This is my first monthly hair update for 2016. One of the changes I have made to my blog is not posting about every wash day – towards the end of last year, I found that they were becoming very repetitive and I dreaded writing them. I think the monthly update will work much better. I document the procedures of each wash day and how my hair is feeling – so I always have a reference to use if I see any changes to my hair.
I had a total of 5 wash days, I pretty much used the same products and techniques for prepoo, shampoo, moisture and sealing. The only things that have changed were my deep conditioners. I used some from my sachet collection and once I had narrowed that down, I then started using the full sized staples. For my deep conditioning sessions, I alternated between using my heating cap and steaming my hair. My new plan is to have my clarifying and protein wash day on the last wash day of the month – that was I don’t have to always count and keep track of the weeks in between.
I’ve had a whole mixture of styling this month. The one major plus is that I learnt how to flat twist my hair! whoop whoop! So on one of my wash days I stretched my hair by blow drying it using the tension method, I then did a half flat twist, half 2 strand twist do which I kept for 3 days.
Best thing about my hair this month
Definitely learning how to flat twist – that overshadows everything! I have to practice now so I can get better at it.
Not so great thing about my hair this month
I noticed that my hair was getting drier faster than normal, I think the airconditioning at the office had a lot to do with this. So I have upped my moisturising routine. I moisturise and seal nightly now. I use a version of my DIY moisturising spritz and to seal, I use my whipped shea butter.
Plans for February
- I want to do more flat twist styles that I can keep for a week in order to curb daily manipulation.
- Up my moisturising and sealing to every night
- Do scalp massages 3 times a week using my oil mix concentrating on my edges. This is part of the Two Months Front Hair Growth Challenge by Joie
- Use steam for all my deep conditioning sessions in order to up my hair’s moisture levels
Do I look basic in my TWA?
Earlier this month, I had a ‘moment’ with my hair. At first I was going to do a separate post on it, but I have finally decided to add it to this update post.
My first ‘insecure’ hair moment came earlier on in the month. I was attending a party, this was my first ‘fancy’ do that I have had to attend since my big chop. Whilst I was getting ready, I had a thought of: ‘I’m going to look so basic with my TWA’. So I decided to doll up and apply some make-up, but I somehow still felt like I wasn’t proper done.
Anyway, I chinned up and set out to enjoy myself. After getting to the party, I started noticing a number of other natural haired ladies of varying lengths proudly rocking their hair and they all looked gorgeous. This somehow made me feel better about my look and my hair. Seeing other people gave me the confidence and the security that I was not basic 🙂
I have been wondering whether to share this experience or not because it seems so vain and not really that important. However, it made me realise that there is still a lot of work that I need to do within myself to erase what I may have thought were the ‘standards’ of beauty. I have also shared it to show the type of emotional stages and experiences that come with changing your whole look and seeing oneself in a different light. I don’t have all the answers to this, so this post doesn’t have a conclusion. I cannot guarantee that I will not have these type of thoughts about my hair again.
So, how was your hair this month? Are you on par with the goals you have set?