I’m never doing the rubber band method !

Hola Queens,

How are you beautiful Queens & Kings (we welcome every)?? It has been about 2 weeks since my last post, & I gotta say life got busy. I have been missing blogging so much, I have only had this blog up for 6 weeks and I have missed writing, interacting with the Queens.

Today I want to tell you about my most recent experience with Rubber bands & putting my hair in tight styles and the outcome of it.

During these 2 weeks that I did not log into WordPress I was undergoing a lot of stress which started off with me spending over 8 hours to do Shoulder length Passion Twists. I watched about 10 videos giving out tutorials on how to make this hairstyle & everyone kept saying it took them 2-4 hours & it is the easiest style for beginners, since I wanted to try something new with my hair and I knew I was going to be busy I decided to put my hair in a protective style. I had to use the rubber band method, in order to keep the parts as neat as possible. Through this experience I learned that my hair does not like rubber bands, not for long periods of time.

Rubber bands provides a tight grip to the hair which is really good for a neat look, but it pulls too hard on the hair, and if you are not removing correctly it can cause major breakage, I removed it by simply grabbing a part of the rubber band and putting a finger through it and ensure there is not any hair on that part, and cutting it with scissors. I did not have much breakage during the take down process. I got more breakage from just laying down as the rubber bands were too tight & it was uncomfortable. Just laying my head down would hurt, I felt like my hair was ripping off my head.

My hair was under a lot of stress as you could see. On the first night I had to get up in the middle of the night and apply my oil mix and gently massaging it into my hair & that helped a little but I continued Oiling my scalp twice a day for the first 4 days and massaging for around 10 minutes.

On the second morning when I woke up, I realised I had an ongoing pain on certain parts of my hair, on the last row on the back on my hair and the sides around my ears it was completely sore, and painful whenever I moved or touched it. I had blisters on my scalp. I quickly began my search on how to fix this problem – I did not have time to remove my Passion Twists and do a treatment on my hair due to work & other responsibilities I was committed to.

I ended up making a little mixture with coconut oil, castor oil, my DIY aloe vera oil, rosemary + tea tree + lavender essential oils. I also would add aloe vera gel directly on the blisters & sores. This saved my scalp. I also removed the 4 twists on my hair, 2 on each side (the ones around the perimeter of my head next to my ear) and I tried re-twisting it with the rubber band again but looser than I originally had done but my hair was not having it so I just ended up twisting it just with my hair.

Keep in mind before I installed these twists, I did a full treatment on both my hair & scalp with an Aloe Vera Prepoo & Rice water after shampooing and conditioning + creme of nature honey mask which my hair loves. My hair was nourished & moisturised as I was putting it away in this protective style, so I know the fault was on the rubber bands. I also applied olive oil to the rubber bands so they would not tug on my hair as much – that clearly did help.

The sores went away 2 days after that, and I was sleeping peacefully & I kept nourishing my hair through the 2 weeks I had this hairstyle for.

Now Queens I want to know if this has ever happened to you? Have you ever had blisters due to tight hair styling? If so, what remedies do you use on your scalp to soothe your scalp? Hope you enjoyed this post

I do not what to stay away from blogging like I have. I will have more content coming up for you.

Adios beautiful Queens ❤

this is a little video of me the same day I had done my passion twists. The calm before the storm

Day 1: Setting goals for natural hair

Hola Queens,

For day one of the #selfcarechallenge created by me, we need to set up a hair goal, I’m sure you already have your own hair goals but this should be a short-term that fits into your long-term goal.

There are many factors that play into successful goals and how to set and reach them. I recommend breaking the Month of July into 5 weeks and set your hair regimen for each week and ensuring you do something to contribute to your hair goals. For example if you want your hair to grow that means your ultimate goal is Long Hair, to achieve that you should set short terms goals such as keeping protective styles and low manipulations styles for 1-2 weeks and just moisturising it. Low manipulations hairstyles can take a long time and it requires patience but you can do it.

If you have a goal of reducing shedding perhaps you could commit 4 weeks to a method and see if it works, you could try Tea Rinses and Rice Water and see if the shedding is reduced.

For this month I want to create DIY hair mask for every wash day, I deep condition every time I wash my hair as I find it works best for my hair otherwise my hair is super dry and rough. I will post about the mask I’ll do. I usually alternate between a nourishing mask, moisturising and strengthening mask. My ultimate goal is healthy hair & growth , and my hair is the healthiest when is nourished from inside out. Proper Hydration is imperative for hair growth and length retention.

Let me know what your hair goal for the month is, remember to keep it realistic and do not put too much pressure on yourself. I recommend getting a journal where you can document your journey – your frustrations, your small achievements and products who work and do not work .

Remember to tag me in any of your selfies or #selfcarechallenge check using @thelenalogy on instagram.

Let’s all work together and motivate each other.