What’s going on with your hair girl?

Hey guys! Welcome back to my blog. It feels like forever since I last blogged here. Matter of fact, I’ve not opened the WordPress app more than 5 times since my last post on flat twist out.

I’ve been dealing with protecting my mental health and staying happy. I caught a cold at a point well, majorly just catarrh because rainy season has started here in Nigeria and it’s quite cold most nights. I also got an allergy reaction to the fumigation that was done in my house a while ago so all these have been keeping me away from blogging.

I did a lot of things to my hair while I was away but I had no motivation to blog so I’ll do that as time goes. In as much as I hate to admit it, I’ve reached the diminishing point of the energy for taking care of my hair. I’m not someone who wears her hair out a lot so it’s beginning to take a toll on me. Plus the fact that I’ve run out of products. I have only shampoo, oil and Shea butter remaining. I never run out of these three things.

It has been a struggle trying to keep my hair moisturized with just water and Shea butter. My hair would feel moisturized when damp and after that it would just get oily and unmanageable. This frustrated me a lot. Then my ends started getting raggedy and I was in need of a trim. I wanted to wait till when school resumes so I can go to my stylist in school and get it trimmed professionally but this was a matter of urgency because my hair would get tangled few hours after styling it and they felt too rough so I had to take matters into my hands and trimmed my hair myself.

While trimming my hair,I got scissors happy and took out a lot of hair. It may not seem noticeable but my hair was able to be packed (and tucked in) into 3 sections after washing my hair when it’s still shrunken but after trimming I struggled to do that.

I’ve been saying struggling a lot in this post but that’s what I’ve been going through lately. I’ve really been struggling with my hair.

Anyway, back to my hair, my sister said it’s not obvious that it’s shorter so I’ll use that to console myself but my hair just felt so shorter. Even my twists looked shorter. I don’t really mind so much because I know my hair is healthier now but I don’t want to deal with it anymore since it’s shorter and I’m struggling with managing my hair.

On that note, I got knotless braids done myself. I’ve been wanting to do this hair since last year but not many people know how to make it and the few people who know charge really outrageous prices so I got them done myself and even if I tell you I did them myself you’ll doubt it for a minute except you know I do my hair myself a lot. I’ve not visited the salon this year. All hairstyles I’ve done I did them myself. These braids are so weightless and amazing.

I don’t even want to rant too much because I’ll do a separate post on them about the pros and cons and all of that after I’ve had them in for like a month or after I take them down just so I can give you guys a detailed post comparing it to traditional box braids.

I’ll have these braids in for about 6 weeks because I’m really enjoying myself with them. I won’t want it to get to 2 months because that would be too extreme. Guys it’s okay to feel tired of your hair like me because that’s what protective styles are for but that doesn’t mean I’m neglecting my hair. My main reason for getting this braids were because I had insufficient products but with my hair in braids, spraying it with water mixed with oil every other day is okay for me because my hair is not exposed and it would retain moisture and most of all, length.

So I’m going to end this post here because I don’t want it to get extraaaa long even though it’s already long. I feel better and I’ve gotten my vibes back so I’m back to blogging frequently.

If you’ve gotten to this point, I really appreciate it.

What’s happening with your hair? I want to know!

Thanks for reading.

Stay safe guys🤗

Wash and No or Wash and Go?

What was I thinking when I picked up my eco styling gel to do a wash and go? Nothing. I clearly wasn’t thinking because for a moment I forgot I have thick thick 4c hair with hardly any visible curl pattern except when soaking wet.

Before I tried this hairstyle, I was on YouTube for a good amount of time trying to find the perfect video I could follow for 4c hair and my hair length. It’s very hard to find videos for short real 4c hair wash and go. After all the search and watching all the videos I found, I decided to do a wash and go on dry hair (was this a sensible idea?) I was trying to minimize shrinkage.

I cowashed my hair the previous night and moisturized it with a leave in conditioner and an oil. Then went to bed.

The faithful day of the wash and go came and I started off with okro gel, it didn’t clump my coils to my liking so I topped it with eco styling gel and I started getting better definition of my coils. It was a struggle to get my hair to clump properly. I alternated from shingling, to raking, to smoothing just so that my hair will act right.

I finally got it to work. I did a combination of raking and smoothing. I realized that I shouldn’t have used a leave in conditioner prior to doing the wash and go because it was flaking and creating a barrier that was not allowing the gel to clump my coils properly.

I learnt from my mistakes and next time I’ll use a water based moisturizer like a spray so that it doesn’t occur again. I’ll also start on freshly washed hair, clarified if possible because when I clarify my hair with a clay mask, my coils tend to come out from their hiding place which will be a good base for doing a wash and go.

I’ll still use the same method of raking the gel through my hair and smoothing gel through very little sections. This created a very good curl pattern for me so I’ll stick with it.

I probably won’t use eco styler the next time. It depends on if I get a new gel which I plan to.

The end result came out okay for my first time. By the time it was dry just you could only see the coils on the ends of my hair because of how thick my hair is.

Half way done
Freshly styled. You can see the first section had started shrinking already
After 2hours

So do you think this was a wash and go or wash and no? The shrinkage and struggle were real…smh.

Side note, I didn’t sleep with this style. I did flat twists and changed the look to a flat twist out.

I love how easy it is to switch up styles with natural hair. It’s so versatile. So watch this space to see how my flat twist out turned out with a nice updo I did (it may or may not be my best hairstyle yet).