Yup, you read that right. Hairmotional. It’s a proper word.
Hairmotional (adj.): i) of a experiencing emotions, feelings, and desires dictated by one’s hair situation. ii) spontaneous and rapid hair changes occurring with or without the intervention of the wearer of said tresses.
So, yes, for three consecutive days, I had what I think was my
hundredth first hairmotional roller coaster experience. It began when I spontaneously decided to take out my braids (finally!) at 10pm (very aware that I had an early start the next day). As it was late, instead of doing a proper wash and DC after take down, I washed with SheaMoisture black soap, oil rinsed with olive oil and conditioned with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturising Conditioner. To be honest, after take down, my hair felt awesome. There was moisture and grease. I have the previous oil rinse to thank for that.
Anyway, after cleaning the hair, I put them in bantu knots in readiness for a bantu knot out the next day. For this, I used the Naturalista Juicy Yummy leave-in conditioner and As I am twist defining cream (guys, this thing is the truth!):
I had an issue with the styling of the bantu knot out but I was quite pleased with the definition.
So it came as a huge surprise to me when at the close of work on that day, I walked into a beauty salon on my way home and asked, “can you straighten my hair?”. LOL. Before I even realised what I was doing, I was sat on a stylist’s chair and she had a blow dryer blasting heat in my hair as she brushed my curls and coils out. L O L. I got my hair straightened! It’s been a year and 2 months since my big chop and I haven’t really done any form of length check. So I’ll admit that I was quite excited to see what my hair looked like straight. I was quite impressed. I think my hair is now a tad longer than the length it was at before I began tampering with scissors.
Obviously, someone got carried away with the selfies. I guess since my brain was in vacation when I went in to get my hair straightened, it is no surprise that I did not bother to ask what was being sprayed on my hair as sections were being blown out and straightened. I didn’t ask a thing. Heat protectant? I have no idea. And now, I am slowly freaking out about the prospects of getting heat damage.
At the weekend, I went out with a few friends and danced and danced and sweated and sweated. I had my hair in an updo swept forward and to the side (unfortunately, I have no picture of this). I had hair well in my eyes with this style and in my face. However, after two hours of dancing, I realised I had no need to remove hair from my face or even my forehead. Where did my hair go?! And then I looked into the mirror:
As I write you, I am physically restraining myself from going into the shower and unleashing an avalanche of water on this hair. I’m trying to commit to this straight hair business for a week…
What have I learnt from this hairmotional roller coaster:
– As I am Twist Defining Cream is amuhzeen!
– If you ever randomly go into a salon to get your hair straightened, please at least know what it is that is going into your hair.
– My hair, from root to tip is all natural and can shrink whenever it pleases yo!
– My hair IS growing.
– I might need heat damage control, if not now, then at some point if I continue this way.
I want to hear from you guys. When have you experienced hairmotions in any form? What is the most spontaneous decision you have made regarding your hair and its care?
Till next time, be good to your hair and you.
– Mee Mee