Today, I’m going to focus on something that was a big issue around the time I first decided to go natural (wow, so long ago!) scab hair. For those who don’t know, scab hair is termed as the hair that grows after you decided to stop using chemicals on your hair, what we would call “new growth”. Some people have noticed that after growing their hair for years or more, the texture on their head changes from what it used to be at the beginning of their journey.
Because of this change, curlies around the world have hypothesized that the chemicals that had been applied to our scalp in the past had been absorbed, causing the new hair to be coarser and drier than it should be. The amount of time that goes by before the hair starts reverting back differs greatly with some saying it took almost three years for a change to be seen. Others feel that it is because after beginning the hair journey, we tend to take better care of our hair, and it is the increased moisture that improves the texture of our hair.
In my last post I talked about perm rod-ding the weave I had. The Curls were soft and bouncy the whole day, and people complimented me a lot. To preserve the curls, I put the hair into a pineapple and put a silk scarf over it. However the next day, The curls had fallen flat and the hair looked kind of frizzy and dull. I managed to get it acceptable state but I didn’t really think that it looked half is good as it did the day before. This may or may not have been a result of me not using any product to set the girls so the next time I am going to try with either a Styler or maybe an oil, just to see how the hair reacts.
Now, this is the third week with the weave and a lot of people have asked me whether I am not going to stay natural anymore and they’ve asked me why I decided not to stay natural. This surprised me because most of the people asking these questions are relaxed or guys that seem to have a preference for a straight hair. Most of the guys then went on to say that they preferred me with my hair in natural looking styles. So my Marley twists, wash n goes and my three strand twists are what they thought I looked best in.
To be honest, this really boosted my confidence in wearing natural hair here, I almost got the impression that people didn’t really like my hair apart from people who were already natural. But now that I’ve gotten this verbal affirmation that it suits me I feel like I’d be a lot more willing to rock a lot more styles.
Apart from the perm rods I have tried curl formers in the weave and I noticed that the curls were a lot more elongated and not as tight and they lasted a lot longer. I had the curls for about four days until I washed it and did the perm rods. Curl formers definitely take a lot less time to dry, I’m talking about two hours compared to overnight with the perm rods. In both cases I did use a dryer at the end but not longer than 10 minutes.
I had started to notice that my hair was looking dull, and was breaking off near the bottom. If I’m supposed to get more than one use out of it, then I can’t let it happen for much longer, so i decided to wash only the weave on the weekend.
I started off by sectioning the weave int two sections, left and right. I then put them up into two buns, to keep them off my face while I was washing.
To wash the hair, I diluted about a squirt of Dr. Bronners Peppermint Castile Liquid Soap in approximately two cups of water. Castile soap needs to be diluted before use, but how much you dilute it is up to you. When I washed the first section, it didn’t lather up enough for my liking, but the dirt was still coming off. When I had rinsed both sections with water, I decided to dilute another squirt of soap with only a cup of water. This lathered up a more and the water ran clear when I rinsed.
After this I used my to deep condition the hair for about 10 mins. To be honest, I don’t know whether this had much of an effect on the final hair because, the hair has been long cut off from nutrients and the like. However, it did feel better and smoother than it did straight after washing, so the deep conditoning must have helped.
After deep conditioning, I was about to use curlformers to style the hair, but I couldn’t find them in my rush. So, instead of curlformers, I opted to use perm rods. Something I hadn’t used in years! I didn’t use any product to set the hair before starting, as I didn’t want the hair to be weighed down. I used two different types of perm rod, the smallest and second smallest types available. I tried to use the bigger ones at the bottom but sometimes I just used whatever I had in my hand. The whole thing from wash to finished style took less than a football match to finish (I was watching Liverpool but didn’t really time when I started). Continue reading →
I hope you have all gorged yourself silly during the Christmas and New Year festivities! I tried not to, but the chicken just looked too good haha. Just like millions of people all around he world, one of my main resolutions is to eat healthily and lose some of that darn tummy weight.
A few friends of mine have decided that the new year marks a new chapter of the hair journey, signified by a big chop. Most of them have transitioned for a few months or weeks and so have a cute lil fro, that isn’t hard to manage, but they have no idea how to care for. A lot of us have grownup with an African mentality when it comes to our hair, especially in regards to wash frequency, products used and de-tangling methods. By following these methods, we succeeded in making our hair low maintenance and ‘pretty looking’ but ultimately very unhealthy. This unhealthiness is a major reason a lot of us have decided to go natural, and so i’d like to shed some light on how to completely overhaul your journey and make your hair ‘easier to manage’.
Moisture is Key!
The first thing people say when they go natural is how ‘hard’ their hair is. Maybe they’re expecting soft baby curls or something but HELLO! African hair is naturally dry and the only way to soften it and make it behave the way you want to is by moisturising. Moisturising does not mean slathering various oils and creams and the like, NO it means using specific products (water based) to put the moisture in you hair, and then to keep the moisture in your hair, sealing the hair with an oil or butter. Things like oils and silicones sit on top of your hair, keeping moisture from getting out, but also stopping moisture getting in. So it’s important you ensure your hair is getting the moisture it needs and that it stays moisturised.