Tuesday, May 02, 2006

18 Weeks - CAN YOU SAY BRAID AND BAND?





Now mind you I have only been locked since December 29, 2005. I was feeling a little confident on Sunday, and pressed for time, so I decided to wash my hair without braiding and banding. My lock pattern is holding but my hair is not yet locked. Having been a long time microbraid wearer, I have a mesh hair net specefically designed for washing your hair. I put the net on, jumped in the shower and proceeded to wash my hair. I got out, dried off, got dressed for bed and took the net off to my HORROR.

I literally wanted to cry - all six weeks of my new growth had come together as one. I literally had to separate each and every single lock from several surrounding locks. I also have permed ends which had become drawn up into the tightly coiled natural hair at the point where they meet, so I had to pull each and every one of them down and try to smooth them out as best I could. Now mind you I came up with this bright idea because I was pressed for time. I had to sit under the dryer for about 15-20 minutes to dry my hair out a bit and then go back and carefully pull down 7-10 locks at a time and braid them so I could go to bed. I sleep with the Lucy Cap.

Thank God I was seeing my consultant on Monday (yesterday) for a retightening. It took her an extra hour to do my hair because she had to repair some of the locks in the back that I could not see or access very well in my effort to do damage control. Bless her heart, she did an awesome job and I'm back on the block but that was scary! Needless to say, I won't be doing that again anytime soon if ever.

On a positive note, my hair has grown. My consultant was noting that I actually have more locked hair now than I do permed ends which made me very happy.

7 comments:

Creyole's Sisterlock Exodus said...

You locked in December? Girl you are doing very well. Hang in there it will get better.

Goodnapps said...

Well I'm glad you were able to overcome the ordeal. But I'm curious, did that happen from one washing session?

Chocolata said...

Yes, just that one washing. I wash once a week and I always braid and band and have never had a problem. Just this one time I was in a hurry, over-confident and thought I could pull it off without braiding and banding. Oops!

Chocolata said...

Thank you Lachanda! I am seeing the progress each time I retighten so that keeps me encouraged.

Leighann said...

So sorry abour your ordeal, but glad you came through it. It must have been quite stressful. Beent there, felt that.

dewdrop said...

I am so happy for you in your decision to SL. I can already see their beauty as they grow out and I can't wait to see your 1 year mark.

dewdrop said...

I am so happy for you in your decision to SL. I can already see their beauty as they grow out and I can't wait to see your 1 year mark.