“I started off this now ‘long-term protective styling’ journey accidentally in summer 2013 however, it seems to be morphing into a full on ‘Hide Your Hair Challenge’!”
When I say ‘challenge’ I use the term very loosely because I’m not finding this to be a challenge at all. It just makes my hair-life so much easier right now.
Six months ago, I just wanted to try out a different style and did so by wearing short cropped wigs as I;
a) was getting the urge to chop my own hair
b) wanted an easy styling option whilst I recovered from being ill
c) was getting fed up with seeing my hair shedding excessively all the time!
Now, I find myself a fair few months deep into an unplanned stretch with no real intention of relaxing my hair anytime soon.
I’m really not interested in transitioning to my natural hair but I can’t deny that my hair seems to be thriving – shedding, but thriving if that makes sense. My hair is growing fast and my new growth is quite manageable, strong and looks healthy.
Every time wash day comes around I take the time to assess where my hair is at and decide whether it’s time for a relaxer or not and if I can keep pressing along with doing what I’m currently doing without detriment to my hair. So far, my hair is just telling me to carry on as I am, so I’m listening.
Whilst hiding my hair I am not thinking about retaining length – keeping the hair on my head by minimizing shedding and breakage is of highest importance to me. I am not thinking about transitioning back to my natural hair. I am not thinking about stretching my relaxer by months and months, embarking on unchartered hair-territory! This is all about me being lazy with my hair and keeping things to a minimum. I think my hair just likes to be left alone so I’ll be giving it what it wants for a while, until I get bored.
So, as it currently stands:
- I am all about hiding my hair and I’ll be doing so by wearing various wigs for the foreseeable
- I am increasing the length of my stretch to an as yet undetermined timescale
- I am just going to let my hair do what it needs/wants to do and I’ll just leave it alone with my low manipulation regimen
- My hair is still shedding
- My hair is growing
- My hair is still in 10 sections….
Ciao 4 Now