Dear Newly Natural Me,
You read an article on CurlyNikki about how she easily achieved 3-, 4-, or 5-day hair (I don’t remember which–it’s been years!) You read her a lot. You know she has a different hair type than yours. I know you’re bookmarking the page and holding out hope for when you get some length.
Hi! Future you, here, complete with shoulder-length hair. I’m writing just to let you know day three hair is a lie. And to dash all your hopes. But mostly to stress that what works for some won’t work for others.
Someone else may be able to pineapple at night and shake & go in the morning, but if you try that, you’ll be shaking your head in dismay at what to do with the flattened frizzy mess on your head. It’ll be overstretched in places and puffy in others, and break out the magnifying glass because that definition will be hard to find.
You’re just going to have to put in a little more effort to keep your hairstyle fresh and fly. And that’s okay!
Re-twist that twist out at night. You can even use larger sections and still preserve much of your definition, or just twist and curl the ends if you don’t mind more volume at the roots. Use multiple mini-pineapples to prevent overstretching short hair, and don’t forget to re-moisturize. The main reason hair frizzes so quickly is because it’s thirsty and drawing moisture from your environment.
Still, natural hair will do its thing and start to revert to its kinky, coily state. Sometimes it is best to just go with the fro. If twisting and re-twisting every night doesn’t appeal to you, keep the twists in until wash day, or plan to transition that “out” style to a more protective one like a halo braid or a bun.
So, let’s just say three-day hair is an illusion–achievable with a little sleight of hand and some behind the scenes magic. I won’t tell if you don’t.
Written by a °Yeka team contributor: Pursuit of natural