So, I spent an entire Friday evening taking all of the afro twists down. Normally they would have stayed in longer, but some were trying to loc since I didn't have time/funds to have the edges redone and I was tired also of wearing headbands and scarves. Anyhoo, I took them down. That same night, I treated my hair to a bentonite clay mask.
I had tried the bentonite mask before and didn't like it, but this time I basically used a recipe that one of my FB friends used and I loved it.
My recipe mods:
equal parts bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar
tea tree oil
* she added rosemary oil but I didn't have that
Mix and apply. Leave on for about 15-20 minutes and thoroughly rinse.
After the treatment, I applied hair cholesterol, put on a conditioning cap and went to bed. But not before mixing up a fresh batch of henna. Yep, two different treatments in the same weekend to satisfy two different purposes.
On Saturday, I applied the henna right on top of the cholesterol that was in my hair. I left it on for about 4 hours, rinsed it out, shampooed and deep conditioned as usual.
Now the question was: What am I going to do with my hair?
Thankfully, CurlyNikki shared a video of a hair bun tutorial for 4b/4c hair, which is my hair type.
So upon watching this, I immediately went to the hair store (correction - beauty supply store) to look for this Jamaican braid. I chose a pack of "Bob Marley" hair and decided to give this look a try. Here's my bun, which is probably going to be my "go to" style to help me get through the end of this hair challenge.
|At work people were asking me if it was really my hair. Sure for $4.99 - it's mine. lol Just gotta get some cute hair clips.|
A few days after sporting this new bun look, I got my hair trimmed and then back into the bun it went.
|After blow drying my hair, my stylist took a step back and wiped the sweat from her brow. It was hilarious!|
I'm looking forward to the end of this hair challenge. I think I've learned a lot more about my hair over this past year and I hope to be able to continue learning and applying good practices in the future. In December I will host a giveaway of some of the products that I used throughout the challenge that have been my favorites, so stay tuned!