Maybe I’ll read.
So I’ve had my box braids for almost 2 months now and I have no intentions on taking them down for another month or so (I’m lazy and in law/business school and I aint got time for my transitioning hair right now).
About a month after having my braids, it was time for a touch-up around the edges (I highly recommend touching up your hair to avoid too much pulling on your baby hairs). So I went to this lady that was recommended to me. She only charged $30 and the braiding place where I got my braids done wanted $60. Chile please, I’m not paying you $60 to do like 20 braids! Bye! So I let this lady do it. Well, she didn’t do the greatest of jobs. They were squiggly just like the ones I did and I had to PAY HER! smh.
So now that it’s creeping up on another month, it’s that time again. The braid that I redid above actually fell out and I could not walk around with a little afro at the front of my head so I decided I would check out youtube to learn how to redo the braid myself. What I found out is that it is MUCH easier than I imagined!! Here’s the video that helped me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPR1x3ovjKk . A lot of the videos I kept seeing were showing people doing braids on someone else. This one shows you how to do them on YOURSELF.
After I finished braiding my hair, I soaked it in boiling water, but it began to unravel. What I also found out is that you have to feather the braid and make it raggedy like I did in the above pic in order for it to not unravel. I used this video to show me how to do that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq7CfTGrK_A.
I have a few braids that need some touching up, so I’m taking it slow and doing a couple a day. This is SO much easier and more convenient than
having to go and pay someone every time a braid falls out. Now would I do my whole head? HELL NO. But for touch-ups, this’ll do just fine.
I hope this helps someone! :)
Talk about shrinkage. One year and my hair is almost completely grown out! I can’t believe it. Still some relaxed ends on the top and outer edges, but other than that, the transition is almost complete! Everyone keeps telling me to just cut it off but I caaaaan’t! Let me live/love my life!
I just got a trim so I’ll probably get another one at the end of May (which should be the last one) and get my box braaaaiids. I’ll probably keep those in for about 3 months and then let my hair be wild and free!
There are about a million things I should be doing right now (like reading for class tomorrow) but I wanted to post something personal since it’s been a while! :)
So I’ve been here in DC for almost 3 months! Wooo this time has flown! School is awesome, crazy, overwhelming, and sooo many more things and I am so grateful for it all. Anytime I start to feel some type of way about everything, I just remember that God put this on my heart to do and that I have to obey him and follow through with the plan that He has for my life. I wouldn’t have it any other way! :)
DC is cool so far. It’s not just overwhelmingly great like everyone told me it would be. It’s probably due to the fact that I’m always at school or always somewhere studying and rarely have time to enjoy my surroundings. I can say…the food here does not even come close to what I’m used to :( I’m so fat lol smh.
One thing I can say is that it is GORGEOUS here. Autumn is BEAUTIFUL. It’s been a good 70 degrees the last couple of days, the trees are changing colors, there’s an actual breeze, and I can put my convertible top down! :D Omg and there are deer everywhere, especially around the school. They’re so cute and I wanna take one home lol
Of course I have to have some sort of hair/beauty thing to say though lol….A lot of people here are natural which I have NO problem with (why would I?) but lawd, when I say that people will look at you crazy if you say anything about a relaxer…! lol People assume that my hair is natural when I rarely ever do any textured hairstyle and when my hair is usually straight or in a bun…why do they assume that then?!….Because my hair is healthy lol…What is the deal with so many people thinking that you can’t have healthy relaxed hair? This baffles me and I still haven’t gotten an answer. I take very good care of my RELAXED hair. I actually gave myself a relaxer BY MYSELF for the very first time last night and my hair is just fineee! People were actually trying to convince me not to do it! lol I’ve said this once and I’ll say it again…what I do with my hair has NOTHING to do with ANYONE ELSE. Sheesh! lol Like I would say maybe 75% of the women at my school are natural, no joke. 75% of the women in DC period are natural probably lol…All I can say is “To each his own” and if you know what you’re doing with your hair whether natural or relaxed, then do what you do and don’t worry about what anyone else has to say because I don’t. I’d probably be half bald headed, with highlights, and layers, and a whole bunch of other mess if I did lol.
My hair has grown a pretty good amount since I’ve been here, but I still have to get a trim =/ I’m going to have to find someone here to do it because I don’t want to wait until Christmas when I get back to the H. I hope they don’t chop my hair off and then have to call the Po Pos on me. We shall see.
Finals are around the corner, but I usually just sleep when I have free time, but I’ll try to update this more until final time…dun dun dun…
Hope all is well with everyone! God Bless!
Quick but LOUD video of someone trimming their ends. I have layers in the front of my hair, so I’ll def have to watch for that. Looks pretty easy and it all turned out even. I just don’t know how I’m going to bring myself to putting scissors on my own head! The horror!
A video on how to relax your own hair. This video was pretty good, short, and straight to the point. The only thing I’m not sure about it relaxing the top part of the hair first. That’s where my scalp is most sensitive so I’ll most likely relax going from the back/bottom to the top/front. My mom told me to practice with conditioner to get my speed up which I’ll most likely be doing next week.
Since I’m moving to DC, I’m going to have to learn how to do my own hair COMPLETELY. My mom is a hairstylist so she relaxes, colors, and trims my hair but the every day/week/month maintenance, I’ve always done myself. Well now that I’m leaving, I’m gonna have to learn how to relax, color, and trim my hair myself.I REFUSE to pay those ridiculous prices in DC to do something that I feel I can most likely do myself. A lot of time, hairstylists will do what THEY wanna do to your hair instead of what you want them to do…especially when scissors are involved. SMH. I have to get on my mom about only trimming and not cutting my hair every time! lol
I’m going to post videos from YouTube that I find that are helpful in case anyone else needs help with this too.
So after looking over past pictures, I’ve noticed that I’ve had little to no progress of growth in my hair in the last months. I’ve thought about some of the things that I’ve changed in my regimen that might have caused this and the main that I changed was that I started stretching out my relaxers and because of that I wasn’t getting my ends trimmed as often. The last time I got a relaxer, it has been about 17 weeks and the time before that was 12 weeks. I was used to going every 8-10 weeks and every time I would go, I would get a trim.
I think the main thing that hurts me is that my hair (like most people) doesn’t grow evenly. Even though, I have little to no split ends, my hair was still uneven all over so when my mom trimmed my ends to even them out after not having a relaxer in over 4 months, after relaxing my newgrowth and trimming my uneven ends, my hair evened out! SMH. That was at least two inches of growth gone and lost.
I’m really upset about it since I thought that by stretching my relaxers out, I was doing something good for my hair, I’ve learned that it does not work for me. From now on, I think I’ll get relaxers every 9-10 weeks. 10 weeks being the absolute MAXIMUM and getting my ends trimmed every time I get a relaxer.
I’ve seen the whole “stretching your relaxer” thing work out for some people, but the way my wild hair grows…like some crazy weeds…it just won’t work. I’ve been doing a lot of trial and error on my hair and skin and I’ve come to the conclusion that I had the magic formula for both a looong time ago and should just stick to it. I just like to try new things, but I’ll leave “new things” for food, music, fashion and extracurricular activities and leave my hair and my skin alone! Lol