It’s been almost 8 full weeks since I got these waist length box braids installed. At about 5 weeks, which is a lot later than usual, I started to get a bit itchy about letting my hair free and being able to touch and play with it again. But that happened to be right near the end of my exams, I had reached the home stretch and I couldn’t imagine spending valuable time doing my hair when I had a degree to finish! So, I threw all those urges away and focused on my exams. Soon after my exams, I was due to go on a holiday to Spain and again I fought the urge to take them out, I had a low luggage allowance (15kg!) and I couldn’t afford to use precious space and weight on my hair products.
I’m glad I kept the braids in for my trip, the maintenance was a breeze, and for some reason i felt more comfortable going into the sea with braided hair than loose hair, I don’t really know why. A reason I think I got the itch again was the whole build up fear again, especially as I had to remove some braids around my edges and experienced huuuuggggeeee fluff balls and alarming hair loss. I was kind of scared for the rest of the hair, and hoped I still had hair left. This is the amount of hair I lost during the whole washing process..
Spain was so good! I had so much fun, so many laughs, so much sun, so much food 😀 (i like food). I really enjoyed being with my favourite girlies and it was so amazing being with them as it marked our graduation from university, so it was also tinged with a bit of sadness. Two days after I was back I started on my braids and took them down the exact same way as I did in my Kinky Twist Takedown blog post a while back. The only difference being the oil I used, to be honest I used a random mix I found in my room which probably consisted of jojoba, grapeseed and a bit of rosemary oils. Here you can really see the difference between that time and now, my hair has grown a bit in the past 6 or so months.
I missed my one year natural length check because my hair was in braids, so instead I may do a random 15 month check or something, just because I don’t have any. And here you can see my hair calmly twisted into around 20 twists, it looks so peaceful here. Seeing this picture gave me an idea, since I don’t have a name for my hair, why not switch it up and give her a name depending on her state of being, and since my name ‘SIMI’ means rest in my native language Yoruba I thought i’d call her the Japanese word for rest, Yasumi (休み) I guess that’s her name when she’s in a protective style like the twists I have in now.
So i’ve washed and deep conditioned and i’m wearing these twists to stretch my hair for a flat twist and curl i’m planning to have in tomorrow night, but I got the inspiration for this process from naptural85’s youtube channel and her results were pretty nice so I may not flat twist it just yet, i’ll show you the results tomorrow.