Since I cut off my locks in July, I've been a little bit obsessed with gathering information on how to care for my new 'fro. I was pleased to find that there is quite a wealth of information out there with women sharing their trials and triumphs via anecdotes, pictures, videos, recipes and more. Most of these ladies have been from the US and I know some African ones who are skeptical as to whether the suggested techniques will be as effective on kinkier manes.
My hair is as kinky as it gets – I don't know anyone who has hair as tough as mine. Combs quiver when I'm in the room – they are usually not up for the challenge! That said, I thought I'd chronicle my journey for all those sisters with their work similarly cut out for them.
It all began here. My regimen since the big chop has been a twice weekly wash detangle and deep condition with no comb touching my hair in between. In the mornings, I spritz with a water and oil mixture and simply "fluff" out with my fingers. Recently however, with my hair getting longer, the finger styling hasn't felt presentable enough. So I decided to try and see if it was long enough to two-strand twist. It worked – my first conscious venture into protective styling! It took quite a while to get through my entire head but, the results (and convenience) was worth it.
Images: top – twists in, taken on the day after twisting (see the stubborn curls at the nape of my neck – hanging on to their autonomy!). Bottom – the second day of having the twists out. I managed to keep my hair decent-looking for 4 days after taking the twists out.