The fifth and final hairstyle of my protective hair style challenge.
These pictures don’t do justice to the awesomeness of this hairstyle. A number of friends told me that I needed to keep this as my hairstyle and stay away from (and I quote) “straight boring do’s“
What I really wanted was a massive Afro weave, TY Bello-esque, but I could not find the right weave and didn’t have time to keep searching so I settled for this Pro-10 16″ deep wave weave. I bought 3 bags of the #30 hair color, because plain black seemed boring and my hair was at that time sporting a color somewhere between a number 4 and a 30. So there. Following advice from earlier posts on how to manage weaves, I washed the weaves in soapy (shampoo-ey) warm water and then rinsed them out in cold water and left them to dry the night before my appointment at the salon. I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of re-packaging them, so I left the weaves in the bundles to dry overnight.
The weave looks very calm and tame after being washed but I never once wore it this way or straightened– the Pro-10 hair can be manipulated with heat.
I made my way to the hair salon the next morning and in about an hour and 45 minutes the stylist had hooked me up! I had the weave sewn into my hair. I wanted to use a weave cap but couldn’t find one in Balogun Market and so I just had the hairstylist braid all of my hair under the weave. When my mom saw me, she freaked out, and thought my hair was too big. To be honest, I was a little afraid that 3 bags would not be enough, but my hairstylist made it work. Though I would have gladly taken bigger hair!
I have worn a lot of different hairstyles in my life, but none have come so close to being me! This hair looked great and most definitely made me a hot commodity– well, that is, except for the part where airport security in Frankfurt, Germany decided that it was necessary to stick metal detectors in my hair!!!
Anyway, I wore this style for about 4 weeks. Took the weave out, washed it, rested my hair for 2 days and then put the weave back in. The first four weeks were great and I had no real problems with the weave, expect my hair was growing out rather quickly and so I needed to re-attach. The next 3 weeks were a bit rough. I know I over-brushed the weave and that was starting to show and so as it began to look old, I would cut the matted ends out and trim the hair. By the end I was down to about half of the original length.
In all, I had the weave in for about 7 and a half weeks. I loved it all, but I hated taking the weave out. The first time, the sew-in was looser and so easier to do on my own and for reasons that make no sense to me my natural hair (new growth) was still manageable. The second time, I had my sister sew-in the weave and she sewed it in too tightly, which led to my hair growing out around the stitches and thread and during the removal process, I lost a lot of hair from many really bad knots. It took me about a week and half before I was finally able to remove all the knots. I was wigging it every day, to look remotely decent and put together.
All in all, I love this style and most definitely plan on returning to it very soon. I have missed having my hair though during this interesting hairstyle ride…