Last week's wash day resulted in a wash and go, which I happily wore for about 3 days. At night, I'd simply band it in 2 - 3 ponytails to stretch it a little bit...and then dampen it in the morning so it would shrink nicely.
I would have worn it for a longer period of time but I wanted to have something a little bit..fancy for the holidays.
The whole 'holiday hair' thing.
|Spot the renegade, over stretched section.
So I cowashed on Wednesday, and put my plaits in.
The next day, I took the completely dry plaits out. Egads....
Fluff! Separate a little but fluff until you can fluff no more!
Hallelujah, I had a style! A braid out, if you will, my good wo)man.
That night, high on styling success, I used a spray bottle of water, Shea Decadence Mango Lassi Leave in, a tinchy amount of shea butter and some aloe vera gel to set my hair into twists.
My goodness, my hair was not happy. You have to remember, I didn't use a leave in, so I had a bit (a lot) of small s-curl breakage from my furiously undernourished ends. I gave up using the spray bottle about halfway through as it seemed to be causing more shrinkage, and more tangling and more breakage, Bleurgh.
Note to self: Big twists and twist outs are not a protective style for you!
I had three twists on each side, with the roots flat twisted.
I twisted my ends on tiny perm rods and then pinned them up onto the back of my head.
In the morning, I was not feeling hopeful. Had I been hung by own own petard?!?
I took out the first perm rod and it stubbornly refused to come out, so I was sweating bricks before I'd even properly started.
When I did take it out, I got this:
Why is my hair at odds and right angles to itself??
The second perm rod also refused to come out. I worked out the trick by the fourth one - unravel the way you put it on. Which would be great, except I'd seemingly used different methods for all of them.
Still not that excited at this point.
By the end of the day, my hair had started to frizz and lose definition, which confirmed something for me - my fine hair cannot really hold a curl other than its own for that long without frizz. Maintaining it would involve fair too much manipulation.
At night, I simply tied it up in two ponytails and went to bed. Eaaaasy.
Kudos to Hair Bloggers/Vloggers who do tutorials on the regular. You're all as resilient as anything.
I couldn't do this in the long haul!