About a week and a half ago I got my hair done. I went to a Cape Verdean salon that uses the Dominican technique. I've been there before and had great results, but I was NOT happy this visit. I should have waited for the salon owner to do my hair as usual, but I thought that since I had a fresh relaxer that anyone could do my hair. There are a bunch of young girls working in there, who probably never went to beauty school, and treat everyone's hair the same (even though all of the customers have a very diverse range of hair textures and lengths). The girl who did my hair washed my hair way too hard. I do NOT like getting my scalp scratched. I could write a whole post just about this, but I'll save it for another day. She shampooed my hair like 4 or 5 times, which is way too much for me, and then had the nerve to try to scratch my scalp with a rat tail comb. Why would she do that?! I don't have a flaky scalp, so I don't understand She was pretty gentle de-tangling and or roller setting, but I felt like she blow dried the heck out of my hair. I only asked her to blow dry the roots, and I'm not sure if my roots even needed it. My hair was very straight, but too straight for my taste. I left feeling like my hair was over-manipulated and that it looked thin. I won't be going back unless the owner does my hair. I think she knew I had an attitude, but probably thought I was just tender headed, since I kept telling her not to scratch my scalp and to be easy with the blow drier! Now I'm thinking I shouldn't get my hair done every 2-3 weeks. I really don't trust anyone in my hair at this point.
Since my hair had been so manipulated, I tried to keep the style for two weeks, but I broke down last night and washed my hair. I had been wearing it up in a bun since I got it done, because I thought it looked too thin to wear down. But when I took my bun out last night, I had some shedding and even a little breakage, and I felt like I needed to try to correct it as soon as possible. I decided to use an egg mixed with oil as my protein treatment. I used two eggs with olive, jojoba and almond oil. I planned on leaving it in my hair for 15 minutes, but by the time I did what I had to do around the house, it ended up being about 40. I noticed that the egg/oil mix took a lot of my black rinse out, which was fine. I shampooed with Elasta QP Creme Moisturizing Shampoo, and deep conditioned with Aubrey Organics GPB.
I broke my promise to myself and roller set my hair. It was already almost 9pm by the time I rinsed out my conditioner, so I knew my hair wouldn't air dry before I went to bed. I used my new Matrix Biolage leave-in tonic to set my hair. When I took my rollers out, I noticed how moisturized my hair felt and it looked thicker than it has in months. I needed protein! I haven't been using much protein lately, because I thought the henna had been acting like a protein for me. It wasn't. I wish that I didn't realize this sooner. I'm hoping regular use of protein products for a little while will help bring my hair back to health. I just need to research the different kinds of protein, since some products with protein don't work at all for me.
I pin curled my hair in 8-10 pin curls. Here is how I looked this morning:
I really like how it came out. I've been too lazy to pin curl my hair at night, but I'm going to start doing it more often. I've gotten a lot of compliments on my hair today. I also consider this somewhat of a protective style, since my curls are tight enough to stay off my clothes. My curls fell a little during the day, but not enough to rub against my sweater!