Cravings + Anxiety
I’m craving braids. Perhaps it’s my week in twists or perhaps it’s the fact that June is right around the corner and I’ve had braids for the past two summers. But I want ’em, need to have ’em, can’t stop thinking about ’em. I’m particularly interested in a set of Senagalese Twists. And while the thought of getting braids and having low maintenance hair for a couple months thrills me, I kind of feel like this girl:
Terrified. Full of anxiety. Pretty certain that I’m on the brink of disaster.
I’ve had braids so many times before, so why am I feeling like this now? To put it simply, I’ve kind of gotten attached to Lola and making sure Lola is as happy and healthy as possible. While braids can improve the health of hair, there is a lot of pulling, tugging, combing, and manipulation required to do them, all of which can be potentially damaging.
And I *know* that once the braids/twists are in, all I’m going to be thinking is “Lola! Are you ok in there!!??? Are you breaking off? Splitting? Dry? Hungry? Tired? Oh my god, answer me!”. But I know Lola won’t be able to “answer” me unless I take the braids out, which I won’t because they cost $150, took 7 hours to do, and last for two months. I can see me now: descending into a vortex of despair and anxiety instead of having a summertime-and-the-livin-is-easy couple of months.
But I have an active imagination, this I know about myself quite well. I know that I just need to find best practices for braid maintenance and tips/advice that can help me plug up this well of anxiety that is gushing out from my heart at an unbelievably fast rate, polluting the Gulf of Mexico and the Southern Coast, er….I mean my head and this blog….
Anyone have any tips out there on how to best care for braids/twists? Help a girl out!