More than just memories

Great grandmother gives more than gift of love

Jessica Obege, Staff Writer

Junior A’Niyah Thirdgill has wonderful memories of her great grandmother. They spent time together and during that time, Thirdgill learned the art of braiding hair.

She sat in front of a mannequin head where then 8-year-old Thirdgill twisted, tightened and tried a variety of braiding techniques. 

“My grandmother was there to teach me the techniques,” Thirdgill said. “It was always tuck this in, weave that over. My grandmother had learned from her mother.”

She loves to braid hair. She considers it a gift from that great grandmother. 

Now it’s not just a memory. Rather Thirdgill nets about $300 weekly braiding her clients hair.

Her customers come to her home with freshly washed hair at their convenience. Thirdgill has them wash their hair before they come. She sets them up in her living room. While they are having their braids done, they may visit with Thirdgill or spend time on their phones. 

As far as booking goes, Thirdgill has to know how they want it fixed so she can allocate the right amount of time. Braiding is time consuming.

Price differs by style and hair length.  The prices for the hairstyles are affordable – usually about half of the cost of getting it done in a studio. 

“Long hair or different colors cause the prices to be higher,” Thirdgill said. 

 Box braids star at $60 and passion twists start at $40. Pricing also depends on the hair type. Intricate styles and long hair could take several hours.  

Thirdgill takes great pride in her work. She wants the clients to look and feel amazing when they leave her chair.

“I try to make it the best experience for them,” Thirdgill said. 

She makes the time productive or at least not boring. If the customer wants, Thirdgill turns on the television to a program they want. She wants to make the time pleasurable