Time to check the hair length again!
It grows so slow now-a-days. I’m still trying to figure out where that growth spurt a couple of years ago was due to.
I had to cut off 1/2 an inch to 1 inch on the ends, because I was getting irritated with knotting. I have to stay away from small two-strand twists; they are the cause of a lot of single strand knots for me.
This summer, I am doing the following for health and hair:
- Eating a lot of fish, I’ve been consuming a lot of Japanese food too. I know not to eat too much, because of mercury concerns (among other pollutants / poisons).
- The weather has been too cool for my stomach, but I hope I can start making my morning drinks again with carrots, bananas, yogurt, and flax seeds. Right now, all I eat is a banana for breakfast.
- Taking vitamins roughly every other day. I’ve included a separate supplement of D3 and powdered C.
- Working out (longer / harder). I’m working up to jogging longer than 10 minutes at a time; this is in addition to my walking and weight lifting.
- Co-washing, which is washing with conditioners. Sometimes, I’ll shampoo.
- No more flat ironing, although I itch, and ache, to every time I wash! I blow dry on a reasonable and comfortable heat setting. I always use a heat protectant!
- I like to keep my hair completely covered under a scarf and /or in a protective style. If I do wear my hair “out”, I style it to look less than shoulder length.
My standard routine, the changes are always minute:
- Saturate hair with White Rain Conditioner Coconut. I couldn’t resist buying it from the dollar store. I love this stuff cheap.
- Part hair into 4 sections – just the hands, no comb! – braid the root, and twist to the ends.
- Apply castor oil to ends of hair, around the hairline (edges), and the crown where I always part the hair, which is prone to dryness and breakage.
- Put on plastic cap, cover with scarf. Sleep on it, overnight.
- Wash hair. Open each section at a time, wash scalp thoroughly, comb gently with fingers, re-braid and re-twist.
- Wrap tightly with a towel. No rubbing.
- Open each section at a time, apply heat protectant, make smaller sections, and blow dry hair.
- Bantu knot each section.
I tried to do a silk wrap (sitting under the dryer with a plastic wrap around smoothed hair), but my hair laughed at my efforts.
I think it will be next year, before I do this again.