The Washday Experience: Making the Best of What You Have

Hey guys!

It’s Monday, it’s a new week, a new month, and I’m excited. I have a very good feeling about the month of March, and I’m extra extra excited for Naturals in The City 10, happening on Saturday! I hope I’ll be seeing you! ^.^

The theme for this meet-up is Making The Best of What You Have and this morning, I realised with gladness that I successfully did quite a bit of improvising last week, with my hair and in the kitchen.

I washed my hair last Monday, intending to twist it when I had more time, at the end of the week. I didn’t want to manipulate my hair in any way, so I spent the week in my mother’s pashminas. I wrapped as my spirit led me and it led me to tie two new styles that I quite liked. My regular Turban style doesn’t look so good when my hair is flattened.

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Fake-Serious. I was going to a meeting.

Sunny Saturday & I was feeling bright!

Sunny Saturday & I was feeling bright!

By Saturday, I was ready to twist but I could not. My hair smelled a little stale (EWWW lol) From going out into the hot sun with my head wrapped tight, and being indoors with a satin bonnet on and no AC (thank you, PHCN!), my hair had not had much space to breathe. I am determined to carry these twists for at least 4 weeks, so twisting slightly unclean hair just doesn’t sound right even though I’d still wash my hair while wearing the twists.

So. What To Do??

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My Hair Last Week

Hello beautiful people!

How are things?

Good?

Yay. Awesome!

Remember when I said I would try to start styling my hair? Last week, I took baby steps in this direction.

I’m not bored of my fro or anything, it’s just that- my hair tangles. A LOT. And I like the fro fluffed to perfection, or as much as I can manage before I get tired, which is really about 13 minutes tops and I cannot be gentle ALL the time. My obsessive detangling leaves me with a considerable amount of broken hair. After combing, the fro does not look like it’s missing anything but sometimes when I multiply the sight of the hair left in my comb by 7, for the 7 days of the week, it makes me a little weak.

So this week was different.

I finger-detangled for the most part.

Before bed, I finger-detangled and moisturised my hair and put it in chunky twists.

Calabar :p

Calabar :p

I think keeping my hair in twists Saturday- Monday and the big twists on other nights helped me retain moisture because:

I only needed to use a leave-in every two days. Water spritzes in the mornings in between were fine.

The twists also helped my hair stay stretched.

AND because I did them at night, I didn’t need to spend a lot of time on my hair in the mornings.

I didn’t really use a comb. I needed it to fluff out my hair after the twist out, and for Fro-day, but I did not use it as much and altogether, I did not lose a troubling amount of hair.

Enough of the talk-talk now, I’m just going to show you the pictures. We can also play a game of guess the filter lol a little editing was necessary, to make me feel better about these photos ( ._.)

Saturday: my Aunt twisted my hair for me after a co-wash.

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Monday: As at Sunday night, the plan was to wear a scarf but I woke up feeling confident about my twists.

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I went to work like this y’all.

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Tuesday: I undid the twists on my way to work.

I think this is what they call curl definition lol

I think this is what they call curl definition lol

Then I combed out a little, when I got to work. I had a bit of a twist-out, and improvised with hair combs- I used three to make a head band. Then I put a fake flower in.

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Hair combs and flower from Fashion Strings.

What do you think? Is a flower unprofessional? Maybe I’ll have the answer to this question soon, when I get a real job.

Wednesday: Woke up and really didn’t feel like undoing my chunky twists. Solution? Headwrap!

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Thursday: Hmmm, what do I call this? *Face palm*

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Friday: the twa was out to play.

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So, the week wasn’t very pretty lol but it’s a start. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. I’m so happy I got to achieve my short term goal for the week and forget about the comb!

Tip: Like me, keep a scarf close. You may have the courage to stick to your style throughout the day, but there’s something mind resting about knowing you have options.

I didn’t have a plan for Thursday’s hair. I just twisted and tucked and whatever. It was somehow at some point, and my supervisor said she preferred my texture from Tuesday lol. Well, that was nice but Thursday texture was my kinky hair at its kinky best so I just decided to shrug my worries off and enjoy it.

But that’s an idea though. I should stretch a twist out for one day more in future by holding it up in a similar fashion.

I give myself an A for effort, just because I can ( ._.)

LOL

Styling short hair can be a little daunting, especially natural hair because of shrinkage. Do you or did you style your short hair? Care to share a secret or two?

Till next time,

Love,

AB

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