So Christina and I did an unofficial challenge amongst ourselves. We said we would not use rubber bands on your girls hair for the entire month of July. We both passed with flying colors as we did various protective styles on the girls that did not require rubber bands.
In July I started with very dry baby hair. We had been in ATL and the water there is much harder than the water in cali. It dried Jas’s hair out so much that I had to deep condition it twice before it felt right.
When I proposed the challenge to Christina she was all for it. She did a protective style on my little Izzy and I decided I would do one for Jas as well.
I decided on my go to style for her. The Faux-Hawk. But instead of doing it was way I usually do, I added “bangs”.
I let her wear that style for a good almost 2 weeks before I get tired of the fuzz and take it down.
Then I made up a style that I hated but it served its purpose.
That style did not last long and it shrank more than any other style i have ever done on her. It looked like this by the second dayI let her wear it like that the rest of the week. By friday she looked crazy so I took them down and washed all the product out. I decided I would try banding. I went and bough some elastic bands as well as some cloth hair wraps. I put her hair in about 10 banded ponytails and let her sleep with them. The next days in the afternoon I took them down. BANDING WORKS! It does exactly what it’s supposed to do. It stretched the hair so that it doesn’t shrink and is tangle free! I decided for a single cornrow style, half up half down.
She did get a little shrinkage but not nearly as much as she had previously.
I Let her wear these braids for a week and then the month of July was over! Success!
Now we’re in august and I still have yet to use a single rubber band. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against rubber bands, it was just a challenge to see if we could forgo them for our little ones.
August has started off great. I think I’m gonna keep the challenge going for myself this month. We started off with loose wild hair that ya girl Jas was feelingThen she wore this beautiful bun for a week!after this came down she wore it down a day or 2 and then a puff for a few daysLast night after talking Christina about a braided bun she had been wearing I was inspired to do something similar for Jas. It’s a braided extra large afro puff!
We’ll see how long this style will last before I’m on to something else.