One of the downsides of full natural hair is the hours and days it takes to dry after wash day. Now that my hair is longer, it seems like the days have increased. This air drying business is a bit annoying as I find myself wearing head wraps for the most part of the week. Under the head wraps is either deep conditioning or roughly partitioned braids.
Thank God for my Aunts old pins I found, these things were almost falling off after all the time I spent to put them in.
Last week, to avoid the long drying hours, I did a roller set. After my washing and deep conditioning, I applied coconut oil to my hair and my Shea butter mix to the ends ( the ends are the oldest part of the hair and mine gets dry easily.Applying Shea butter helps seal in the moisture better than coconut oil does alone).
Since I did not want my hair completely straight, I loosely rolled the hair. The result (second pic above)is not that different from how my hair looks after I thread it (see pic below)
old hair pictures
The next morning, I did 2 french braids ( pic. below) and went about my business....finally my scalp sees the day light on a Monday:)
And on Tuesday night, I did my fav. secondary school hair style; secret love.
SOME ADVICE: I used to think it was impossible to braid my hair without first using a comb to take out the knots. Well my belief has changed as I have found that if I properly detangle my hair when it is wet and packed with a thick conditioner, it can survive for days after it gets dry without combing .