So I decided to get my hair done in braids. I am so not a braids or weave person at all. My friends tend to tell me off a lot when I do my hair and the next week or two they see it out again. I even had one say to me ‘Chev I know you, that hair will be out next week or the week after.’ I had to laugh because that’s how I am with hair. This time however, I am going to push myself not to take it out quickly.
I chose to do braids because I was getting a little bit bored with my hair and also to help the growth process. As my hair is natural and it’s a TWA (teenie weenie afro) I can’t do much and I like to change my hair up from time to time. One of the reasons for cutting my hair and going natural was to get healthier and longer hair. I wanted to take care of my hair much better than I did before.
As I go along, I like to ask questions and research about how to better care for my hair and what helps. One of the things that I found out is that natural hair ends have to be protected. The ends tend to be damaged easily so it’s good to keep them away for a little while. Protective styling is not necessarily braids but I chose braids because I like how it looks and I can easily wake up in the morning and not have to struggle with what to do with my hair. I know that when my hair grows I won’t be putting braids in much. I will work with other protective styles.
I choose not to keep my hair in for too long so that it can get the right moisture and just breathe. I have seen women keep their braids in for very long and it’s caused a lot of damage. I have also seen them keep it in and it’s helped their hair to grow. I just think it all depends on the person and what is good for their hair. I personally don’t keep hair in for a long time because to be honest I feel 100% more confident with my actual hair out.
When I did my hair it was extremely tight, that’s another reason I don’t like to put braids or weave. I think I have very sensitive scalp and I just can’t handle the pain lool. However a friend of mine introduced something that helped to ease the pain. She rubbed Vicks on my scalp and instantly I started to feel the relief. Just a little tip for you guys. I also heard apple cider vinegar is really good for scalp and I have very itchy scalp so I will be trying this out to see if it works.