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by Melissa (roseofjuly)
at July 2nd, 2013 (05:27 pm)

Anyone just ever have a really bad natural day?  I'm transitioning and am 10 months into it, and today I did a stretched braid out on dry hair.  But the humidity in NYC is 66% and within 3 hours, the waves had pretty much fallen.  By 4 pm, I looked like a hot mess and was avoiding mirrors.  Worse, I had to go to a reception before I left school.  :smh:  I've just been trying to go with the flow and not get too upset (in addition to buying anti-humidity products like crazy) but it's really difficult!


Posted by: Renata Piper (lyonesse)
Posted at: July 2nd, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC)

oh yes indeed. i feel your pain. there are days when nothing but a headscarf grabbed at the dollar store has stood between me and an overemotional meltdown.....

(other days i just laugh and am not bothered at all -- go figure!)

Posted by: ronni (lilrongal)
Posted at: July 2nd, 2013 11:38 pm (UTC)
disney 2013

My days are mostly bad but that's because I don't put a lot of time into it. But on the days I DO, it starts off looking lovely. But I watch as it gets frizzier and frizzier as the day goes on. And I'm just like... what.

So I feel your pain.

Posted by: blackgirlgenius (olamina)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2013 12:24 am (UTC)

I'm in NYC too. Summer here is not a good time to try and make a cute braid or twist out happen. I do almost exclusively puffs and simple updos. If you want those other styles to hold and don't mind crunch, try gel.

Posted by: blackgirlgenius (olamina)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)

Oh and I'm 17 years natural and 3 years loose natural. The longer your hair gets, the easier it will be to remedy a bad hair day!

Posted by: Melissa (roseofjuly)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
princess tiana

I definitely did this today. I twisted most of it up on the top of my head and used gel and hairspray to keep the curled ends in line. It totally worked.

Posted by: imjustice (imjustice)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2013 03:41 am (UTC)

if it's been 10 months, may I ask why you're still hanging on to the relaxed ends? i'm not judging at all. most natural people have varied hair textures anyway, but I can only imagine that having relaxed ends makes life more dramatic.

Posted by: Melissa (roseofjuly)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
princess tiana

They do. I want to cut them off; there's just a little hesitation keeping me back from it because I originally said I would go to 1 year. But I think I will get them cut off soon.

Posted by: spiritualbeauty (spiritualbeauty)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2013 03:54 am (UTC)

I've been natural 10 years and I'm from Chicago. It gets super humid here, so I definitely recommend wash and go's if your hair is short enough, roller sets, or even a cute protective style like a side plait or even cornrows. Best of all, make sure you stay conditioned and do what works for YOUR hair. Best.

Posted by: Melissa (roseofjuly)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
princess tiana

I have to get the relaxer cut off before I do the wash and gos, but that's a definite incentive to get it chopped. The worse it gets the more I'm just like ugh, chop it off. Today I flat twisted most of it to my head and I like it a lot more. Thanks :D

Posted by: goddessunthesun (goddessunthesun)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
The Goddess

It took me six months to master my hair. I have been natural for 2 years and counting. Watching you tube will only help a little because everybody hair is different. You might need more product or less depending on your hair. In my early transitioning stage I wore more up dos using Marley hair and puff balls. Believe me the longer your hair gets the easier it is to manage.

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