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So I dropped the ball again, being lazy. I wore this bun for 3 weeks. Big mistake. Anyway, I got through it. With another trim. Because despite using my fingers to remove shed hair, the tangles were just too much. So now I’m measuring about 12 inches all around. I know for sure the split ends are at least 85% gone, it’s just the single strand knots that (rain or shine) magically appear on the ends. This is what has me contemplating chemical straightening but I know I’ll regret it. Especially if the fall out isn’t over yet. I try hard not to be attached to my hair despite the years it took to grow it as long as I did before I gave birth. Looks like I’ll be rocking my own hair for a while. Anyway, here’s the regimen (more-so I don’t forget):
• Parting (2”x2” thick) pieces of hair, remove shed hair with fingers (dry hair) + stretch it out and run fine tooth comb along last few inches until it stops + trim right above the comb (it was 2-3 inches for me)
• remove shed hair with fingers (dry hair) + section hair into 4 with clips
• Rinse and shampoo the roots bringing the suds down the length (section by section) + squeeze out excess water
• Remove shed hair with fingers (damp hair) + apply deep conditioner and twist sections
• Process (I was tired and left it overnight)
• Rinse out conditioner (in twists) + wrap in T-shirt (to soak up excess water)
• Apply oil spray (peppermint oil) to scalp (in between twists)
• Unravel one twist at a time, remove shed hair with fingers (again, damp hair) + apply hair cream and Shea butter from ends to roots and braid (plaits).
• Air dry (overnight + next day)
• Unravel braids + wear it up or down
So, after finger detangling 4 times, I decided to buy a detangling (aka knock-off Denman) brush. If I’m going to continue the effort to maintain this mane, I might as well use some sort of tool. Just to get through it faster. And so my braid outs look like the crochet extensions… lol.
- I’m now measuring 12 inches. Did I already mention that?
- Shampoo: Eden Bodyworks, Peppermint Tea Tree Natural Shampoo, $8.47 (8oz) at Amazon
- Oil Spray: Eden Bodyworks, Peppermint Tea Tree Natural Hair Oil. $8.28 (4oz) at Amazon
- Deep Conditioner: Miche, Indulge Deep Conditioner, $20.00 (8oz) at their website
- Styling Cream: Miche, Bounce Curl Defining Cream, $22.00 (8.5oz) at their website
- Edge Control: Curls, Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste, $9.99 (4oz) at Amazon
- Cantu Detangle Ultra Glide (aka Knockoff Denman) Brush, $7.95 at Amazon
- So I Love this deep conditioner! Smells like airhead candy, same as the styling cream, Results are phenomenal (moisturizing), and somehow I only used half of the 8oz jar (could be because I have slightly less hair) so I get two uses out of it which is a plus!
- I Love the shampoo! Wish I tried this brand out sooner, and the oil. I love the light, tingly feeling on my scalp with both products, and the shampoo doesn’t leave my hair stripped (which I have never experienced with a shampoo before).
- I’ve been using this same jar of edge control for a few years now off and on. I love the results when the weather isn’t so humid. It works best in dry weather. And it smells juicy!
- I think my braid out results will be even better once I use the “Denman” brush to remove 100% of the shed hair.
It’s important to me to document this journey, as I’ve never experienced my hair falling out before. And I’d like a reference so I know what to expect the next time around (if there is a next time). Check out my First Hair Post.
Hopefully I can deep condition again before the month is out.
signing out, Aren.