Once the ‘fro is out, it’s hard to put it away. I wear my hair out all the time, and that’s why it remains the same length. It’s not because it doesn’t grow. Oh, it does! It grows a lot, but it breaks just as fast. Why? Because I have no hair routine. I try a routine, and I don’t keep up with it. I do just enough to keep all my hair from crawling away from my head. I leave the ‘fro out, and go to sleep on it. Sometimes, I don’t comb it for weeks, I just keep applying products to make it look moisturized. And let me tell you my friends, that’s a horrible idea. I’m the perfect person to talk to if you want to know what not to do with you natural hair.
Like all “4c” girls, my hair texture loves protective styling, and lots and lots of moisturizing goodness. I know what to do, and I know what to use, I just choose to ignore all my knowledge. I have natural hair, I absolutely love it. I love the freedom that comes with it, but I dislike all the patience that is necessary when it comes to taking good care of it. I just don’t find it ideal to spend three hours every Saturday afternoon deep-conditioning it.
It’s ironic because I get a lot of attention and people asking for advice on how to take care of their hair. People ask me what I use, how I achieve a certain style, and all that jazz. So I guess whatever I’m doing is not that terrible, but it can absolutely be better. I honestly spend more time on my makeup than I do on my hair. And my daily makeup takes no longer than 5 minutes. My morning hair routine? I wake up, spray water, run my fingers around the craziness, add leave in, then some natural oil, and I’m all set. That’s what turns it into a tangly mess, and that’s precisely what makes “hair wash day” a nightmare that I always try to escape.
Recently, I decided to comb my hair when I washed it, and that was a journey! Ignoring the hair for three weeks, hoping it won’t get all tangled up and won’t require three times more work if you’d just take care of it every week is my life. You’d think I would’ve learned my lesson by now. I was pretty mean to it too, instead of sectioning my hair in four parts, and gently combing the conditioner through it with a large tooth comb, I just dabbed a fist full of conditioner all over my head, and just combed it all out. I really didn’t have the patience and just wanted to get it done. Again, do not do this! Then, I gently ran a blow dryer through it for no apparent reason. Most natural girls hate and stay away from heat, so yea, I’m doing all the wrong things, but hair is just hair, right? I wore my hair in a small low ponytail all week, and liked the small change. Hair is a great fashion accessory. An outfit can look different if your hair changes.
I decided to take advantage of my stretched out hair, and actually tried a protective style. I applied a generous amount of Pomad Kreyol to my hair (I love that stuff!), then I combed through it. I did a flat two strand twist all around my head, and I just love it! It’s so simple and easy to do. I can’t braid, but if I can do these hairstyles that only take me 10 minutes when my hair is stretched, then I’ll be trying a lot more protective style. I plan on wearing it to work for a few days. And what I like about this is that it’ll be easy to wear hats and head wrap with it!