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So let's talk about the weave. My weave was beautiful, but I decided to leave some of my real hair out to make it look more natural. I have never done this before. I usually get full weaves, not exposing any of my natural hair. Here is a close up (you know I can't resist showing off my handsome fiancé). This was a hasty decision because I didn't think about the maintenance for keeping my hair straight, especially since I have a trainer 3 times a week. When my hair was freshly straightened, it blended very well with the weave (this time I used wavy Indian Remy human hair). But as the days went on it was harder and harder to blend. I ended up putting heat on my hair 3 times a week and using that much heat on my hair concerned me. Since I rarely straighten my hair, I didn't want the heat to alter my curl pattern for that one section that I left out. I was very good about using heat protecting products before any heat touched my hair, but that still didn't make me feel comfortable.
Another issue I had to deal with was due to my hair thinning due to Alopecia. Making sure my scalp wasn't exposed was difficult and really left me feeling insecure. I did discover "hair shadow" which is basically eyeshadow for your scalp. The stuff is great. I was able to put this on my scalp to give the appearance of hair; this stuff was a lifesaver.
Well I managed to leave my weave in only for one month. I'm going to Brazil (yay) for 10 days and the thought of having to deal with the heat, humidity and my hair, was too much to think about. I have noticed that my curls are more relaxed in that one spot that I was flat ironing on a regular basis.
I'm glad to have my natural hair back. I'm still following my same wash, condition, and styling routine, but I am finding that I experiment with how I wear my twist outs a lot more. Here are some pics of my latest 'do. Also, I put a clear rinse in my hair a few months ago. I'm sure it has rinsed by now, but I'm loving my hair color (most of the henna has grown out).