my scalp

Thought that i should mention that i haven’t oiled my scalp in weeks! Of course i do my weekly oil prepoo which i wash out, but mid week, i do not apply anything to my scalp and surprisingly, my scalp is not itchy 🙂 even if i go for a week without washing it! Before (not so long ago by the way) my scalp would get itchy if i went for more than 3-4 days without using some oil on it.

Lets just say that am happy 😀


Random mumblings

Last Saturday, i did my protein treatment then deep conditioned my hair overnight and cowashed the following day (2 days ago). I then air dried in a bun.

24 hours later my hair was still damp (where the bun was). I liked that 🙂 My hair felt so moisturized and soft. Right now my hair seems to be thicker and i think this is because i have stopped using heat on it.

I wanted to cowash again today but decided not to. My hair is still well moisturized…i just took it down to moisturize and seal. I wore it down today and right now at the end of the day, its not as dry as i thought it would be. I’ll moisturize and seal once again before bed and hold it in a loose bun for the night.

While toying with the idea of cowashing, i also thought of braiding so that i could do a braid out tomorrow but ehhh…nope. Maybe another day.

Bobby pins everywhere!

I bought 2 packs of bobby pins earlier this year (140 bobby pins in total) but only opened 1 pack. I lost a few, some got spoilt and the rest…well, they seem to be everywhere i turn! I’ve found some in the kitchen, my laundry, my pockets (jeans, hoodies), on my PC, bed, there are about 3 or four in each of my handbags…

Hmphhh! I wish it was money i was coming across.

10 weeks post relaxer!

I have been MIA for a while but now am back. So am now 10 weeks post and today i will be doing my monthly protein treatment. I won’t wash my hair first because i did that 2 days ago…my hair is still kinda clean. I had washed it so that i could braid it for a braid out style for Mass (yea, i attended Mass yesterday – Friday) but go figure, by morning my hair was not completely dry and the look was disastrous! I had to get creative with it…finger combed and pinned it down.

I have been bunning all week save for yesterday’s failed braid out. I think i’ll continue with that for the coming week since i don’t feel like doing anything else.

I think my hair is getting drier. Then again i stopped using my ORS hair lotion and i now use my leave-in conditioner to moisturize my hair…clearly its not working. Well it keeps my hair moisturized for a few hours…

My hair texture is changing!

Last night after my usual oil prepoo and shampoo wash, i let my hair air dry for about 2 hours. I started feeling the new growth behind my ears and nape and noticed that it was really coarse and wiry (this was before i deep conditioned). My hair is generally soft so i that was quite unexpected. Yes i’ve not been moisturizing and sealing my hair as i should but that can’t be the reason.

Anyway, i also noticed that that new growth was forming spirals. My natural hair is wavy, not curly or spirally. Wavy. So now am wondering if the texture of my hair is changing. Its becoming coarse and spirally. I normally say that my hair type is 3a, 3b and maybe a bit of 4a in the back. It now seems like am moving more towards type 4 and not 4a, more like 4b or something.

I took a few pictures but my camera can’t quite focus as i’d like it to, so the pics may not show what am talking about.

Am only 8 weeks post relaxer with very little new growth. I will take other pics later on in my stretch when i have a good amount of new growth.

Edited to add: Here is what my new texture is like at 26 weeks post

texture 4

texture 2

In light of these new (texture) changes, i have decided not to do any henna treatments during this stretch. Henna stretches out my new growth. I want to see how spirally my new growth can get so i will leave it as is.

I did some online reading to find out why changes in hair texture occurs. This is what i came up with:

1) As our body ages, we see changes in our hair texture.

2) The diameter of the hair thickens as we enter childhood or early adolescence. As we move into adulthood and then older, the hair again changes, becoming finer again in our 40s and 50s. All of these changes are genetically programmed.

3) Hair changes every five to seven years in diameter, amount of curl, and thickness

4) What is known, is that hormones have a major effect on hair texture. “Hormones influence the hair in several different ways since they are regulators of the body’s metabolism”.
* Thyroxine and triiodothyronine are both produced by the thyroid, and a deficiency of either can cause hair to become brittle or fall out (effectively ‘turning off’ the follicles so no new hair grows in).
* The hormone androgen is produced by the adrenal gland, and directly affects hair growth; an overabundance can cause excess facial hair in women as well as thinning of hair on the scalp.
* Insulin is produced by the pancreas, and an imbalance in levels can cause hair loss.

5) Changes in the muscles at the base of every follicle are the key to the changes in hair texture that take place over time. These muscular changes, often come during puberty, chemotherapy or menopause, when hormones and medications may affect the muscle tone.

6) Certain medications can also cause distinct changes in hair texture; chemotherapy patients who experience the loss of their hair during treatment often report their hair grows back in curly where it was once straight, or vice versa. The reason for this is unknown. Vitamins have been shown to be helpful for some who are experiences drastic changes in hair texture, but a dermatologist should be consulted before starting any type of new health regimen.

another source

A different source explained it this way:

Hormonal shifts—like those that occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause—can alter the shape of the hair follicle. (Think of the follicle as a tube: If it has a slight curve, the hair grows in curly; if it doesn’t, the hair grows in straight.) Hormonal changes can also affect the diameter of the hair, making it coarser or finer.

The same site also stated that: “As your texture changes, consider switching shampoo and conditioner. If you had thick, curly hair that’s now growing in straighter and finer, you’ll have better hair days if you choose lighter products formulated for your new type”.

Well my hair is growing back a coarse and curlier so i guess i’ll have better luck with thicker products instead (which is what i’ve been using anyway)

In short; Age, Diet, Hormones and Medication seem to be the cause for changes in hair texture.

Am in my 20’s and according to Good hair diarieshair should be at its thickest and strongest at this stage. My diet hasn’t changed at all (i eat well balanced meals – many thanks to my Mummy) and the only supplement i take (have been taking since last year – not consistently though) is Cod Liver Oil which is rich in Vitamins A & D and also Omega 3 fatty acids. I am not on any kind of medication either.

So in my case, i guess its hormonal changes. I don’t know why that is happening because i am way past puberty, i am not pregnant nor am i undergoing menopause.

This is a long post! And, i’m overthinking stuff. I’ll just let my hair grow and not pay it any mind 😀

Bun week

new growth

My edges are no longer slick (8 weeks post) at least my hair is growing 🙂

This past week i’ve been spotting random buns, nothing special.

Wednesday’s sock bun mentioned in the previous post



Not sure how much of a protective style the above look is but oh well, at least my hair was neat, up and out of the way.

Yesterday, Friday, i did another sock bun and this is today’s mess of a bun.

I held my hair up into a loose bun so i could take a shower and didn’t bother taking it down when i was done. The rainny season i talked about previously is finally here so today i just wore my sweats and stayed indoors…keeping warm. No need to look all cute…or so i thought. I really looked drab 😀 and it made me feel…blah, so next time i’ll try and create a cute messy bun. I don’t know if my hair is long enough for that though, but we’ll see.

I wanna braid my hair!!!

I haven’t had my hair braided in about 2 years now. I love neat braids. What i don’t like is how tight they are done to achieve that neat look. I also don’t like sitting for hours on end to get them done. It takes me 5 hours for medium sized bra-strap length braids and 9 hours for medium sized waist-length braids.

I used to get headaches after getting them done and by the end of the first week, my edges would look drab because i had these little hairs sticking out with white bulbs intact…in short, my edges had been yanked out! This is all because of how tight they are done.

I don’t really remember getting small or big sized braids.

I really want to braid my hair. Incase i do, i will get bigger braids (box braids?), don’t know what length though (probably waist length). I will insist that they are not tight at all.

Thank God getting them done in Kenya is not expensive. I feel that my US/European sisters are getting ripped off 😦

I had at one point mentioned somewhere that i wanted to get ‘Senegalese twists’…that was when they were really in. Right now ‘box braids’ are in and thats probably why i want them 😮 Anyway, i will do my research on how to better care for them and hopefully get them during this relaxer stretch because am not entirely sure i’ll be able to get to 6 months post this time round but if i get the braids and keep them in for a few weeks, maybe i will for that long. We’ll see

Oh, and i’ll look for old pics of my hair braided and add them to this post.