My Decade-Plus Favorite Hairstyle: The Side Poof

Happy Wednesday Fabbies! And Happy New Year! Happy New Decade! Just happy as shit vibes to you. At the beginning of each year on my blog, I typically do a year-end round up of all of my favorite looks from the previous year. But this year, I decided to do something a little different.

As many of you know, I change up my hair quite a bit. I dye it a few times a year, and beginning 5 years ago, I either braid my hair myself or get it braided by a professional. (I’m looking at you Kyron Christian. I miss you braiding my hair!) Anyway, The older I get, and the older my kids get, the less bothered I want to be with styling my hair. This is due in part to the fact that I am pretty busy most days, plus I still have to maintain Zé and Vito’s tresses as well. And beginning this year, I have begun to let Zé get her hair braided with colorful braiding hair, so that gives me relief too. (Zé started asking to get her hair dyed and braids since she was 4 years old hahaha. I told her when she turned 7, I would let her get braids sometimes.) But I digress. When my hair is not in braids, I have a few go-to styles:

  • center-part and slicked back into a low bun
  • wear a hat (damn I love a good hat!)
  • the “side poof’

Ahhh yes. The infamous “side poof”. This is literally what I call this hairstyle. And if you have been following me for any amount of years, then you have seen this hairstyle a time or 20. I love this hairstyle because it is fairly quick to assemble. (Yes I just said assemble when referring to a hairstyle. What other word would have worked there?!)

Anyway, no matter what state my hair is in: curly, curly-ish because some of my curls may be on vacation due to overprocessing, or straightened, and then curled (which, I haven’t actually straightened my hair in ages), this hairstyle looks decent. And it also looks decent no matter what color my hair may be at the time. I simply gather a handful of bobby pins and some sort of hair beret that snaps, and move all of my hair to the left side of my head. Snap snap snap, some gel or leave-in conditioner, and I’m done. And again, depending on whatever state my hair is in at the time, the side poof can look a little bit different. But all I know is, I’ve been doing this hairstyle since 2008.


That is 12 years ago yall.

I mean, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it right? Let’s go down memory lane real quick of when I actually first did this hairstyle. And I remember this because it was a moment.

The year was 2008. It was June. My sisters and some friends were in Miami on a Girls Trip. It was my first time in Miami, and we were going out one night. Earlier that day, as we were out shopping and enjoying the city, I was thinking about what I would wear to the club that night, and how I would wear my hair. (Sidenote: 2020 Raven is totally going to Miami with hair in braids no questions asked.) I had this idea to just push my hair to the side since it was so hot and humid, and my hair was going to do what it wanted anyway. I was thinking to myself, “oh this hairstyle the one. This hairstyle is going to be so damn fly when I get back to the hotel and do it!! And bam! The Side poof was born:

Hair wasn’t curly. Wasn’t straight. Just was. Also, can we discuss the presentation of this photo? Lawd! Just a mess! Somewhere in Miami hahaha

Since that hot humid night in June 2008, I have defaulted to that hairstyle ever since:

August 2010 Celebrating my sister’s Diamond’s Birthday, and heyyy Tamika (my other sis) behind me
My 28th birthday November 21, 2010 living in Milwaukee
7 Months Pregnant With Zé here in Italy 2011
Celebrating Supreme’s birthday January 8, 2012 at a restaurant in Italy. (Also, 6 weeks after I gave birth to Zé. She was there with us in her carseat sleeping haha)
June 2013 in Frisco, Texas (also 3 months after Vito was born)
December 2013 at Zé’s 2nd birthday party
March 2018

No matter what my hair color, that side poof is coming at some point. It’s funny that, because the hairstyle started when I had black hair, and I recently dyed my hair black, 12 years later, rocking the same infamous side poof:

January 14, 2020

My ide poof is so a part of my look that I even incorporated it into my “Fabbie” logo, which, by the way, I started saying on this very blog! I called you, my readers, “Fabbies!” I have been addressing ya’ll as such for almost six years, and I introduced the Fabbie brand to my old store, Fab and Ravenous Boutique. (Ya’ll remember that from 3 years ago?!)

So the side poof and the Fabbie brand are pretty much synonymous:

Speaking of Fabbie, I tinkered with the brand a bit 3 years ago when I opened my store, and I plan to do some fun stuff with the brand in the very near future. Stay tuned! 😉

Am I crazy for defaulting to the same hairstyle for 12 years? Am I going to be 60 years old sporting a side poof?! Hahahahahaha only time will tell.

Over more recent years I’ve kept my hair in braids and changed my hair color more times than I can count, but my default always comes back to black hair, side poof:

Let me know! Also, I wanted to ask ya’ll, what do you want to see more of on this blog? Fashion? Recipes? Travel? Hair? Mexico Living? Please enlighten me! That would force me to be way more active on this blog if I knew what you Fabbies wanted to read about more. Leave a comment and let me know! I would love to hear!

Have a great rest of the week yall!

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