Last week I took down my braids. I only had them in for a month, but they looked terrible! Case and point…
I was either going to redo them, which would take me a few days or take them out. I obviously opted for the latter. Although I enjoyed having a different look, my box braids were SUPER annoying! They were so long that they got in the way all of the time. It was annoying to sleep, workout, etc. Plus, I liked wearing them in a bun on top of my head and they were super heavy… to the point that they made my neck hurt.
Instead of taking them down one by one, like I’ve done a million times before like with my microbraids, I did some you tube research and found a super quick way to take them down.Here is the video I used.
Essentially, you cut them at the point where your hair starts.
I cut mine a little long to ensure I didn’t chop my hair off!
Then you take a small section, wet it, put conditioner on it and gently comb the braids out.
I used my cheapo V05 conditioner and started combing..
After you get the hang of it, it goes pretty quick. But it still took me 5 hours to take them down.
After my hair was free, I completed my usual hair regimen. I pre-pooed with Sporty Afros Ayurvedic Oil, then I washed it with Neutrogena Clarifying Shampoo since my hair had been braided for so long, I wanted to get rid of all of the hair product build up. Then, I deep conditioned my hair with Shea Moisture Deep Masque Treatment and started the detangling process. I didn’t realize how matted my hair had gotten in the braids. It took me about 2 hours to get all of the knots out! It was mostly knotted at the root where each braid started. It was ridiculously frustrating, but I didn’t want to pull my hair out while detangling, so I was really careful. After I was finally done ,I washed out the conditioner and noticed something really odd…my curl pattern was different. It was less defined. I was really sad! My “curls” aren’t really that defined in the first place, but I’ve always had OK definition in the front but my curls turned into almost loose waves, not the pretty kind either. The “what’s wrong with your hair” kind. My usual wash and go with kinky curly knot today and a touch of Kinky Curly Curling Custard didn’t work at all! I had to literally coat my hair with gel to get any kind of definition and what I got sucked. Here is a picture my coworker to me this week.
We were in my bosses office celebrating his bday, hence the birthday hat. But do you see what I mean? It just looks like a frizzy mess.
Since I have a 4a/3c curl pattern I don’t really practice stretching because the few curls I do have would cease to exist. But that’s exactly what happened when I wore braids. My curls were essentially stretched for an entire month. I didn’t really think about this before hand since I’ve always had a perm when I’ve gotten braids before. Me no likey. I HOPE and pray it returns to normal soon :( I’ll keep y’all posted.