Korkor Kugblenu
by on December 13, 2016
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After keeping her braids in for 5 weeks, our heroine took them out and immediately cut off the texturized ends. Her 6 months of progress had been wasted.
While she was in braids, her grandmother’s one year death anniversary came up. As she sat together with her family reminiscing about her, she was reminded of a time in their younger years when her grandmother used to live with them and take care of her hair. She remembered that she would wash their hair with nme djale, the local black soap made from plantain skins and coconut husks.
While she was washing, she would pop a few palm kernels into her mouth and be chewing slowly. She would rinse out the soap and spit the masticated palm kernel into her hair and then massage it well into her hair and scalp. After which she would comb it out with an Afro pick and rinse. She would then be sent to her aunt who would thread her hair, after massaging some raw Shea butter into her hair and scalp.
The very next day she threw out her old conditioner and was at the market looking for Shea butter and nme djale. Over the next year, she was very generous with the Shea butter and her hair grew back and then some.
While looking for natural hair styles for short hair on Google, she noticed that many of the before and after pictures of her natural hair icons show remarkable growth in a year; much better than her hair was doing.
She read their routines and through all the noise decided that what she was missing was a proper hair routine with deep-conditioning treatments. She came up with a routine of deep conditioning every week with avocadoes, eggs, bananas, pawpaws; anything natural and edible she could find in her kitchen and stuck with it for the next 3 months. Of course she missed the occasional day when she was either too busy with work or feeling lazy.
She registered some growth but was still unhappy with the pace. She mentioned this to her boyfriend who had come to visit one morning. She was untwisting her hair to wash and he sat on her bed watching.
“I wish my hair would grow faster,” She told him.
“I think it’s growing just fine,”
“You say that because you haven’t seen how fast the hair growths on those Instagram naturalistas.”
“Baby, it’s Insatgram. Everybody is trying to make an impression. For all you know, they could be tweaking the truth and of course, everybody’s different. Some may naturally grow faster than others. As long as your hair is growing, you just need to give it time.”
She finished undoing her hair and gave him a kiss, “You know sometimes, you say wise things,” she teased.
She decided from then that to give it time, she would do back to back protective styling to give her hair time to grow. After 3 months of 3 protective styles she noticed that
she was losing her edges and her hair was getting dry and brittle even though it was still growing longer.
“Goodness me, what now!”
TO BE CONTINUED
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Onyinye Olufunmi Nwangwu
Nice write up
Kume Ozoro
:clap::clap::clap::clap: I can literally feel your literary muscles flexing :heart_eyes: At that point where you introduced her boyfriend into the plot :smiley: I knew I'd be reading this series twice :laughing: Now eagerly looking out for the 4th installment :fist: