As promised I am working harder (and a little smarter) to make sure I update Hairducation more regularly. It’s all about planning really.
I am currently following my wig regimen and my hair has been hidden under my wig for a few weeks now. I had a wash day last weekend so it was the perfect opportunity for me to write a hair update post.
I will also use this opportunity to share a new method of air drying that I have fallen in love with .
I am currently 16 week post relaxer. My hair was under processed (more than I intended) during my last texlax. It is actually very hard for me to distinguish between my new growth and the under processed hair. I thought about doing a corrective relaxer but felt confident I could manage the two textures for a while.
I usually stretch my relaxers for 20 to 25 weeks but I most certainly will NOT be stretching for that long this time.
My hair is not doing bad at all. I have been working hard to take care of it under my wig and I believe this is paying off. I also have very little tangles and breakage because I am doing everything in sections.
My ends certainly need a trim. They are really old and weathered and damaged and there are a few split ends in there too. I am actually looking forward to trimming them.
New Air Drying Method
I used to air dry my hair using the scarf method, i.e. hair detangled and combed back with a satin/silk scarf tied at the front to make edges smooth.
Some of my hair would get a little matted at the roots and I would experience a lot of shrinkage.
On my last two wash days, I decided to try something which I hoped would prevent or at least reduce the matting and shrinkage.
My wash day was as follows
- As usual, I washed and deep conditioned my hair in braids, (I did 14 box braids this wash day).
- After rinsing my hair thoroughly, I unravelled one braid, detangled and applied my leave in conditioners and combed through gently.
- I secured the base of the hair with a small hair band. The hair was secured firmly but was not too tight.
- I repeated the above steps with each of the box braids.
Pros of Air Drying In Sections
- It prevented my roots from matting
- I experienced less shrinkage of my new growth
- My hair was very fluffy and bouncy when it dried
- My roots dried A LOT FASTER in comparison to the scarf method
- Because my hair is left in sections when it is dry, It makes it easier for me to put it back in the box braids I wear under my wig
Cons of Air Drying In Sections
- If the bands are too tight at the base, it will pull, snag and break a few stands when you try to remove them. A couple of my bands were too tight and broke a few strands.
The others slid off smoothly when pulled them off gently.
I plan to air dry my hair with this method going forward.
What is happening with your hair ladies? Have you tried any new techniques recently?
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