3weeks after the yarn installation,am so used to it now.Its not heavy(sometimes though) and i can style it however I want. Well, I haven’t been doing much with the hair, that’s one of the good things about having braids on,you just leave the hair alone. It gets really boring for me sometimes too and I wish to do something else, I was in one of those moods today and I decided to wash my hair.
I initially said i wasn’t going to wash this hair and that’s because yarn absorbs water,I don’t want to break my neck carrying that much load (yarn+water). I have been cleaning my scalp with Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV) which works well for me,my hair doesn’t itch and my scalp is clean which is the important thing for me.I added lime to it once and it was good for me.
Maybe the yarn absorbs some of the vinegar or for whatever reason but the vinegar smell just doesn’t leave my hair for about two days. I don’t let it down often to get enough air for the vinegar to cool down though and then I clean my scalp every 3-4days. My hair constantly smells of vinegar to me, I had to deal with the weight and washed it today.
Just as I expected after squeezing out all the water from the yarn that I could squeeze, it was still heavy. I put a towel round the hair to gradually absorb the water and save my neck some stress. I kept wondering how Asha Mandela(the lady with the longest dreadlocks) does it. My hair has to pass through my cloth before my head can fit in comfortably but when I step out and I get all the nice compliments on my hair I totally forget all the work it puts me through.
It may not be as heavy as I make it sound to someone else, am just getting used to carrying an extra weight on my hair at least weaves don’t weigh that much.Since the days of the weaves are gone I have to start dealing with these braids I guess.
In conclusion to the ramblings,I love my hair and returning natural is one of the best decision I have had to make for my hair. It’s going to be a year next month I took this step and its my birth month as well (shout out to the Libras), am looking forward to it. No long weaves,braids,extension,wigs,just me and my afro…..