I had a moment of crisis last week, my week old Senegalese twists started to itch, and when I say itch I mean within an hour I thought I was going to itch through my skull. I was so close to ripping out my combined 7-10 hours of work off my head just to get to my scalp and so that I could stop this itching.
Instead of destroying my beloved twists I turned to my trusty girls on youtube and found that this is a common problem, and we did have a hero to solve our problems! APPLE CIDER VINEGAR! So I ran out to the store bought a spray bottle and a trusty thing of this supposed super hero. Still skeptical about how this would work and how the smell would linger in my hair. I mixed 30 % apple cider vinegar and 70% water into my spray bottle. I then took each section of my hair and sprayed my scalp with this mixture until it was drenched. Once my scalp was drenched I took a wash cloth and ran my finger along each part between my twists. It was INSTANT refreshment! After I had cleaned my scalp I went back and cleansed it with water to rinse the vinegar. I felt like a new woman. So I am a believer, Apple Cider Vinegar is my hero. It saved my hair style and my hard work.
Since then I have gone through this same process twice, about once a week and my scalp has been itch free and happy! I have since become entranced with all the other things my super hero could fix, it turns out that it is more than just a hair hero, you can use it to whiten your teeth, wash your face to solve acne, clean your house with it, get rid of fleas off your pet and even more. I am so far just trying the tried and true scalp cleaning method, and giving the face washing a try, my face has been breaking out lately and I am going to see if this can solve this problem as well. So for any of you out there with dandruff or itchy scalp problems, even relaxed girls, and girls that don’t have their hair in braids, give ACV a try, it is a cheap and all natural solution that I have found to be quite refreshing.
To end this post I will show off some of my looks from this past week, I went back to grad classes this week after two weeks off so my hair and outfits reflect my teacher style more.
Have a wonderful week.
Love your do and grow that Fro
❤ Kelsi Rae
WARNING, this post has NOTHING to do with hair, What? I know, right? But here it is.
So my boyfriend, yes my white boyfriend and I have an ongoing joke about the #DearWhiteBoyfriend, whenever he does something that could have been insensitive we use this # to let him know. Don’t get me wrong, he is not insensitive and we are doing this in a completely joking way , but there are people out there that actually use this # in a serious manner and that is more what I want to talk about here. So my boyfriend is honestly just unaware of how some of the things he says could be viewed as insensitive to his “WOC” girlfriend, this insensitivity happens very rarely and is never something that upsets me. So when I first discovered the buzz feed article completely dedicated the #dearwhiteboyfriend posts I was astonished. Mostly because these women think that they somehow have the right to use this kind of language, I understand that their boyfriends are one white and two don’t understand some of the WOC issues but that doesn’t give us the right to use their caucasionness against them.
Race is not something that has come into my relationship, this time around. In the past I have had boyfriends, most of my boyfriends have been white, that were just blatently insensitive about things, and I often got comments like ” But what, you don’t love fried chicken and grape koolaid” or ” I am dating the most white black girl ever” Both of these things were hurtful and over time wore on those relationships, but if I would have turned around and created a social media outlet about these occurrences I would simply have been turning the racism back on them. Why do these women stay with these men and complain about them on twitter, but don’t take the time to educate them about why these things are hurtful to WOC. I try to assume positive intentions ( there is my teacher talk coming out again) and by assuming positive intentions I am going to assume that my boyfriend, did not mean to offend me. Clearly these women have chosen to date a white male and must understand that they have probably not grown up having to understand which of their statements appear racist. However they are now dating a WOC and clearly are making an attempt to bridge those race gaps, therefore I believe instead of banning together and hating on our white boyfriends online, why don’t we teach them what is hurtful and why, what is the background of some of these stereotypes and how they have evolved over the years. That way we aren’t becoming the very thing we are trying to get away from in our interracial relationships because then we couldn’t get mad when they turn around and create a #Dearblackgirlfriend
Social Rant for the day, check!
#DearWhiteboyfriend , #LoveyourWOC
❤ Kelsi Rae
So I self installed Senegalese twists about a week and a half ago, they were large or jumbo twists and I loved them! However I was having trouble keeping them in, they would weigh down on my head and slip from the ends, but it wasn’t something I couldn’t maintain with some work. Then I made the super smart decision to go to Water World. ( I am from Colorado and It is a large water park here). I french braided my twists and was ready to go! But those big twists just couldn’t handle that weight and by the end of the day my hair was a hot mess.
But I am determined to make this style work, so it was back to the drawing bored, Well the drawing bored of YouTube that is. I did some more research on how to make long lasting twists, and found that the smaller the twists the longer they seem to last, So I dove in, taking apart my twists and creating smaller ones, another 2 to 3 hours later and i have new smaller twists.
My Twists are not uniform to say the least, i did not measure sections at all, I grabbed and made what I thought looked good. I know, I know, thats not how you are supposed to do it, to make it look “professional” but honestly I didn’t want it to look uniform i want them to flow and look more natural than regimented! So there you have it, changes changes!
Hopefully these will put less pressure on the roots and will hold up better! I will let you know how the progress goes, no more water parks for me this summer!
Love your Do, and grow that Fro!
❤ Kelsi Rae
So I have been trying to combat my addition to change, with little success I have tried flat twists, twist outs, bantu knot out ( bad bad time) and clip in extensions. Nothing satisfied my desire to chop all of my hair off and start again. Given I would probably normally have no problem chopping my hair off and starting again but I have made it for over 7 months now without chopping my hair off and 7 months without a relaxer and I am just not willing to give up 7 months of my transition just yet.
But at this point in my transition my two, or really three textures of hair are not working together at all! So I went on the search for a protective style. I settled on jumbo Senegalese twists and I decided that I was going to do them myself. So I thank the ladies of Youtube for all of their advice and tutorials on this style, and I dove in! I bought 3 packs of Sassy Kanekalon jumbo braid hair and made the terrible decision of starting at about 9 pm on a Sunday night.
I wanted my twists large so with the help of my roommate we tried and failed, and tried again for about 5 hours to get my hair done. The next morning I had to get up and add a few and fix a few but over all I love them!
So now i am in need of help to maintain these bad boys, if anyone has any tips on maintaining these twists I am more than open to hearing suggestions. For now I have been moisturizing my natural hair while in the twists with coconut oil. I have had to redo the edges of my once,because I can’t seem to get them tight enough on the bottom edge. I hope with trial and error this will get better. I will keep you updated. I hope to keep these in for 4-8 weeks over the summer.
Thanks for any of your words of wisdom!
❤ Kelsi Rae