Box braid takedown: Enter Yasumi


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.

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My last hairstyle with the braids in 😦

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..

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Not bad for two months!

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.

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looks like a good two inches, yay!

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.

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I like the scarf look 😀

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.

Simi

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Kinky Twist Takedown


Hi loverly peoples!!!! I know it’s been a while, but I had a lot of work to do in my last few weeks of christmas term in Uni so I didn’t have much time to post. The posts will be coming along a lot more frequently in these holidays, you may even get to see a post from my ever elusive little sister (yay?).

So after about 7 weeks of having my kinky twists, I finally took them out. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved them to pieces but I just am not a big fan of twists and braids in my hair for extended periods of time. I wouldn’t mind only having them in for 4 weeks, but that’s really not getting my money’s worth and I didn’t even have time to take them out in that period. My main fear was about the build up, everyone knows that no matter how many times you wash your hair in the braids, there is gonna be some build up in your hair, which is okay. But, the longer you leave your hair in twists or braids, the bigger and more stubborn the build up will be. I was going to take them out after six weeks but I had a show I was hosting, so I didn’t want to take any chances. For the show I did one of the styles from my style challenge on day 3:

Me Hosting!!
Me Hosting!!

The event was really good, and all the performers were so inspiring, it was awesome. Anyways after that was done, the very next night, I scrambled to get my hair undone, but only managed to remove two before I realised that I had started waaayyy too late and that it was already midnight. So I ended up undoing it on Sunday night/Monday morning instead. This was the last hairstyle I did with the twists:

Looks like style challenge day 2?
Looks like style challenge day 2?

I started taking down the twists and they took a lot longer than I had planned, I think they took 8 hours altogether but I did really take my time with them. After unravelling each twists, I gently pulled them apart to loosen the build up and removed as much of it as I could. After that, I detangled the small section of hair and rubbed grapeseed oil over it. I rubbed oil so that the hairs wouldn’t rub against each other and get tangled up again, and grapeseed oil is my new favourite kind.  After unravelling three or four twists I re-twisted them to keep them neat. When I had finished taking down all the twists, I went to sleep, cos it was about 3am. The next morning, I put on my deep conditioner  and then covered my hair with a shower cap for heat retention. The deep conditioner I use is from the Curls line, Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Deep Conditioner, which I will do a review on in the coming days. I left the deep conditioner on for about 5 hours and even went to uni with the stuff in my hair. I had to tie a scarf over the shower cap so that no-one would see haha:

From twisted...to the DC....
From twisted…to the DC….

After the DC I shampooed with Elasta QP (sulphate free) moisturizing shampoo, and then detangled and conditioned with Tresemme Naturals conditioner:

....to my hair with no product on it!
….to my hair with no product on it!

Looks better in the back than the front hahahaha….After that added a bit of Hawaiian silky leave in and sealed the ends with grapeseed oil again. I put them in little twists and then twisted those into bantu knots:

My little twisted bantu knots
My little twisted bantu knots

Unfortunately I don’t  have a picture of the finished product, but it was a chunky undefined (and a little frizzy) twist out, because I had to take them out before they were dry. But the hair was soft and so smooth, so I don’t mind….but either way, I have my hair back again. Yay!!

Simi

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