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).
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.
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.
(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!)