Here is a quick update on my protective styling challenge.Â I have completed 2 weeks and I amÂ hopeful that my twists will last another week.Â They are not attractive becauseÂ my hair sticks out (see pictures below)Â and when I go out I usually wear them in a top bun with a scarf wrapped around my head to hide my scalp.Â Â Honestly, a few times I did not wear a scarf and guess what the world did not end and, the hair police did not arrest me for falsifying a twisted hair style.
These two weeks have been interesting.Â I started my journey wasting countless hours wishing myÂ twists came out better.Â I wishedÂ my hair was longer, the texture was different, I wished my baby hair would lay down, yada, yada, yada.Â It would have been so easy to take theÂ twists out but I refused to take them out simply because of my negative attitude. After all this process is about self acceptance.Â I promised myself that if theÂ twists began to fall out, then and only then would I remove them.
I took the advice of NaturallyCurly and moisture my hair every other day.Â The days I wear my hair wrapped in a bandana, I moisture at night as well.Â I sleep in a satin bonnet and try my best not to pull or tug on the twists so they don’t fall out.Â My morning ritual of moisturizing my hair began to change.Â I started to look at my hair and embrace the qualities my hair has.
I am thankful that my hair is kinky.Â Due to its kinky nature, it is very forgiving and adaptive as I learn how to install twists and style my hair.Â If it was silky straight, my twists would have been out long ago.Â I tried everything you can think of to lay down my baby hair and frame my face.Â It just will not lay down for long (3 minutes at most).Â I have oily skin and my face was a shiny mess asÂ gel from my edges would slowly make its way down my face.Â I have come to the conclusion that my hair knows what is best for me and that I need to stop forcing it to behave in a way that is unnatural for my texture.
I am looking forward to trying this style again.