Washing My Natural Hair After it's Been StraightenedBetween the October Length Check and Straightening My Own Hair posts I've had so much going on with my hair! I've gone from not knowing what to do to my hair without my cosmetologist, to deciding on wanting to wear it straight throughout the winter, all the while dealing with a very itchy scalp and a whole lot of shedding!
I wore my straightened hair for about three weeks before I decided to bring the curl back! After looking at all the hair that was shedding, I noticed I had a lot of split ends. I've never had issues with split ends, but after my little debacle with trying to blow dry, stretch, and straighten my hair, I'm not surprised.
I was past due for a wash, so I decided to take the time to super deep condition and moisturize my hair. Here are the steps and products I used:
Influance Natural Oil
|Washed & Conditioned|
2. Distribute the deep conditioner throughout the hair and detangle.
4. Rinse the deep conditioner out then spray leave-in conditioner all over the hair before massaging and distributing the oil throughout the hair.
5. Divide the hair into small sections to be twisted.
|Unpinned & Untwisted|
7. Apply the gel and twist the section tightly. (I flat twisted the front sections of my hair and two-strand twisted the back sections.)
8. I used a combo of these two methods (How To Get Your Best Twist Out Ever & How To Stretch Twists Frizz-Free) to stretch my twists.
9. The next morning I unpinned and untwisted my twists and got these results --->
|Second Day Look|
Usually once the twist out starts frizzing out, I 'fro it up. I do that by combining hair into larger sections and making larger twists at night, which results in a frizzier, larger, afro looking twist out. But I'm trying to become more versatile with this hair thing, so I decided to retwist my hair thinking it would only take a few minutes. It didn't. It took an hour!!
After a few days, I feel like my hair is more moisturized than it was when it was straight. I did a little research on how to "fix" split ends, but I think my method will be sufficient until I can get to my cosmetologist. I'm still shedding a lot, which I'm hoping is seasonal shedding. Last but not least, I haven't been scratching as much. I guess you have to give some to get some.
As far as inspiration, I like Naptural85's YouTube channel. Her channel shows her journey from beginning (TWA) to now and the transformation is amazing. Her channel was one of the reasons I wanted to keep a log of my journey with my hair. I want to be blown away by the progress I've made! You can tell she's learned many things over time, so the recent videos are more helpful for me. However, I can't use a lot of the styles she does now because her hair is so long.
This is step one! I'm hoping to get more wonderful ideas from all sources of social media outlets because the styles are out there; the YouTube channels, IG, and FB accounts are all out there...showcasing styles that are easy to do at home. With time, effort, and an honest, earnest try...I'll be a versatile, do-it-yourself hair-stylist!!