Hello, Last November, I cut my hair into a mohawk and then relaxed the crown pieces. Since then I have been trying to grow the style out without touching up the relaxer. The past few months I have been cornrowing my hair and then sewing a wig on which works better for me then a full sewn in weave. As of this week I am wig free and starting to admire my semi-natural hair coils and waves. I want to wear it as is but my sides are starting to grow in and are hard to keep down with gel. Any suggestions on what to do?
This is a common issue with so many naturals rocking these fierce hair cuts! It is great how we learn to modify styles, like the sewing of the wig on instead of wearing a weave, etc. A couple of style suggestions, I would like to offer is to wear the top in curls, or 2 strand twists that are curled on the ends to keep them from unraveling. To add texture to the sides and back where it was shaved, you have take a large paddle soft brush and use circular motions to make defined coils in your hair.
To do this, your hair will need to be wet, so you can spray water on the hair, then add a cream moisturizer, next apply a gel to the hair then use the brush, rubbing it round and round in a circular motion, to create the curls. It should take about 3-4 minutes for each section of hair that is less than 3 inches long. I will post a link to a video on how this is done. If you don’t have a large soft bristle brush, you can even use a baby brush from the dollar store, although it make take a longer time to do since the brush is so small.
The link to the video is here.
Here is a link to a dialogue between women on a hair care message board also:
Here is a photo you can reference to get these curls by using a brush. You can also use a t-shirt or towel to create these-still rubbing the hair in circles. The key to success is having very wet hair with products in it.
Please let me know if there are any other questions you may have!