It’s Henna Time!!

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Yup, it’s going to be a henna weekend. The SO is away and the roots are looking cu-uh-RAZEE! Patchy McAdams is back in effect!! That’s because, last month I decided not to do a two-step indigo to make the back of my hair black. I just wasn’t feeling like it and figured it wouldn’t be too bad to go one month without using indigo.

Ummm, that might have worked if I stuck with buns. But with box braids, where you see the hair to the scalp? … yeah, not so much! LOL! So, the frozen henna is sitting on the kitchen counter thawing for application Friday or Saturday. Haven’t decided which one yet.

So, I said that I might do a micro trim on the braids. I actually ended up just doing a search and destroy on each braid instead. The braids are very helpful as I was able to systematically go though each section and my hair was stretched, making it easier to examine the ends. I used my eyes to look and my fingers to feel for splits and knots. This is all I trimmed in my thorough S&D mission (I usually just haphazardly S&D on wash day).

Those spots you sometimes see in my pics are on the camera lens. I've tried, but can't remove them!

I took the braids out tonight (I’m writing this Thursday) in case I decide to do the henna Friday. A friend of mine said that I’d probably have a nice, defined, crinkly braid out. I told her that I doubted that I would like it because it would probably be too stringy-looking for me. I like big hair. Well, when I released the braids, I loved the definition. But, as usual, I wish my hair was thicker. I think that a lot of times you guys don’t see this from the camera’s eye, but my naked eye sees gaps that make my hair look thin. I really swear that my hair used to be denser, but it may have just been that it was curlier. So, the shrinkage made it look thicker. I don’t know. It’s a source of frustration for me trying to analyze the few old pictures I have  and figure out if I had more hair in my late 20s than I now have as I’m rapidly approaching my 40s. *sigh*

Anywho, here are a few pics of the braid out. I like it, just don’t like the gaps, which you can see in a couple of these pics.

My hair is parted to the side in this pic. That's why the right side looks shorter.

Not sure of what it will do overnight. I’ll try putting it in a high bun with a scarf wrapped around it. We’ll see if it’ll hold up for a down and out style tomorrow. If not, back into a bun it goes. That’s something I’ve observed about my fine-stranded hair, it seems to not hold definition as well as its thicker counterpart. So, by the time I wake up tomorrow, it may be undefined and/or fluffed out. Though, that’s not necessarily a bad thing as my hair may look bigger and thicker ;)!

Whelp, to wrap this up, I must say that, on the one hand, I enjoyed having braids for a week because I didn’t really have to worry about my hair too much in the morning. I just smoothed the edges with a little shea butter or shea/eco mix and tied it down until I got to work. But, on the other hand, I really missed having loose hair for big buns and updos. It made me wonder how I’ll do if I get those new Nubian/spring/bomb (yeah, they go by all those names! Who knew?) I talked about in this post. I’m still aiming for getting them in November (if the hair is ever back in stock!), so guess we’ll see.

Lata Gatas!!

(p.s. My order from Mehandi.com arrived! But, I won’t be trying the  Zizyphus until next week and the Rajasthani Twilight henna until next month. But, reviews will follow!)

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    • Thanks Marsha! I do like it and I think I’ll do braids again for a week (maybe slightly bigger, so they don’t take as long to do … parting in the back is a pain!), because they make mornings easy and I love how defined the braid out looks. I haven’t taken my scarf off yet, but I’m feeling my hair through it and it still feels defined!

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  1. Your braid out is nice. Stop it with the thin hair talk! Maybe you’d like it thicker or curlier, but your hair is not thin at all! If it’s thin, then my hair didn’t grow at all since I did my big chop! Lol

    I hope your braid out lasted until the morning, but bunning is perfectly fine if it didn’t. =)

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    • Hahahahaha!!! Okay Rece:)! LOL!! Like I said above, haven’t taken the scarf off yet, but I’m hopeful that it made it through the night! Just gotta make sure that it makes it through the shower!!

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        • Girl, of course. But my edges always seem to get wet and I used to struggle with the steam making my hair swell, despite the cap. I don’t seem to have that issue as much since using henna though and regular DCs. I think they have helped the sections of my hair that used to be overly porous. Anywho, my bun had fallen low, so I used some shea to smooth the edges, tied a scarf around the perimeter, put my hair in a high, folded ponytail w/a satin scrunchie, donned a plastic cap AND shower cap!! LOL! So, it survived!! So, down and out at work today:).

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  2. I don’t think your hair is thin at all. I think its just right actually and I love the result of your braid out. I wish I could do braids. My hair isn’t quite long enough and I’d probably look like a little girl in box braids or twists. Maybe in a few years…

    Speaking of henna, I’m getting ready to rinse mine out from last night!

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  3. Your braid out is great! Your hair LOOKS THICK and really long. We should have a curlly hair henna meet up, where everybody brings their henna to do their hair, drink some wine and marinate. I plan on henna-ing this weekend with my Zizyphus and the Rajasthani Twilight. I must remember to take pictures. I am really hoping that the Zizyphus works because my hair has really lost its curl pattern.

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  4. *jaw drop* Your hair has grown so much. I know you posted not long about how when you stop paying attention, it’s like (insert cartoon-style speedy growth noise here). But these pics really caught me off guard like WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN??? Maybe it’s also because your hair was stretched for so many days…
    Either way. Looks great.

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    • Hey Mickey!! Thank you ever so much. And it definitely was really stretched from the braids … so, you can see the length more than normal. Pre-pooing should be a BREEZE today! And thank you:)))!!

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