Well, no, not exactly....
When I was little, I always used to get braid extensions for 3 months. Worked out at £10 a month for hair styling costs. A proper bargain, though a gross one when you think about it now - my mum was encouraged not to wash them regularly by the hair stylists to prevent the hair slipping out.
When I later encountered ladies who changed their hair every 6 weeks, it seemed positively wasteful to me. You pay how much? How often??
Same with my friends cutting their hair every month or so. Who had that kind of money? Or time?
A common piece of advice in the natural hair scene online is to not put extensions or braids or any
sort of protective style in your hair for more than 4 weeks.
However, I reckon that:
1) My hair flourished in its 3 month changing routine as a child, because it is fine and it was like the ultimate protective challenge.
2) Whenever I take my hair down from a long term protective style, there's always a lot of tangling. Why not just prolong having to deal with the inevitable for just a while longer?
3) I don't have much time in the coming weeks to work out how I'm going to stretch my hair every week and then possibly use a drier and then style and....nah. Just nah. In the ever true, ever wise words of Sweet Brown:
So when I am not taking hair advice and life wisdom from Internet memes, what am I doing to my hair exactly?
Note - Since the weather has gotten hotter and more humid last week, I've cut the whole moisturisation process down to either co-washing or moisturising once a week. But during the miserable Spring beginning, this is what I was doing:
Once or twice a week:
- Moisturise hair with the DIY Interim Hair Milk.
- Moisturise scalp with rose water and aloe vera juice mix.
At least once every two weeks:
- Pre-poo with Vatika Oil for an hour (the time varies, depending mainly on how badly I need a shower).
- Shampoo with some of The Wonder Thing's shampoo.
- Condition for 3 - 5 minutes (depends on how long I can tolerate doing nothing in the shower for) with one of Ultra Conditioners. I use the Avocado and Shea One if my hair is dry, or between the Coconut or Vanilla Papaya one if my hair needs freshening up.
- Rinse Conditioner Out.
- Dry my hair with a T-shirt. I find using a T-shirt instead of a towel minimises the amount of fluff and lint that ends up in my hair, thus reducing future tangles and cursing, but that's it. I have too much frizz for frizz to be a major concern.
- Moisturise with the DIY Interim Hair Milk
- Seal with Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti Breakage Serum.
At night, of course, I sleep on my silk satin pillowcase.
I may have to re-introduce ACV rinses for my scalp.
At least every two weeks
I re-twist. Not a whole section, but I just put my fingers at my roots to see which of the twists have grown out the most.
|It looks like a lot, but it's only about half an inch.|
|Here are my (delightfully large) fingers for comparison.|
I slowly unravel it, starting from the ends and ending up at the roots. I sometimes have knots at the end - I either work them carefully or if that fails, I
At the roots, you can clearly see where the new growth has tangled a lot. I simply comb the mass with my fingers, with the goal of separating it back into two equal sections.
Easy! I don't always detangle the two sections if I don't feel it's necessary - my aim is to retwist whilst minimising manipulation.
I don't retwist the 'safe' or 'secure' way, because when I do, my twists end up all crinkly like this.
Between everything I'm doing at the moment - work, sports, volunteering, housework (bleurk!) I've found that doing what I used to do is working for me the best. Plus, it's massively protective. The results we will have to wait and see in the middle of July when I will finally have time to deal with my hair on a full grown basis.