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My Curly Girly Life

My Hair Tid Bits

I have a thick head of hair. Whoda Thunk? Not that my hair was on the thin side when it was permed, it was full, but I don’t think it could be classified as thick. That’s exciting. Could I be on my way to disrespectfully BIG hair???

My actual hair strands are super fine though, but they are densely packed on my head making it thick. I guess I can see why my Grannie permed my hair in the first place. It wasn’t exactly common when I was little to saturate hair with water and conditioner before a good detangling session. And to get through this right here? Without water?? Yea… No go. I wouldn’t dare try it.

I’ve also see that the my edges are a tad spacey on the left side of my head. I believe it’s from when I was wrapping my straight hair before bed. For those who don’t know, wrapping your hair is when you comb/brush your hair around your head kind of like a beehive in order to preserve the straightness of the hair. I religiously wrapped my hair every night.  I would wrap my hair from the left side swooping to the right and around my head. Thinking back, I remember my edges on that side being sore; like at the actual follicle level. I was causing stress in that area because I was going against the grain (brushing it upward) constantly thus, irritating the follicles. It was especially sore right after I got a retouch because my scalp had been stripped of all oils so it was super dry and my hair was not immediately pliable. But as my head accumulated sebum and I oiled my scalp, the soreness eventually subsided and didn’t hurt again until the next retouch. This was a cycle. I hadn’t noticed the damage until now. I’m surprised at how I have any edges at all between me wrapping my hair and me rocking my everyday ponytail.

Any who, back to my natural hair. Here is the run down–

About my hair and how I care for it:

  • I don’t have “a curl” <— I get this question ALL the time. I assume they’re talking about a Jheri Curl… I’ve only had a perm to straighten my hair and I’ve had them continuously since I was around 5-7 years old. I got retouches every 3-4 months. I’ve been chemical independent since summer 2011 and I big chopped Febuary 15, 2012!
  • I have microscopically thin individual strands with a small amount of medium strands scattered throughout. I have a lot of these individual strands though, making my hair thick.
  • I do not manipulate my hair at all while dry! If want to use my fingers to make a part, or bobby pin a piece here or there, I mist my hair with water. I definitely don’t detangle (finger or otherwise) if it’s not sopping wet and slathered with conditioner.
  • I re-wash and go mostly everyday. If I skip a day, I revitalize the bedhead look by squirting my hair with my nifty spray bottle-o-water, then I might follow up with Shea Moisture Curl and Shine Mist. I rarely go no more than 2 days without completely redoing my hair.
  • I find that I cannot use rinse out conditioners as leave in’s as they lather/froth and, most time, leave a white cast in my hair after it dries (which can take 8-10 hours!). I use conditioners/creams/puddings especially specified to be used as a leave in with the exception of some deep conditioners, such as CJ Curl Rehab.
  • Avoid glycerin as the Florida climate I live in doesn’t allow for it. The dew points are 70 and above right now!
  • I’m not protein sensitive – I don’t avoid them in the regular amounts in regular products. I don’t do protein treatments, though.
  • I have not used silicones in my routine, though I can see the benefits others have with them. I haven’t had any issues retaining moisture, so I don’t need it as a sealer. Detangling is pretty easy using a slippery conditioner, so I don’t need it as a detangler. Also, I only shampoo every other week, so they could cause build up or block moisture until I thoroughly cleanse my hair again.
  • Extremely afraid of heat and heat damage. I’ve had straight hair all my life and at this time I have no desire to straighten or see any lengh.

Challenges:

  1. Issue: Spacey left sided edges Intervention: Apply jojoba oil on edges at night to create a barrier between the band on my bonnet and my hair: It could cause more damage because it sits and rubs right on my edges. Also, no pulled back styles (I have a TWA… Not that hard!).
  2. Issue: Prevent whiteness from leave in’s Intervention: Avoid frothy rinse out conditioners. Use a creamier, slightly heavier leave in, like ones specifically made to be left in.
  3. Issue: Reverse whiteness post product application Intervention: *insert Homer – Doh! here* I’m not sure how to go about doing that yet.

That’s all I have for now. I will add/delete/check off/modify as things change.

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