has a lot of history and cultural relevance, especially within the african-american community. So today I’m going to travel around LA exploring my hair further to show that beauty is more than skin deep before heading out.
I thought it would be a good idea to start at the very beginning, so I decided to give my mom a call growing up. She was always the one doing my hair, hey, mom, hey Jess, what you doing and I just got up up California, it’s good. So what are you doing? I’m actually going around LA today, I’m getting my hair done, I’m getting box braids! Well, that’s cool! Can’t! Wait! Sam y’all! Send you pictures. Do you remember when you used to braid my hair like the half-way braids like every week? That was really cool, at least to me. That was, I always had you do the little two ponytails flipped under and it look like little dog ears and I was like oh can I do the puppy ears today. Remember those I think, that’s how your hair got so long, because I used to always keep your hair and breathe yeah. My my eyes, I were like always it’s like I had a facelift when I was a kid I used to hurt your doing my hair cuz. I was so tender-headed, but the morning you did it the less I started hurting. I had tylenol for you. How did you learn how to do my hair since your hair straight when I had you, you actually had straight hair when you were first born and then, as the older you got, your hair got curly ER and it got fuller because you’re biracial, you know, I Can’t use the same products on my hair that I use on your, so half of my friends were mainly black, so I used to always work with their hair and stuff, so they used to always teach me about. You know how they would crease their hair, their scalp and products that they would use. So I was experimenting until I actually came up with the right texture. What worked for you times didn’t work for your brothers, even though all of you guys are all mixed. Your hair, textures they’re all different mind straight. I hardly ever put anything in my hair other than shampoo and conditioner. Imagine doing my hair now cuz, it’s even bigger, though I don’t think I would mess with your hair.
Now it’s too much, I learned cuz, you that’s what moms are for it’s like mom and daughter, bonding time when you do my hair, alright! Well, I’m about to head out. So I will call you later and I’ll. Send you pictures? Okay, I can’t wait to see him. Alright, love you! I love you too II. Take care, bye, mama. The next stop of the day is mahogany hair revolution, a natural haircare salon and trichology clinic in the heart of LA. I met up with dr. Carrie Williams, the owner of mahogany, to learn more about protective hairstyles and get my hair braided by a pro. I’m dr. Kerry. Thank you for having me. You are so welcome. I’m very excited about giving your first set of box. Braids can’t wait. So do you have any questions about the style and how you would like them done. I’ve seen the little triangle part at ones, and I really really liked those. I think those are cute. You have so much beautiful hair. Thank you. I’m very excited for what I’m gonna do. First, I’m gonna create sections English uh-huh. Have you gotten your hair? Braided before in any type of style, I’ve had like French braids cornrows, all of that I’ve never had box braids individual box or individuals. Nope I’ve twisted all of my hair before mm-hmm with just this is truly a first for you uh-huh first time I highly recommend protective styling and it’s easy for you to maintain your hair as well. So protective styles are great for giving your hair a break and preventing damage and breakage oftentimes women have concerns about length retention and keeping the hair healthy. So when your hair is in a protective style, you’re, truly protecting your hair from damage from the daily elements. Hair is just one less thing you have to worry about with protective styles, you can literally just get up and go so first, what I’m doing if I’m incorporating three strands of hair, to create your three strand, and I incorporated invisibly so that I’m not wrapping the Hair around your hair mmm, but typically when you see some braids, it has that knot, mm-hmm and I’ve gotten away from that particular technique because it causes damage to the hair and the hairline because it adds weight. So this invisible technique that I utilize helps to keep your hair healthy so that, as your hair grows out, it’ll grow out, naturally afraid quick got some fast fingers.
That’s how we’re gonna get you done so quickly. How long do they stand and you can wear the braids 8 to 10 weeks, but I typically recommend if you’re gonna go that long, you get a touch-up and a touch-up typically includes getting the hairline. We braid it mm-hmm. That’s the area of your hair that you’re manipulating the most if you’re pulling back and pulling up, and so it can still, even with my invisible method, you can still experience some stress tension and weight, especially as the braids grow out. The art of braiding started. Of course, on the continent of Africa, so within a number of different clans and tribes hair actually would signify a number of things. You could look at someone until by their hair what tribe they were from. Oh their status in society, whether they were single married and then also widows, were instructed not to comb their hair during the time of grieving and mourning because they weren’t supposed to be attractive to other men. Wow and then the art in the tradition of braiding actually was a way to pass down oral history. So the elders in the community would take their time to break the young girl’s hair as I’m doing with you, and they would talk about the history and the culture. And then they would have the teenage girls watch and learn the art in the technique of braiding and then ultimately, those girls would eventually braid the younger girls within their community within their society, so that that history and that cultural tradition will continue to be passed down. So this transition to embracing our curly hair to wearing it. Naturally, it’s not just trendy. It’s not just a movement. It’s literally life and black women are reclaiming their yes hi look hi, look we’re on the last braid she’s she’s! So quick and thank you thanks mom. She is so good, like the best person ever she braids so fast. Her hands are moving like this sure whoa yep she’s on the last braid. It looks so good. Both they all want to get these braids you’re. So welcome. Thank you. So the final step in this process is something called dipping the braids so dipping the braves. If you notice the ends are kind of frizzy, I’m leaving them this way the braids could technically unravel So we want to give it a more finished.
Look and more importantly, we want to seal the braids in the way that we do, that is with boiling water Okay So now remember this is a synthetic fiber, so it’s not going to burn your hair It’s going to smooth the end, so I’m gonna demonstrate and you’ll see: oh wow It changed the whole thing So now your braids are nice, smooth and silky and they’re, more importantly, their seals mm-hmm, it’s so smooth and soft Oh I like that You ready to do some decoration Yes, I like to say, as I borrow from Kanye West, it’s in a black person, soul to rock that goal It’s no coincidence that we love to put this type of jewelry in our hair, to remind us of who we are mm-hmm and who our ancestors are It’s no mistake that when your hair is braided, you start to feel like a queen or we acknowledge one another As kings and queens, because truly that’s what these braids represent, so when it comes to hair jewelry, you can get as creative as you like Okay, so baby hairs are back in style, and now this is your official baby hair tool Have you seen one before and ever it’s amazing I need one I actually prefer to use a comb side first so that I can comb the product through, and I use that cone tip to direct the way the baby hair is going to go In the event, you cannot locate or find this very special tool for your baby hairs You can always use a toothbrush unused, very important detail and unused to Thresh Let’s do the final Let’s take this off, so you can really get a look, a feel for your new do First time box, braid, you are ready I like them Oh you did such a good good job like they may see Thank you They call me the braid wizard, oh yeah, I’m happy to be a part of this process of enhancing your beauty with your first set of box braids yeah Thank you So much welcome It’s beautiful I can’t wait to see plenty Oh picture auntie, I’m gonna taking selfies every day It’s been a long day, exploring my hair out here in LA I feel, like I’ve, dug deeper into a part of myself than I have before The best part of today was not only learning more about my own identity, but realizing that I’m part of a much bigger conversation of loving your hair, no matter the texture or what other people may think You