I feel like it’s been a while. So what’s been going on with my coils? So my last major wash was Sun, Nov 1. After i did my hair, I looked at all the broken hair in the tub, sink and my stringy ends and my non-thick hair and I just felt sick, frustrated, angry etc. I even asked my friends if I should get sisterlocks, but that also comes with its own maintenence and commitment, so scratch that. My friend said it took 23 hrs to install her locks and then the retwisting is about every 6 weeks for 3 to 4 hrs.
Anyhow, I decided to go back to the low manipulation hair styles I was doing 2013 through mid 2014. At that time i felt like i was beginning to retain length and hair was thicker then compared to now. Maybe it’s all in my head, but i look at my old instagram pics and i see it. I feel I gave the wash and go life a fair trial of 1 year and 2 months. I still plan to do them from time to time as a treat, just not my main styling option.
Back to hair wash. On sat night, I put coconut oil on my hair overnight as a pre poo. Then sun, I applied aussie moist 3 min over it and detangled in shower (Ps this bottle of aussie moist was my first and i found it decent but didn’t wow me over tresseme, so probably wont repurchase). Next I shampooed, then applied my deep conditioner mixed with molasses, steamed for 20mins, rinsed off, and applied a new product as moisturizer and styler: camille rose coconut water style setter. I liked it except that it took forever to sink into my hair, which makes me confused about my porosity again. Am I low or high? Major SIGH.
I let my hair dry with the product as is, to see how my coils would look with a cream styler alone, ‘cos anscoils visited a professional and was told gel can be responsible for thin hair and ends in some people, whether botanical or non. However, It dried into a shrunken fluffy coilyish fro, which was ok, but didn’t fill me with joy lol.
So next, I did one of my fav go-to protective styles: chunky twist updo. Put hair in 12 twists and I trimmed the ends big time cos i just couldn’t stand the stringy ends anymore.
Yep those hairs that look like tubes (pic on the right) are all the ends of twists. The bunched hair is from my detangling.
Next, added those new crotchet Senegalese twists at the top as a faux bun. Mid week on thursday, I water rinsed and massaged my scalp, and sealed and went back into the bun. Oh yeah so till further notice, I still plan to keep hydrating by either completely saturating my hair with water mid week or ghe overnight. That is definitely one hair practice from the past year that i feel will remain beneficial. All my reading (curlygirl, mhm, tightlycurly, coilyqueens) shows that frequent saturation of hair with water helps moisture retention. I am just limiting/changing the manipulation aspect of my hair care as much as possible.
I still plan to get a professional appointment in the near future to find out things like my porosity, health of my hair etc
Thanks for reading, will keep you posted. I feel hopeful 🙂