Impromptu Take Down Session
Last evening my scalp suddenly got the itchies all over really badly. Sometimes even feeling like it was on fire so that led to a very impromptu take down session. I can’t remember what time I started … maybe around 8 or so. Not even sure exactly what time I got it down. I think I looked at the clock around 11:30 and I still had about three braids left. And I was soooo glad cause after dealing with 21 braids for several hours, my fingertips literally HURT! And you know what, it’s 12 hours later as I sit here writing this, and my hands and fingertips are still tired, aching and sore.
I use the metal part of the earring, you know the hook looking part that the earring dangles from to take down the ends of my braids. What do you use?
It’s funny cause I wore micros for three years straight, and of course taking down a hundred plus braids doesn’t even compare to only having to take down 21 braids. But the way my hands feel right now…I can’t believe I actually endured dealing with taking down micros every three months for three years. Was I crazy??? Of course I was younger then. I wore them from 2002 through 2005 nonstop and intermittently from 2005 to 2006. Maybe it is just an age thing.
Anyhoo, I finally got them down and boy-oh-boy my scalp just seem to breath a sigh of relief after being released. I brushed out all the shed hair and brushed my scalp as best I could too. It felt so good. But oh the amount of hair in my brush…kinda scary. I’m always a litte nervous when I see that much hair in my brush after I’ve worn it in a single style for long periods of time. Mostly because while I know it’s normal to have a lot of shedding after not really brushing your hair for months on end, my hair is soooo long that under these circumstance, if I have any significant breakage, it can be mixed in with the shed hair in my brush. And because my hair is so friggin’ thick, if there is some concentrated breakage, I won’t really see it until I take the time to twist it up or braid it again.
I really hate using brushes…but under the circumstances I gotta do what I gotta do and that shed hair absolutely had to gooooo.
So being as gentle as possible and while trying to use good technique, I wet each of the loose braids and starting from the tips worked my way to the roots. Then I would keep it stretched by putting it into a bantu knot. When I was finished I attempted to get all this dang hair pulled back into a ponytail.
That was a joke. Once I got it in a band, my hair is soooo thick and the shrinkage so great that it hurt to have my hair pulled back like that. I thought I could stand it though so I braided my ponytail, put a scarf on and went to bed.
But by 3 a.m., my scalp was once again SCREAMING at me and I had to take the band off. This morning I redid my hair by just redoing it into one big fat thick loose braid. I put a plastic hair band on to dress it up a little bit.
I’ll wear it like this till Sat. when I’m scheduled to get my hair did. But before I do, I’ma put it in some big fat twists and tell her to band them and wash it like that cause ain’t no way in HELL I’m going to let her try to handle my loose hair. I predict if I did that, we’d both end up in tears!