Monday, 15 April 2013

Week 16 and Still Going Strong

Another weekend has come and gone by, and I managed to fight the temptation to go for a relaxer touch up. I'm now 16 weeks post and considering whether i should just transition to natural. Anyway I will take that under consideration after I complete my 24 week stretch.

This week I have been lazy. I didn't wash my hair. All I did was moisturize and seal before plaiting my hair at night. It actual makes my mornings easier since i spend less time getting ready for work (WIN!!!). This week I am abandoning my hairbands for my ribbons. Yep, its ponytails all the way until I get tired. I must admit its an easier way to deal with my growth. I'm still just detangling using my fingers, I haven't tried to get close to a comb in a while (another win). However, I saw some ends breaking off... I need to do something before its a full blown disaster.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Random Post... and a great link

So today work is pretty slow. Our head office is on holiday which means most of the planned teleconferences were cancelled. Most of the people in my office are out, and I had completed most of my tasks yesterday, leaving me today bored.

So I decided to google African Hair Blogs and see what came up. A lot came up. I saw a few of my old faves, like the African Hair blog. I also revisited some natural hair blogs (since my hair is now acting more natural than relaxed). Then I discovered an interesting blog by accident. Its called Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care and was started by a white lady (yes, white) who adopted a black daughter and is sharing her experiences with other mums out there. I learnt a lot from her blog, and by the way her daughter has such amazing long natural hair that almost makes me want to cut off my relaxed ends (almost, not quite). Its got interesting information, even for relaxed black women. After all, Afro hair is Afro hair at the end of it.

As I mentioned earlier, my hair is just acting natural ever since I took out my sew in. Maybe its the growth, maybe its the humidity in Dar es Salaam or maybe its both, but its making my hair hard to deal with. After all, I am the lazy one who relaxed her hair coz she couldn't rely on her big brother to always comb out her afron. So I will use the hair bands I bought on Good Friday (thank Allah for impulse buys) as my styling tools until I cave (hopefully at the end of May) and get my relaxer touch up done. I tried to do a twist out this morning (major fail, the twists were too big and too damp) so I ended up tucking in my ends under a head band (with polka dots!!!!) before coming in to work.

That's it for my random post :)

Monday, 8 April 2013

Week 15 post relaxer

I finally took out my weave on Friday. I was so happy to just let my hair be... But getting there was a struggle.

It took me hours to just get the weave out and undo the tracks since my hair had gotten knotted up with the weave hair. I started at around 8pm after I got home from work, and I finished undoing everything at around 5.45am on Saturday morning. After I had undone and detangled my hair, I applied olive oil and covered with my shower cap before finally going to bed.

When I woke up later on Saturday, I started by brewing tea to do a black tea rinse. My hair was a bit mushy (I over moisturized under the weave) so I needed to get it stronger. I first got my hair wet before I shampooed with my protein shampoo (to balance out the mushy, limp hair). I only applied shampoo to the roots and scalp, then when I rinsed, the runoff cleaned my ends. I then did my black tea rinse (3 ordinary tea bags brewed in a large cup). I let the tea rinse sit for 3 minutes before rinsing it out and then I applied my deep conditioner. I covered my head for about 40 minutes, before detangling with my fingers and rinsing out. Then I did an ACV rinse (one part vinegar to 5 parts water). I let the diluted ACV sit for another 3 minutes before rinsing with cool water. I wrapped my hair in a thirst and left it to air dry.

Then I realized that I had made a mistake. My hair is 15 weeks post, which meant it had started tangling while drying. So I decided to grab some wool and do my mabhanzi (I really can't describe this, but I have put a picture below). I had to part and detangle my hair with my fingers to make sure that it wouldn't break. I spent my weekend in my mabhanzi, and this morning before work I took them out, sprayed my moisturizer (Dark and Lovely conditioning braid spray) and pulled my hair back with a headband. My hair looks pretty big today... Pics of my hair today also below

Btw, the first 2 pics are of my hair in the mabhanzi, then the rest are of my hair today at work

Monday, 1 April 2013

Weekly Update

Happy Easter. I had a great weekend recharging at my mama's place. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to wash my hair under my weave *sigh*. Anyway, I will be taking out the weave next weekend (I would have spent 4 weeks with the weave). In the meantime, I will just moisturize with my special mix everyday, until the weekend when I will undo my hair, detangle, prepoo overnight, wash and deep condition.

So today I did one of my favorite things, shopping. Since I just got paid, I decided to go shopping for my kitchen and my hair. I was super excited today when I found the Dark and Lovely Braids Conditioning Spray in Shopper's Supermarket Mikocheni. It has no mineral oil at all, and the two major ingredients are water and glycerin. I immediately snatched up a bottle, although I was now thinking maybe I should have bought more. Another find I made at the supermarket was the Dark and Lovely Anti-Breakage Relaxer for Regular Hair that I bought. My hair is now almost 14 weeks post relaxer, and I would normally be getting my relaxer done at around this time. But since one of my goals this year is to try stretch my relaxer for longer, I will just keep the kit on standby until I feel like I cannot deal with my growth. But as I said before, I want to try to get my relaxer done the week before my birthday (which is in June) so I can rock my hopefully longer hair then. I still had plenty of ACV,EVOO and Castor oil, so I didn't buy more. However, I am considering buying aloe juice too.

I'm trying to change my diet too. I am not a big fan of fruit and veg, but I got potatoes, sweet potatoes and apples to get the ball rolling on getting some of my vitamins. I'm also trying to drink more water, so instead of flavored milk, I bought water. I also have some fruit juice to help out with my vitamin situation. I'm also trying to reduce my cola intake, but it will be extra hard since I work at a beverage company.

Until my next post HHJ