Happy Hump Day!
In addition to being the first day of Black History month, this is also my 21 month Transitioning Anniversary, YAY ME! Congratulations to all the transitioners who decided to take the plunge and transition to natural hair. I hope your transition allows you to learn and love your hair, as I have during mine. Check out my tips for transitioners, present and future.
I found a widget to count down to my BC, which I have decided will be on Saturday June 30, 2012. Just in time for the Essence Festival in New Orleans!
I wanted to talk briefly about Protective Styling.
Protective Styles are low manipulation, low maintenance, fix it and forget it styles. Though I have been in the Protect Ya Ends Challenge since Jan 1, 2012, I've taken advantage of them throughout my transition. Protective styling has allowed me to:
- Avoid restyling or touching up my style daily: This has been great for me because I travel a lot for work. When you have to meet your co-workers at 6:30am, you don't have time to style your hair! When you get home late from a business dinner, you may not have the desire to re-style your hair. I like to style my hair and forget about it, though I do religiously wear a silk scarf to bed! I only restyle now by choice, and not due to necessity.
- Moisture Retention: I pleasantly surprised that I was able to retain moisture due to protective styling. I noticed that when I wore my hair out (braid outs mostly and a few curly fros) I had trouble retaining moisture for more then 2 days. For me, that was a problem because as a low maintenance girl, it was too much work having to re-style every two days. Now I find that I can go until wash day without having to re-mois/turize, unless I want to.
- Length Retention: Ever heard of hand in hair syndrome? They say it occurs when you can't keep your hands out of your luscious kinks and curls...it's also the culprit for dry hair, which can lead to hair that doesn't retain moisture or length. Protective styling helps keep my hands out of my hair!
- Comfortable Sleeping: I don't know about you, but I hate sleeping pretty! I wake up stiff and dream about maintaining my style, which translates to a good hair day, but a bad day otherwise. Protective styling has allowed me to sleep comfortably, which is important to me.