Last week, I shared my experience with Nazuri Curls Afro Kinky Curly extensions. You can read it over here.
It was all rainbows and butterflies in that post, so after yesterday’s very teek struggle, it’d be unfair if I didn’t come to share this as well. It was a truly deadly day.
I took down my weave on Monday evening.
I threw it into a bag, planning to attend to it on Tuesday, Washday.
Tuesday arrived. Somewhere during my fro’s henna treatment, I washed the extensions with sulfate free shampoo. I generously rubbed my Deep Conditioner of the day (man shanu, more about this later) over the hair and wrapped it in two plastic bags, leaving it to deep condition overnight.
So, Wednesday afternoon, after waking up from my long off-and-on Independence Day sleep, I went to rinse the man shanu out of my weave with conditioner. Imagine my wonderment when I noticed all the meshing and matting going on. Man shanu has very good slip, by the way.
See. When I got the hair, I had questions so I was mailed a Maintenance Guide and there I was advised to make a wig out of it because:
Despite the “strong recommendation”, I wore it in a weave, because I’m a baddo. I was finger detangling, co-washing, I thought it wasn’t as problematic as I was warned. Besides, I was pineappling every night, right?
This is not the hair’s fault though. When I fixed it, I didn’t want to cut it up anyhow, so only the shortest length was cut. Because I had a lot of hair to use, at the back, the weave was folded into two and sewn like that. You know how a bundle of weave comes rolled up in one straight line? Yes, I didn’t want to cut it, so we folded each line over to sew and then kept that going. I hope you get the picture.
During my detangling sessions, I avoided the points at which the weave was sewn, because I did not want to disturb the thread. I thought this was okay, well it wasn’t. The hair in the places I’d doubled the weave over were meshed together, and in the back, my curls had loc’d themselves!! LOL 😦
I had no words, yo. I just sat down on the edge of my bath tub, poured conditioner all over, and started detangling for my life.
Finger detangling was a joke. I had to abandon my fingers for a wide toothed comb, and when that was also proving to be a long thing, I brought my little denman brush into the arena. I brushed
viciously, the hair wasn’t yielding to any lesser force. I spent about 4 hours 30 minutes to detangle and do one last co-wash, so I can’t say I exerted too much force. Ah mean, look at all the time I took.
Time was spent, my back ached, I lost a scary amount of hair in the process lol but miraculously, I still have a lot of hair to work with another time.
I finished off by spreading the hair on 5 hangers, and rubbing a little Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream. I ran my fingers through it as I did this, and they went through so easily like they did when the hair first arrived. #winning #won
They’re drying off as I write, and I feel very proud of my work, haha! Though I brought this struggle upon myself. 😦
I love these extensions, I do! But I underestimated them, I must say. I’m definitely making a wig next, and even then I’ll pay more attention to detangling because clearly this time, I did not do enough.
So my sistren. Investing in these Afro Kinky Curly extensions, a wig is the best way to go oh. Then clip-ins. A weave last.
If you do a weave though, stay woke, don’t make the same mistakes I made, and you should be alright.
I write about my screw-ups so you don’t have to. Trust me, you do not want to suffer the suffer I suffered today. 😛