Truth be told I’ve been mad at my hair, like properly upset. 2015 was NOT a good hair year for me at all. I was going through that stage that most naturals go through of realizing what my hair is really like and wishing that it was different (thicker, darker, longer, looser etc). I completely fell out of love with my fro and I certainly was not very good to it. Granted I lived a very hectic lifestyle that did not allow me the luxury of 8 hour long wash days but I could have at least done more baggying and protective styles than I did 🙈
I’ve finally forgiven my hair (and myself) and I have accepted that I have thin, brown, very tightly coiled, high porosity hair and I am done comparing my hair and my journey to anyone else’s. I am hopeful that 2016 will bring us more growth, length and strength.
My hair taught me a lot of “what not to do” and I am so grateful for that. That’s a post for another day but in summary I think I overdid cotton head scarves and co-washing and I under-did deep conditioning, protective styles and trimming.
Enter Operation Save the Crown:
So yesterday I embarked on Operation: Save the crown. I started by spritzing my hair with aloe vera juice and sealed that with Taji Shea Butter then I twisted my hair in medium sections…
and for the first time in two years I TRIMMED MY HAIR (eeeeeek!)
As you can see in the first picture I had Split End Central and Single Strand City on my head and it was not looking cute so I went for a 2-3cm trim and I actually liked it. My hair is soooo much easier to detangle now! I’m sold to the trimming life and in 3 months I will be at it again; the liberation is so real.
After that trim I decided to do a proper wash day using samples from the Dr Miracle’s curl care range and a Gentle Treatment repairing deep conditioner. This was a bit out of character for me given that I did not make it myself but one has to live a little every now and then 😏
I’ll review the products in another post but here are the before and after pics:
My hair felt slightly revived but not AMAZING. I followed the DC up with the boosting and defining leave in conditioner on damp hair and it was doing neither as the product was not being absorbed by my hair. I’m not sure what was happening there but then I sealed whatever moisture there was with my oil mix and Taji Shea Butter Creme then proceeded to blow dry my hair using the tension method for the first time in 2 years!
After blow drying I then flat ironed my hair at 150 degrees celsius and these were the results:
Hmmm…. Given that this was the first time in my life flat ironing my hair it probably isn’t too bad but I was expecting some serious hang time. My hair feels soft but it still is not blowing in the wind and maybe that is normal for me. I think I’ll rock this for the next few days just to see what I can do with it.
I’ll be posting pics of my various hairstyles with my blow-dried-looking-straightened-4c-hair on the blog in a few days for inspiration. Watch out for those!
Lots of Royal Hugs and Kisses
👑Princess Ofee 👑