"It has become quite apparent to me that I will be keeping my hair in these ten sections for a while"
These little sections have become a familiar and constant part of my hair life for the past three weeks and in that time we have grown quite attached….
|This is a picture of my hair at the end of my wash day this weekend. It is still twisted like this underneath 'Ira'.|
The reasons for keeping my hair in these sections is not only because they make handling my hair at 13 weeks post with ample new growth much easier when it comes to detangling, but I also have a feeling that it ultimately reduces manipulation because I am not constantly parting and separating my fine fragile strands of hair when installing braids or twists when wearing my units. The smaller sections also make it easier to wash my hair and to apply product to my hair and scalp effectively.
I detangle each side, starting at with section 1 shown in the diagram below and ending at section 5. I finger detangle before washing and then again with a comb after washing.
|On wash days and for styling, section 1 is the front of my head, section 5 is the back.|
Most importantly, keeping these ten sections also makes monitoring my shedding easier. I know that I shed more from one side of my head than the other. Each of the ten sections shed hair at differing rates, some sections on the left seem to be happily ticking away over there with their little follicle friends, whereas over on the right there appears to be some sort of a mutiny going on with follicles and strands parting ways en masse, without a care for their balding brethren below!!!
I have also gone back to using wash day clips and have found that my one pronged roller clips used during relaxer days and roller-setting (of all things!) work brilliantly at preventing my hair tangling up during the wash process.
I plan to relax my hair in the coming weeks as I’m now already one week over my 12 week schedule. I will be using the half and half method, but this time I will be using these 10 sections instead. I will relax sections 1,2 & 3 as one half then 4 & 5 as the second half and see how that works out.
As you can see, the numbering varies slightly between sections 1, 2 and 3 as when it comes to relaxer, these are swapped around because sections which are now 2 and 3 process quicker than section 1.
|For relaxer days, section 2 is the front of my head, section 5 is the back.|
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