My friend’s real camera is so much nicer than my shitty laptop webcam. *sighs*
Me, wigging out in Beshe’s “Drew” lacefront.
The challenge may be over, but I’m carrying on with keeping my ends protected the vast majority of the time. As you can see above, I do rock a wig here and there; but, these days, I mostly stick to buns + phony ponytails/phony pony puffs or my beloved headwraps.
Doing these styles is not even close to being a challenge for me, as it has just become my way of life. I find it easy and convenient to keep my hair pinned up most of the time, enjoying the length I’ve retained with the odd braidout, here and there.
As rare as a sighting of Bigfoot, BEHOLD— evidence that I do sometimes set my hair free!
I haven’t checked my length since I broke out the tape measure at the end of the 3 in 6 Challenge, but I do think I’ll do a end of 2011/beginning of 2012 set of measurements. I mean, may as well, right?
All of this is really just to give you guys a non-update, in the event even just one of you might be interested. The truth is, I’m not doing anything unique or new to my hair. Quite frankly, I’m not doing much to my hair at all.
And, not doing much to my hair has been the key to the success I’ve experienced, so I’m going to keep on with not doing much. I wash it every 2-4 weeks, depending on the style I’m rocking. I keep it moisturized. I keep it strengthened, as best I can. And, I try not to fuss with it too much, day-to-day. That’s really it. Sticking to this routine has me closing in (or quite possibly, already at) my goal of reaching mid-back length by the end of this year.
If anyone has questions or wants more specifics, just let me know in the comments, or something. I’ve also been putting off a post with my henna gloss recipe (which, honestly, has never been exactly the same twice), so I guess I should put that up, one of these days. But, feel free to hit me up with any special requests, as well. I don’t know all there is to know about ‘fros; but, I’m happy to share what I do know y’all. So, yeah. That’s all.
I’m still loving the shit out of headwraps, and rocking them at least twice a week. I daresay they are probably my favorite protective style, these days.
But, Saturday was supposed to be Hair Day, so I loaded up my hair with Vatika oil (always do this with either Vatika or regular coconut oil before a wash, to prevent/reduce hydral fatigue during the washing process). Now, when I say “loaded up,” I mean to say “shitloaded up.” Like, really, it was A LOT of oil. I’m heavy-handed. Sue me.
Anyway, some life happened— a friend in town from London, weightlifting team workout(s), epic laziness— and these factors combined to delay my planned hair washing and detangling rituals from Saturday to whenever-the-fuck. So, the Vatika pre-poo that was meant to be an hour or two on Saturday turned into a pre-poo that lasted a full two days. In the interim, I was faced with the task of carrying on with life without leaving a Vatika oil slick behind me everywhere I went. My solution?
Yep. A plastic cap + two bunk ass scarves I don’t care about (to catch any Vatika leakage from the cap) + one pretty scarf fashioned into a headwrap = the above! Pre-poo problem solved.
And, for the record, this method works for me when I end up having to go out mid-henna gloss, or what have you. I’ve been known to triple and quadruple-bag my head, if I needed to go somewhere but my hair was full of some kind of henna n’ conditioner nonsense.
All of this is to say, headwraps and turbans are The. Fucking. Best. Next time you need to do your hair shit while also doing your life shit, give the old “secret deep condish” method a try. No reason to let your hair’s needs disrupt your looking cah-yute needs.
I’m having a lot of fun with headwraps, and getting creative with mixing different colors and scarf patterns. Here is today’s again, after a slight adjustment of the grey houndstooth scarf: