Monday, September 5, 2011
Come on, mane!
Today is one of those DAYS! One of those days when I want to shave it all OFF! And usually I would chop it off and then let my sister know so she can yell "you cut it again!", but I am determined to grow this sh.../ stuff out so I can start sporting my old lady plats - that's all I want. Plat it up and wrap it around my head - yes, I am ready for my old lady look, now. But instead, I a here, trying to enjoy not laboring on this labor day, and I actually would like to scream.
So here's the deal, went on a mini vacation last week and did not have on my travel hair, aka braids (I took them out after it was confirmed that Hurricane Irene had destroyed my trip to the Caribbean - I was mad). But I got my head together and we did a road trip that included time at a water park. I figured, I'll just keep it pinned up, slap on some extra conditioner, blah blah blah. Well the hair looked pretty good throughout, but it seems that I am now paying for it. Got home, washed deep conditioned - twice (I won't even go into how the Suave coconut conditioner decided not to work for my hair any longer. Now I have to find a new conditioner - dayuuummm!) - light blow out (of course with heat protection and all other kinds of hair protection), flat twisted for 2 days. Whew. Took the twists out this morning and my hair felt dry. As the day has progressed, the dryness is driving me nuts because I feel like the next stop is "Breakage City" and considering all the new growth I acquired from my travel hairdo (for the travel that never was IRENE!), I am trying to keep on track and grow this sucka out.
Interestingly, my scalp feels fine, so I'm thinking my hair got fried in that sun in south Jersey, to which my response is "hell no." So, what I am doing now is boiling together a mixture of green tea, rosemary and sage herbs. I have used a green tea rinse in the past and it was great for stopping breakage, and according to my trusty resource, Tulani Kinard's book "No Lye", sage herb is good for strengthening the hair, and rosemary stimulates circulation. I've already oiled my scalp with a simple mixture of extra virgin olive oil, castor oil, jojoba oil and tea tree oil.
Honestly, I planned to be wearing an updo in the coming month anyway, but when I touch my hair, I need it to feel a certain way. It's like when I'm boxing and hitting the heavy bag, I know when I have hit the bag successfully from the sound of the hit on the bag. My son came into the bathroom to me yelling at my hair and said "Wow mommy, you got a lot of hair. I think it looks good." And hysterical me yelled "no it's not, feel it! It's hard!" He felt it. And then he left the room, lol. I share all of that to say that there is a possibility that this is all in my head, BUT I know how all this hair feels, and it ain't pretty. Definitely not a 'Luv My Texture' day.