After wearing the same set of cornrows under my wig for the entire month of March, I took them down for a really thorough wash day this weekend. Similar to my weave take down process, I applied grapeeed oil generously to lubricate my strands to minimize tangling and then carefully unbraided each cornrow making sure to remove any shed hair as I worked. I am about 14 weeks post relaxer so I have a lot of new growth and I was expecting a decent amount of shedding but I actually lost less hari after a month of no manipulation then I was expecting. In my opinion, I lost a small amount of hair during the take down:
As I unbraided my hair, I added a bit more grapeseed oil and Dollar General Moisture Rich conditioner to each section and then created five chunky braids to avoid creating one big matted mess in the shower. I left the oil and conditioner on overnight and the following day shampooed with Kerapro Shampoo (contains sulfates for a bit of extra cleansing but still non-stripping) and deep conditioned with Kerapro Restorative Treatment (but is that any surprise?). After rinsing the conditioner, my hair and new growth felt soft and manageable but I did have a bit of detangling to do. I did lose a fair amount of hair during this process, but again after a month of not combing or manipulating my hair at all, I am not alarmed.
To help stretch my new growth, I used my one and only heat pass for the challenge and blow dried using my seamless jumbo rake comb. After my hair was about 75% dry…I took a picture! I am not going to lie, I was really anxious to check my length – this is the first time I’ve had this urge! Even after my light blow dry, I have quite a bit of shrinkage at my roots, it was hard for me to get a good idea of where my length falls. Sidenote - you should have seen me in the shower tilting my head back so I could grasp a section of my hair to pull it down. I’m sure it was a comical sight! I didn’t take a photo with me pulling it completely straight, but here is one with my shrunken roots….mainly to demonstrate how great my ends still look:
I do not plan to get a “trim” with my next touch up but instead will dust my ends myself. Since my hair was still damp, I created two Goddess Braids (one of my new go-to protective styles), of which I don’t have a picture because quite frankly…I look a bit homely today! lol.
We’re in the home stretch ladies, I hope you are getting ready to take your length check for the end of the L4LpSC!