The arrival of my long and wide curl formers (The long cockscrew version are better in my opinion. More on that later.) sort of derailed the roll, tuck and pin challenge. I mean, there was no way I was going to spend an uncomfortable night in the curl formers and not relish the gorgeous curls. And besides, as a first timer in a styling challenge, there’s need to break routine – this way motivation kicks in.
By day 4 the curls were losing definition (I prefer random texture anyway) so it was the perfect time to roll, tuck and pin. There wasn’t much of a method to this style; it was a happy accident. I randomly grabbed pieces of hair on the back and sides and pinned wherever. And that was it!
Reader Question: Did you dye your hair?
Yes and no. The reddish highlights here are from henna. My intention was to condition the hair but as you know henna has a tannin dye molecule (lawsone) which binds to the hair shaft (keratin), penetrates the cuticle and slightly alters elumelanin and melanin (hair pigments). The pigmentation on dark hair is quite strong so henna only adds a reddish or orangish tint (depending on where your henna is from) but doesn’t change it much.
That said, I do plan on dyeing my hair coffee brown or wine using Red Raj henna mixed with hibiscus petal and sandal wood. Never say never but I don’t think I ever want to expose my hair to commercial non-natural dyes. My hair is fragile enough as is thank you very much. Also, the natural dye can be darkened with amla and indigo…not so much with commercial dye.