Feel better soon! I know what you are referring to with the rain, because even with a moment of sun, rain and cold is around the corner every time.In fact, I had my dosage of a rain shower recently and literally had to walk to the bathroom first to dry off before I could do anything else. It's finally been sunny...for like two days before it got colder again today, so I really don't know what to expect this week, guess I will take the mornings as they come.
LOL.... trust me I know where you are coming from and the amount of shed hair I often had to remove would have people like...
if they saw the trash can in the bathroom.
As for being low maintenance, I too have been low maintenance a lot and it took me trial and error and time to find out how to retain moisture with low maintenance (roflmao@ the irony).
Protective styling for too long might hinder your growth I guess if your hair does not get the moisture and cleansing it needs during that time.
You did mention back to back twists without a proper detangling and removal of shed hair, so if you didn't give it a proper detangling before re-twisting, you might be right.
My personal horror story with protective styling was last year, when I was bunning a lot after the summer and using products that acted up on my hair too much. Finger detangling did not have benefits for me unfortunately and that combined with wrong products for my hair....
Well, I didn't take the time to sort it out on the wash day , thought it was detangled, but when I tried to style it loose it kept acting up I ended up bunning and bunning after that when I should've been sorting out my hair and switching up the products which only made matters worse, adding to that bad sleeping practices that gave me a setback in hair growth.
I guess the most important thing is to take the care when you take down the hair.
Totally get why ponytails and buns are your go to style, because they will stay in place even when they're not properly moisturized and when you wear it out and it isn't properly moisturized it will become unpredictable.(Speaking from previous experience here, LOL!)
I guess it all depends on how you want to wear your hair and what it needs for you to achieve that and then of course the most important thing of all, you knowing what it needs. At least now you know what it doesn't need and you can keep it moving to something more effective that doesn't end up being time consuming to make up for the mistake.
In general keeping it simple isn't something that has to be a bad thing.I do understand that wash days can be different depending on the way hair will respond to water (my own comment just gave me a light bulb moment about hair care
) , but finding out a method or product that will make it easier is what takes more time for some than the method itself I think, like needing more conditioner to get more slip because the water will not weigh the hair down or washing in sections or even in jumbo(keeping it simple ;)) twists or braids because the hairs will tangle in itself while washing if loose etc. etc. , and moisturizing after that , so it won't be as easy for everyone but hey as long as it's the easiest that it possibly can be while your hair remains in top condition that's what matters.
The softer the satin(made from polyester or silk) you sleep on and/or wrap your hair in feels, the better your hair will look and feel when you wake up.(And will change you from having to moisturize again in the morning to just having to refresh.) Not skipping on good sleeping habits will cut away lots of time too.
But what I am trying to say in a way too long winded way(LOL, I need to cut back on typing...pfff hahah )is that low maintenance on hair without disadvantages is possible, so feel no shame for it, just reap the benefits by doing it the way that your hair will like it and with that keeping it the healthiest it can be.
Every texture does have it's challenges I agree.
But unless the oil distribution down the entire shaft is the same the challenge will differ.
Dryer hair simply comes with the extra challenge of moisture retention.
The tighter the texture the more curves and/or bends to moisturize it.
Which does not mean that having a looser texture is easy. It's just a different ball game. I do get what you were trying to say in regards to BKT changing the texture and being seen as an automatic solution to hair manageability.I do agree that BKT is not something that will bring instant satisfaction to everyone.
Of course hair is more prone to tangle the more it curls, but there are ways to not have that happen as much, by finding out the right method and right products that will work for it instead of against it, even for the hair lazy ones among us(like myself
And of course dipping your hair under water and then coming out is not going to be the same for hair that curls and moves in the water and hair that is straight, so it's best to wash your hair with the showerhead if you want to diminish the chances of it tangling while loose.
If your preference is straight hair then BKT is for you, but if the preference goes to dealing with the hair without the use of chemicals then BKT is not recommendable. Henna is so time consuming and really not suitable for those that do not want to spend hours on hair, despite it's benefits.I don't think a chemical treatment is what makes someone's hair look pretty, I think it's how it's taken care of that will bring out it's beauty.I do understand your enthusiasm though, but sometimes we have to realize that enthusiasm for something might be misplaced for some.
Edited by Ritle - Jun 09 2013 at 8:56pm