Since I’m going to be getting my hair braided, I banded it so it would be stretched. There is quite a bit of difference in how much was banded this time than the first time – meaning growth!!!
What a difference!!!
Today is Sunday, my wash day. I don’t know what it is about wash days, but I look forward to them. Yes, they are very time consuming. However, as I go through my wash routine I have a sense of pride, self acceptance, and self love – that I’m doing something good for myself and my hair. I really don’t know how to explain it.
I pre-pooed last night using my whipped shea butter mixture, JBCO, and EVCO overnight. This morning I used my spray bottle to wet my hair and then used Shea Moisture Retention Shampoo to wash, being sure to massage my scalp adequately. After shampooing, I rinsed and conditioned using Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner. I followed that with a hot oil treatment using the mixture of oils that I’d prepared a few weeks ago. I decided not to wash the oils out before doing a protein deep conditioning. After sitting under the dryer for 30 minutes, I rinsed my hair, used my Denman brush to detangle and define my curls, and banded it for a stretched fro. Love that fro!!! 🙂
My hair felt really soft, but I’m noticing more shed or broken hairs today. I’m not sure exactly which they are. I’ve read that shed hairs will still have the bulb attached to the root. I’ve never seen that to know what it would look like. But I don’t think that’s what I’m seeing. It’s no secret that my hair is very damaged. So I’m pretty positive these hairs are directly connected to that problem. I’m not quite sure how to resolve this issue. I’ve been doing everything that I’ve found through my research but it doesn’t seem to be working. Actually, it seems to be getting worse! But, coincidentally, my hair seems to be growing. I’m so confused! But I’m not giving up yet. I’m determined to figure this out!!!
Sooo, as it has been my norm for the past two, almost three, weeks I was doing some reading about natural hair care. I came across this article on curlynikki.com regarding stretching the hair. I’d read about the techniques before but my attention was to a bit of information that I hadn’t seen before – stretching a wash and go! I was intrigued by this piece of info because I’ve been wanting to rock a wash and go but my hair shrinks so much that I’ve worn one around the house but not out. I’ve past the TWA stage and want to show my length that I’ve gained. Coming across this article was right on time being that I was sitting home doing nothing and had just put my hair in a wash and go! I was excited and had to try it. So I let my hair dry a bit more and then I grabbed my bands and stretched my wash and go!!!
Me with my shrunken fro…
My son thought I was crazy and I know I looked the part! Lmbo I guess it’s a good thing that I’m single now because I can’t think of any man that would want to look at this all night, satin cap or not! SMH I must say that it was not comfortable at all sleeping with my hair like this. But I found a position that worked and got through the night.
I was anxious to see how it would turn out when I woke up this morning. So I took the bands out and picked out my roots. This is the end result…
…my kinky, coily fro! I LOVE IT!!!