Okay so in the black community, when I woman wants to keep her hair from messing up, she wears a wrap. its a really hard trick if you arent used to it but thats beside the point. The next day, youre supposed to pull the pins out and style your hair appropriately. A wrap is only worn outside if you dont give a fuck about where you’re going.
A little while ago, Rihanna went to a red carpet event wearing a wrap, and (white) people took that as a new hairstyle, a fake pixie cut or whatever the hell they want to claim it as.
So now, here we are with white people thinking that a hair treatment method is a hair style.
Ida B. Wells did not die for this
I feel like I might get shit for this, but these are Puerto Rican women (as evidenced by their “Instituto de Banca” shirts - a tech school in Puerto Rico) donning el dubi-dubi, or ‘the wrap’. Latinas also do this, Puerto Ricans especially. There is no way we will ever think of it as a ‘new hairstyle’, you know? I have worn a dubi-dubi/wrap countless times, actually. The person who posted this on Instagram is an islander, and I think the commentary, if any, is supposed to be more about wearing the dubi-dubi in public, because that’s kind of a big deal on the island that you don’t leave the house wearing your dubi-dubi. I JUST had a conversation with my mother (who is straight from the island) about it the other day. It’s like an arbitrary etiquette thing, if you will. Like you don’t leave the house in rollers, that type of thing. I don’t think any of these women think of this as a new hairstyle (actually, if you’re a Puerto Rican woman from the island I know you don’t). Just a thought.
Old World.Hotel El Convento, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sep 2013.
Old San Juan is a weekend town. A weekend is typically sufficient to experience it, and it’s easy enough to get back for another weekend.
In the 17th century, the war widows of San Juan petitioned the government to build a Carmelite convent opposite the old cathedral. This convent remained for the next 250 years. A magnificent restoration later, my room doesn’t bear any resemblance to a nun’s cell. The cloister is a gorgeous courtyard patio, restaurant and bar. The domed chapel is likely hosting a wedding reception at this very minute. The massive 300-year old tree growing in the middle of everything has happily survived the change. Ernest Hemingway and Gloria Vanderbilt have stayed here. And there’s a resident cat called Trixie.
My favorite things about Old San Juan:
Jewel-toned, well-preserved buildings along cobblestone streets
Fortaleza Street’s boutiques - including an old-fashioned hat emporium called Olé, where I have procured more Panama hats than I need
Watching sunset over the sea from one of the fortresses
Dinner at the technicolor Marmalade restaurant where Chef Peter Schintler creates magic
Hip bars with salsa and live music late into the night