My hurrr is 10 weeks post and I’m starting to feel it. Not because my new growth is unmanageable but because my hair is starting to do what it do: show signs of dryness and breakage, tangles at the root and single strand knots along the shaft. I normally touch up around 10 weeks but I am trying to last a little longer this time around. I’m slated to be on business travel at some point within the next six months. Therefore, I’m practicing longer stretches should I get caught on the road with beyond 10 weeks hair.
My hair was feeling awesome last week but that came to a halt after wearing my wig. I believe the stocking cap sucked all the moisture out of my hair. It definitely didn’t help that I skipped my mid-week wash so may hair got even drier. SN: I’ve now changed to using a satin du-rag under my wigs so all is right with the world on that front.
I was a little uncertain what type of pampering to give my hair because of the dryness but I finally decided on the following:
Pre-poo: 30 minutes pre-poo without heat with Nutiva extra virgin coconut oil.
Protein: I debated skipping protein but ended up using SheScentIt Okra Reconstructor on dry, uncleansed hair for 10 minutes. I applied it to the mid-length and ends only. I stay away from the roots when new growth is present. My new growth is strong on its own. Adding protein just makes the new grow even stronger which weakens the line of demarcation even further.
Cleanse: I used Redken Cleansing Cream to clarify/chelate my hair. It was time!
Deep Condition: I revisited Annabelle’s Perfect Blends BlueBerry Cheesecake and I of course added in my usual spoonfuls of honey and extra virgin olive oil. I finally whipped out the steamer and steamed for 30 minutes.
Assessment: My hair felt amazing upon rinsing and while air drying but the foolishness kicked in after my hair was fully dry. For several weeks now, the tangles close to the root has picked up pace. I suppose I can thank my new growth for that. I’m also getting more instances of pesky single strand knots. I always end up cutting them because I have no patience to detangle the knot with a safety pin as I’ve seen some suggest and/or do. Over time, snipping single strands knots and split ends take a toll on the hemline. Therefore, it’s a must that I find ways to minimize both.
I definitely feel that I have met my protein threshold and will slack off on the protein going forward. I know I’ve said that before but I really mean it this time. You know how I was complaining my hair felt coarse and protein-like in the prior weeks? Well, I was totally right but wrong. While my hair felt coarse, I now know it definitely was balanced hair. What I’m now feeling is unbalanced hair. My hair lacked elasticity which wasn’t the case a few weeks back.
Fast Forward: I baggyed a few times since wash day and my hair is feeling much better. Wash day was Sunday and the pictures for this post were taken Tuesday night. Overall, I’m pleased (now).
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