So why did I cut so much of my hair?
Stay tuned so you can prevent having to do what I just did.
But first, some deets on the hair…
To achieve the above look I lightly spritzed dry hair with my homemade moisturizing spray that I also used on my Nubian Twist extensions.
Then I twisted very large sections with Oyin’s Burnt Sugar Pomade. This is a great way to get a longer/stretched, full look. Re-twist nightly for even more stretch.
Notice the difference in the two pictures below. The pic on the right is a wet twist out with smaller twists. My hair shrunk up tremendously, but lasted longer than the style on the left that was twisted on dry hair and with larger twists.
One Head. Multiple Textures.
OK, so let’s get back to my haircut.
If you’d rather watch the video explanation, see below. If not, the explanation is below the vid. (Email subscribers: Click here to watch the video on my blog.)
As you probably know, most naturals have many different hair textures on their heads.
I have very soft and defined hair at the nape of my neck and about 3 inches up from there. That hair grows very quickly, doesn’t frizz as easily and is very durable. I almost never have to trim it.
The hair on my crown is a different story. 🙁
It’s much kinkier, which means it’s weaker than other parts of my hair. So if I’m not careful with detangling and taking twists down, I can create knots and cause more breakage.
Well that’s exactly what happened. I had to keep trimming my crown so my hair started getting very uneven.
Health Trumps Length!
My hair is considerably shorter, but it’s so much healthier (shampooing takes a lot less time now too, so that’s a plus!)
I have learned my lesson and will be much more patient when it comes to detangling parts of my hair that are prone to more tangles and breakage.
I’ve known for months that I needed to trim my crown more than I had, but I didn’t trim as much as I should because I was trying to hold on to length.
The Lesson: If your ends are split and brittle, get rid of them. Don’t try to hang on to them for length because it will end up costing you more in the long run as damage travels up the hair shaft.
Also, be gentle and take your time when taking down twists and detangling your hair.