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.
Regular readers of this blog and even those that come by once in a while would have noticed that the blog has had a complete transformation. I wanted a fresher and cleaner look for the blog and decided to go for this theme. I hope you like it! I also included a new logo and banner which I created myself, and I love them. But if there is anything you think I should change, please don’t hesitate to contact me 😀
Now to my birthday!
Last week Tuesday I turned a year older *cough * 16 *cough* haha and I initially went to celebrate with my close family at a Chinese restaurant in Victoria Island. My whole family loves Chinese food, so it was definitely a treat. I got a few nice presents and I went to bed feeling like the day was successful (apart from the fact my sister wasn’t there).
The next day however , I was blown away to find that my mum had secretly gone through my phone and invited my friends for a surprise birthday party! I had no idea whatsoever, in fact my aunt even tricked me into preparing some of the food for the party claiming it was for the house.
I arrived at the house thinking I was going to show face because my pastor was visiting, and I was met with some giggling smiley faces shouting SURPRISE!!!!! I was so shocked, and almost shed a tear or two because I was so happy :D. Unfortunately, because I wasn’t expecting anything glamorous I arrived in my trusty shirt and jeans combo, thankfully I had decided to put my hair up into a puff instead of leaving it like a lions mane, that could have been majorly embarrassing.
All in all my friends and family had a good time, and I had a good time 😀 and it more than made up for me having to spend a birthday away from my closest friends (like Wendy who I have celebrated my birthday with for the last 4 years 😦 )
I think I ate a bit too much though, post-birthday diet anyone??
Hi guys, this is the third episode in the WIMYNG series. This one is about hair regimens/ journals and what could be causing your hair to break off.
I wrote about creating a hair regimen in some posts I did ages ago Creating a Regimen and Creating a Regimen II In these two posts you can really get a good idea of what it is to have a routine. Some things I didn’t mention in those posts are actual ready methods that you can tweak to suit your lifestyle, because I didn’t want to speak for your hair. However, I think I have a good formula for you to follow:
Start off with cleansing/clarifying (note: if you’re co-washing you can skip to the next step). You could use a shampoo, ayurvedic herbs or a cleansing/normal conditioner for this step. As I am following the max hydration method, I use a conditioner/baking soda mix.
Next off condition/ detangle, this is the step where you could deep condition/ protein condition or which ever type of treatment you like to add to your hair eg clay and henna. If i’m planning to wash my hair in the morning I do a deep condition over night otherwise I deep condition until I can be bothered to rinse it out/I finish my chores. In my current regimen this is is where I condition, then deep condition and then do a clay rinse. This part is where you can really run wild and discover all sorts of new ways to give your hair that extra oomph!
Then comes the moisturise and seal. Since I do mhm I use my conditioner as a leave in and seal with gel for a wash n go or with oil for a set style like a twist out. There are many methods of sealing LOC, LOG, LCO, LCOC etc its up to you to find out which work for you. Sometimes the method you choose may be reflective of the current products that you have on hand, So its always good to have a bit of knowledge of different methods in case you find your self stranded with just water and some groceries, lol.
This is where hair journaling comes in. Once you decide that you’re about to do something to your hair you could write down all the products you have used and write in as much detail as you like about how your hair reacted to the products you used in the combination you used them in. Sooner or later you’ll find a pattern. Maybe your hair feels drier when Glycerin is nearer the top of the ingredient list. Maybe you shed more when you use gel, and maybe you see flakes if you mix certain products together. It’s up to you to put in the work, how much do you want your hair to be healthy?
Now i’ll briefly touch on some reasons why your hair is breaking briefly before we get deep into them in the next episode.
For my own self while I was relaxed and since I have been natural these have been the biggest stealers of my length:
Being scissor happy (over-trimming)
hair being dry
not moisturising enough
not detangling (thoroughly) enough
detangling too much
not protective styling
leaving protective styles in too long
too much tension in styles
too much heat
And the list goes on….so many ways to lose length!! In the next episode i’ll show you how to negate all of these issues. and some health hair care practices you need in your life.
To my hair….LOL. Today marks two years of fully natural hair, no relaxed or heat damaged ends. Just thick, kinky and healthy curls! The journey has not been easy, there have been so many times that I felt like giving up. So many failed products, failed hairstyles, money spent on tools I could have done without. I’m just glad i’ve lasted this long, and have even converted people over to the natural side (or at least given a helpful nudge). Special shout outs to Wendy, Henrietta, Missy, Ivy and all other people who have joined me on this journey (I cut Missy and Henrietta’s hair myself).
Since I didn’t do a one year anniversary post, i’ll show pictures from my BC till now just so you can see the difference in hair length.
As corny and cheesy as it may sound, my main curl friend is my lil’ sis, the ever elusive Temi! Even though we were in different countries, we began transitioning not knowing the other was doing the same. I did my big chop first but she followed suit one or two months later.
But apart from Temi my main curl friend is one of my uni besties Wendy. She is one of the few people i inspired to go natural and she is loving it! The funniest thing is that we both dyed our hair using the same box colour without the other knowing, but she dyed hers twice, so hers is lighter (kinda).
If you currently know me, or have gotten to know me withing the past 2 years you would know that I have 1 style that I wear most of the time, that I could wear forever! MY PUFF!!!!!! It just so happens that i’m wearing one today after my awesome three strand twistout ( review soon come) got a bit too wild for work.
The humble puff has saved me from many failed twist-outs, bantu-knot outs old wash-n-goes, and other various styles that look soooo much better on other people than on me. If the style still has definition to it, I just slap a large band or a scarf on it and call it a night. If the state of my hair is just wack, then I just spray a bit of water (the joys of springy hair) and it reverts back to a big fluffball, perfect for my signature poofy puff 😀 It’s so easy to achieve and can be done in under 30 seconds, why do any other style?
Here are pictures of my other puffs:
Toooo many pictures, i chose one a month for the past 6 and there are still loads more to show maybe in another post?
Last night after putting my freshly washed hair in twists I pinned them taut to stretch them, the result was supposed to be a kind of defined afro with stretched out clumps of curls and kinks, but after I took them out, I got this:
Which is a lot more than I bargained for, in Naptural85’s video she didn’t add any additional moisturisers or styling creams, and I thought that was a bit odd, but I rolled with it. The back section came out a bit like hers but with looser definition, which is strange because even though the back part is looser than the rest of my hair, it’s still probably tighter than hers. Which leads me to the conclusion that :
I probably didn’t stretch the twists enough.
Maybe the twists were too tight.
I need to give more moisture/styling aid to the tighter curls of my head.
My hair is very prone to frizz.
I need to find a product to tame said frizz.
So I tried to tame the wildebeest that had just appeared on my head by adding a cute headband:
But it just got swallowed up by my hair, because the band was so thin. At my wits end I realised I had no choice ‘when in doubt, puff it out’ a wise woman once told me (although i’m pretty sure i just made that up myself) I found an old stretched hairband and put my hair into a trusty puff:
It turned out well this time, but i’m going to have to find other ways of saving failed hairstyles. Better yet, I could just master the hairstyles themselves and then I wouldn’t need to save them. Since today’s hairstyle didn’t go well, i’m just going to try the flat twist and bantu knot out I was planning to do before this, at any rate, at least my hair is stretched, styles always come out nicer this way :D. Today’s hair had nothing to do with any kind of rest, and so I have another name for her, Yasei( ) the Japanese word for wild (can you tell i’m learning Japanese?).