The many comments on my post on BGLH reiterated to me what I've always suspected, there are MANY of us out there with hair that is low-density with/without fine strands. I just knew that I couldn't be the only one.
I had been natural for almost 4 years and I was still very frustrated with my hair. Protective styling was working well but every time, I took out my flat twists and try to wear my hair down, I never liked the way it looked. My flat twist outs were decent but very unpredictable. I hadn't gained a mastery over products my hair liked or disliked. I really just didn't know my hair.
I had spent the almost 4 years of being natural trying out everything I read on blogs or saw on YouTube. I was not taking note of what my hair did not like. If I read a rave review of a product and I try it and it didn't work out, I would blame it on my hair rather than the product.
Anecdote: Do you know that I tried to love Giovanni Smooth as Silk so much that I used it for close to a year when my hair OBVIOUSLY HATED it. I just kept wanting it to work because it worked on EVEYONE else! SMH!
The reason why I'm relating this is that when I did finally start documenting and listening to my hair, I came to the realization that with the shrinkage I get from WNGs, my hair looked amazing. It appeared thicker and fuller . I know that not eveyone loves shrinkage and it makes our hair appear shorter than it is. But for my low-density hair,shrinkage was a life-saver so I decided to utilize it as much as I could.
Fast forward to last month when I went in for my cut. I wanted to re-experience my hair, I wanted to wear WNGs on a full-time basis. I started researching and read up on the CG method. I saw the likes of MahoganyCurls and Cythiarf and Naturalselection and Questfortheperfectcurl. I saw how they retained length with WNGs and I wanted that too.
|My hair today|
|My hair when I was relaxed|
With WNGs, I don't have to twist my hair or braid it ever so I don't stress my hair a lot. I envision my hair thriving more than ever doing this. AND I get to enjoy the curls I have naturally :) We'll see how it goes no?
Can you relate to doing too much in order to retain length and that proving counter-productive? Please share :)