This entire outfit is thrifted, and my hair is as natural as it comes (minus those pesky bleached patches that are almost gone). All too often I’ve heard horror stories of black women being told they have to change their God-given hair in order to continue to work at their current job (that is called discrimination and it is illegal, folks). Also, I still hear from folks that they “could never shop at a thrift store.” So… basically that means I look like a mess? WRONG! I look and feel great in this outfit and in my natural hair. If being natural and thrifting are things that you want in your life, you should, too!
photos by Rhedeont Photography
About the Natural Hair:
This hairstyle is a fresh twist out that I achieved using my usual homemade oils and sealant. For the oil I mix Almond Oil, Jojoba oil and Lavender Extract. I use it on my scalp and all over the actual strands of hair. For the sealant I simply use the Alaffia brand shea butter and apply it to the strands of my hair. Afterwards I put several twists in my still wet hair and let it dry over night. When I took them down, my hair was super curly and moisturized. I picked it out a bit, made a flat twist in the front, and threw the rest of my curls up in a loose ponytail to achieve this look. This up-do is the perfect professional curly look. If any of these terms confuse you, I suggest looking up natural hair terms and tutorials by bloggers and vloggers, such as Curly Nikki and Naptural85.
About the Thrifted Clothes:
The dress is Zara and I recently thrifted for half off of $12.89 (less than $7!) during the Christmas sale at Thrift Giant. The Simply Vera Wang shoes, which you’ve undoubtedly seen before if you’ve been following me for a while, are thrifted and gifted from a thrift store in Arkansas. These two simple pieces come together to create a flawless professional outfit with style and grace.
How do you wear your natural hair and thrifted finds to work? Your “natural” hair doesn’t have to be black girl curly hair like mine, either. It could be bone straight, slightly frizzy, a bright red or a sandy brown color. And your thrift finds could range from vintage looks to modern finds such as this one. Is there something holding you back from it? Give it some serious thought and a chance, you can rock it! I can’t be the only one who does it. Let’s start a natural hair and thrifted clothes revolution! Dare to be yourself and take a chance at thrifting.
xoxo, dolls & dudes