Miss Tanzania sports the braided look at the Miss Universe pageant.
When it comes to pageant hairstyles, we are all familiar with the updo, the long, vivacious curls and sometimes, the bone straight sleek style (check out our article on "How to Style Hair Based on Your Face Shape"
But what if you are not fancy to that style? What if you opt for a protective hairstyle that is against the grain? The style I speak of is braids.
Be sure to keep your braids a solid color without the beading if you choose this style for your pageant
Braids are a form of extensions at which you hair is parted in to several portions and is 3-way plated or twisted from root to end. These extensions are heavily connected and notoriously synonymous with the African American community, but has been an adopted trend by many.
When competing in pageantry, we often have the initial thought that we need to be similar to the queen before us. “If she wore a size two, I need to be a size two. If she wore her hair curly in interview, well pass me the curling wand!”
We have this stigma as to what a queen should look like. I am guilty of doing this myself in reference to Queen Beyoncé. Beyoncé is now significantly smaller than she has been in the past, yet still has her curves.
But I had to realize, that I will never look like Beyoncé, why? Because her bone structure allows her to have hips while being skinny and lean.
I on the other hand, will be lean with bigger thighs. We are all different and intricately crafted; therefore, if braids are your style, your look and are a representation of who you are, then go for it! Egyptian goddesses dawned braids and they led many a nations in ancient history.
You can even try braids with an up-do
The Rhythm and Blues singer Brandy, who starred in the Disney Princess remake of Cinderella, wore braids throughout the entire movie and most of her career. Braids are embedded in the history of many cultures and are something that is intricate, unique and crafty.
Here are some tips to keep in mind if you choose to go with braids for your next pageant:
1. Enhance Your Beauty.
Do what enhances your overall natural beauty. Keep the braids uniform in color and stay away from stylists who do not braid neatly. Check out our article on "What To Do When Your Hair Color Gets Messed Up,"
for tips if your hair color isn't uniform already.
2. Go to a Professional.
Find a professional that can create a streamlined look and allows you to position your hair
in versatile contemporary styles throughout the competition.
One bonus to wearing braids is that you have one less thing to worry about during competition, being that the style is already set. If you want to be creative with your braids, you can pin the braids into an intricate bun, or up-do.
3. Get Them Done in Advance.
If you do choose to get braids done closer to competition, try to get them done three days prior to. This allows your scalp to relax and any tension from the braids to be lessened by the day of competition. Nothing is more painful than hair flipping freshly done braid extensions. Check out "6 Steps to Take Care of Pageant Hair,"
for more tips!
The best advice I can give any pageant queen is to always do what makes you comfortable and embrace every aspect of yourself even if it is not socially widespread or known. It’s your competition day, have no regrets.
2016 Miss Universe Tanzania contestant. Photo: missuniverse.co.tz