Our edges are very important to us. Unfortunately, not everyone has the edges of their dreams. There are lot of reasons why your edges are disappearing or even disappeared. You can read some here. However, we sometimes regain our edges only for us to discover that we are back to square one again. If you keep gaining and losing your edges, it could be that you practice one of these bad hair habits:
Braids & Weaves that are too TIGHT: For so many years, hair stylists convinced me that the tighter the braids are, the longer they will last. Whether this is true or false, it is not healthy for your hair. The tightness & pulling can cause a strain on your hair that can lead to traction alopecia. I had to speak to my stylists as regards how loose I want my braids to be.
Excessive Use of Gels & Brushes: Having well laid back edges is the in-thing right now. Brushing your edges excessively can lead to over manipulation of your hair. Instead, you can apply a moisturizing gel, and then smooth it lightly on your edges with a soft brush, and tie a satin scarf of it. The scarf should not be tied to tightly too.
Scratching your scalp: According to Medical News Today, “Studies have shown that with only 90 minutes of continuous scratching by the fingernails, it is possible to remove all of the cuticular scale, a protective covering on individual hairs, off of a hair shaft. This loss leaves the hair shaft weakened and permanently damaged, making it easily susceptible to breakage and hair loss.”
Tying your scarfs too tightly: It is true that wearing satin scarfs and caps are god for your hair. But when your wear them too tightly, the tension can overtime lead to hair breakage.
Combing Dry Hair: This is one of the popular bad hair habits. Hair that is dry is already prone to breakage, combing, makes it worse. You hair should be slightly damp before you comb it.
Once I realize that my weekend will be a very busy one, I come up with ways to spend less time washing my hair. This weekend was one of those busy ones. I brought out my deep conditioning cap to save time on deep conditioning and also preheated my conditioners before using them. Since I will be installing Marley twists this weekend as well, I made sure I used a protein treatment as well.
Started off by sectioning my hair into 3 parts and applying coconut oil to each for pre-poo. After 15 minutes, I shampooed my hair and proceeded to deep condition. I already put my conditioners in a bowl of hot water to heat them up.
I applied my protein treatment and wore my therapy cap for 10 minutes before rinsing out the treatment. I applied my moisture deep conditioner to each section of my hair and covered with the therapy cap for twenty minutes before rinsing it out.
I t-shirt dried overnight because I was feeling so sleepy by the time I was done. The next morning, I detangled my hair and applied my leave-in 7 olive oil. After this, I did a faux length check of my hair before installing Marley twists at the salon.
While at the hair salon, I asked that the twists should not be done too tightly so that I do not lose my hair in the process.
Last week at the Ladies’ room at work, someone asked if all the hair on my head was mine. I replied yes with a grin. She then said that”If I had this kind of hair, I will flaunt it a lot. “I spend another minute explaining the benefit of protectively styling your hair. However she also asked about my hair length. It then occurred to me that I have not done a length check in a very long time.
So, I took out some time this past weekend for hair length check. My hair was well moisturized before this length check. I did not straighten my hair, so this is not an accurate length check. I will do a better length check once I take out my Marley twists.
A measuring tape
Length check t-shirt
Front: My new growth (natural hair) is about 5 inches while the entire length of my hair is 13 inches. The hair closer to my forehead is really soft and fragile compared to the remaining part of the front part.
Back: The texture of my natural hair is very soft at the back. I seemed to have acquired more new growth at the back of my head than anywhere else. The length as the natural hair is 6.5 inches while the entire length is 14.5 inches. When I pulled down my hair with my hands, it was somewhere around Bra Strap Length (BSL).
Side: I checked only the right side of my head. The natural hair is 5 inches while the entire length of it is 13.5 inches.
We are gradually entering into the second half of the year. I hope it’s not too late to say “Happy New Month!!!”. My hair schedule keeps me on track to know how well I am handling my hair. I usually plan bi-weekly in a month. This schedule is not rigid. It is flexible to accommodate the condition of my hair as well as my busy work schedule. My hair schedule includes cleansing of my scalp, deep conditioning as well as protective styling. So let’s get to it:
Weeks 1 & 2 – Clean. Deep Condition. Protective Style
I will wash my hair by the end of week 2. I intend to use both a protein treatment and a moisturizing treatment. This is because I want to install Marley twists for weeks 3 & 4. My protective style for both week 1 and 2 will be a wig.
Weeks 3 &4– Protective Styling with Marley Twists
If my wash day goes as planned in week 2, I intend to install Marley twists which I will rock for the next two weeks. I promise to post photos of it
Week 5– Protective Styling & Wash Day
This is one of those months with five weeks. This week, I plan to continue to enjoy my Marley twists. If I notice that my scalp is clogged with sweat and product build-up, I will have my wash day by the end of this week.
I believe this hair schedule for June will work for my busy life style.
Hello Ladies! Sometimes, wearing the good ol’ bun can be boring. I usually try to spice up the look a little by adding Alice’s bands, scarves and hair ruffles. But I decided to try out a super big bun this time around. You can give it a try too by following the steps.
Step 1: Because my hair was dry, I sprayed it lightly with some water, glycerine & olive oil mix. I then detangled with my fingers. To begin, I wore the large hair band around my base of my hair. This band should be firm but not too tight.
Step 2: I packed my hair upwards loosely to form a round base at the bottom. I then pulled the large hair band upwards a bit.
Step 3: I loosely did a small braid at the tip of the hair packed together to hold the entire hair together.
Step 4: I tucked in the small braid and secured it with a hair in at the middle of my head. Voila!
You can add a scarf or a fancy Alice’s band to give your super big bun an extra zest!
Hello! Thank God it’s Friday! It’s been a very long week both at work & school. Now I have some time to blog. For this week’s #WashDayExperience, I finished off by protective styling with a new wig. At 14 months post relaxer, my new growth always seem fuller by every wash day. Sometimes, I wish I had a third or extra hand in order to wash my hair.
Here are the products I used.
Shampoo: ORS Invigorating Shampoo
Deep Conditioner: Crème of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment + Coconut oil
Sealants: Olive Oil & Shea Butter
How it Went:
I started off by dividing my hair into three parts to make my washing easy. Instead of pre-pooing my hair, I mixed the coconut oil with the deep conditioner and applied it to my hair in sections. I covered my hair with a shower cap and wrapped a towel around it for 1 hour 45 minutes. I used this time to sort out my laundry.
When I took off the shower cap, my 14 months post relaxer hair felt really healthy but my relaxed tips felt a bit mushy. I then shampooed with my ORS shampoo. The mint in this shampoo is so soothing. Mixing my shampoo with some water before using helps the shampoo to reach every part of my scalp. It also prevents wastage of the shampoo.
I wrapped a towel for 5 minutes around my hair when I rinsed out the shampoo. I did not not want to use a t-shirt because I wanted my hair to still be very damp. My 14 months post relaxer hair was still damp compared to the relaxed ends. I applied Olive oil on the damp hair & sealed in the moisture with shea butter.
I styled my hair into a bun before going to purchase a wig I decided to wear throughout this week.
Hello! It’s another wash day recap! Last week, I came across something interesting on the web. A hair blogger mentioned that she pre-heated her deep conditioners before applying them to her hair. It made lots of sense because heat lift up the cuticles of our hair, thereby making it to absorb the goodness in the conditioners more. Wow! I was so excited to try it try this wash day. The last time I used a protein deep conditioner was 2 months ago, so I also decided to get one this week. This wash day, I will be preheating deep conditioners before using them.
ORS Invigorating Shampoo
Aphogee 2-min keratin reconstructor
Crème of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment
Vitale Hair Mayonnaise
Grape Seed oil
Pre-Poo: Firstly, I divided my hair into 3 sections. I mixed my coconut oil with some water in 50/50 parts and then sprayed it all over my hair. I covered my hair with a shower cap for 15 minutes.
Shampoo: I shampooed one section after the other. One thing I like about my shampoo is the cool feeling of the peppermint in it. It does good justice to my scalp too. I then wrapped a towel around my hair to soak up excess water.
Deep Conditioning: Before the shampoo, I already put some hot water in a bowl. I put my 3 bottles and jar of my deep conditioners into the water to heat them up. The deep conditioners were warm when I applied them to my scalp. I applied the Aphogee first on my hair and covered with a shower cap for 20 minutes. This Aphogee is my protein treatment.
I rinsed it out with warm water before applying the remaining 2 conditioners. I went to bed with them on. After rinsing them out the next morning, My hair felt & looked really healthy. It was not too hard or too mushy. This is my new way of deep conditioning henceforth. I must say that preheating deep conditioners worked.
Sealing: I am out of leave-in conditioners, so I applied the grape seed oil to my hair while it was still damp to seal in the moisture. I then styled my hair when it was almost 100% dried.