3. Length checks before health checks
Baby girl, if your ends are looking airy, raggedy, split and torn, you have no business grabbing a tape measure and a video camera talking about “length check!!!”.
Let those bad ends go, it is way more important to have healthy short hair than to have unhealthy ‘long’ hair. Your hair will grow if it is healthy so your job is to maintain the oldest portions of your hair making sure that your hair and scalp remain healthy.
This doesn’t mean constantly cutting your hair two to three inches at a time; this means getting a quality trim when you need one, maintaining the moisture in your hair and making sure your hair is strong with regular protein shots. Yes my friends, long unhealthy hair is overrated.
4. Twisting in small sections for a twist out
This is more on the aesthetic side of things, but you must admit twisting fewer sections saves you more time. A fab twist out is relative, meaning your idea of fabulous might just be tight small defined sections released after a couple of days, but for another person it might mean a few chunky twists released after just one night.
The point is either way you can get a great look, so if you want to save time and you normally are meticulous about your twisting try a less involved technique. This will be the absolute minimum number of twists you can get away with to achieve the desire results.
Oh and don’t bother to retwist every night, just let your hair ‘do what it do’ as the week progresses, less manipulation means less chances for breakage.
5. Smoothing edges
Laying down edges with shiny gel like substances is quite frankly, overrated! If you want to avoid purchasing expensive products dedicated to making naturally curly edges appear straight for about 2 hours then just change your mindset.
Smoothing edges is understandable in the sense that your hair might appear ‘neater’ but sometimes the extra product and hassle isn’t necessary. Use the products you have that add to the health of your hair to smooth your edges. For example, shea butter used on top of a great water based moisturizer seals your hair and smooths it all at the same time. Win Win!
And if you have edges that won’t lay down without an anvil then embrace those coily baby hairs and move swiftly on.
Originally posted 2013-12-01 15:00:51.