Now that the excitement of the Healthy Hair Indaba has passed I can give you an update of my hair.
As regular readers of the blog will know, I was pregnant for most of 2013. I had my little boy at the end of November. Because I was pregnant, I stopped relaxing my hair. This is something I have done with all my pregnancies. My last relaxer was in November 2012.
I’m often asked how I have managed to stretch the time between relaxers for so long. My answer is that I have managed by getting protective styles (I had braids and cornrows often during this time). I have also been doing very simple styles. Most days my hair is in a simple bun. Very little combing and styling. I have also been washing my hair in sections and keeping it in twists while washing and deep conditioning. I must admit it hasn’t been easy. I’ve had to be extra careful to avoid excess / unnecessary breakage.
So what are my hair plans going forward? I’m planning to relax my hair again mid-March 2014. I have reached my goal of bra strap length but I have a feeling I may cut my hair back to arm pit length. The reason for this is that the ends of my hair are likely to be thinner than the rest of the hair because of how long I have gone without relaxing. The thinner ends are likely to annoy me!
The only issue I’m going to grapple with is where to go to get my relaxer done. The hairstylist who has done my relaxers since 2011 stopped hairdressing and moved out of town. I don’t know who I can trust now to do my hair. The hairstylist I used to use understood how I liked my relaxers done (texlaxed) and also that I liked to leave my hairline out since I don’t see the need of applying relaxer crème to the ‘baby hair’. My quest for a new hairstylist begins. I have no idea where to even begin looking! I will keep you posted on how things transpire.