I have been using shea butter to seal my hair since the last few weeks before my big chop. I loved it then and I still love it now. The shea butter was an impromptu buy, I was buying something else from an online shop and I wanted to qualify for free shipping so I decided to add it to my trolley. I love how it keeps all the moisture in my hair locked in – it is one of my favourite sealants. I have been using it in its raw state since I bought it, the one issue I had with it was that whenever I rubbed it between the palm of my hands it didn’t all melt, it still felt grainy. I was left with off white specks which ended up in my hair, these looked like dandruff and I did not care for them at all. So during one of my internet browsing sprees, I came across whipped shea butter recipes which looked good enough to eat, so I decided to whip (and nae nae) my raw shea butter.
This is my last wash day post for the year. It was much of the same as my previous ones. I am so here for leaving my hair as it is and not messing with it. I want to let it flourish by itself. Of course while doing the healthy hair care practices like deep conditioning, moisturising and sealing etc. I did about 3 moisture and sealing sessions for my hair the past week and it does not feel dry at all in between, so yay to my M&S products.
This week I decided to leave my hair as it is and let it shine in its shrinkage glory. Just for a bit of trendiness, I went for the Madiba part again. It was more defined this time around because I let my hair dry in the ‘position’ overnight. My wash day was short as usual and I am still trying out my sachet conditioners. Here is how it went down…
My first full week of being natural flew by, my ‘twist out’ from last week lasted me 2 days. On Friday my hair had shrunken back slightly and it wasn’t so stretched, I didn’t mind it though. In terms of dryness, I moisturised and sealed 4 times during the week, I found that my hair did not lose a lot of moisture. This is in contrary to what a lot of people with my type of hair usually say about their hair. I guess I have found the right products for my hair and also Durban humidity is helping me out in that regard. On the weekend, I did my whole moisturising and sealing routine and I decided to embrace shrinkage and wear my hair with a young Madiba part. I liked this look, I plan to perfect it soon.
To be honest, I planned my big chop. As I was counting my weeks post relaxer, I realised that on my birthday I will be exactly 30 weeks post relaxer and it was my 30th birthday – that felt like the right time to do it. I went on my birthday weekend away armed with my hair scissors and a few hair products for post big chop maintenance that would tide me over till I got back home.
I have joined the Hairlista Castor Oil challenge for the next 3 months. I started using JBCO at the beginning of this year and I absolutely loved how it made my new growth feel. It has been part of my stash ever since and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.