I’ve been a bit quiet on the hair front on this blog, that’s because my hair is still in a protective style. I am 4 weeks in and still going strong I am now 23 weeks post relaxer – I have stopped counting religiously now. The new growth is coming in nicely, it feels well moisturised. I’ve had times when I have wanted to take them out just to feel the growth and get my hair a good wash day.
Speaking of wash days, I have washed the braids once in the 4 weeks, ideally it should have been twice, however, my weekend schedule was a bit busy. I am planning for another wash day this coming weekend. For my wash days, I keep it very simple – shampoo using diluted sulphate free shampoo with some peppermint oil. Deep Condition with a mixture of moisturising deep conditioners also diluted with water. I deep condition for + 15 minutes while I am in the shower. Then I rinse off and wrap the braids in a cotton wrap, after the dripping has stopped, I then let the braids air dry.
In terms of my weekly regimen, I haven’t been moisturising daily as I had planned, that’s because the humidity is on the rise here in Durban and my hair has felt quite moisturised. I am still massaging my scalp 3 times a week using my scalp oil mix.
I am planning to keep the braids on for another 2.5 weeks, I will also go to the salon after my wash day to re-do some of the braids that I took out. They were looking a bit loose – I was worried about the tug on my hair.
In terms of my transition, it hasn’t been anything more than a long stretch. Though I am starting to get itchy to cut my hair. I spend most of my days on natural hair blogs and youtube tutorials. But I have been consulting with my friend Nomonde and she has been sharing tips about her natural journey, she said: I must focus more on figuring out my own fro and what works for me & my hair might not be able to do the hairdos you see on Instagram and YouTube. So I am trying to curb my enthusiasm and manage my expectations!