Natural Hair: Lifehack or Ghetto, My New Favorite Tool

Before all the lifehackery we’ve come to know and love here on the internet, there was just plain ol’ ghetto. Do you remember these times? You weren’t an urban pioneer overcoming obstacles as the internet today would have you believe, you were just using what you had to do what you needed. Problem solved. But lifehack just sounds so cool.

That said, two weeks ago Matt tossed a simple piece of plastic my way and my new favorite tool was born. Recognize this little guy? Comes with about 4 pair of men’s socks? Oh yeah. That’s bae.


For real. It started as a joke, but really!

I was just telling Honeybee (pictured above, working on his latest obsession–cigar box banjos) that I was on the hunt for a better afro pick, but all the ones I’d seen recently had too many teeth. They caused frizz where I wanted body and, um, no thank you.

But take a look at this little guy. Mmhm. Yup. A sock-holder = the perfect pick. Behold, my hair in twists with clips at the end, clipless, and un-twisted. You can see all the parts from my twists and the curls clumps are too big.

You see what happened there? Subtle lift, part-hiding cuteness! And that was Day 1 hair (which is prone to shrinkage and frizz), see below for Day 2.


Is my sock holder pick worthy of the lifehack title? Are you using any outlandish tools? Is there a better pick out there I’ve missed somehow? Post in the comments below! Don’t forget to Like & Subscribe for more.

Brianna Wray Signature

Hair: Twist Out vs Braid Out

It’s not that I got bored with the same old twist outs, I was just excited to try something new. I hadn’t done braids in ages. 9 months of twisting, turns out, made me forget how. It took some doing, I un-braided and re-braided twice before it was worthy.

To be truly scientific I asked my Honeybee and friends what they thought of each style. The overall consensus to people not on a natural hair journey: it looks the same. Like a big, awesome bush, they said.

But I could tell.

Each had its own ups and downs. The braid out was wonderfully stretched. This is unprecedented for day one hair, but, on the down side, taking out the braids in the morning required ruining a few of the curls. This caused a frizzy ordeal that I find unacceptable. The front was so bad I had to twist and pin it out of the way. Which was cute, I guess, if that’s what I was going for. I should also mention that this was it. While one twist out can last 3, 4 or even 5 days depending on how I do it, this braid out needed redoing immediately. And ain’t nobody got that kinda time.

8 Months Braid Out

The twist out pictures are a bit darker cause it was an early morning on the way to work, but you can still see the glory of the curl.

9 Months

Can you tell the twist out curls are a bit tighter, but they last longer. By day 2 the curls are stretched the way I like em, but there’s still a day or two left before I have to re-twist.

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So you know who won that one for me. What do you think?