Carnival is here! As a masquerader, you spent your money to play in the best band, so you definitely want to look your best out on the road. I have some tips for first timers in my carnival prep post, but didn’t mention anything about hair. Hairstyles that work best are when hair is out of your face. If you have no clue how to do your hair or are limited on time between endless fetes and j’ourvet, here are the best hairstyles for playing mas as a natural.
As a lazy/cheap natural, of course this would be my first option. The absolute cheapest way to style your hair is using your OWN HAIR. There’s no need to purchase extra hair when you’re using your own and it takes the least amount of time. Just rock your twa, puff, wash and go, fro or do a style you’ve been wanting to try from your favorite YouTube vlogger. When playing with Trini Revellers for carnival back in 2013, I had a simple braided updo and cowashed at least twice during the week I stayed. Playing in Toronto with Carnival Nationz, I’ve always had half braided/ half down styles.
Whether it is in the US, the Caribbean, most carnivals occur when the weather is warm. Box braids, Senegalese twists, and even kinky twist braided extensions are great hairstyle options because you can style them with your hair being protected. A low cost go-to option for me would be crochet braids. It takes less the time to style versus braided extensions and depending on the curl pattern you purchase, washing is a breeze.
Wigs and Weaves
The last option that I see a lot are wigs and weaves. I’ve never actually used them, but they’re a good protective style in general. If you are using a weave, I’d suggest you use hair that can be washed. With all that sweating, you would definitely need to wash or cowash your hair. Also remember to fully dry your hair to prevent mold from building up on your hair and scalp.
Check out my Get Ready With Me Makeup Tutorial on Type4Naturals‘ Youtube
What are the best hairstyles for playing mas to you?