Today was 70’s day at school. I didn’t have 70’s attire but I did have the fro to rock! I’m loving the versatility of my hair! All of the fake afro wigs in the place – mine was the only real one! Not to mention that besides myself, there’s only one more black teacher at my school. And guess what! My hair got much props today! That makes me wonder, why can other races appreciate our beautiful curls, coils, and kinks more than those that have the same thing growing from their scalps? That baffles me… *blank stare* Even my kids loved it! Moving on…
Operation 3 Day Hair had mediocre results. The 3 day twist out was a FAIL! It reminded me of the old school roller sets the older ladies used to wear back in the day. I’m thinking that had to do with the rods on the ends though.
Since the twist out didn’t work, I tried a roll and tuck that I’ve seen several of the ladies do on YouTube. That too was a FAIL!!! Evidently my rolling skills are lacking. Didn’t think to snap a pic of this tragedy.
This is what I ended up with. I like the big hair. It’s soft and full, but lacks the curl definition that I was going for.
After sitting around, I decided to try another wash and go. Can you guess how that turned out???
Soooo, my struggle continues. I’m clearly challenged in the hairstyling area!!!
OK…so the last two days I’ve had my hair in flat twists. As I was looking at it in the mirror, something looked strange to me. There’s was something weird going on with my hair at the front. It kind of looked like I had cut it too far back (my hair tends to grow the little peak at the front that many refer to as the Eddie Monster and I always cut it). I know I didn’t cut it that far in though because I’ve been doing this for so long I know exactly where I need to cut into my hairline. So I shrugged it off, thinking that I was making too much of nothing.
Well, fast forward to today. I untwist my hair – honestly for no reason. I just like to see if I’m getting better at styling it or if I can repeat a style that I like repeatedly. I will put it out there… I’m obsessed with my hair!!!! Anyway, after I get it picked out into one of the fiercest fros that I’ve accomplished to date, my eyes are drawn to that area at the front again. Something just didn’t look right. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that my hair has broken off! How in the entire hell did that happen???? I feel tears welling up in my eyes. I try to reason with myself by acknowledging the fact that I’m a 40 year old woman standing in front of a mirror about to cry over my hair. But that’s useless at the moment. All I could think about was how I’ve been really careful with handling my hair and how I’m at a loss as to how this could have occurred all of a sudden.
I finally know what other naturals mean about people walking up to them and touching their hair! I had my first experience with that today. I had an old acquaintance compliment my stretched out fro! That made me 🙂 However, during our brief discussion about how long I’ve been natural, what I do to maintain, and how she wants to go natural but she’s scared, she went in and touched it! GRRRRR…I really didn’t know how to feel about it. But my first thought was “you just don’t know how much work it took for me to get my hair to look this cute!” I wonder if I would’ve felt better about it had she asked to touch instead of just taking the liberty to do so.
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!!!