• Nash Amber

Protective Styling: Ghana Braids

Updated: Sep 13, 2018

One of my favourite hair styles of all time has to be Ghana braids. I had this style done while my hair was in transition to being natural a few years back and I absolutely love this style - It's so regal and elegant.

Thank you to everyone who has reposted this photograph and tagged me over the years, I've been so shocked at how many of you loved this style and wanted to do the same look. It's encouraging to see African hair being celebrated and liked by so many ladies.

One of my friends did my braids for me and I asked her to make it waist length with extra hair. I then created my own donut for the bun, so that it was big and structured like this.

Outfit details:

I created this outfit around this red top, which I chose to restyle upside-down. Would you believe that this top is actually an off-shoulder ruffle item? I had the idea to give it a peplum effect and it worked so well.

On another occasion I used the same top to make a one-shoulder dress more covered. It's a brilliant idea for you ladies who like more coverage, without having to wear a blazer or bolero. Watch the video here.

Be confident in your desire to dress modest. Not everyone will 'get it' and that's ok. Pray and always show love. You're beautiful from the inside-out and it's lovely to see you live out the truth you know.

Never feel that you have to over explain yourself to others for the convictions you have, through the word. At times, we might not all agree on how modesty should look. It's tough because, it can cause divisions amongst us as Christians. But that isn't the Father's heart. Always be confident and humble in what God reveals to you. Be obedient and prayerful, always desiring to have His heart behind any convictions you have.

I choose to cover up most one shoulder items because I don't feel as comfortable with my shoulder out. It really depends on the item though. If the coverage is enough, then I'd wear it as is, but most times, that's not the case. I wouldn't talk down or exclude any ladies who do/don't wear one-shoulder items. I always aim to make the right coverage that works for me - for where I am in Christ.

No matter your coverage level, keep the main thing, the main thing. Jesus as the only requirement for salvation. Coverage is right, and I support it 100%, but it doesn't save us or make us holy. It's a lifestyle choice, that flows from what's in our hearts and the revelation we have of our identity.

"Be strong with your convictions. Be gentle with your opinions." - Lisa Bevere

The more we allow God to cleanse us with His word, the more refined we become and our mindset changes. Some of us faster than others, so patience and prayer, not shade, has to be exercised. Our lifestyle choices change at times, to reflect what we read and learn about the set apart life for God.

The choices are a by-product and not the thing to be worshipped. This doesn't mean, 'wear whatever you want, because Jesus loves you anyway'. There's so much error in this type of thinking. It only leads to more and more compromise, rather than surrender. That's not the fruit a born-again son bears. Yes, He does love us unconditionally, but He also wants us to walk in a particular way.

"So I, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to you to live a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called [that is, to live a life that exhibits godly character, moral courage, personal integrity, and mature behaviour—a life that expresses gratitude to God for your salvation], with all humility [forsaking self-righteousness], and gentleness [maintaining self-control], with patience, bearing with one another in [unselfish] love." - Ephesians 4:1-2

Wow! These two verses are so weighty. I've read it and keep re-reading it, even as I type. I'm going to have to meditate on it some more. Perhaps we can discuss this another time on another post or video. Both of the verses speak so clearly, but verse 1 really hits come.

Continue to celebrate how God has made you, because He makes no mistakes. The features you have are so perfect. True beauty has so little to do with how we look on the outside but has everything to do with who we reflect - beauty personified in Jesus. He is holy and so are you. Set apart for something so much greater than what we could ever attain on this earth.

You're so loved, just for being you!

With love and style, 

Nash Amber