Natural Hair Chronicles: Wait, That’s Yarn??!

Hi, everyone! Today is going to be a lighter post as I take the time to talk about my hair. This might seem overdone with the whole natural hair movement, but my hair is something I invest in, and I want to take the time to rant and rave about it.

So, at the beginning of my time writing, I wrote a blog post about maintaining natural hair in the summer, which I will link here: https://educatedblackgirl.com/2015/06/23/natural-hair-chronicles-summer-edition/

In the post I talk about tips to promote growth and to keep your hair healthy at the hottest time of the year. Today, I want to talk a little bit more about what I did this summer, and a new style I found that I like.

For those of you who don’t already know, I am a college student, and this summer, while people were out taking exotic trips or going abroad to study and intern, I remained on campus for both summer sessions to catch up and possibly get ahead with my major. With classes and work, I actually didn’t have too much time to take a break, making it difficult to take care of my hair. My hair is 3c/4a texture, and it needs a lot of moisture to keep it manageable. But I knew that I couldn’t keep messing with my hair if I wanted to see any progress in my natural hair journey. So I did something that might sound a little unusual, but I have come to love it.

Being completely on my own, financially and otherwise, I knew that paying money to go and get some good braiding hair and finding someone who can properly do it would really hurt my bank account. My mother had done my hair when I was younger, and I had never been to a hair salon, and I knew that doing that would be ridiculously overpriced, especially where I am in North Carolina, so I had to take measures into my own hands. I dived into the internet in hopes of finding some solution that might just save me time and money, as well as keep my hair protected.

I’ve see locs and dreadlocks before, and they’ve always attracted me, but I didn’t want to put any stress on my newly natural hair. But through some searching, I found yarn faux-locks, which seemed a little bit time taxing, but they looked so good and the upkeep sounded simple. So I took myself to the store and got a few skeins of yarn, and I then prepped my little area (you know that area you make when you know you’re about to be sitting for awhile), and then I got to work. I had classes and work still, and couldn’t get away, so throughout those times, I would slap my beanie over my head and continue about my way. I started on a Sunday and finished the following Saturday. I liked the way it looked, and I loved knowing that I wouldn’t have to do anything with my hair for the next month and a half.

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Me with fresh yarn locks in July

I made mine a little thicker to accommodate my hair, but the end  result was still pleasant. I found my hair quickly growing and when I took them out at the end of the month, I was sold. So I decided to keep using yarn, but this time, d o a different style. So I went to yarn braids, and took another week out of my life to get them finished. It was at that point in time when I realized just how much hair I have, but once again, I loved the end result. I am now about six weeks into this style, and I can really see the hair growth coming along, especially since my braids are purple and pink, and show my natural hair very easily. Of course, now that I’m six weeks in, I am starting to  feel that itch (figuratively and literally), but I also have noticed that I haven’t had any break off braids, which really helps for the more delicate parts of my hair.

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Me on 9/23/15

When people see my hair, some ask if it’s dyed or something, and I’ve gotten quite a few compliments for it. I feel a little proud knowing that I’m doing something that will help my hair but it also fun to play around with. I love color, and yarn is an easy way to change things up without having to dye your hair. And it’s really easy to remove.

I have taken to using my beanie now that my roots are really noticeable, and I plan on switching it up soon. I think I will leave my hair out for a few days and give it time to get some air and moisture, but I will definitely be using yarn once again. This time, however, I’ll do twists. I’ll try to share my wash routine and such as I go along, but I would love to hear back from you. What unorthodox thing have you done to your hair? Did you like it? How do you keep your hair healthy?

Thanks for reading!

-JW

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