I was over at http://collegecurlies.blogspot.com and read a post that asked readers “What natural hair phenomena did you think you would be exempt from, only to find yourself becoming the poster child for it?”
I have had a pretty solid routine from day one which has included tons of co-washes, wash ‘n go’s and using a comb/fingers to detangle all my hair at one time. I would read testimonials about other naturals insisting on washing/detangling in sections and warning others of the perils of single-strand knots. Because I couldn’t relate, I have always skipped over those stories. I figured those issues would never apply to me.
I’d say that starting this summer I have found more single-strand knots than I know what to do with. I find myself ripping them off knowing good and well I need to find some scissors and cut them out, a la the “seek and destroy” method. I shudder when I think of all the split ends I am causing myself with all of these single-strand knots, regretting all that time I spent taking it for granted that I didn’t have that issue.
Furthermore, I have noticed that my hair has gotten so long that detangling it (in the shower drenched in conditioner) as one, big section is too much! My hair is too long for me to reach all the way to the bottom (behind my head and past my shoulders). I now divide it into two sections and bring each section forward to detangle the ends. Detangling now takes roughly twice the time it did before.
Look at me now…those are two things I once thought would NEVER apply to me and now they have become some of my biggest hair concerns. My, how much hair can change in just a matter of months!
The longer this hair gets, the more work it takes. I vowed to myself after cutting it last year that I would allow my hair to hit bra-strap length before I thought about cutting it…I’m praying that I can last that long. It is my belief that once it gets that long, I will no longer be as tempted to cut it off. Bra-strap length should be here by next summer…this is about to be a long final year.