I am a huge fan of the The Braxton Family Values show that airs on WE. The Braxton sisters made an appearance at the Essence Music Festival.  They dished on their careers, next season and their style evolution.

One attendee asked for the name of their hair stylist (around the 2:30 mark).  That’s when Trina spoke up and admitted that at the beginning of last season they were a bit “unbeweavable.” She graciously accepted the compliment, but acknowledged that their style is a work in progress.

Since the first episode aired, in any conversation I’ve had about the show someone has commented about their weave status.  What baffles me is that people don’t notice the tragedy of their own tracks!  So many women try to cut corners with weaves: not caring for them, buying cheap hair, gluing hair to their heads, and visible tracks.  When I see weaves that are not up to par on a “reality” show-Lets-Be-Honest Dot Com-that’s real. At some point we’ve all been a “work in progress” when it comes to style.  The new season of Braxton Family Values begins Nov. 8.

And speaking of keeping it real, I saw a lot of beautiful natural hair styles at the EMF. I’m just wondering when we’ll see a natural hair reality star.  I’m not suggesting it for The Braxtons or any other show in particular.  It’s just that the reality is a lot of women are now opting to not wear their hair straightened.    I’m just wondering when natural curls will be a part of the “reality” phenomenon.  Every so many years we used to see it on TV or the big screen on celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, Erika Alexander (Living Single) and Vanessa Williams (My Black Is Beautiful, Melrose Place).

Could it be that the hair stylist on these shows aren’t familiar with styling natural hair?  For most, natural hair is associated with bohemian chic at best.  And since all of these shows are based on leading “the glamorous life’ could it be that people still don’t see natural hair as glamorous?  Your thoughts?

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2 Responses to “Braxtons Talk Style Transformation”

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    Katrina Spencer — July 12, 2011 @ 12:31 am

    I hear you on the weave. I expected for all the money they have that their hair would be flawless. I love a good weave, and I’ve seen some great ones, but theirs was seriously lacking.

    I do feel that a lot of stylists run from natural black hair. To be honest, they teach how to apply a relaxer in cosmotology school, but they don’t teach anything about doing a two-strand twist set, or how to untangle and care for natural hair. So stylists have to up the education level, or they will see their money walking out the door when their clients transtion to natural.

    I can’t wait to see the show in the fall, I hope that Tamar calms down a bit, but then again, she adds drama and we all love drama!

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    Denise — July 13, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    She said that she didn’t realize that she came off that way until she saw the show and would calm down. Then her sisters and husband laughed. i think we’ll see more drama!

    And I agree on the stylist. Many of them steer clients away from it because they don’t have the knowledge or interest in caring for natural hair.