It's a few months after your big chop. Your hair's now too long and too short at the same time. You want to grow it out but you're finding the upkeep challenging and you're at a loss when it comes to knowing what to do with it — you've hit the awkward phase.
The awkward phase is the time when most people give up on their natural hair journey. Times may be difficult but through perseverance, you can make it to the other side! It's important to remember that it's just a phase and it won't last.
Here are three suggestions to help you keep going.
1. Protective style
Protective styles with braided or twisted extensions are a great and stylish way to give you and your hair a break from each other. Such styles minimise manipulation, increasing chances of length retention.
Be sure to cleanse your hair focusing on the scalp every 2 weeks as a clean scalp creates a healthy environment for growth. Remember to moisturise your hair. Afro hair is prone to dryness and dryness causes breakage.
Don't get a style that pulls tightly on your hair.
#Braids have to be "tight" in order to look nice.... BIG MYTH 👎 Avoid that unwanted facelift and edges that looks like mice have been nibbling away at them... always stop your stylist and let them know to loosesn it up. If you don't feel comfortable enough to do that, then you need to change your stylist. Simple #feedinbraids no tention 👌🏾
Crochet extensions that look like your hair can also be of help.
Joycelyn, one of our co-founders, had a big chop last year and is now going through the awkward phase. She uses crochet extensions to simplify styling.
2. Wrap it up
Wraps are fantastic if you don't want to do anything to your hair.
3. Pin it
Your twist out/braid out/bantu knot out/wash and go might look odd once you've unravelled and fluffed but you can get it into shape using bobby pins.
Get creative! It may take some trial and error to find something that works for you.
4. Pamper your hair
The hair that you have on your head now will soon form the ends of your hair as your hair grows out. The ends of the hair are the weakest so giving them the utmost care now will help them stand the test of time.
After shampooing with a sulphate free shampoo, you could try a Rhassoul clay treatment or Ayurvedic treatment.
So those are our tips! If you need more tailored advice drop us an email and we'll do our best to help.