Ekene here. Shenehneh’s gone. I took my weave out last Friday because I could not take it anymore. Weaves are my least favourite hair thing to do because I feel separated from my scalp, like I can’t do much and it itches like hell.
After three weeks away from the sun and hair food, my hair was so dry and brittle. It was stretched out, not tangled but I did not comb. Combing natural hair when it’s dry is not a good idea. Don’t do it! In this state, it is so prone to breakage- and I was definitely not going to try that because the hair looked as dry as it felt. I was especially troubled by the fact that I had broken hair in my hand and I had not even combed! I felt like I had to get my hair back asap!
THE PLAN: Conditioning, Protein, Conditioning. Oh, did I already say Conditioning?
Healthy hair is all about having that moisture-protein balance. 90% of each strand on your hair is protein. In addition to keeping your hair moisturised, you have to make sure it’s getting enough protein. When your hair is weak, breaking a lot, that’s a sign that you need protein. But not too much though- too much could also leave your hair looking dull or very hard O_o, so I’ve heard. I’v got silk amino acids in my daily moisturiser so I won’t be doing any extra special treatment like I did in this post with the egg and mayo until I’m having wahala again.
Generally, your hair needs protein but your hair’s extra special needs should be considered before choosing a particular protein treatment just so you don’t spend money on a product you don’t really need. If your hair is really damaged, breaking more than usual, you might need a product like ApHogee 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor. Keratin they say, is strengthening. I’m trying to make the lengths of my posts more manageable, and today’s post isn’t really about protein so here’s a link to this post on Curly Nikki about choosing the right protein treatment for your hair.
I feel like my posts are too wordy sometimes and I really want to be very very clear, so I’m going to be numbering my points as I tell you what I did.
FRIDAY: DEEP CONDITIONING BAGGIE METHOD
1. I settled down and divided my hair into sections. It’s good to deal with your hair in sections.
This way you can trust that you’re not wasting your time. You won’t be overlooking any part of your hair, you’d be focused in your application of product.
2. Section by section, I put coconut oil on my scalp and hair and then quite a lot of Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Moisturising Conditioner. Probably more than I needed but I was just so frantic!
I did this because my hair was in serious need of some deep conditioning and I was going to wash the next day, so I also wanted to pre-poo. So this was like a combo. Next time, I might put the conditioner first and then the coconut oil after, to seal. Now that I think about it, it seems like the better way to do this.
3. Having conditioner in my hair, I combed gently and lost even more hair. 😦
4. Then I covered my hair with a shower cap for the rest of the night and went to bed like that.
This is all there is to the Baggie method. Moisturise, put in your conditioner/oils/whatever- then put a plastic bag over your head- to keep your product locked in to work on your head overnight, assisted by your body heat. It could be a polythene bag, shower cap, my friend says she uses cling film- sha a bag that’s made from plastic that’s big enough to cover your head.
SATURDAY: PROTEIN AND LEAVE-IN
I woke up with a big circle on my pillow case. The shower cap wasn’t slacked or anything, it just happened that some of the stuff had found its way down the back of my neck. So don’t be surprised about this when you decide to do the baggie.
My hair was not as dry as it was the night before, but it was still not how I wanted it to be.
- I co-washed to get Friday’s baggie mix out of my hair.
- I mixed a simple protein treatment in a bowl- an egg, some mayo and a little olive oil- put it on my hair and sat under a hooded dryer for about forty minutes (first time in a long time!)
3. Washed out the egg and mayo with shampoo (still using my Aloe + Coconut Clay Bar).
4. Conditioned and combed out
I felt better at this point, but I still wasn’t there yet.
So I pulled out my Cantu Shea butter Leave-In Conditioner and Repair Cream from the corner I’d left it in since I got the Creamy hair lotion. It can be used for daily styling as well as a leave-in. I’d love to try a silicone free leave-in sha.
- I worked a generous amount of it into my damp hair
- Covered it with a shower cap
- Yuuuup. Baggie again.
The instructions on the cream said to do it overnight. I wore the shower cap from 1pm till I couldn’t take it anymore, at about 7pm (true true, your body heat works when your scalp is covered with plastic. The heat cannot escape), this is the same as 6 hours of sleep at night, no? Yes.
Was everything okay now? Yes. Not 100 but yes my hair felt like mine again. I did no more but cover it with my satin bonnet when I was ready to sleep and on Sunday, I went about my normal simple routine as usual.
I felt like a champion! Got my hair back! It has been so good to have my fro back. Fairy knots are back too. Sigh. Is it even possible to not have any? I’m still trying to figure these guys out.
Be good guys.
The next post won’t be too far behind.