After about 5 weeks of wearing my box braids, I took them down on the first week of july. I wore my famous afro puff on the second week and went for stretched twist-outs on the third week. Then I attempted a wash and go for the first time since January. it lasted for a whole week; I was highly impressed by the look after 5 days. I used Natural Nigerian Moisture and Shine de-tangling conditioner and Jack 5 activator gel. Reviews in a bit. Check out the detailed post here. And now, I’m going to end the month in medium sized twist which I would be wearing for two weeks before installing my crotchet braids!! Yes! finally!!
Earlier this month, I conducted a length check and here are the results.
My previous length check was conducted in April 2014. I had about 5 inches them and after 3 months, I managed to retain 1 inch to a little over it. Growth rate isn’t my problem at all because in the past year since I big chopped, I have had two trims on two different occasions and ended up with 5 inches after a year. I believe the problem lies in retaining length. So I would be cutting down on wearing afro puffs and comb handling my hair while wearing more protective styles to retain more hair.
Another issue is my nape hair. My nape hair is the least dense and finest part of my hair yet it is very easy to de-tangle. I often underestimate how fine and fragile they are so I tend to de-tangle this part of my hair less gentle than other parts which has resulted in noticeable breakage. Anyhoo, I would be giving this part some more TLC than usual. Right now they are in about 5 box braids braided together with the ends tucked away.
Speaking of ends, my ends are in bad shape. They are long over due. Begging to be trimmed. I hope to trim them off when I take down my crotchet braids in September. By the way my last trim was in November.*sighs and covers face in shame*