It’s getting cold. And I’m getting tired of messing with this hair every day. I’ve managed to make it look presentable this week and I can put it in a ponytail which was a nice surprise (pics coming!), but it’s hard to think of styles that I can wear a hat with and not have to fluff or pull or tug at my hair once I take the hat off when I get to work.
Once again I’m thinking about putting kinky twists in my hair for the winter. The plan is to twist it up the week after Christmas sometime, and keep the twists in my hair for three months; hibernate the hair until April 1st. THINKING about it.
Let’s do a list of pros and cons shall we?
1. My hair will get a rest. I’ve been having issues with breakage and although I THINK I’ve solved the problem with more protein treatments, I still feel like maybe my hair is telling me that it might need a break, a rest for a while. I’ve had my hair out since mid-October, so that’s 2 months. Not a huge amount of time, but still pretty long I think, especially since initially I had no idea what I was doing and put my hair through alot in those first few weeks. A good portion of the time though, I did have fun figuring out what works for my hair and what doesn’t, but I think my hair is telling me that I’m perhaps manipulating too much in the experimentation process and that it may need a break from my hands all up in it. (and I’m so amused that I’m actually referring to my hair as “it” like it’s alive and has it’s own personality, likes and dislikes. Which I guess is true!)
2. I will get a rest. ME. It’s been a rough few months for me, and putting twists in my hair will free me up for a few months to not have to think about or do my hair for a while. Not only does my hair need a break but I do too! Putting the twists in will also allow me to start focusing more on getting a workout routine and schedule going again since I’ll be able to work out and sweat my ass off and not have to worry about sweating out my hair or having to wash/deep condition/detangle/twist/style weekly bla bla bla.
3. Growth. I got a really good amount of growth having my hair in the kinky twists earlier this year. I know that that was over a span of 10 months, and I am not expecting to have that kind of growth in only three months, but I am sure that the growth will be faster with my hair in twists than it will be with my hair loose.
4. School. School’s going to begin again in January and although I’m on the fence on whether or not I’m taking one class or two, after the stressful semester I just finished up, the last thing I want to be worried about going into another semester is my hair, regardless of how many classes I’ll be taking.
1. I just bought all this great hair stuff I wanna use and if I put my hair in twists it will all just sit there until April! UGH!
In the past few months I’ve bought creams and butters and pomades and oils and conditioners galore and am YAY!! about using them, but if I kinky twist my hair the only things I’ll really need for the next three months are some diluted Dr. Bronners soap and some kind of spray to keep the twists and my hair moisturized. So all of those lovely Qhemet products and my new HG Condish, my beloved DevaCurl One C in the big bottle with the pump, and my Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Condish and my Afroveda Loc Twist and Roll Butter and my henna and my brand new red Denman detanging brush will just be hanging out in the linen closet for three months. Taunting me. Teasing me.
At this point I can’t really think of any other cons except that I might miss my hair. And maybe that it takes so long to put twists in. (Yes, I do them myself. Check out some of my previous blog posts). But I have a week off and I have no other real plans except for some visits with friends and cleaning my much neglected apartment and and giving my body and mind a rest after the emotional rollercoaster of the past few months, so the time commitment isn’t even really an issue.
So I guess I’ve decided. **sigh**
I’d LOVE to use a different kind of synthetic hair this time around, but I’m not sure where to go to get it. I’ll probably check out some of the hair supply stores in Harlem and see what kind of hair they have to offer. If not I’ll go back to the beauty supply behind the Manhattan Mall and pick up the hair that I used for my last few sets of twists. It’s good hair honestly. Just looking for something different.
Onto another issue. This week my scalp has been ITCHYYYYYYYY!!!! And as usual with this kind of thing I have no idea why. Let’s see if we can narrow this down.
Last weekend I did shampoo/manipulate my scalp and hair a good amount with the washing every other day, or whatever it was I thought I was doing! I also used real shampoo and not a co-wash or a lo-poo like I normally do, so that could be the culprit. Also I’ve noticed that when I am adding product to my hair after detangling and rinsing out the condish that I tend to focus on the part of my hair that are the furthest away from my scalp, because I’m like completely afraid of split ends and breakage (which I seem to be getting anyway) and hardly give the scalp any love or product at all.
When I had locs I never oiled/greased my scalp and it was never dry or flaky or itchy. there was always one section of my head that was itchy more often than any other part, and it’s something that’s always been, even when I had a relaxer. I can’t really call it the crown of my head because it’s not that high it’s really like directly in the middle of my head. The hair in that section has always been slow to grow, and very prone to breakage. It also has a very funny texture and always seems to be drier than the rest of my hair. I always take special care and attention with it and it still manages to be difficult and uncooperative with me.
I also did the Aphogee last weekend, but I am pretty positive that’s not the cause of my dry scalp. I want to say it has to do with the shampoo, the extra manipulating last weekend, and just scalp neglect on my part. Bad bad bad me.
Sorry. Rambling. Anyway, so yeah. My scalp is dry and itchy and my hair need to be washed, but I can’t do it until the weekend. I’m thinking about doing a pre-poo with some olive oil and some heat on Friday night, just to get some oils onto my hair and scalp overnight, a lo-poo and of course a deep conditioner. I’m gonna head over to Whole Foods tomorrow and pick up some of this…
Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner. The breakage I’ve been having tells me I might need to add protein into some of the products that I use and this seems like a good way to start out with a light protein and see if it’s okay for my hair. The Aphogee went well, so I’m looking for something I can use weekly and see if it will further stop the breakage. I already have to other conditioners from the AO line and love them. So I’m gonna give this one a shot.
Next post I’ll detail my washing routine and review my new Denman brush.