And the fro is back! I am really hopeless with braids these days. They never last more than 4 weeks, if I’m lucky I sometimes make it to 6 weeks before I am literally fighting the urge to yank out my braids. I just get so tired of the extensions and start missing my hair. Knowing very well that when I do, I will wish my hair was braided after 1/2 weeks.
This time I lasted about 7-8 weeks….however I sort of cheated and switched styles in the middle.
I had kinky twists that I had put in myself which got old after 3 weeks. Then my awesome cousin offered to do box braids for me and I happily took out the twists, washed, conditioned and got my hair braided the very next day. I am currently on a 2 week break where I will treat my hair to all sorts of yummy things like a protein treatment, mud wash and a henna treatment if I have time. After this two weeks is over, fro shall be back in box braids.
I was using Dark and Lovely’s Braids n’ Weaves scalp soother and overall I am not really a fan of the product. It does what it promises to do however it causes build up and eventually that build up made my scalp itch. The only way to get rid of it would be to wash my hair which I don’t like doing too frequently while my hair is braided.
My homemade spray of water, aloe juice, castor oil, olive oil and glycerine worked like a charm! The glycerine made my hair ridiculously soft. Before I braided the afro kinky twists, my hair was very dry and wasn’t cooperating with me but since I added glycerine to my hair spray, it has drastically improved. The texture is much better and it is less dry. If you’re in Gaborone and want your own bottle, stop by Clicks Pharmacy (any branch) and purchase it for 13 pula. Make sure to add a significant amount of water to your homemade spray if you intend on adding glycerine.
So far I haven’t done much with my hair besides wash it and treat it to Dark and Lovely’s cholesterol conditioner. This weekend I plan do a mud wash.
A friend of mine recently reccommended I start doing bantu knots in order to stretch my hair because twists weren’t working as well as they used and my hair was tangling a lot. I have indeed seen the light, comparing the two pictures above is enough evidence. The curl definition I get from knots are much prettier than twist curls too! So rather than doing twists after detangling, I will now be doing knots.
Be kind to your hair 🙂