I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and planning about what I want to do with my hair next now that we are in the FINAL week of our L4LPSC. *cue crowd cheer!* On one hand, as I told you I have started missing my hair! I’m ready to do a length check, see and feel my hair, run my fingers through it, etc. For me, there is a difference between “regular” protective styles such as buns and updos and “hidden” protective styles like braids, weaves and wigs. Both have their advantages and disadvantages so I thought I’d share my opinions with you.
Regular Protective Styles: buns, updos, french rolls
- Require re-styling daily or at the very least a few times per week.
- Allows you to see and feel your hair
- Low Manipulation
Hidden (long term) Protective Styles: wigs, weaves, braids, kinky/Senegalese twists
- Quick, easy, out-the-door style
- Best length retention
- No Manipulation
- Take down can be tedious
I prefer long-term protective styles because I love wigs and weaves. They allow me to feel like my hair is “done” and glamorous while protecting my hair. Long-term protective styles require very little time and energy to maintain. On the other hand, once my excitement about my wig/weave wears off they leave me with a sense of missing MY hair! Also, the takedown of long-term protective styles can be tedious and even problematic if you are not careful and patient.
Now, short term protective styles like buns and updos are nice for protecting your hair for a few days at a time and still give you the versatility of being able to let your hair down when you get tired of having it protected. However, they require regular styling and maintenance and are not as great for long stretches (not applicable for naturals).
So…as we come to the end of our challenge I’ve been thinking about what I want to do next. I have lots of weave that I am anxious to wear, but at the same time I need a chance to fling my hair around my shoulders just a bit! So I think what I’m going to do is…relax my hair next week and wear it for a couple of weeks to a month. Wrap it. Rollerset it. Pincurl it. Flexirod it. Whatever my lil hard desires! Then I plan to wig and weave it right back up for the summer. Honestly, aside from wanting to wear the hair I have, I am really ready to get over this APL-BSL hump I’ve been stuck in for the past couple of years. I reach it but then have a setback…reach it again…and another setback! Well, I’m ready to hide til I finally HIT it. I think I’ll rotate with a week or two of wearing my hair out, half and u-part wigs don’t cause as much stress to my hair and will allow me to have a “break” when I need to. By the fall, I have no doubt that I will definitely be full BSL. So, that’s my plan. I think it is a really good one, I think I’ll enjoy my weave and the breaks in between will provide the perfect balance. Okay…enough rambling!
What are your plans after the challenge ends?