|Picture on the left is how my hair is currently. Getting it ready for another protective style. My hair looks thicker and it is definitely longer. The picture on the left shows the style I wore in the last 5 weeks.|
When you install your extensions you do not think about the possibility of experiencing breakage because you are planning to really take care of your hair. While we have the best intentions for our hair and manifest those good intentions by moisturizing and sealing our hair, the build up caused by products, shed hair and dirt can seriously get our hair matted, causing breakage if our hair is not patiently and properly detangled.
However, matted hair can be avoided or minimized if the edges are re-done every two weeks. If you notice, when you put extensions in your hair, you only have matted hair around the edges. It can be a hassle if your hair is done professionally, to get your edges re-done every two weeks, however, it is really convenient if you styled your own hair.
I just took out my recent extensions (the mini twists), which I wore for 5 weeks and I am smiling. I had no single breakage. I believe my hair was kept intact for five main reasons which I will outline below.
- I washed my hair only once, after 2.5 weeks. Other times, after working out, I used diluted Apple Cider Vinegar with cotton pads to cleanse my scalp.
- I re-did me edges after 2.5 weeks(after washing my hair)
- I moisturized almost daily but never left my hair un-moisturized for more than two days
- I used distilled water and aloe vera juice to moisturize and sealed with Castor oil (conditioners were completely avoided). This prevented excessive build-up
- When I took the extensions out, I did not do any dry detangling that I did in the past(which causes massive breakage). Instead, I sprayed my hair with water and aloe vera juice, then applied conditioner. In 8 sections, I finger-detangled my hair by separating strand by strand. I was extremely careful and gentle. Once the strands were separated, I used my fingers to rake through each section to remove shed hair. I then twisted the sections to avoid getting my hair tangled again.
You might wonder why I am still choosing to use extensions for my protective styles. Well, the reason is that my hair retains length better when it is left alone (not excessively manipulated), and my ends are completely protected. This method seems to be working. I did not do a length check when I took out my Senegalese twists because I did not really notice a big difference in the length of my hair, however, this time around, I noticed that I retained length after taking those kinky twists out.
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