I'm still wondering why my first post in 2015 is about hair, and messy hair at that, lol.
Happy New Year to you all dear, dear, people. I have missed you and while I have been a bit confused about Barbara the Fashion Blogger and her posts, my life must go on and I for one want to focus on my hair this year. My initial focus has always been health, length came along coincidentally, it was not my intention, lol.
This year though, I want to focus on both - HEALTH: regular washes, co-washes and moisturizing & LENGTH: protective styling, making sure to protect my ends and edges a lot and no tight styles. I'm also looking forward to experimenting a lot with different styles too. Looking forward to straightening my hair too *wink*, haven't used heat on my hair in almost 3 years (February will be exactly 3 years I've been natural)
Does anyone remember the post about my SMW2014 Natural Nigerian win? Well, I have had the Bentonite Clay since then. I didn't let anyone at home use it either because....well... they all have relaxed hair.
January 2015 rolled by and I finally decided that during the New Year holiday, I would give this baby a try. Off I sent to the supermarket for Apple Cider Vinegar, woke up the next day at the break of dawn, washed my hair with black soap and proceeded with the clay mixture.
I figured I'd need more of the Clay if I made it into a paste and so I added a little more ACV and a couple of spoons of water (heard about the water part from curlynikki) and proceeded to mix. I got a really nice, smooth consistency and none of the bubbling with the ACV like everyone talked about (is that cos I've had the Bentonite Clay for so long?)
I liberally, emphasis on liberally, slathered my hair with the Clay and proceeded to cover with cellophane (it was pretty early in the morning, there was no cling-film at home and I absolutely needed to get this done). I covered it with a shower cap and sat with it for 1 hour.
I rinsed off the Clay until the water was clear and then used my Afroriri conditioner for a final rinse.
I'm posting the pictures cos I'm not quite sure anymore. At first, I thought my curl pattern had improved but seeing the before and after images now, I'm not so sure. Please advise.
Curl pattern or no curl pattern, I did single plaits with my hair and used bendi rollers, lol. I can't quite understand why the rollers though cos I lost a lot of length when I trimmed before the plaits *shrug*, it sha curled.
It's the first day of work in the New Year and this is the hair I carried to work *grin*.
As for the Bentonite Clay, I still have faith in it, maybe it is because I kept it for so long, maybe it's because I put water in the mixture or didn't sit long enough or sat too long, I don't know but I like the way my hair felt after rinsing it off though. I'm sure I will give it another try.
In the meantime, enjoy my Nkemjika hair style, lol.