If I knew that going natural would mean years of heartache and losing my hair, I would have reevaluated my decision to ditch the relaxer. The plan was to take advantage of protective styles so that my hair could grow back. So far, it’s been more like operation fail–sort of.
Flashbacks of my straight hair flowing down my back have been taking over my brain lately. Please tell me why I decided to go natural! It ain’t nothin’ but work. All it took was a wash, set, wrap and go with an occasional deep conditioning and oil treatment. But, what I considered to be a no fuss no mess hair routine has turned into nothing but drama. Now that I’m au naturale, I have a whole slew of issues with my
new old texture.
You’re probably so sick of me complaining about by barely there edges. But please understand that writing about it is like therapy for me. Hey, maybe my situation can help someone who may be tackling a similar issue. Who knows?
In any event, in my previous hair post I confessed the possible reason for my hair dilemma. I’ve been taking the necessary steps to get back my hairline, including keeping the area well moisturized and wearing a satin scarf underneath my wig. Recently, I discovered another problem–braids.
Since becoming a natural, I experimented with different dos from twist outs to braid outs. The former didn’t work so well for me. But I’ve had some pretty good results with the latter.
Braid outs are great at stretching and defining my curls. The plan is to continue wearing a wig until my grows out a bit more. I grapple with that decision sometimes because I like the idea of very low manipulation. My on-air job requires styling and whatnot. I don’t want to apply any heat and I don’t want to straighten my natural hair. However, after realizing a tiny bald spot in my head, I’ve been thinking a lot about just letting it all hang out.
Even though I’m extra careful not to pull too tight, the tension has cause some of my strands to go bye bye. I’ve heard it referred to as traction or tension alopecia. It’s frustrating. It’s annoying. But, I know this is all apart of the process. There are gonna be some bumpy spots along this natural hair journey, and I’m prepared for it. I know it will all be worth it in the end.
Whether you’re a natural or not, beware of weaves, extension, wigs, braids etc. All it takes is just a little tension for you to lose hair.
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