More than a year and 8 inches later, I finally washed my hair in sections on Sunday. Many long haired naturals swear by this method to minimising breakage while washing. I’d never tried it before because by the time my wash day comes my hair is so shrunken, I couldn’t really put it in the 4-6 sections they normally speak of. My hair could easily get into maybe 10 chunky sections, like how I do my stretching out mabutu/matuta but 4-6? So that’s when I thought, surely if I can use hair elastics, it could help to secure the sections? This is all new to me and I’m not sure how well my hair will do with this new stuff but I wanted to document it for my own memory so I can remember what works and doesn’t work.
What I did:
- I sectioned my hair into 6, securing them with elastics and cut up tights as hair bands (I only have like 2 elastic bands but plenty of tights. They do the same job and it’s resourceful hehe)
- I wet my whole head under the shower.
- I undid the first section, wet it thoroughly, then used a little bit of shampoo and lathered that in. I rinsed that section and repeated the shampoo application once. Once it was clean, I tied it in the hairband again.
- I did the same for the other 5 sections, starting at the back and working up to the front.
- Once I finished shampooing, I lightly patted my towel to get any excess water out.
- Starting from the back, I released a section, applied some deep conditioner, focusing on the entire length of my hair and finger detangled it. Once my fingers could go through easily, I used my wide tooth comb to comb from the ends to the roots. Once that section was detangled, I tried to twist it but it didn’t hold. So I braided it instead.
- I repeated this step for the other 5 sections. Some sections were bigger than others so they became two chunky braids.
- I put on my plastic cap (which is really a plastic grocery bag) and left the deep conditioner in for over an hour before rinsing my hair with the braids still in.
- I kept my hair wrapped in a towel for about half an hour to help it dry before spritzing with an oil spray and smoothing cream onto the braids.
- I let it air dry and loosely tied my scarf to sleep.
- This morning, I undid the braids and wore my fro free.
Well, yesterday my hair felt less dry than usual after wash day but it was still wet when I woke up in the morning! It took forever to dry so of course after I undid the braids, Fro shrank. I don’t know how those other natural haired girls
a) keep their chunky twists intact
b) air dry their hair with braids still in!
Also, even though I thought I thoroughly rinsed off the deep conditioner, there was still some in my hair. I feel like the braiding keeps too much water and product in so next time I might have to rinse it free (in sections) and use the hairbands to secure. Hopefully that will work. Sigh. New routines suck sometimes.