Story time: A few days ago, I showed you what my natural hair gets up to when on an island when I haven't spent a lot of time using a hot iron on it.
I was sitting on a beach in Sousa after that photo was taken when a Dominican women came up to me. She said, "didn't your mom ever teach you to do your hair ?" I laughed and said, "Well, it is what it is now".
She started to braid my hair without even asking as if I was one of her kin and asked if I wanted to add fun colors. I was curious as to why she had this in her bag but it turned out to be what she does for a living.
When she was done, I told her that I loved the look but I was worried about that people may say something about "cultural appropriation". Then, I had to explain what that meant as it's not really a thing in the DR.
She asked me, "Have you had your hair braided before?" "Of course!" I said, by my sisters, my mom, my grandma." Then she said, "There you go, it's a part of your culture. And it's popular with a lot of Hispanic women because it's easier on humid days."
This story isn't about joining the conversation on cultural appropriation but about my experience with braids and how it actually was a part of my culture. It reminded me of when I would yell at my sisters to leave my hair alone because I'd rather have it messy than have the feeling of them pulling on my scalp.
If people want to interact with this story and talk about it, I'm more than happy to as I think it's an important part of current societal issues.
As, far as the outfit, it was perfect for roaming around and checking out the old fort in Puerto Plata, DR which is right a long the port. The sun was setting as a storm was coming in. I love this look together. The crop and Vans top is a total L.A. city girl move but the shorts are incredibly classic.