In my last healthy habits post, I talked about how the practice of wrapping up one’s hair at night is like second nature to me. Today’s practice is like that as well – drying my hair with a t-shirt.
This is not new information – everybody and their mama will say that t-shirt drying is the way to go. I went from using towels to dry my hair (because that’s how I was doing it my WHOLE life) to microfiber towels (because I was told they are better than regular towels) to t-shirts. The t-shirt dry is one of the best wash day practices I’ve adopted for my hair. Hands down.
I remember the few hairs that would get tangled in the fibers of regular cotton towels. And honestly, I remember it occasionally happening with microfiber towels as well… not on the same scale, of course, but still. T-shirts, though? Not a single strand caught. Like ever. And I definitely don’t feel that my hair is parched after t-shirt drying like I do with towels. It seems to be JUST the right amount of damp to apply leave-in. How does it do that? #tshirtsaremagic
I will NOT use a towel to dry my hair ever again. For realsies. I TRAVEL with my drying t-shirts* if necessary because that’s how for real I am about it.
So yeah. I’m not one of those curlies that claims to be disciplined in all things healthy hair. I definitely have some bad practices that I am not proud about. But t-shirt drying is one of those things that I’m a card-carrying fanatic about. Like… I can’t remember the last time I was in a salon. And I can’t say I have any plan to go to one any time soon, but if they tried to dry my hair with a towel… pssssh. I don’t know what would happen. (Watch me take my drying t-shirts to a salon though.)
*my favorite one (pictured above) is an old, long-sleeved, Ecko t-shirt. lol. Hey, 2001.
Throughout my natural hair “career,” I’ve always had challenges with styling my hair. I spent most of my life wearing my hair straight… or trying to get it to lay as straight as possible, so I just haven’t had the same length of time to figure out my curls. I haven’t been wearing my natural curls regularly for 10 years yet… but I wore my hair straight for nearly 20 years. So anyways. About these buns…
I had been pulling my hair back regularly for the past few years because it was was the easiest option for a curly novice. Usually, it was just in a wild, curly pony and it wasn’t until the KCGOC in 2011 that I was exposed to creative styling with buns. Many of the participants were protecting their hair and ensuring health by using bunning as a protective style. And then I saw this tutorial that Shelli posted (then on her growout blog) and I went a little bit overboard. It became my new way to feel like I wasn’t doing the same style over and over. lol. #indenial
The bun has been my go-to hairstyle pretty much since that time. Yup. I’ve been bunning most of the time for the past 4 years (no comments about why my hair is not full body length at this point… lol). It’s one of those things that has been associated with me at work. It’s just how I wear my hair. Unfortunately, that means that when/if I ever change my hair up, a big deal is made. Which is more motivation to never wear it differently. hahaha
Maaaan, look. I can’t remember the last time I ever slept with uncovered or unprotected hair. Seriously. I’m talking a 10+ year streak. Even back when I was regularly straightening my hair. I can’t even imagine sleeping without a scarf or bonnet or something.
I will say that I’m not a satin pillowcase girl. I sleep on a regular pillowcase. I don’t know… satin pillowcases just seem too fancy for my bed. lol. But my hair is always wrapped up in a scarf or a bonnet. And sometimes even both.
I don’t mean to downgrade its importance or anything like that… it’s a COMMANDMENT for goodness’ sake. It’s just one of those things that I do regularly without much thought. For me, it helps to keep my hair from re-tangling overnight which saves me time in the morning. That’s really all it’s about. Like I said about buns being a “protective style,” the fact that wrapping my hair up at night is considered good practice in hair health is really just a bonus.
I bought the Hair Therapy Wrap for the first time in May 2011 during the Kim Coles Grow Out Challenge. It has been part of my wash day regimen ever since. I feel like it has been the most constant and unchanged step in my regimen for that entire time.
Initially, at the original time of purchase, I remember I was trying to deep condition with heat for as long as I possibly could… sometimes even sleeping overnight with a conditioning treatment in my hair (which… I might still do if I start the wash regimen too late at night). But then, I read this post and was like… yeah. Maybe not.
So now, I usually deep condition with heat for about an hour… and that’s a lot better anyway because that overnight stuff would be turning wash day into wash WEEKEND sometimes. Ain’t nobody got time for all that.